Bollington saved by defiant last stand
BOLLINGTON took on the current lead leaders Widnes in this weekend’s fixture, as they looked to bounce back from last week’s defeat.
Widnes won the toss and elected to bat but it was the visitors who struck, Roddis bowling Naughton for 4. Widnes added another 50 to the score before the next wicket fell, this time Plant with his first wicket of the afternoon. Plant took his second soon after removing Ughradar for 1, and continued to frustrate the opposition to see him finish with figure of 2-31 off 15 overs.
Widnes began to increase the score rate as they passed 100 in the 30th over with the scores ever increasing. Bollington did their best to hold up the run rate with two quick fire run outs, Tom Leese with an exceptional piece of fielding to remove Hewitt for 0. Widnes looked in a strong position with the scores at 170 with 5 overs remaining. The hosts added another 36 to the scores to put them in a formidable position.
In response, Bollington started well Hough and Leese taking the scores past 30 after 10 overs. Edgar was next to fall for 5 before Ward and Hough steadied proceedings. Hough brought up his first half century of the season.
Ward (25) fell with the scores at 114 and was replaced by Cross. Cross hit a series of boundaries to put Bollington in a great position but fell soon after for 28. With Bollington only needing 40 for victory they began to struggle.
Widnes removed 4 wickets in as many overs with them requiring just one wicket for victory, however Hough (92*) prevented defeat with a defiant knock.
Bollington host local rivals Macclesfield in an eagerly anticipated fixture this weekend.