Fad­ing light dims Bolly hopes of win

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - TOM HORSFIELD

BOLLING­TON en­ter­tained Ox­ton this week­end in a highly an­tic­i­pated fix­ture, as both sides were still look­ing to reg­is­ter their first wins of the sea­son.

Bolling­ton cap­tain Richard Hough won the toss, and elected to field first.

Ox­ton started pos­i­tively, see­ing 18 runs scored of the first two overs as they looked to dom­i­nate early on, be­fore a fine com­bined piece of field­ing be­tween Harri Dick­in­son and Stu­art Plant ran out Ox­ton opener, Gib­son, for 12.

The mid­dle overs saw both a con­trolled bowl­ing and bat­ting dis­play as nei­ther team took full con­trol of the game.

Some tight mid­dle or­der bowl­ing from Kip­pie and McGovern re­strict the host to 60-1 af­ter 20 overs.

A change in the bowl­ing was re­warded with im­me­di­ate suc­cess, as Plant bowled Choudhry for 20 to leave the vis­i­tors with the ad­van­tage go­ing into drinks.

At drinks the scores were evenly poised at 75-2, be­fore a dom­i­nat­ing spell of 2 overs saw 30 runs scored from them as Ox­ton looked to kick on.

Just as the hosts were tak­ing con­trol, Bin­der bowled Patel for 14 and De Brabam­ber for 61 as the scores ap­proached 124-4 with 17 overs re­main­ing.

The next 3 overs saw Plant (4-49) dic­tate pro­ceed­ings tak­ing 3 wick­ets and give Bolling­ton the edge go­ing into the fi­nal 10 overs, see­ing the score 164-7.

An­other wicket for Bin­der (3-44) and a run out from Hough brought the in­nings to a close as Ox­ton brought up 200 of the fi­nal de­liv­ery.

In re­ply, Bolling­ton started poorly as Hough and Dick­in­son lost their wicket in the first over to give Ox­ton an early ad­van­tage as the vis­i­tors were strug­gling at 5-2.

Kip­pie and Edgar were next to the crease, as both looked to steady pro­ceed­ings, which they did with suc­cess car­ry­ing the vis­i­tors to 80-2 at drinks.

Bolling­ton were still look­ing strong af­ter drinks be­fore Kip­pie lost his wicket, for a wel­learned 54. Dis­as­ter soon fol­lowed as the new man Bin­der de­parted, closely fol­lowed by Daw­son to leave the vis­i­tors in a un­likely win­ning po­si­tion at 125-5 with 15 overs re­main­ing. Edgar was the next man to va­cate for a fan­tas­tic 64.

The away side were of­fered some hope as Hen­shall hit a 20 ball 32 which saw a bar­rage of sixes hit the fence all around the ground.

As the light be­gan to dis­ap­pear, so did Bolling­ton’s chances of vic­tory as Horsfield and Hen­shall lost their wick­ets, and Plant and Mcgovern saw the game through to leave the vis­i­tors just 17 runs short for vic­tory.

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