Bolling­ton saved by defiant last stand

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE - TOM HORSFIELD

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.

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