U13 Cricketers are County Indoor Champions
Monday, 26 April 2010
The Bolton School Under 13 Cricketers have been crowned Lancashire Indoor Champions after a successful day at Old Trafford.
The standard of play from the teams involved was evident from the start and Bolton started badly in their first game against a well organised Ormskirk side. However, the calming influence of Jack Flood and Matthew Hotham enabled Bolton to reach a total of 64 in 8 overs. The game was won following some excellent bowling and great desire in the field which restricted the opposition to 56. Blessed Trinity were swept aside in the second game with Harry Stevenson and the Parkinson brothers retiring having reached 25. Bolton scored an amazing 114 in 8 overs and managed to bowl Blessed out for 36.
Heysham proved tougher opposition as they destroyed Bolton's higher batting order. Henry Smith dug deep and showed tremendous resilience to take Bolton's total to 45. Heysham needed to beat Bolton by 25 runs to progress to the semi final stage and, in turn, knock Bolton out of the tournament. However, they had to face Callum Parkinson who bowled 3 amazing overs and destroyed Heysham almost Flintoff like. Heysham were all out for 33 which set Bolton up as winners of Group A.
De la Salle were put in to bat by Bolton and reached 27 which was comfortably met. Ormskirk were beaten in their semi final by Urmston Grammar School which set up an intriguing final with both schools having Lancashire players in their ranks. Top scorer in the final was Hasib Hameed with 23 as Bolton spluttered to 64 in 8 overs. Urmston opened with their two Lancashire players and by the third over both had been removed by the Callum Parkinson/Harry Stevenson combination, but it was Will Dowie who produced the match winning over with a couple of wickets in the sixth over. Urmston needed 12 from their final over but only managed 3 which meant victory for Bolton.
The squad produced some fantastic cricket during the day and each player contributed in terms of batting, bowling and fielding. Special praise must go to Michael Brookwell who stood up to Bolton's ferocious bowling attack behind the stumps and restricted the number of byes. The team spirit shown throughout the day was evident when one player had to miss each game in rotation but continued to show support to those playing. The squad was led well by Matthew Parkinson both on and off the pitch and staff and parents from other schools did comment on the ability, attitude and appearance of Bolton's team. One parent said: "It has been a real pleasure watching this team play."