Bolly keep pushing in title bid
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.