Un­beaten Bolling­ton show no signs of let­ting up

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BOLLING­TON’S tri­umphant start to the sea­son con­tin­ued, in a game which saw them dom­i­nate from start to fin­ish with yet an­other pro­fes­sional and solid per­for­mance against Irby.

In-form open­ing bowlers Mo Ja­hangir and Sabir Mal­lie shared an­other suc­cess­ful wicket hall pick­ing up seven be­tween them as they tor­mented the Irby bat­ting line up from the be­gin­ning.

Irby bats­men faced a tor­rid time early on with lots of early chances for Bolling­ton, and it wasn’t too far into the innings un­til Ja­hangir cap­i­talised and re­moved open­ing bats­men Danny Gul­liver for 8.

Ja­hangir was backed up su­perbly by Mal­lie who re­moved three bats­men in just four balls and saw Bolling­ton on course to be chas­ing a low tar­get.

Irby were sit­ting in a per­ilous po­si­tion at 40-4, saw a mini re­vival from the mid­dle or­der bats­men which looked to give them a fight­ing chance as Dave New­man (41) and Justin Ov­erend (16) bat­tled hard to bring up 100 for the home team.

A bril­liant un­re­warded spell of bowl­ing from Stu­art Plant (0-36 of 16 overs) re­stricted and frus­trated the Irby mid­dle or­der which al­lowed pres­sure to build at the op­po­site end for Alex Durie who cap­i­talised with im­me­di­ate ef­fect break­ing the part­ner­ship and plac­ing Irby in a per­ilous po­si­tion.

Durie struck again soon af­ter re­mov­ing Chris McGinn for nine which left him fig­ures of 2-26 from his nine overs.

Ja­hangir (4-42) and Mal­lie (3-36) re­turned to the attack late on, of which they were met with some re­silience by bats­man S.Ren­shaw who hit a quick fire 23 not out to set Bolling­ton a to­tal of 152 to win.

Bolling­ton made easy work of chas­ing the re­quired to­tal.

How­ever Bolling­ton opener Tom Bar­rass fell cheaply for 10 and gave Irby a glim­mer of hope of plac­ing a foothold in the game.

Bar­rass’ dis­missal brought in-form over­seas all-rounder Sabir Mal­lie to the crease who looked as con­fi­dent as ever in yet an­other free flow­ing innings.

Also at the crease was Bolly skip­per Rick Hough who an­chored the run chase. Both bats­men looked con­tent at the crease with the runs com­ing with ease with both bats­men pass­ing 50 just af­ter drinks.

Mal­lie then de­cided to take mat­ter into his own hands and get the game fin­ished with early, with some tremen­dous big hit­ting to fin­ish the game of just 36 overs.

Both Hough (56*) and Mal­lie (87*) sur­passed 300 league runs fol­low­ing their im­pres­sive run chase and look to carry their form into next week’s highly-an­tic­i­pated fix­ture against fel­low un­beaten side Warrington.

Tony Carter

●● Rick Hough

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