Hors­field holds out to grab los­ing draw

Macclesfield Express - - JOBS -

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*.

Tony Carter

●● Bolling­ton’s Hafiz Im­ran

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