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Date: 22nd September 2014
Readers Inter-League Under 18 Final
21 September 2014 at Farnworth Social Circle
Med Imaging Liverpool and District Cricket Competition U18 125 ao (39.1)
J Seward 39 M Jones 28 D Higham 4-12
Anthony Axford Bolton Cricket League U18 84 ao (33.5)
J Bohannon 31 M Critchley 3-13 J Dotters 3-18 J Noctor 3-16
Man of the Match J Seward (39, 1 catch, 2 stumpings)
Coaches: A Grice and R Dearden.
Umpires: D Clare and M Ashmead
Scorers: C Rimmer and T Brooks
The Liverpool Competition Colts won this eight league competition final superbly hosted in front of a large crowd at Farnworth Social Circle.
After electing to bat and after the early loss of John Richardson, James Seward and Michael Jones made things look easy taking the score to 67 before Jones was bowled by Danny Higham, the pick of the Bolton bowlers with 4-12. Runs then became hard to come by as some excellent fielding strangled the Liverpool Comp batsmen and wickets fell at regular intervals, with two each for Josh Bohannon and Chris Brownlow, leaving Bolton needing 126 to win.
Bolton, as Liverpool, lost an early key wicket when Bradley Yates was clean bowled by Danny Houghton, before Bohannon launched an assault which threatened to claim the game. At the other end Brownlow was well caught and bowled by Comp skipper Matthew Critchley before Critchley bowled Bohannon for 31 out of a total of 34 for 3. Sutton, Higham and Rushmore all made threatening contributions for Bolton but the spin combination of Critchley (3-13) and John Dotters (3-18) cleverly interspersed with a top exhibition of medium pace bowling from Joe Noctor (3-16) proved too good.
Liverpool Competition: Critchley (capt), Richardson, Seward, Jones M, Noctor, Khan, Everett, Lavelle, Dotters, Jones T, Houghton, Snaylam.
Bolton League: Bohannon, Yates, Brownlow, Byrne, Lane, Sutton, Higham, Rushmore, Channa, Scott, Ducker, Fanning.
This win follows the Seniors' success as the Joint Winners of the Readers Inter-League Champioship (with Cumbria/N Lancs) and the U14's triumph in the LCB Inter-League Michael Roche Trophy Competition and is an unprecedented treble for the Liverpool Competition. Congratulations and well done to all concerned.