CHRISTLETON High became the first Chester school to reach the county cup final for seven years, but they lost out on Wednesday to West Hill School of Stalybridge.
The final of the under 15s Dewes Cup, named after Latchford-born England batsman John Dewes, took place at Chester Boughton Hall’s Filkins Lane ground.
Christleton were confident after seeing off Birkenhead School in the semi-final.
But in the final West Hill were just too strong. They showed no weakness as they set 209-4, leaving Christleton to rely on their strong batting line-up to save them.
It couldn’t, as the Chester school was bowled out for 140.
Christleton director of sport Magnus Alford said: “Their teacher told me they could have brought 30 more boys who were just as good.
“All the other teams we played were strong in bat and not in field.
“We were strong in both so we got to the final, but West Hill were a different class.”
In the semi-final against Birkenhead School, the big-hitting Mike Jones delivered a bombastic innings of 56, made up mainly of sixes and fours, to carry Christleton to 156-6.
They took to the field with a reasonable total to defend but Birkenhead were strong and came within 10 runs of victory before a run-out eliminated their final batsman.
Reaching the county cup final was the latest major achievement of a successful summer for Christleton, who tasted victory in the invitational Colts Cricket Festival at The King’s School, Chester.
The competition featured three private schools, King’s, Liverpool College and King William College from the Isle of Man.
Christleton cruised past the Manxmen, winning by 51 runs (Josh Morgan- Jones 49).
Then Liverpool College were on the receiving end of a batting masterclass, Jack Williams scoring 101 as Christleton set a 256-run target which Liverpool never came close to.
The tournament came down to the last match between the hosts, King’s, and Christleton and a huge 92 from Williams pushed Mr Alford’s side to 147ao.
In reply, King’s put on 30 runs in the first 10 overs but Williams showed off his all-round ability, taking six wickets as Christleton dismissed them for 99.