U13s are County Cricket Indoor Champions
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Having made their way through the qualifying rounds the Under 13 squad went to Old Trafford to contest the finals of the county competition. Drawn with Hathershaw School from Oldham, Rainford High from Merseyside and Audenshaw the team were in high spirits.
The opening group match with the unknown quantities of Hathershaw saw the School restrict the opponents to 41 runs from their six overs. Careless batting and good fielding reduced Bolton to the last pair by the end of the third over and still 30 runs short of their target. A combination of heroic batting from Mitchell Riding, who was alone for the last two overs, and naïve bowling, allowed Bolton to squeak home by a single run in the final over.
Following the wakeup call of their faltering performance in the first match it was surprising that some lacklustre bowling and careless batting left Frazer Kay and Richard Bromilow needing to bat with guile and determination to see Bolton home in the second match against Rainford.
This set up a crucial match against familiar foes, Audenshaw. Whoever won would top the group and avoid Lancaster RGS in the semi-final. Aggressive fielding and hostile bowling from Will Davidson and Chris Brownlow restricted Audenshaw to 53 and the total was passed with a few deliveries to spare.
Burscough Priory were waiting in the semi-final and were found wanting as Brownlow, Davidson and the rapidly improving Ellis Bunney bowled with pace and hostility that they could not deal with. This allowed Aston Haslam to pull off a series of unbelievable catches behind the stumps. The win set up a re-match with Audenshaw who had edged their way past Lancaster in the other semi-final.
Bolton batted first and were restricted by aggressive fielding and enthusiastic bowling to 53 runs. Which could have been worse had George Rudd not added a couple of late boundaries. Skipper Chris Brownlow was confident that the total would be too much for Audenshaw despite the earlier close match. His words proved prophetic as he led by example as their opponents were dismissed for 18 runs.
After a somewhat faltering start this was an excellent team performance where the performances of Elliott Turnbull and Luke Griffin contributed as much as the more established players. The spirit and approach of the team drew respect and praise from all concerned and they were acclaimed as worthy champions.