Cool duo steer Bolly to vic­tory

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - TOM HORS­FIELD

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.

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