Dramatic finale sees Bolly through to final
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.