Bolly snatch vic­tory in thrilling style

Macclesfield Express - - TIME TRIP - TOM HORSFIELD

BOLLING­TON trav­elled to Daven­ham at the week­end in what would be an ex­hil­a­rat­ing match taken to the wire.

Daven­ham chose to field first, with the con­di­tions look­ing to favour the hosts.

They didn’t have to wait long to take their first wicket of the match, Leese re­moved for six caught in the slips by Gough to leave Bolling­ton 11-1.

James Cross was the next man in, and along­side Hough, he looked steady as the visi­tors passed 50.

As Bolling­ton looked to be go­ing well, the wick­ets of both bats­men fell in quick suc­ces­sion.

Cross was the first man to va­cate for a hard fought 16, closely fol­lowed by Hough (26) for a con­tentious caught be­hind de­ci­sion go­ing against the Bolling­ton cap­tain.

McGuin­ness and Dick­in­son were the new men at the crease, who could only add 12 to the scores be­fore Blackie bowled Dick­in­son for eight.

Hen­shall added a quick fire 14 be­fore be­ing caught on the bound­ary.

The visi­tors con­tin­ued to struggle, as McGuin­ness was the next man out for nine, with Bolling­ton just three runs short of bring­ing up their hun­dred.

Heath­cote and Horsfield in­creased the scor­ing rate to see the score in­crease to a more com­pet­i­tive rate of 119 be­fore Horsfield was caught for 13.

He was re­placed by Bishop who added a cru­cial 17 to give Bolling­ton a fight­ing chance of vic­tory as the visi­tors posted a be­low par 156.

Bolling­ton made a great start in de­fend­ing their to­tal, as in suc­ces­sive overs Horsfield (2-35) re­moved both open­ers.

First to fall was Loveridge, LBW for four, fol­lowed by Gough, caught by Hen­shall in the slips for one.

Daven­ham looked in trou­ble as wick­ets con­tin­ued to tum­ble, Dick­in­son (1-17) bowl­ing Hunt for 14 with the visi­tors well on top with the scores at 37-3.

Vic­tory looked al­most cer­tain as the Bolling­ton bowlers ter­rorised, the host’s adding just 17 runs as another four wick­ets fell, Seale end­ing his first spell with one wicket, Rod­dis (3-25) with three.

The Daven­ham lower order had other ideas, as they moved ever closer to the re­quired score. They were in a strong po­si­tion, re­quir­ing just 12 runs for vic­tory with three wick­ets re­main­ing.

Seale gave Bolling­ton a glim­mer of hope, break­ing the 73-run part­ner­ship of Han­cock and Blackie.

The visi­tors still had a lot of work for vic­tory. How­ever, an in-form Dario Seale took the fi­nal two wick­ets in just four balls to give Bolling­ton the un­like­li­est of vic­to­ries.

Vic­tory saw Bolling­ton move up to sec­ond in the ta­ble as the half way mark ap­proaches.

It’s Urm­ston at the Recre­ation Ground next week­end.

It was an suc­cess­ful week­end all round for Bolling­ton as the sec­ond XI won com­pre­hen­sively by five wick­ets.

Nolan (5-48) with the pick of the bowl­ing fig­ures, Bate­man, Nolan 21 and Pat­ter­son 39* see­ing Bolling­ton over the line as they moved up to fourth.

Rick Hough

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