Bolly fall ag­o­nis­ingly short at Sale

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - TOM HORSFIELD

BOLLING­TON trav­elled to Sale at the week­end for a clash against two sides sit­ting com­fort­ably in mid-ta­ble as the sea­son ap­proached the half way point.

The vis­i­tors won the toss and elected to field first, a de­ci­sion which would frus­trate the vis­i­tors as nu­mer­ous catches were dropped with Bolling­ton still search­ing for their first wicket af­ter 15 overs.

Sale’s open­ing bats­men looked solid, but un­threat­en­ing as the scores passed 50-0 af­ter 20 overs, giv­ing Sale a firm foun­da­tion for the rest of the in­nings.

The first wicket of the af­ter­noon came af­ter a change in the bowl­ing, spin­ner Jake Dick­in­son re­mov­ing Dixon as he looked to in­crease the scor­ing rate.

Sale passed the 100 mark as Ty­rone Lawrence hit an ar­ray of bound­aries soon af­ter en­ter­ing the crease. It wasn’t long be­fore J Dick­in­son (2-41) struck again, re­mov­ing the other Sale opener af­ter 30 overs for 42.

Bolling­ton had to en­dure a pe­riod of ball chas­ing as they searched for their third wicket of the af­ter­noon, but Lawrence and Guest con­tin­ued to in­crease the scores flu­idly.

The scores passed 150 as the overs reached 40 with the Sale bats­men look­ing good for a very big score. It wasn’t un­til the 46th over un­til the next wicket came via Horsfield fol­low­ing a fan­tas­tic bound­ary catch from Ben Jeffery to re­move Guest for 47.

A fi­nal con­so­la­tion wicket came off the fi­nal ball of the in­nings from Horsfield (2-39) with Sale reach­ing 212-4.

In re­ply, Bolling­ton lost Harri Dick­in­son straight away for three, which bought Faiz Kip­pie to the crease, who along­side Hough put on a solid part­ner­ship as Bolling­ton passed the 50.

Hough reached his half-cen­tury and the vis­i­tors looked to in­crease the run rate. Hough and Kip­pie put on 100 but soon af­ter Kip­pie lost his wicket for 47 with the scores at 123-2.

Another 20 was added to the score when Hough lost his wicket for 80 as Bolling­ton still needed 70 for vic­tory with 12 overs re­main­ing.

Ever in­creas­ing wickets started to tum­ble, Jake Dick­in­son the next man out for 24, closely fol­lowed by Horsfield (12).

It looked as if the vis­i­tors would fall ag­o­nis­ingly short as they re­quired six off the fi­nal over. A great fi­nal over from Sale bowler Bar­row­man meant that the home side would not be beaten as he bowled Bar­rass (29) off the fi­nal de­liv­ery, with Bolling­ton need­ing five for vic­tory.

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