Bolly fall agonisingly short at Sale
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.