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Monday, 16 June 2014
On Saturday, the 1st XI cricketers faced off against the Grammar School at Leeds.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat first, the Bolton School team got off to a promising start with Captain James Barker and Fraser Kay forging a solid platform of 72 on which a challenging total might be posted. However, once Leeds broke through, wickets tumbled and momentum was slowed. Matthew Hotham regained the initiative with some hard hitting in a jaunty 22. Despite Kay falling 3 runs short of a deserved maiden half century, the school posted a modest total of 151-7 in their 40 overs, adding only 79 in the second twenty overs.
Chris Brownlow bowled as hostile an opening spell as we have seen from him to blast through the Leeds top order batsmen, and the Yorkshiremen never really threatened the total. Steady bowling supported by good fielding created the pressure to cause more wickets to tumble.
Alex Cunliffe provided the most successful support for the dangerous Brownlow. Brownlow took 3-28 and Cunliffe 3-24 as GSA Leeds collapsed to 93 all out.
An all-round fine performance from the young 1st XI team secured a 58 run victory.
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