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Bangor Cricket Club 1st XI2013
|Sat 20th Apr||Sion Mills||F(A)||Won by 2 wkts|
|Sun 21st Apr|
|Sat 27th Apr||Saintfield||L(H)||Lost by 32 runs||Scorecard|
|Sun 28th Apr|
|Sat 4th May||Larne||L(A)||Postponed|
|Sun 5th May|
|Sat 11th May||Academy||L(H)||Postponed|
|Sun 12th May|
|Sat 18th May||Saintfield||JC(A)||Postponed|
|Sun 19th May|
|Sat 25th May||Drumaness||L(A)||Won by 8 wkts||Scorecard|
|Sun 26th May||Saintfield||JC(A)||Lost by 23 runs||Scorecard|
|Sat 1st Jun|
|Sun 2nd Jun||Larne||L(A)||Lost by 5 wkts||Scorecard|
|Sat 8th Jun||Holywood||L(H)||Won by 46 runs||Scorecard|
|Sun 9th Jun||Academy||L(H)||Won by 100 runs||Scorecard|
|Sat 15th Jun||Armagh||L(A)||Won by 5 wkts||Scorecard|
|Sun 16th Jun|
|Sat 22nd Jun|
|Sun 23rd Jun||Cregagh||L(H)||Won by 170 wkts||Scorecard|
|Sat 29th Jun||Cooke Collegians||L(A)||Lost by 1 wkt||Scorecard|
|Sun 30th Jun|
|Sat 6th Jul||Millpark||L(H)||Won by 51 runs||Scorecard|
|Sun 7th Jul|
|Sat 13th Jul||Saintfield||L(A)||Won by 15 runs||Scorecard|
|Sun 14th Jul|
|Sat 20th Jul||Larne||L(H)||Won by 9 wkts||Scorecard|
|Sun 21st Jul|
|Sat 27th Jul||Academy||L(A)||Won by 189 runs||Scorecard|
|Sun 28th Jul|
|Sat 3rd Aug||Drumaness||L(H)||Won by 7 wkts||Scorecard|
|Sun 4th Aug|
|Sat 10th Aug||Holywood||L(A)||Won by 41 runs||Scorecard|
|Sun 11th Aug|
|Sat 17th Aug||Armagh||L(H)||Won by 5 wkts||Scorecard|
|Sun 18th Aug|
|Sat 24th Aug||Cregagh||L(A)||Won by 5 wkts||Scorecard|
|Sun 25th Aug|
|Sat 31st Aug||Cooke Collegians||L(H)||Won by 9 wkts||Scorecard|
|Sun 1st Sep|
|Sat 7th Sep||Millpark||L(A)||Postponed|
|Sun 8th Sep|
|Sat 14th Sep||Millpark||L(A)||Won by 6 wkts||Scorecard|
JC - Junior Cup
Bangor 1st XI v Cooke 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - 31st August 2013
Bangor's final home game of the season saw the visit of Cooke Collegians with the home side looking to exact revenge from defeat in the corresponding away fixture earlier in the season, with a win vital to maintain Bangor's push for one of the two promotion places.
The visitors captain, Pollock deputising for the absent Johnston won the toss and elected to bat on what was surely a batting paradise. Bangor's opening attack of Burns & Kwelu however had other ideas. Burns in particular bowled with pace & accuracy and had the visitors batsmen in all sorts of trouble and in the 5th over had Moore trapped LBW for a duck with the score on 8. Wilmott soon followed in the 7th over, falling to a smart catch by Andy Nixon at 2nd slip off the bowling of Burns. With runs hard to come by, desperation crept into the visitors batting as Shukla called for a suicidal run only to be sent back by his partner and was run out by several yards, 17 for 3. McKeown replaced Kwelu in the 9th over and immediately had the dangerous Shekar caught by McCusker to leave the visitors struggling at 21 for 4 after 10 overs. Logan, bowled for another duck became Burns's 3rd victim and opener Patterson who had offered only modest resistance in the first 15 overs was bowled by a quick full delivery from Burns. With the final ball of his 10 over spell, Burns had Henderson trapped LBW to secure a well deserved "fiver" for a mere 7 runs ( only 3 from the bat). Cooke Collegians in big trouble at 41 for 7 after 19 overs.
This saw the arrival at the crease of evergreen Billy "Bumper" Dale who together with Brown added some 40 runs and brought some respectability to the total. Another wicket for McKeown and one a piece for Nixon and Miller closed the visitors innings at 92 in the 35th over.
Normal service was resumed at the top of the Bangor order as Johnny Parker, returning from holiday joined Andy Nixon in the quest for the first 10 wicket victory of the season. It was not to be however as Nixon slashed at a wide delivery in the 2nd over snicking one through to the keeper off the bowling of Moore. This brought the inform Clark to the crease who after riding his luck in the early stages of his innings, soon set about the Cooke Collegians attack with regular balls sent crashing across the quick outfield and into the fence. Parker who provided his customary solid support role could only watch as Clark raced to his 50 off 17 overs as the visitors total was overhauled in the 19 over.
