Fading light dims Bolly hopes of win
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.