Cool duo steer Bolly to victory
FOR the second week in succession Bollington overcame their opponents to take the full 25 points, this time away at Bredbury St Marks.
Bollington bowled first after winning the toss, but Bredbury surpassed 50 within the 10-over mark and looked set to post a competitive score.
The Bredbury openers were looking solid, with boundaries coming with ease. This called for an early change in the bowling with Mallie bowling well from one end and Horsfield creating pressure at the other.
With the score at 66 off 12 overs the first wicket fell, Keyworth for 39 bowled by Mallie, caught by Horsfield at backward point. Mallie then struck again, removing Barber for 0 to put Bollington back into the game with the score at 66-2.
Only another 14 was added to the score until the next wicket fell, and this time is was Horsfield after fantastic work from Ged Mckernan who stumped Carr for 37.
Mallie got his third of the afternoon after bowling A Keyworth for five which left the match in the balance at 84-4.
Plant (18-2) removed G. Barlow (7) LBW and R. Barlow (0). A further two Bollington wickets came as McKernan stumped his second off the bowling of Mallie (63-4), then a smart piece of fielding from Horsfield ran out Meadwell for 13.
Bollington looked on top as the end of play was approaching. However, a quick 60 not out from Chris Nuttall propelled Bredbury’s score to 177 off their 50 overs.
Bollington’s reply was hindered as they lost the wicket of Hough for one, caught at mid-wicket off the bowling of Usher. A further 38 was added to the score before Bollington lost their next wicket, this time Tom Barrass out for 22 off the bowling of Barber.
Mallie was next to lose his wicket after being bowled by Barber for 15 and leaving the score poised at 72-4.
Three quick wickets looked to hand Bredbury the advantage. Hafiz Imran was trapped LBW for 25, Paterson was bowled for 10 and Plant caught of the bowling of Barlow for 13.
With the score at 100-6 and Bredbury well in control of proceedings, Bollington needed a partnership in order to snatch victory.
Both Jahangir (37*) and Horsfield (47*) were starting to find some confidence as the score slowly crept towards the required total and the Bredbury heads started to drop.
Sensible batting from both batsmen made light work of reaching 178 as a 80-run partnership ensured that the visitors would be taking the full 25 points back to Bollington with them.
Saturday’s victory sees Bollington comfortably in second place by 28 points and a great chance of promotion.
This weekend Bollington have a double header at the Recreation Ground as they take on Alvanely in a league fixture on Saturday and then host Stockport on Sunday for the Semi-Final of the Cheshire Shield.