Bolling­ton open up with brace of wins

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - TOM HORSFIELD

BOLLING­TON wel­comed Ox­ton to the Recre­ation Ground in their first home game of the sea­son.

Bolling­ton won the toss and elected to field first, a de­ci­sion, which looked to be the right one with the vis­i­tors strug­gling early on at 7-2 af­ter 3 overs. Ward and Dickinson caus­ing the early dam­aged for the hosts.

A handy part­ner­ship pro­pelled the scores to 74-2 be­fore Bolling­ton struck again, Over­seas Dario Seale tak­ing the first of what he hopes to be a suc­cess­ful sea­son.

The fourth wicket came soon af­ter as the score passed 90, Horsfield (1-22) do­ing the dam­age caught by Ward in the slips.

Ward (2-34) took his sec­ond of the af­ter­noon, re­mov­ing Gib­son for 17. Stu­art Plant went un­re­warded af­ter a bril­liant spell frus­trated the vis­i­tors, go­ing for just 30 runs off his 15 overs.

With the pres­sure build­ing Seale (3-54) was in­volved in the ac­tion once again tak­ing a fur­ther two wick­ets as the vis­i­tors score passed 175. Dickinson (2-45) took Bolling­ton’s fi­nal wicket of the af­ter­noon with Ox­ton set­ting a to­tal of 194 for vic­tory.

Ox­ton got off to a great start, Re­mov­ing Dickinson in the first over for just 4. Bolling­ton con­sol­i­dated and added another 40 to the scores be­fore their next wicket fell, Edgar (18) caught in the slips. Dunn was next to be va­cated for 36 as the hosts ap­proached 100.

With the game in the bal­ance Ward fell for 40 closely fol­lowed by Leese for 20. Bolling­ton still re­quired 46 for vic­tory with 10 overs re­main­ing.

Cross and Horsfield brought Bolling­ton to within 20 of the re­quired score be­fore Cross went for one max­i­mum to many see­ing him caught in the bound­ary for 33.

Horsfield was joined by Hough and to­gether saw Bolling­ton over the line.

Bolling­ton had trav­elled to re­cently pro­moted Up­ton on the first day of the sea­son.

Up­ton won the toss and elected the field first, on a pitch which looked favourable to­wards the bowlers.

Up­ton im­me­di­ately struck, tak­ing the prize wicket of Bolling­ton cap­tain Richard Hough for 2. Fel­low opener Harri Dickinson was go­ing well at the other end, along­side Nathan Edgar who re­built a sta­ble start for the vis­i­tors.

Dickinson fell for 18, closely fol­lowed by Edgar for 27. Jack Ward and Tom Bar­rass put Bolling­ton in a strong po­si­tion af­ter drinks as the scores passed 75-3 at the half way mark.

Ward then fell for 15 but Bar­rass was con­tin­u­ing to im­press and, be­side Tom Leese, saw Bolling­ton’s score pass 100. Bar­rass put the vis­i­tors in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion and soon had his half cen­tury.

He lost his wicket for 53, James Cross go­ing to the crease. With the in­nings com­ing to an end, the Bolling­ton bats­men looked more ag­gres­sive in their ap­proach with Leese (17), Cross (16) and Horsfield (10*) guid­ing them to a to­tal of 167.

Up­ton started well in their re­ply, as they passed 30 with­out loss af­ter 10 overs. The break­through came soon af­ter, a great catch by Horsfield, bowled by Roddis re­moved Smith for 29. The home side never re­ally got go­ing and Roddis dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings.

Roddis tor­mented the op­po­si­tion with a daz­zling bowl­ing dis­play and he was su­perbly backed up by Stu­art Plant (2-39).

Dickinson (3-19) also dom­i­nated the op­po­si­tion which a ter­rific spell. With the vis­i­tors dom­i­nat­ing, Roddis took his fifth, leav­ing him with fig­ures of 5-37 on de­but.

Dickinson took the fi­nal wicket of the day to see Bolling­ton take the max­i­mum 25 points, a wicket which topped a ter­rific start to the sea­son.

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