Bolly get back on form

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - TOM HORSFIELD

BOLLING­TON re­turned to win­ning ways this week­end with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance against Hale Barns.

Hale Barns elected to bat first on what seemed to be a very good wicket at the Re­cre­ation Ground but got off to the worst pos­si­ble start as Ju­lian McGovern re­moved opener Dod­son with the first ball of the game.

McGovern struck again soon af­ter, re­mov­ing vis­it­ing cap­tain Hunter for just six.

Hale Barns showed some re­silience with a fine bat­ting dis­play from over­seas star Phealan, who tor­mented the Bolling­ton bowlers putting on a part­ner­ship which saw more than 100 runs come from it.

Phealan soon raced to 50 but then runs soon dried up as Stu­art Plant (4-46) and Hafiz Imran (2-65) bowled con­sis­tent lines and re­stricted the Hale Barns’ mid­dle or­der.

The frus­tra­tion was soon ap­par­ent as the bat­ting at­tack soon started to crum­ble, with only the free-scor­ing Phealan adding any con­stant pres­sure to the Bolling­ton at­tack.

McGovern was in­tro­duced back into the at­tack and soon re­moved the re­main­ing bats­man, see­ing the Aus­tralian take four wick­ets for 37 runs off his 10 overs.

Plant re­moved dan­ger­man Phealan for 94 with the last ball of the in­nings af­ter search­ing for a six to reach his cen­tury.

Hale Barns mus­tered 160 off their 45 overs.

In re­ply Bolling­ton made a shaky start af­ter see­ing Tom Bar­rass re­moved for seven which saw Matt McGuin­ness come to the crease.

Hough and McGuin­ness tor­mented the Hale Barns bowlers with a fine dis­play of bat­ting. They put on 120 for the sec­ond wicket and put Bolly in an in­creas­ingly strong po­si­tion to take the full 25 points on of­fer.

Bolling­ton then suf­fered a dou­ble set­back, los­ing McGui­ness for 41 and Hafiz Imran in the same over which gave Hale Barnes a glim­mer of hope.

Matt Daw­son was next in and he soon re­stored or­der at the Rec, tak­ing Bolling­ton to vic­tory with a quick­fire 16 along­side cap­tain Richard Hough.

Hough scored an un­beaten 88, to play yet an­other cru­cial role in lead­ing his side to vic­tory.

The win sees them lie in the pro­mo­tion places with only three games to play and a quick re­turn to the Vivio County Cricket League in their own hands.

Bolly will hope to con­tinue their run as they travel to Stock­port Ge­or­gians this Satur­day.

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