Oxton win comfortably at home to Bollington
Despite two losses to Urmston and Upton and a draw to in-form Marple in the past three matches Oxton were confident they could get back to winning ways against a useful Bollington side who had got the better of them earlier in the season.
The return of part time keeper Marc Debrabander & Jamie Crawley to the team significantly strengthened the batting whilst Lewis Knowles came into the side for James Fraser, who picked up a side-strain in last week’s draw at Marple.
Dane Williams won the toss and decided Oxton would have a bowl on a cloudy yet muggy day.
With Fraser out it was back to the new ball partnership of Magann & Fennah which did not disappoint. Pat took the big wicket of Bollington skipper Hough in his third over with the score only on 10.
Rich was also bowling an extremely tight line and the batsmen were struggling to get anything away.
Pat picked up his second wicket in his next over when Edgar was caught behind leaving the score on 12-2 off 7 overs.
Scoring became increasingly difficult for the two batsmen and after 13 overs the score was 13-2 with Rich only having gone for 1 run off his first 6 overs.
In the 16th over Rich finally got his reward for a great spell of bowling when he picked up two wickets. The first saw H Dickinson bowled playing across the line in an attempt to move the scoring on. The new batsman Leese was dismissed first ball as he missed a straight one which hit his pad leaving the umpire no choice but to raise his finger.
The score was now 26-4 off 16 overs.
Pat Magann had now been replaced at the far end by the skipper.
A partnership developed between Barrass and J Dickinson who moved the scoring on to 98 before the next wicket was taken in the 34th over off the bowling of Lewis Knowles.
The two batsmen had put Bollington in with a chance of getting around 170-180 when earlier it had looked like 130 may have been more likely.
The dismissal of Jake Dickinson lbw to Knowles was also to be the end of Knowles’ spell as he innocuously injured his knee in the process bringing Greg Shillinglaw into the attack from the pavilion end joining Magann who was now bowling his second spell from the other.
The 6th wicket fell with the score on 118 and with 12 overs to go when Shilly took his first of the day, caught by Dane Williams.
The Bollington batsmen, in particular Barrass batting at no. 4, continued to take the attack to the Oxton bowlers until Magann forced the error as the batsman skied the ball towards the injured Knowles at mid-off.
Keeper Cross and Horsfield then put on a partnership of 27 with shots all around the wicket to take the Bollington total to 161 with a few overs still remaining.
Shilly outsmarted the keeper batsman who was caught by the spritely Gibson for 23.
By this stage Chris Williams had been called into the attack for the final few overs from the far end. This was Chris’s first spell of medium pace since his return to the club and he took the wicket of Horsfield to a fantastic catch from Shilly running in from the boundary.
Shilly took the final Bollington wicket with three balls left in the innings as, the number 11, Roddis was caught by the sub fielder (on for Knowles).
Bollington had set Oxton a target of 183 to win.
After tea Debrabander and Cashin opened up and looked fairly comfortable against the new ball. The score went from 6-0 to 26-0 in the fifth over as Debrabander found the boundary with each of the first five balls of the over playing shots all around the ground.
Cashin was drawn into playing a ball just outside off stump to the Bollington overseas player Dario Searle and the catch was taken by the away keeper.
This brought the in-form Andy Gibson to the crease but it was not long before he returned to the pavilion as he was caught on the back foot with the ball keeping a little low and sneaking through his defences.
With the score now 36-2 Jamie Crawley, now available for Oxton until the end of the season, joined Debrabander in the middle.
The pair batted superbly offering no chances to the Bollington bowlers who by drinks knew it wasn’t their day with the score on 127-2 (off 25 overs).
As the Oxton total closed in on the 183 target Jamie overtook Marc to end as the highest scorer with 84 not out. Debrabander finished unbeaten on 82.
It was a fantastic win which gets Oxton back on track after a couple of poor performances.
Oxton 25pts. Bollington 6pts.
Next up Oxton travel to Little Budworth as they play league leaders Oulton Park.