Bolly beat ri­vals

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - TOM HORSFIELD

BOTH of last year’s pro­moted sides met for this first time this sea­son at the recre­ation ground, with Bolling­ton look­ing to make amends af­ter nar­rowly miss­ing out on the league ti­tle by one point.

War­ring­ton won the toss, and elected to field first. With con­di­tions suit­ing the bowling side ear­lier on, open­ers Rick Hough and Harri Dickinson did well to sur­vive the first 10 overs look­ing un­scathed as the scores passed 30.

The 11th over saw the game’s first wicket, as Bolling­ton skipper Hough was bowled for 10. This brought to the crease Edgar, who along­side the in-form H Dickinson struc­tured a com­posed in­nings.

H Dickinson was search­ing for his third half cen­tury in a week fol­low­ing two match­ing win­ning per­for­mances. How­ever this time he fell short, caught and bowled by Huw Stone for 31. Edgar was next to va­cate for 21 as two new bats­men were joined at the crease.

At 25 overs Bolling­ton were 79-2 with over­seas Faiz Kip­pie and Jake Dickinson at the crease, they were look­ing to ac­cel­er­ate the scores. A fine dis­play from of hit­ting saw Bolling­ton cruise to 120-2 with Kip­pie hit­ting an ar­ray of sixes on to the football field.

Sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous wicket, two more fell in quick suc­ces­sion, Dickinson trapped LBW for 26 and Kip­pie go­ing for one max­i­mum to many, as he was caught on the long on bound­ary for 44.

As War­ring­ton looked to be back in the game Plant and Bar­rass had other ideas, the home side passed the 200 mark af­ter 42 overs. Bar­rass was mo­tor­ing along as he ap­proached his half cen­tury only to fall short for 48.

With only eight overs re­main­ing, the host were look­ing to in­crease the scores as Plant (34), Hen­shall (1), Horsfield (7) saw the home side to fin­ish on a very com­pet­i­tive 238-9, declar­ing with one over to spare.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter tea Bin­der con­tin­ued his fine bowling per­for­mance by re­mov­ing War­ring­ton cap­tain Mike Rudd af­ter a fine catch from Pete Hen­shall in the slips.

The over later Kip­pie mir­rored Bin­der (1-35), tak­ing the wicket of Adam Green for 0, this time caught by Horsfield. Kip­pie (2-38) again was amongst the wick­ets as this time he re­moved McIn­tosh, LBW for 2, leav­ing the home side well on top af­ter three overs at 17-3.

A War­ring­ton re­vival dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings for the next 15 overs as Fleet­wood and Agar hit an ar­ray of bound­aries, as the vis­i­tors passed the 100 mark off just 17 overs.

War­ring­ton looked re­ju­ve­nated, and were well above the run rate and scor­ing freely, be­fore a change in the bowling im­me­di­ately made an im­pact, Jake Dickinson re­moved Agar LBW for 44 as the scores were evenly poised at 121-4.

A change in the bowling at the op­po­site end was just as suc­cess­ful, with only his 3rd ball Horsfield bowled Hea­phy for 0. With favourable condi- tions, Horsfield struck again re­mov­ing the dan­ger­ous Fleet­wood for 55 af­ter a bril­liant div­ing catch from keeper Ged Mck­er­nan.

The same com­bi­na­tion stuck again, Horsfield bowling, Mck­er­nan keep­ing and with some fine glove work saw Rudd stumped for 0. With the away side seven wick­ets down, vic­tory looked un­likely how­ever some re­silience from the War­ring­ton tail frus­trated the hosts.

Bolling­ton had to wait an­other six overs be­fore strik­ing again, Horsfield tak­ing his fourth wicket af­ter yet an­other stun­ning catch in the slips from Peter Hen­shall.

The fol­low­ing ball Horsfield (5-32) took his fifth of the af­ter­noon re­mov­ing Jogi, this time caught in the slips by Plant, leav­ing the home side need­ing just one wicket for vic­tory with the scores at 158-9.

Bolling­ton were made to wait un­til the fi­nal five overs of the match, as War­ring­ton’s over­seas bat­ted well for his 50, and to take his side over the 170 mark. J Dickinson (2-11) was the man the take the fi­nal wicket, bowling Stone for 55 see­ing Bolling­ton won their third suc­ces­sive league home game in suc­ces­sion, to put them in a healthy league po­si­tion at this early stage in the sea­son.

It was a suc­cess­ful week­end all round as Bolling­ton 2nd XI won away at Al­van­ley. Bolling­ton, bowling the hosts out for 113, knocked them off just 2 wick­ets down. Club leg­end, Oli Nolan with the pick of the fig­ures – 15 overs 7 wick­ets for 32 runs.

●● Peter Hen­shall catches an op­po­nent for Bolling­ton

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