U15s Win County Cup Regional Finals
Friday, 20 June 2014
The county Under 15s Twenty20 Finals Day was another scorcher.
After defeating last year's U14 champions, Rivington and Blackrod, in the quarter final earlier in the week, the Bolton School U15 team prepared to face old enemy Manchester Grammar School in the semi-final.
MGS batted first and opener Blood was soon going like a train, at one point hitting 27 in 6 balls! With several dropped catches, we seemed to be expressing a death wish - but once the opener was out, the blood also metaphorically drained from their innings. Southworth and Lord allowed less than 10 runs from the last 6 overs, restricting MGS to 111 all out.
Early wickets fell regularly and at 50-4 things were balanced, but an undefeated partnership between Bevan and Ratnaweera (45*) saw the Bolton School team comfortably through to the final.
There the boys met AKS Lytham, who had amassed a stunning 168 in their semi-final match.
They were put in and, transformed, the Bolton School team fielded tightly to restrict them to 94 all out. Bevan impressed behind the stumps and youngster Thakrar produced career best figures of 5-13.
With lusty blows from Borrows and Milnes, an unexpectedly serene passage to the victory total transpired as Bevan and Ratnaweera were again together at the close of 97-4. Four overs to spare and a victory by 6 wickets meant this sometimes underrated band have become county champions!
Massive congratulations must go to this squad for a series of excellent team performances.
The team will next meet the Durham champions in the Northern area semi-finals on June 30th.