Bolling­ton main­tain im­pres­sive start

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - TOM HORSFIELD

BOLLING­TON trav­elled to Oul­ton Park in an ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated fix­ture with both sides start­ing well at this early stage in the sea­son.

With 13 coming off the first over, Bolling­ton looked in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion with Dick­in­son and Hough start­ing well. The over later saw Dick­in­son fall for 13, Si­mon Dunn next man in.

Bolling­ton sta­bilised and took them passed the 15 over mark with the score 40-1. Dunn (12) fell shortly af­ter which brought Ward to the crease. The scor­ing rate quickly in­creased with Ward hitting back-to-back bound­aries in his first over.

Ward (24) fell just be­fore the Drinks break with the scores at 81-2 as Hen­shall was the next bats­man in. With Hough bat­ting sen­si­bly at the op­pos­ing end Hen­shall was given a li­cence to attack.

The scores were pro­pelled to put Bolling­ton in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion at drinks. It only took an­other 5 overs and Hen­shall raced to his half cen­tury which saw the vis­i­tors pass the 150 mark.

Soon af­ter Hen­shall fell for 50 closely fol­lowed by Hough (28).

This brought two new bats­men to the crease who con­tin­ued to frus­trate the op­po­si­tion, Edgar (14), Bar­rass (17) and Cross (26) took the scores past 200 with 8 overs re­main­ing.

Plant (19*), Horsfield (6) and Seale (20) put Bolling­ton in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion set­ting the hosts 237 for vic­tory.

Bolling­ton opened the bowl­ing with Seale and Dick­in­son who threat­ened early on with early chances just find­ing gaps in the field.

A change in the bowl­ing had an im­me­di­ate im­pacted as Plant bowled dan­ger man East for 30 in what would turn out to be a dev­as­tat­ing spell from the left arm spin­ner.

Seale backed up Plant bril­liantly at the other end and his ef­forts were soon re­wards as he re­moved Tom­lin­son without trou­bling the scor­ers caught by Cross be­hind the stumps.

Plant then tore through the mid­dle or­der re­mov­ing Leech, Roberts, Latham and Gib­bons in suc­ces­sive over to bring up his first five wicket haul of the sea­son. Seale ended his ter­rific open­ing spell with fig­ure of 1-9 off 11 overs and was re­placed by Ward (4-3), fol­lowed by Plant. Pro­ceed­ings ended in just the 32nd over of the Oul­ton Park in­nings, Plant end­ing with match win­ning figures of 6-34 off 12 overs.

Bolling­ton’s se­conds won for the sec­ond time this sea­son beat­ing Heaton Mersey. Bolling­ton 193 - Leese (51) Bowled out the vis­i­tors for 89 - Bishop (4-33) and Nolan (4-34) the pick from the score­card.

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