Bolling­ton step up pro­mo­tion bid

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - TOM HORS­FIELD

BOLLING­TON main­tained their chances of back-to-back pro­mo­tions af­ter a hard-fought vic­tory over fourth-placed Up­ton.

Bolling­ton came into this fix­ture on a high fol­low­ing the thrash­ing of the for­mer league lead­ers War­ring­ton and vic­tory in the Cheshire Shield Fi­nal against Tim­perely last week­end.

Bolling­ton were put into bat and reached 30 with­out loss af­ter 10 overs.

Up­ton got their man in the 11th over re­mov­ing Bar­rass, who was caught be­hind af­ter a gen­uine edge to the keeper for 17.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter, Up­ton took the prize wicket of South African Sabir Mal­lie for no runs, in what was his penul­ti­mate game for the club.

Pater­son added another 19 to the score, along­side Hough who was look­ing com­fort­able at the crease as the scores passed 50.

Pater­son was bowled shortly af­ter, which brought Hafiz Im­ran to the crease who rode his luck to 30 and then un­leashed, as he brought up his 50.

Hough was next to reach the mile­stone as he scored his 10th half­cen­tury of the sea­son and sur­pass – his ca­reer-best fig­ures – which left him three runs short of 1,000 for the sea­son.

Hough con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate along­side Im­ran, who took Bolling­ton to 180.

Hough was then bowled for 80 and Im­ran caught for 69.

Bolling­ton lost their last five wick­ets for just 30 runs in their re­main­ing overs to see them bowled out for 220.

With the win­ning score set at 221, an as­sertive start from Up­ton was es­sen­tial to stand any chance vic­tory. It was the league lead­ers who struck im­me­di­ately to give them the edge early on as Mo Ja­hangir (2-38) took two wick­ets off the third and fifth ball of the over to leave Up­ton strug­gling at 1-2 af­ter one over.

Mal­lie was next to strike as Bolling­ton were ruth­less at the early stage in the in­nings as he bowled two Up­ton bats­men in his sec­ond over to leave Bolling­ton on top of pro­ceed­ings at 10-4.

Mal­lie took his third and Bolling­ton’s fifth of the af­ter­noon as they looked to wrap up an early vic­tory. A 30-run stand be­tween War­bur­ton and Roberts thwarted Bolling­ton’s chance of an early fin­ish as Up­ton saw their score pass 55 af­ter 15 overs, how­ever, Bolling­ton didn’t have to wait long for the next wicket as Alex Durie (1-16) Bowled Roberts for six.

Hors­field (2-8) took the next two wick­ets to leave Up­ton 80-8 and Mal­lie (4-27) took Bolling­ton’s ninth as vic­tory loomed.

Im­ran re­moved the fi­nal wicket which saw Bolling­ton win by 101 runs and go 29 points clear at the top of the ta­ble with three games left.

PREST­BURY CC BILL LIVES­LEY

ROMI­LEY won the toss against Prest­bury and put them into bat.

Myles Ma­son fell early but Rami Iyer (15) and Aquell with a good 31 pushed the to­tal to 43 be­fore Iyer was out.

Aquell was joined by Tom Lives­ley, who scored two huge sixes to get to 21, but he was out on the first ball af­ter a drinks break.

Tim Saxon came in but didn’t trou­ble the scor­ers.

KER­RIDGE CC ADAM BANKLS

KER­RIDGE were due to travel to lo­cal ri­vals Knutsford on Satur­day, but were the vic­tims of a sur­prise call-off.

Ker­ridge had al­ready recorded a 10-wicket vic­tory ear­lier in the sea­son, and were left be­mused when – on one

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