Bolling­ton take hon­ours in nail-biter

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BOLLING­TON were in­volved in yet another nail-biter at lo­cal ri­vals Stock­port.

The match was af­fected by the weather from the on­set, and the game was even­tu­ally re­duced to 60 overs.

As the sides re­turned to the field, Stock­port looked to set Bolling­ton a big to­tal.

How­ever, it was the op­po­si­tion who took the early break­through as they re­moved Kiwi Price Moor for 11, bowled by Mal­lie and caught by Hors­field in the slips.

Al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter it was Ja­hangir’s turn to get a piece of the ac­tion, who re­moved Facer, caught be­hind by Pater­son for one run.

Bolling­ton were giv­ing them­selves a great chance of vic­tory as Ja­hangir (2-51) re­moved his sec­ond of the af­ter­noon af­ter a great catch from Hen­shall in the slips.

These quick wick­ets saw the score at 25-3 af­ter eight overs.

Stock­port then started to con­trol pro­ceed­ings. Ge­orge and Danny Bar­ber passed a 50-run part­ner­ship, see­ing the scores in­crease at a more com­pet­i­tive rate at 86-3 from 20 overs.

Mid­way through the in­nings the break­through ar­rived, as Stock­port lost the wicket of opener Bar­ber for 42. This was off the bowl­ing of Hors­field af­ter a catch from Bar­rass.

With only 35 overs left in the match, Bolling­ton re­quired quick wick­ets, and that’s ex­actly what Stu­art Plant did.

Plant’s first wicket came in his first over as he bowled Bar­ber for 36. His next wicket came soon af­ter with Dun­ley go­ing for one.

Plant’s third wicket came fol­low­ing a mag­nif­i­cent catch from Peter Hen­shall and Plant’s fourth of the af­ter­noon came in his sixth over as bats­man Eley guided the ball to Hors­field for just four. This left the scores at 108-8 af­ter 34 overs.

Stock­port’s ninth wicket fell to Mal­lie, who bowled Ed­wards for 11.

Plant’s fifth, and Bolling­ton’s fi­nal wicket came fol­low­ing yet another catch from Hen­shall to leave Plant with fig­ures of five wick­ets for just seven runs and six maid­ens from his eight overs.

Bolling­ton had to chase 127 in just 21 overs, but they took a blow loos­ing opener Bar­rass for a duck.

Re­quir­ing more than six runs an over, Mal­lie and Hough stepped up the chase. As the in­nings passed the half-way mark, Bolling­ton found them­selves slightly be­hind the re­quired run rate at 50-1.

Then dis­as­ter struck as Hough was stumped on 28, but Mal­lie was still caus­ing prob­lems with an ar­ray of bound­aries.

With Bolling­ton still re­quir­ing 70 runs to win off the fi­nal eight overs, they needed some big hit­ting, and that’s ex­actly what Hafiz Im­ran at­tempted, but he went for one shot too many and was bowled for five.

The next bats­man at the crease was Ja­hangir, who hit 24 from just 11 balls.

With 50 needed of the last five overs, Ja­hangir was caught on the bound­ary.

Hors­field was next to join Mal­lie. With bound­aries needed, Mal­lie found him­self caught be­hind the stumps.

They lost the wicket of Daw­son in the fi­nal few overs with 30 runs still needed to win.

In the penul­ti­mate over Bolling­ton needed 26 for vic­tory, of which they man­aged a scram­bled 10 af­ter some pos­i­tive run­ning.

At the start of the fi­nal over Bolling­ton re­quired 16 to win. Hors­field was on strike and hit a four off the first ball, and the fol­low­ing three balls saw them scam­per six runs, leav­ing them with six needed off the fi­nal two balls. Hors­field then hit a six to win the game.

This win keeps Bolling­ton 26 points clear in the pro­mo­tion places with six fix­tures left.

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