Bolling­ton just short of open­ing win

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - TOM HORSFIELD

BOLLING­TON wel­comed Weaver­ham at the Recre­ation Ground for the first home fix­ture of the sea­son which ended all square.

Weaver­ham won the toss and elected to bat first in a game, which was re­duced to 30 overs aside due to the wet con­di­tions.

It was Bolling­ton, which made the early im­pact, as Kip­pie (1-32) re­moved James for 0. Dick­in­son (1-22) struck next over re­mov­ing Clarke for 5. Ea­ton and Corn­wall put on 40 for the next wicket be­fore an out­stand­ing run out from Brummy Nathan Edgar re­moved Corn­wall for 26.

Bolling­ton’s fourth wicket of the af­ter­noon saw Durie (1-22) strike, dis­miss­ing Lewis for 21 and saw the home side well on top as the scores were 80-4 from 20 overs.

The fi­nal six wick­ets fell for just 11 runs as Plant (4-2) and Horsfield (2-9) bowled a mar­velous spell to bring the Weaver­ham in­nings to an end af­ter 25 overs, and saw Bolling­ton need­ing 93 for vic­tory.

In re­ply, Bolling­ton strug­gled from the on­set as the open­ing bowl­ing dis­play ter­rorised the host’s top or­der.

Bolling­ton con­tin­ued to crum­ble un­der the pres­sure as Rick Hough was the only bats­men to trou­ble the score sheet with a 40 not out.

Mid­way through the in­nings Bolling­ton were fight­ing de­feat as the scores were 35-5 and al­most cer­tain de­feat loomed. Plant (12) and Hough stead­ied the ship, how­ever couldn’t take Bolling­ton to the re­quired to­tal, as they were 20 runs short as play ended.

Both sides took seven points from the fix­ture, Bolling­ton travel to Ox­ton next week were they look to get back on to win­ning ways.

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