Bolly in first loss at home
BOLLINGTON CC STUART PLANT
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.