Bollington open up with brace of wins
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.