Bolling­ton off top spot af­ter Mob­ber­ley loss

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - TOM HORS­FIELD

FIRST took on third with a win for ei­ther Bolling­ton or Mob­ber­ley in­creas­ing their side’s chances of pro­mo­tion with the gap widen­ing at the top.

Mob­ber­ley se­lected to bat first, which im­me­di­ately looked like the right de­ci­sion as they brought up 50 off their first 10 overs of the match. Sabir Mal­lie (2-57) struck first re­mov­ing Mob­ber­ley’s cap­tain for 18 with the scores at 52-1.

Another Mob­ber­ley part­ner­ship tor­mented the Bolling­ton bowl­ing at­tack af­ter some ter­rific bowl­ing went un­re­warded. A fur­ther 40 runs was added to the scores be­fore Mal­lie caught Aus­tralian Neild for 44 off the bowl­ing of Hafiz Im­ran (28-1).

Another wicket soon fol­lowed as Alex Durie (20-1) bowled Good­stadt for four, which left Mob­ber­ley in a more com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tion at 96-3.

The next wicket was the cru­cial one as Bolling­ton be­gan to strug­gle to make a break­through to­wards the mid­dle overs of the game. The runs started to flow as the Mob­ber­ley bats­men be­gan to frus­trate the Bolling­ton bowl­ing at­tack. It wasn’t un­til the scores reach 153 un­til the next wicket fell which saw Wood de­part for 46 af­ter a well-judged catch by Peter Hen­shall from the bowl­ing of Mal­lie.

Yet another mid­dle or­der part­ner­ship seemed to give Mob­ber­ley the edge as the scores sur­passed 200 with 10 overs to go. As the bats­men started to free their arms Ja­hangir (20-1) re­moved Mountney for 49 with the scores stand­ing at 217-5. A fur­ther 23 was added to the scores leav­ing Bolling­ton to chase 240 off their 50 overs.

Bolling­ton’s re­ply was hin­dered early on as Richard Hough was caught in the cov­ers for 12. This brought South African Mal­lie to the crease along­side Bar­rass who both needed to build a part­ner­ship if they were to stand any chance of vic­tory.

Bolling­ton were cruis­ing as the scores passed 100 and the con­fi­dence within both bats­men was ever present. Mal­lie got to his 50 be­fore al­most im­me­di­ately los­ing his wicket af­ter­wards, leav­ing Bolling­ton on 120-2. Soon af­ter Bar­rass fell, fall­ing nar­rowly short of his 50 de­part­ing for 48 af­ter be­ing caught be­hind for the sec­ond week in suc­ces­sion.

Some fine hit­ting from Hafiz Im­ran (34) set Bolling­ton in great stead of reach­ing the re­quired to­tal reached less than 100 with 17 overs to play.

Soon af­ter pass­ing the 150 mark, Plant fell for six af­ter be­ing bowled by Neild. The Mob­ber­ley side be­gan to feel like vic­tory was back within their grasps as the con­fi­dence amongst the team be­gan to show. Im­ran fell for 34 with the scores poised at 168-5. Pater­son (26) looked cer­tain to carry Bolling­ton home as he took Bolling­ton past 200 be­fore he lost his wicket af­ter a fine catch at back­ward point.

At 210-6 the chances of vic­tory for both sides be­gan to be­come a pos­si­bil­ity. Bolling­ton lost Ja­hangir (22), Hors­field (8) and Hen­shall (1) for just 8 runs with the scores at 222-9. The score in­creased up to­wards the re­quired to­tal be­fore Mob­ber­ley bowled McKer­nan for the 10 wicket to win the match by five runs.

For the first time this sea­son Bolling­ton found them­selves de­feated and move down to sec­ond place. Next week’s fix­ture seem them travel to North­wich.

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