Bolly get back on form
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.