Bolly too strong for visitors
BOLLINGTON welcomed Grappenhall to the Recreation Ground and successfully saw off the visitors.
Grappenhall captain Adam Roylance asked Bollington to bat first and the decision looked a good one as tight bowling from Guest and McCabe reduced Bolly to 30-3.
Hough then joined Edgar at the crease and the pair built a much needed partnership, taking the score into the 80s before Edgar was bowled by former IPL overseas player Ninan for 28.
Matt Dawson was next in and the score continued to build with Hough picking up boundaries before falling to Ninan caught at short fine leg for 39.
Pete Henshall came in but was spectacularly caught for an important 26 before Dawson holed out off the bowling of Ninan for 39 – but the score was moving on nicely.
Stuart Plant (17 not out) and Tim Berryman (nine not out) then did well to ensure Bolly collected full batting points and finished the innings on 209-9 after 50 overs.
The dangerous pair of McCoy and Roylance opened for Grappenhall after the break and it was crucial that Bolly started well.
In Joe Binder’s very first over he induced an edge from McCoy which was put down, but very next ball McCoy holed out to Hough at mid-off.
Binder was bowling superbly and he was rewarded again with the wicket of Barnes.
Ninan joined Roylance and Grappenhall’s two best players were now at the crease.
Tom Horsfield brought one back in to left hander Roylance trapping him LBW for 40 and Joe Binder bowled Wright for 0 with the best ball of the day swinging in and clipping the off stump.
In partnership with Will Sharp the score moved on slowly as Bolly bowled with excellent control but both sides knew something had to give.
After drinks, Harri Dickinson was introduced to the attack, bowling with pace and aggression he was rewarded with the wicket of Sharp well caught behind by Berryman.
Meanwhile, from the pavilion end Joe Binder finished his spell of superb swing bowling picking up 3-39 from 15 overs.
Ninan looking to increase the run rate but holed out to Dickinson at deep cover for 35 and Bolly had exposed the Grappenhall tail.
Dickinson claimed his second wicket of Matthews who was caught and bowled for seven before Plant and overseas player Faiz Kippie finished off the Grappenhall innings, all out for 144 in 42 overs.