Dra­matic fi­nale sees Bolly through to fi­nal

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - TOM HORS­FIELD

BOLLING­TON reached the fi­nal of the Cheshire Shield fol­low­ing vic­tory against Stock­port CC on Sun­day.

Bolling­ton skip­per Hough won the toss and elected his Bolling­ton side to bat first in front of a busy recre­ation ground.

A steady start from Bolling­ton saw the open­ing bats­men Hough and Mal­lie bring up their 50 part­ner­ship off the first 12 over of the in­nings.

With Mal­lie look­ing to in­crease the score, he lost his wicket to the bowl­ing of A. Porter for 42.

McGui­ness added 15 to the to­tal be­fore be­ing re­moved LBW of the bowl­ing of Ed­wards. With the scores poised at 74-2 of 20 overs the game was in the bal­ance.

Hough brought up his 50 just af­ter drinks, who was bat­ting well along side J. Binder who saw runs be­ing scored on a more fre­quent ba­sis.

The scores passed 130 with 15 overs in their in­nings re­main­ing and in the 31st over Bolling­ton lost the wicket of Hough for 55, closely fol­lowed by Binder for 25.

Ja­hangir was the next wicket to fall for 11, which left Bolling­ton on 180 with eight overs ream­ing. Hors­field added 23 to the score along side Plant (16) to give Bolling­ton a more de­fend­able to­tal as the end ap­proached.

D. Pater­son (4*) and J.Heath­cote (6*) added 10 in the fi­nal over to set Stock­port 220 to win.

Stock­port started well, as openers with Bar­ber and Moor added 50 to the score with ease as they took apart the Bolling­ton open­ing bowl­ing with rel­a­tive ease, be­fore a mo­ment of mad­ness saw Bar­ber ran out for 25.

Mal­lie con­tin­ued his fine sea­son to dis­miss Facer for three and R. Bar­ber for eight, both for LBW to give Bolling­ton the ad­van­tage.

With the game look­ing winnable for ei­ther side, Stock­ports over­seas, Price Moor, looked solid as he brought up his 50 as he at­tempted to carry his side over the fin­ish line.

Along­side L. Dana­her who added 25 to the scores, leav­ing Stock­port re­quir­ing 75 off the fi­nal 12 overs.

L. Dana­her fell vic­tim to J. Binder and Ja­hangir took the key wicket of Price Moor for 86, which left the game on a knife-edge with 8 overs re­main­ing and 50 runs re­quired.

S. Ed­wards and M. Eley brought the scores to 190, be­fore Ja­hangir took the wicket of Ed­wards for 14. The next bats­man B. Roberts and M. Eley brought the scores to within 14 for vic­tory with two overs re­main­ing.

Suc­ces­sive bound­aries and two sin­gles saw 10 come from the penul­ti­mate over, leav­ing just four needed for vic­tory off the fi­nal over.

B. Roberts was the fac­ing bat­man, with Hors­field the bowler tasked with tak­ing the fi­nal over.

Two dots off the first two balls of the over gave Bolling­ton the belief that vic­tory was pos­si­ble, be­fore Stock­port scram­bled a sin­gle of the third ball leav­ing M. Eley on strike, re­quir­ing three for vic­tory.

Look­ing for a max­i­mum Eley (27) skied one to Hough field­ing at long off for Bolling­ton’s sev­enth wicket of the af­ter­noon, leav­ing two re­quired for vic­tory from two balls.

Another dot ball fol­lowed to leave the game go­ing down to the fi­nal ball. Stock­port scram­bled a sin­gle, which left them with 219, one run from vic­tory and sees Bolling­ton through to the fi­nal.

A re­mark­able end­ing to an in­cred­i­bly en­ter­tain­ing game of cricket played in the right spirit from both sides.

Bolling­ton take on Tim­perely in the fi­nal on Sun­day 16th Au­gust, a tro­phy they look to re­gain af­ter their vic­tory in the com­pe­ti­tion 11 years ago.

The semi-fi­nal vic­tory came a day af­ter Bolling­ton had made it three out of three vic­to­ries at home against Irby.

Chas­ing a to­tal of 138 from the visi­tors, fine bat­ting from R. Hough (48*) and S. Mal­lie (73) saw Bolling­ton home within 23 overs and take the full 25 points on of­fer.

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