Cooke Collegians 92 all out. Brown 24 no.
Burns 10 overs, 5 for 7, McKeown 10 overs, 2 for 27.
Bangor 93 for 1. Clark 51 no, Parker 25 no.
This was an emphatic all-round performance from a Bangor side hungry for success and promotion back to Section 1. With everyone enjoying the win and a well earned early refreshment, word soon broke that promotion contenders, Saintfield had been beaten by Armagh to secure promotion for Bangor and rivals, Holywood.
Next Saturday, with the promotion spots secured, sees the dogfight continue between the 2 North Down neighbours with Bangor hoping Holywood slip up in their quest for the Section 2 title.
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Cregagh 1st XI v Bangor 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - 24th August 2013
Bangor 1st XI extended their winning run to 8 matches last weekend with what turned out to be another nervy finish, this time with victory at Cregagh Cricket Club.
With Bangor winning the toss and choosing to bowl, they were immediately rewarded when Burns had Johnson caught behind with the first ball of the second over. This set the tone for the Cregagh innings, with runs hard to come which resulted in a regular flow of wickets. For the second week in a row Bangor were able to contain the opposition to a low score, again with the bowlers returning some excellent figures. Of the runs that Cregagh did score, the majority of them came from the outside edge of the bat coupled with some wayward bowling. In all, Bangor gifted Cregagh 17 of their 108 runs. Each of the 6 bowlers contributed well, with the wickets shared amongst the bowling attack. Kwelu opened the innings with Burns sharing a 10 over spell, with Kwelu going unrewarded for his economical rate of less than 2.5runs per over. Burns finished with 1 wicket with 20 runs conceded.
The change of bowling saw Nixon and McKeown paired together, piling the pressure on even further. With Nixon’s inswinging bowling from one end, McKeown had the ball moving off the pitch with a mix of unplayable off breaks and slower deliveries keeping the batsmen constantly guessing. Nixons first spell of 6 overs was wicketless, but only went for 13 runs. McKeown bowled his full 10 over quota consecutively, with excellent figures of 3 for 17. McKeown claimed his first wicket when a thick edge was caught behind by McLarnon and his second via a stunning off break delivery just bowled the Cregagh skipper just as he was looking to up the run rate. The third of three wickets was expertly claimed by Clark at slip, jumping to take a thick edge from the left handed Moore who batted 12 frustrating overs for his 14 runs.
Murphy also continued his excellent form with the ball, with his leg spinners continuing to bamboozle the batsmen of Section 2. Murphy’s 10 overs claimed 2 wickets for only 23 runs, the highlight being a thick outside edge that was expertly caught at slip by McKeown, one handed and seemingly plucking the ball from mid air after it seemed destined to fly past him. Clark was the final bowler used, claiming 2 for 16 off his 7 overs.
For the second week in a row the Bangor batsmen went out to chase down a low total, and for the second week in a row it was left to the middle order to settle the nerves after a top order collapse.
Nixon was the first wicket to fall in unfortunate circumstances. With no sightscreens at one end of the ground, Nixon lost sight of a waist high full toss that ended up clattering into his off stump. This brought the free scoring Clark to the middle, with himslef and English adding 60 runs for the second wicket before English was ran out. This soon became 66 for 3 as Clark himself was dismissed for 40 trying to hit Ontong over the infield, only to be caught at mid off. It was a soft end to a hard fought innings, with Clark the only Bangor batsmen able to build a substantial innings with shots all round the ground on a slow pitch. McKeown was the next wicket to fall, spooning a full toss for a soft dismissal. Law was immediately following in McKeown’s footsteps having been adjudged LBW, again off Ontong.
With Bangor collapsing to 77 for 5 off 21 overs and on the verge of giving away the 4 points, it was the steely determination of Burns that saw the Bangor team home. With the run rate drying up, Bangor limped to drinks having only added 8 runs in the following 4 overs. With Ontong bowling a tight spell and turning the ball, Burns went on to dominate the off spinner after the drinks break by showing great maturity in defence whilst punishing any full deliveries. With Bangor crawling to 85 runs before drinks, the final 23 runs came within 21 deliveries following the drinks break. Burns hit a boundary over mid off before tying the scores with a huge six over long on. A drop and run to midwicket the following ball and Bangor had sealed a 5-wicket win.
Whilst another collapse put the team under undue pressure, it was still pleasing to see the middle order finish the game off. With Law seeing the team home last week it was Burns turn this week, proving the depth of Bangor’s batting line up can score the vital runs on the rare occasions that the free-scoring top order stutter.
