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Monday, 26 April 2010
The Bolton School Under 13 Cricketers have been crowned
Lancashire Indoor Champions after a successful day at Old
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."
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