Bolly bounce back in style
BOLLINGTON returned to winning ways with relative ease against local rivals Congleton this weekend after a comprehensive victory by eight wickets at the recreation ground.
Captain Rick Hough won the toss and elected to field first, a decision which paid off instantly as the Congleton top order collapsed after a fine opening spell of bowling from Sabir Mallie and Mo Jahangir.
The first wicket to fall was off only the third ball of the day as Jahangir found the edge of Blease’s bat which fell into the hands of wicket keeper McKernan for nought.
The Bollington opening bowling attack looked back to their fine early season form as the pressure continued to frustrate the Congleton top order who were restricted to very limited amount of runs early on.
Following a succession of maiden overs, Congleton tried their luck one time to many following some fine fielding from David Paterson who ran out Moors for eight which saw the score at 8-2 off five overs and leaving Bollington very much in control.
Bollington looked rampant, and only had to wait until the next over for another wicket. This time it was Mallie’s (1-32) turn to get involved in the wicket taking proceedings which saw him remove Lease for eight following a fine catch from Stuart Plant.
Yet another wicket fell and this time it was Jahangir, with his second wicket of the afternoon, who bowled Higginbotham and left Bollington very much on top with the scores at 18-4.
Australian O’Sullivan was the only batsmen through the innings to show any bottle for the visitors who looked comfortable at the crease and carried the scores past 40 at drinks.
With the break in play Bollington came out on the attack which soon played dividend after Jahangir (4- 28) removed number six and seven both for ducks to leave the scores in a compromising positon at 45-6.
O’Sullivan was still batting well and looked calm and composed, and alongside Podmore they looked to be carrying Congleton to a score which would give them some kind of chance of a positive result. O’Sullivan brought up his 50 of as many balls who hit an array of boundaries as Congleton approached the 100 run mark.
Bollington needed a breakthrough, which is exactly what they received as Hafiz Imran (3-13) removed danger man O’sullivan for 84 and also removed the following two Congleton batsman in successive balls to complete his hat trick and the scores at 120-9 leaving Bollington with only 1 wicket to take.
They didn’t have to wait long as Plant (1-32) trapped Beaumont LBW which saw Bollington bowl Congleton out inside 41 overs for 123.
In reply Bollington made light work of proceedings, with Hough looking comfortable alongside Paterson who was looking in form early on.
Bollington were cruising with both batsmen hitting boundaries around the ground, however Paterson went for one to many as he looked to go for the maximum but found the hands of the fielder for 16 and saw Bollington at 40-1 with only 8 overs gone.
Mallie continued in similar fashion who soon found his self-get to 20 and looked set to lead Bollington on to victory. Hough (61*) was also batting well looking composed throughout who brought up his 8th 50 of the season as Bollington surpassed 100.
As victory approached Mallie lost his wicket for 23 which left the last few remaining runs to score down to Matt McGuiness who saw Bollington home with a composed 13 not out and saw them take the full 25 points that were on offer.
This victory sees Bollington back into the promotion places and look to continue with another strong performance against Breadbury next week.