Bolly in first loss at home

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SATUR­DAY saw Bolling­ton lose for the first time at home this sea­son.

On what was a ter­rific bat­ting deck, cap­tain Rick Hough de­cided the best chance of get­ting a win would be to bowl first and try and re­strict Al­van­ley to a chase-able to­tal.

Bolling­ton started very well with the ball with Ja­hangir and Mal­lie pro­vid­ing the con­trol that was needed.

Af­ter a slow start, Row­lands pro­duced a well-com­piled in­nings of 50 be­fore hit­ting a full toss to point. This made way for Si­mon Gee to pro­duce a match-win­ning 81 off 92 balls, which al­lowed Al­van­ley to post a com­pet­i­tive score of 217.

This could have been more but for the spells of Mo Ja­hangir (3-56) and Alex Durie (2-47).

Ac­com­pa­nied by a di­rect hit run out from Tom Hors­field at the end, Bolling­ton were pleased with their ef­forts to keep Al­van­ley be­low 220.

The bat­ting re­ply how­ever was dis­ap­point­ing, af­ter skip­per Rick Hough went for just one.

The top six only had Tom Bar­rass to pro­duce an in­nings of any sub­stance with a well-made 39.

How­ever at 70-5 Bolly were in deep trou­ble. Num­ber seven Stu­art Plant took ad­van­tage of some at­tack­ing field plac­ings to get the scor­ing mov­ing again.

But fur­ther wick­ets at the other end meant that when the fi­nal wicket fell on 141, he was stranded on 44.

Stand out bowler for the visi­tors was James Ec­cle­stone with an im­pres­sive 6-28.

Bolling­ton will look to bounce back next week away at Stock­port as they try to keep their pro­mo­tion cam­paign on course.

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