Seale de­stroys op­po­nents tak­ing 8 wick­ets

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE - TOM HORSFIELD

BOLLING­TON took the short jour­ney to Marple this week­end, with the vis­i­tors look­ing to bounce back af­ter a string of bad re­sults.

Marple asked the vis­i­tors to bat first, which ini­tially looked to be the wrong de­ci­sion as Hough and H.Dick­in­son were rac­ing at 45 -0 af­ter 10 overs.

Marple soon were in­volved in the ac­tion, re­mov­ing Dick­in­son for 10 closely fol­low­ing by Hough for 35 and Ward for 1, to leave the vis­i­tors in a com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tion at 56-3.

Bolling­ton looked to sta­bilise their in­nings, with the in-form Bar­rass and Leese at the crease, both play­ing pos­i­tively as Bolling­ton re­built their in­nings.

How­ever, both lost their wick­ets as a fur­ther 3 wick­ets were to fall for just 8 runs.

Marple re­quired just 4 wick­ets to re­duce Bolling­ton to a be­low par to­tal, and they did not have to wait long, with only Hen­shaw (13) and Cross (11) en­sur­ing that the vis­i­tors would post a half-com­pet­i­tive to­tal, as they saw them­selves bowled out for a be­low par 134.

Marple re­quired 135 for vic­tory off 68 overs, but im­me­di­ately looked in trou­ble as the Bar­ba­dian, Dario Seale looked in top form re­mov­ing the two open­ers Darby and Malkin in suc­ces­sive overs to leave the hosts with a lot of work to do.

Seale was bril­liantly backed up by Ward at the other end as Bolling­ton showed great in­tent in­side the first 10 overs.

Ward soon reaped the re­wards for his ac­cu­rate bowl­ing tak­ing his first wicket of the af­ter­noon, re­mov­ing the cru­cial wicket of Ben­nett for 10 as a sur­prise vic­tory looked on the cards for Bolling­ton.

Seale then dev­as­tated the Marple mid­dle or­der, tak­ing his 3rd, 4th and 5th wicket in just two overs to leave the vis­i­tors in a healthy po­si­tion at 30-5.

Ward (2-22) then took his sec­ond as a sur­prise vic­tory looked al­most im­mi­nent with the scores at 40-6.

Seale, then ran riot as he took the re­main­ing 4 wick­ets for just 6 runs.

A dev­as­tat­ing spell which left him with fig­ures of 9 Overs, 1 Maiden, 21 Runs for 8 Wick­ets which con­trib­uted for a much-needed vic­tory for the vis­i­tors.

Bolling­ton take on league lead­ers Oul­ton Park next week as they look to close the gap at the top of the ta­ble.

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