Bolling­ton bol­ster lead at the top

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BOLLING­TON CC TOM HORS­FIELD

BOLLING­TON re­tained their 100 per cent start to the sea­son with an away victory against Al­van­ley.

Skip­per Rick Hough won the toss and elected to bowl first, on what was a very wet pitch.

Bolling­ton spurred sev­eral chances in the field be­fore the for­mi­da­ble open­ing part­ner­ship of bowlers Mo Ja­hangir (2-30) and Sabir Mal­lie (1-20) struck early, re­mov­ing both open­ers for sin­gle fig­ures.

The vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to tear through Al­van­ley’s mid­dle or­der with bats­men Chris Jones (47) the only bats­man to show any re­silience against a ram­pant bowl­ing dis­play.

First change bowlers Alex Durie (4-37) and Stu­art Plant (2-15) en­sured that Bolling­ton would not be chas­ing a big tar­get.

Learn­ing from their pre­vi­ous field­ing mis­takes, Bolling­ton were much im­proved in the later overs, see­ing sev­eral qual­ity catches be­ing taken from Owen Kir­ton, Hafiz Im­ran, Durie and a bril­liant caught a bowled from Plant.

An ex­cel­lent all round dis­play saw Bolling­ton re­strict Al­van­ley to 104 all out off 45 overs and they made easy work of chas­ing the low to­tal for the loss of just one wicket.

Skip­per Hough an­chored the chase with a steady 30 not out and was backed up bril­liantly by Mo Ja­hangir who hit 38 be­fore los­ing his wicket.

Mal­lie made light work of reach­ing the re­quired to­tal, hit­ting a quick fire 32 not out to boost his av­er­age to over 200 for the sea­son and see Bolling­ton take the full 25 points and ce­ment their place at the top of the league at this early stage in the sea­son.

The per­for­mance of the week­end, how­ever, came from the club’s sec­ond team, who also took on Al­van­ley.

An in­cred­i­ble knock from sec­ond team skip­per Joe Bin­der saved his team from an early tea as ac­cu­rate bowl­ing from Al­van­ley ripped through the top or­der.

A fifth wicket part­ner­ship of 55 with Rick Pater­son (22) stead­ied the ship for a while but it was the re­mark­able tenth wicket part­ner­ship of 133, with the re­silient num­ber 11 Mike Heath­cote (19), which al­lowed the team to post a very healthy 263; Bin­der end­ing up on 183 not out from 135 balls in­clud­ing 20 fours and four sixes.

The bowlers then backed up their cap­tain by dis­miss­ing the op­po­si­tion for 115; Will Bin­der and Mike Heath­cote with three apiece, Gregg Bishop with two and Joe Bin­der him­self fit­tingly tak­ing the fi­nal wicket in the 30th over. POYN­TON lost their 100 per cent record in what proved a very dif­fer­ent af­fair than their pre­vi­ous two con­vinc­ing vic­to­ries.

Not only were Poyn­ton dis­missed for only 65, but the 10 wickets fell for just 40 runs. Paul Gould and Brian King­ham opened up by strik­ing the ball con­fi­dently, and at 25 for no wicket, there was lit­tle sign of what was to fol­low.

Sev­eral bats­men got out to poor shots, and there

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