Bolly keep push­ing in ti­tle bid

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - TOM HORSFIELD

BOLLING­TON trav­elled to bot­tom side Weaver­ham this week­end with a win for the vis­i­tors keep­ing them in the run­ning for a late pro­mo­tion push.

Bolling­ton were asked to bat first, with both bats­men look­ing com­posed at the crease as the scores passed 30 within the first 10 overs.

Dick­in­son and Longhorn added a solid open­ing part­ner­ship be­fore los­ing their wick­ets in quick suc­ces­sion, both for 22. Ward was the next man in and was joined at the crease by Hough as the two bats­men looked to take Bolling­ton to a com­pet­i­tive to­tal.

The two bats­men took the scores over the 100 mark as the vis­i­tors then looked to in­crease the scor­ing rate. Hough fell for a hard fought 18 as the mid­dle order looked to push Bolling­ton to­wards a win­ning to­tal.

Bolling­ton’s mid­dle order col­lapsed for the se­cond week run­ning, with not one bats­man adding any mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion. Weaver­ham’s bowlers looked in good spir­its as they re­stricted the vis­i­tors to 144, only Ward with a hard fought 47 con­tribut­ing to the scores.

In re­ply, Weaver­ham strug­gled as Ward (1-12) and Seale con­tin­ued their ex­cel­lent open­ing part­ner­ship with the ball, by re­mov­ing the two open­ers to leave them strug­gling at 10-2.

The hosts then raced passed the 50 mark as the Bolling­ton bowlers strug­gled to make an­other break­through. The third wicket came from Rod­dis (1-36), who bowled Dick­in­son for 14.

With the host only re­quir­ing 50 for vic­tory, Horsfield re­moved the two dan­ger­men in suc­ces­sive overs to swing the ad­van­tage back to­wards the vis­i­tors.

Dario Seale (3-26) then took Bolling­ton’s sixth wicket as vic­tory looked to be within touch­ing dis­tance, with still a fur­ther 45 runs re­quired.

Horsfield (5-14) then tore through the Weaver­ham tail, tak­ing 3 wick­ets in 3 balls to com­plete his hat­trick. Seale took Bolling­ton fi­nal wicket to give them an un­likely vic­tory, a vic­tory which leaves them just 14 points away from se­cond place.

Bolling­ton take on Widnes next week­end as they look to take some form in to the fi­nal few games of the sea­son.

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