Horsfield holds out to grab losing draw
BOLLINGTON CC TOM HORSFIELD
BOLLINGTON welcomed the visit of Brooklands to the recreation ground at the weekend, searching for their eighth win from their first 10 games of the season.
The weather played an early contribution to proceedings as the match was reduced to 48 overs apiece due to a delayed started.
Bollington won the toss and elected to field first.
A resilient start with the bat saw Brooklands opem well, 50 runs scored from their first 10 overs with both opening batsmen playing some fine shots early on.
The first of many rain breaks came after the 15th over with Brooklands in a steady position at 73 without loss. After the first break in play, Bollington called upon Aldo Palazzo who stuck almost immediately, removing Jack Bagshaw for 54.
With Mo Jahangir and Palazzo bowling, Bollington were starting to create some pressure, both batsmen struggling to score in the middle overs before another downpour delay called upon an early drinks break and another frustrating wait for the rain to clear.
The covers were removed and play resumed for the second time, and it wasn’t long until Bollington took their second wicket with Jahangir’s dismissing Madden for 12 which saw the score poised at 120-2.
Brooklands took control of proceedings with both Wood and Parmakellis going well as the score approached 200.
Yet another rain delay stopped the match towards the 35 over mark.
After the short break, Brooklands were looking to press on as both batsmen passed 50 which put them in a commanding position at 180-2.
Bollington took control of the latter overs with some fine bowling from Palazzo (4-59) who removed Parmakellis for 57 and Leach and Law for 0 as the scores surpassed the 200 mark.
With only eight overs remaining a declaration looked a certainty, however some tight containing bowling from Hafiz Imran (2-17) ensured Brooklands would set a target for Bollington of 232.
Due to the delays in the first innings, Bollington’s allocated overs were reduced to 42 overs, therefore a positive start was needed by the home side as the run rate required was set at 5.5 an over.
Bollington captain Rick Hough soon get proceedings under way with an array of boundaries which saw him knock 50 off just nine overs and put Bollington in good stead chasing the required total.
Disaster stuck as fellow opening batsman Tom Barrass lost his wicket for six, which left Bollington 55-1 off 10 overs.
As the run rate rose, the challenge of reaching the target significantly increased, which was not helped by losing Mallie for 10 after being trapped LBW off the bowling of Parmakellis.
Further disaster struck after Jones dismissedImran for 0 and left Bollington needing 158 as the scores stood at 74-3 with 15 overs gone.
Hough was next to vacate after a quickfire 63 and saw his total league runs surpass 650.
The Brooklands side looked confident with two new batsmen at the crease.
However, Plant and Jahangir batted fantastically to give Bollington a glimmer of hope of taking the full 25 points.
With the score at 150-4 Bollington lost the wicket of Jahangir for 23 which was closely followed by Stuart Plant who batted well throughout to 43 before being caught after trying to increase the run rate.
Next to fall was Paterson and Bollington’s chance of winning the game as they were beginning to run out of batsmen.
Bollington were currently on 179-7, with only 10 overs remaining and at this stage were searching for maximum batting points as the required total was out of their grasp.
Horsfield (21*) and Henshaw (13) led Bollington past the 200 mark which saw them take maximum batting points out of this fixture.
Bollington lost a further two wickets to leave the scores at 206-9, leaving Horsfield having to face the last over of the game without losing his wicket to prevent defeat which was successfully managed and saw Bollington take a losing draw from this rain effected match.
This result saw Bollington’s gap at the top of the table reduced to 11 points after results elsewhere went against them.
The second game of the weekend saw Bollington take on Hale Barnes in the quarter final of the Cheshire Shield.
Hale Barnes selected to bat first, however were only able to post a score of 69.
Horsfield 7-20 of 9, G Bishop 2-23 of 4 and Sabir Mallie 1-12 off five.
Bollington knocked off the required total with the loss of just two wickets. T Barrass 14, S Chong 9, D Paterson 34*.
●● Bollington’s Hafiz Imran