Bolly bounce back in style

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - TOM HORS­FIELD

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.

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