Bolling­ton edge home in tight fin­ish

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - TOM HORSFIELD

BE­FORE their win against War­ring­ton at the week­end, Bolling­ton were look­ing to make it two wins from three as they took on last year’s Premier League side Marple at the recre­ation ground.

The home side de­cided to field first af­ter win­ning the toss, and with a tight open­ing spell from Joe Bin­der and Faiz Kip­pie, Marple could not gather any mo­men­tum as they passed the 10 over mark with just 25 on the board.

With the pres­sure mount­ing on the bats­men to score runs, open­ing bats­man’s An­drew Hall hit one straight to Dickinson off the bowling of Bin­der to see the home side take their first wicket of the af­ter­noon.

Al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter Bin­der struck again, this time bowling Ben­nett for 13 and gave Bolling­ton the early ad­van­tage af­ter 15 over with the scores at 31-2.

Kip­pie de­servedly got his first wicket of the day re­mov­ing Rad­ford for six, which meant Marple were left with a lot to do at this early stage in the game. As drinks ap­proached Bolling­ton were well on top with the scores at 49-3.

Both Kip­pie (24-1) and Bin­der (34-2) bowled ex­cel­lently as they ended their im­pres­sive spells. A mini re­vival gave Marple an in­creased chance of tak­ing some­thing from the game as they put on 30 runs for the next wicket, be­fore Plant bowled Wood for 23.

Dickinson was in the wick­ets this time, tak­ing Bolling­ton’s fifth of the af­ter­noon off a catch from Hen­shall see­ing the away side struggling at 91-5.

A bom­bard­ment of wick­ets was to fol­low and Plant and Dickinson put on a tidy part­ner­ship as Plant (4-28) took an­other three wick­ets and Dickinson (2-25) one, plus a run out from skipper Hough saw the away side all out for a very reach­able score of 130 for vic­tory.

Ini­tially, Bolling­ton made ex­tremely light work of the run chase as they bought up their 40 mark off just five overs as Dickinson and Hough made light work of pro­ceed­ings.

How­ever, Hough was caught LBW off the bowling of Wylie for 16 to put a dent in the chase. Af­ter only cel­e­brat­ing his 17th birth­day in the week, Harri Dickinson brought up his first half cen­tury for the club go­ing at more than a run a ball to give the home side an unin­sur­able ad­van­tage as the home side were sit­ting com­fort­ably at 100-1.

Just as it seemed that Edgar and Dickinson would guide Bolling­ton to vic­tory, Edgar was bowled off Greasley for 17 and then Dickinson was caught be­hind for 63 which saw the scores at 111-3.

All seemed too lit­tle too late for Marple, be­fore two quick wick­ets, Kip­pie and Hen­shall, gave them a life­line. How­ever, Jake Dickinson (12*) and Plant (6*) saw Bolling­ton home to take full points and their sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son, which saw them take up fifth po­si­tion.

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