Bolly suffer back to back losses
BOLLINGTON CC TOM HORSFIELD
FOR the second week in succession Bollington were defeated, this time in an away fixture against Northwich.
Bollington started well seeing them bring up 40 without loss as Tom Barrass and Matt McGuiness played well for the first wicket.
Barrass was first to follow in a quick success of wickets for Bollington, leaving them 40-1 off 12 overs.
The only other batsman to show any other fight in the early stages of the game was the ever reliable Sabir Mallie who batted well to 32 before a debateable LBW decision saw him head back to the changing room.
Matt McGuiness was the next batsman to vacate the crease as he couldn’t quite handle the pressure from the Northwich bowling attack, seeing him caught at mid-off for 20.
Bollington, who were currently struggling at 85-4 then were involved in an almighty collapse only adding a further 25 to the score for the loss of six wickets.
James Heathcote was the only batsman to make a significant contribution at the end adding a further 20 to score board.
This saw Bollington bowled out for 110 which was a total way under par to threaten any side.
In reply Northwich initially made extremely light work of chasing the required total, seeing a barrage of boundaries off the first four overs leaving them lying comfortably at 45-0.
The Northwich opening pair looked in fine form as they continued to dominate, and it wasn’t until the scores reached 71 until the first wicket came, which saw Tom Horsfield (2-26) bowl Stonely for 41 off just 15 balls.
The first Northwich wicket gave Bollington a small sense of relief as Horsfield and Plant (1-36) bowled well to add pressure to the batsmen.
A wicket for Plant and another wicket for Horsfield gave Bollington a small glimmer of hope as several overs of maidens was the follow. Barrass ran out danger man Ishanka for 35 but by this point it was too little too late as only 10 runs was required with plenty of overs to spare.
A disappointing result for Bollington on the whole, and sees them drop outside the promotion spots for the first time this season.