Bollington stretch lead at top as Mallie stars
BOLLINGTON CC TOM HORSFIELD
BOLLINGTON failed to win for the first time this season but Sabir Mallie’s heroics ensured they came off better in the draw against Warrington.
The visitors could have overtaken the home side with a win, but that outcome never looked likely.
Looking to continue their 100 per cent winning start to the campaign, Bollington came up against fellow pace setters Warrington, who were also undefeated ahead of this clash.
Warrington won the toss and selected to bowl first in order to try and take advantage of the favourable bowling conditions that were on offer on a very wet recreation ground.
The visitors started well, with both Richard Hough and Tom Barrass looking comfortable early on with runs coming with ease.
Warrington’s bowling attack then started to get a foothold in the game, creating pressure and seeing the ground dry up. This brought Barrass’ innings to an end for 12 and left Bollington at 30-1 off 14 overs.
South African overseas Mallie was next to the crease, looking to continue his formidable form alongside Hough.
Their partnership continued to grow, surpassing 50 off as many balls and putting Bollington in a strong position come drinks at 94-1.
Both batsmen were looking composed at the crease, and soon after drinks they both passed 50. Mallie then continued to torment the Warrington attack, taking on everyone in his path.
Boundaries from both Hough and Mallie were a commodity as both players targeted their hundreds.
Mallie reached his maiden century for Bollington, glancing the ball off his legs for four. Hough was also in the hunt but fell agonisingly short on 88 after a fabulous catch on the boundary.
Mallie hit an array of boundaries after scoring his century before being removed by fellow overseas Nathan Green for 115.
With only four overs to go, Bollington lost a further two wickets to finish on an extremely competitive total of 234-5 off their 50 overs.
Warrington’s reply was somewhat timid at first after losing opening batsman M Agar off the third ball of the innings from Mo Jahangir (1-60).
After his heroics with the bat, Mallie was the next to strike removing the second opener for just seven.
Following the two early wickets, Warrington shut up shop immediately to rescue as many points from the game as possible.
Adam Green was the first Warrington batsman to put up any resilience and dug in for a hard fought 67, before some fine glove work from Ged McKernan stumped Green of the bowling of Stuart Plant (1-17).
Tom Horsfield (1-19) gave Bollington a glimmer of hope in the middle overs which also saw the removal of Sam Houghton for five.
Mallie continued to devastate the Warrington middle order towards the end of the innings, finishing on figures of 4-32 of 17 overs and topping off an incredible day for the South African.
With Bollington only managing to take seven Warrington wickets the matched ended in a draw, with Bollington taking 14 points to Warrington’s five. The result saw Bollington’s lead at the top of the table increased to 27 points.