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Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - BOLLING­TON CC

BOLLING­TON trav­elled to lo­cal ri­vals Con­gle­ton and con­tin­ued their good start to the sea­son.

Con­gle­ton won the toss and se­lected Bolling­ton to bat in a rain-af­fected match which was re­duced to 47 overs per side.

Bolling­ton got off to a great start with Rick Hough and Mo Ja­hangir steer­ing the side to 50 with­out loss.

Bolling­ton were scor­ing steadily through­out the innings be­fore los­ing Ja­hangir for 16.

Next to the crease was South African Sabir Mal­lie, who scored a quick­fire 28 and Im­ran Hafiz 33.

A mid­dle or­der col­lapse saw Bolling­ton strug­gle to 150 be­fore a bar­rage of big hit­ting from Peter Hen­shaw (20*) saw the re­quired to­tal set at 182.

The new ball part­ner­ship of Ja­hangir and Mal­lie took im­mi­nent ef­fect as three early wickets fell for just 12 runs, which gave Bolling­ton the early ad­van­tage.

A charis­matic Con­gle­ton side looked re­ju­ve­nated as they tor­mented the Bolling­ton bowlers with a mid­dle or­der part­ner­ship, giv­ing them to a fight­ing chance of reach­ing the re­quired to­tal.

Tom Hors­field (1-21) took the cru­cial wicket which started Con­gle­ton’s decline. Stu­art Plant bowled ex­cel­lently with fig­ure of 3-23 and Alex Durie ef­fort of 2-14 saw Bolling­ton home to win by 63 runs.

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