Bolton School Senior Boys

U13s are Cricket County Cup Runners-Up

A successful season for Bolton School's U13 Cricket team saw them reach the county final, where they faced Lancaster Royal Grammar School (LRGS) on their own ground.

Having beaten Blessed Trinity in an indoor semi final due to the inclement weather Bolton travelled to Lancaster with some confidence. Having won the toss Bolton elected to bat and reached a very respectable 141 for 5 from 30 overs with Lancashire opener Chris Brownlow reaching another half century. With a wet outfield scoring 4s was always going to be difficult.

The LRGS innings was slow and steady with both openers scoring well but not making a great impression on the game. With LRGS reaching 100 with eight overs to go the game was on a knife edge. Bolton finally got a wicket in the 21st over with Rishi Datta claiming a very well deserved wicket following a decent spell. However, that wicket may have been the downfall for Bolton as LRGS' new batsman took a few overs to settle before launching an attack on the Bolton bowlers that was to prove the difference between the two teams. With one of the openers reaching a half century, Thomas from the home team hit an amazing 38 from 4 overs to claim the county cup for the home team.

Whilst disappointed with the result the Bolton team showed dignity and were congratulated by the LCC official on reaching the final and contributing to such an excellent game. Having reached the semi final at U12s and losing in the final at U13s the target for next year will be to win the county cup and with a few players developing both mentally and physically it is a realistic target.

The U13s Coach, Mr Hughes, said: "May I take this opportunity to thank all the boys who have contributed and represented the school this year in what has been another successful year."

The U13s cricket team are 2011 county cup runners-up

The U13s team came so close...