Shield caps fine week­end for Bolling­ton

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CRICKET TOM HORS­FIELD

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.

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