Shield caps fine weekend for Bollington
BOLLINGTON were celebrating at the weekend after clinching the Cheshire Shield after a thrilling final against Timperley.
The division one leaders won the toss and elected to bowl first on a slow, wet wicket, and immediately struck removing in-form Bollington captain R Hough in the second over of the match for one.
Tom Barrass was next to fall for four and left the visitors in a compromising position at 13 for 2.
A steady partnership between S Mallie and J Binder of 62 carried Bollington to 75 for 2 before Mallie went for one boundary to many finding himself caught for a valiant 45.
Binder was the next man out, which saw the scores poised at 110 for 4. Jahangir and Imran (26) were joined at the crease and only managed to add another 15 to the scores between them before losing their wickets in successive overs to leave Bollington struggling at 119-6 with just 30 overs gone.
Plant was bowled in the 32nd over for five, followed by Paterson who added another 12 to the score leaving Bollington with 146-8 with 11 overs left.
Horsfield (33) and Henshall (21) took matters into their own hands in the remaining 10 overs hitting an array of boundaries and saw Bollington finish on 196 all out as both batsman were bowled in the 43rd over.
Timperley’s run chase got off to a slow start after some tight bowling from Mallie and Jahangir restricted the home side to just 23 of the first 10 overs, however still had 10 wickets in hand.
It wasn’t until the 13th over until the breakthrough was made, as Plant (1- 34) took the wicket of Moss for 26 who was caught at mid off by Horsfield.
Timperley added another 40 run for the 2nd wicket before a fine catch from G. Mckernan off the bowling of T. Horsfield (2-28) removed the key wicket of Australian overseas D.Cooper for 50.
Horsfield struck again soon after, this time taking the wicket of Iqbal for 16 caught by Binder with the score poised at 96 for 3.
Mallie (1-48) bowled Grindley for 0 for the fourth wicket and Binder removed Power for 28 after a fine slip catch of Jahangir.
Imran bowled White for 9 followed by Binders second of the afternoon removing E. Grindley for 1.
Bollington required 3 more wickets for victory, as Timperly needed 40 runs of the last 8 overs. A couple of nervy overs from Bollington followed, as the home side took 18 of an over to take the requirement to 22 of the last 5 overs.
A fine piece of fielding between Henshall and Horsfield ran out the next Timperly batsman for 14.
Brilliant bowling from man of the match Binder (4- 29) and Imran (1-15) at the death ensured that Timperley would require 12 off the last over, a total which they wouldn’t make as Binder bowled both batsmen and saw Bollington take the shield in what was an excellent cup final between two very competitive sides.
The previous day, Bollington travelled to Warrington in a top of the table clash.
Warrington were batting first and struggled from the onset, Sabir Mallie first to strike following an astonishing catch from Peter Henshall. Wickets continued to fall as Bollington bowled out the league leaders for 69. Mo Jahangir with 6 wickets for 34 runs and Stuart Plant finishing off the tail with figures of 3 wickets for 10 runs.
Bollington made light work of reaching the required total in just 16 overs for the loss of one wicket. Skipper Richard Hough finishing with 30 not out and Mallie with 39.
The win saw Bollington leapfrog their rivals and take top spot in Division 2 with just four games remaining.