Bangor now have 2 games left of the season, knowing that they need to win both to guarantee promotion back to Section 1. It is vital that the team continue their hard work on and off the field to give the club every possible chance of promotion. This Saturday is Bangor’s last home game of the season, against Cooke Collegians. With all family and friends welcome to a barbeque after the game, and rugby and football also being played at Upritchard, there is sure to be a bumper crowd at the club to enjoy the last few weekends of the summer sun.
Bangor 1st XI v Armagh 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - Saturday 17th August 2013
With promotion now back in Bangor 1st XI’s own hands and needing to win all of their last four fixtures to guarantee Section 1 cricket next season, Armagh were the teams next opposition at home on a wet Saturday morning.
Armagh lost the toss and were put in to bat on a damp Upritchard wicket, getting off to a solid start reaching 24/0 from the first 6 overs. This solid start wasted away when Villiers lobbed a catch to Murphy at mid on off the bowling of Kwelu. This started a regular flow of wickets from the Armagh line up, all of which were handed to the Bangor side. A mixture of bad shots and bad running resulted in Armagh being dismissed for only 120 from 42 overs. The only batsman to score runs was Russell, and his 59 runs came at a cost to the Armagh team as he ran out three of his batting partners before giving his own wicket away to Murphy, being caught on the boundary off the Bangor leg spinner.
The Bangor bowlers left the pitch with some incredible figures, all chipping in to keep the run rate down and pile the pressure on Armagh. This pressure resulted in a steady return of wickets which left Bangor needing 121 to win.
With half the job done, the usual Bangor opening pair of Nixon and Parker took to the middle to chase down the low total. With the opening partnership taking Bangor to 77/0 from only 14 overs, Bangor were coasting to a ten wicket win. The Bangor line up then followed Armagh’s example of giving wickets away cheaply, resulting in a collapse to 96/5 and the match hanging in the balance. Of the five wickets that fell, McKeown was the only person who could feel hard done by having harshly been judged to have edged the ball, caught behind by the Armagh keeper. It was left to Law to see Bangor home, scoring 12 from the 25th over to bring the score up to 110/5 and Bangor within touching distance. Three overs later and the game was won, fittingly with Law scoring the winning runs.
Whilst the Bangor team almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, it was still an important experience for the side. Learning lessons about valuing your wicket only comes through experiencing these match situations, lessons the young Bangor side are gaining every week as they chase promotion.
Armagh 120 all out
C Russell 59
A Nixon 2-9, R Murphy 2-19, R Miller 1-6
A Nixon 43, J Parker 36, R Law 21*
J Wright 3-11
Holywood 1st XI v Bangor 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - Saturday 10th August 2013
Bangor 1st XI’s push for promotion is now back in the teams own hands with a win over local rivals and fellow promotion candidates Holywood, coupled with Saintfiled’s defeat at Millpark, leaving the team sitting at the top of the table for the first time this season.
The derby match at Seapark saw 1st play 2nd in a match that should go a long way to deciding which team finishes top of Section 2 come the end of September. Thanks to Holywood’s tie with Saintfield they led the Bangor team by just 2 points, making this match an all-or-nothing affair for the young Bangor side. Win and promotion remains a real possibility, lose and Bangor would almost certainly be destined to finish 3rd- one place below the promotion places.
With Bangor winning the toss and choosing to bat, the openers of Parker and Nixon took to the field looking to build yet another solid foundation for the middle order to capitalise on. The opening pair have done a great job all season, and things seemed to be going according to plan up to the 6th over when Nixon was dismissed, falling victim to a rank long-hop by Gardner, resulting in a lobbed pull shot to square leg for 9. Uncharacteristically for Bangor this season a collapse ensued. McKeown came and went first ball, also caught at square leg and leaving Gardner on a hat trick. It wasn’t to be for the Holywood opener, although he did finish the innings with 5 wickets in the bag. Bangor went from 33/2 to 46/5 in the space of 6 overs, with the combination of a lively pitch and poor shot selection contributing to the Bangor collapse. Clark again showed his class on a tough pitch before being spectacularly caught at extra cover for 21, top scoring for the team but leaving the scoreboard 90/8. The tail managed to scramble to the final score of 110 all out, a score that was very much boosted by Holywood’s wayward bowling attack with extras contributing 35 of the total runs. This was a major flaw on what would otherwise have been a fantastic bowling effort that was backed up by an impeccably high standard of ground fielding.
Although defending such a low score against the league leaders was never going to be easy, or indeed likely, the eleven Bangor men took to the field with a never-say-die attitude. With promotion on the line the team were determined to leave every ounce of effort they had on the pitch. Things got off to the most bizarre start with Nixon claiming a wicket with the first ball of the innings, in an identical fashion as to how he gave his own wicket away . A slip of his landing foot lead to a horrible looking half-tracker that sat up, begging for the batsman to hit it out of the ground. Instead the mistimed pull shot lobbed straight to Burns at square leg- Holywood 0/1 off 0.1 overs and an ideal, if unconventional, start for Bangor.
This brought Adair to the middle, who quickly smashed 2 boundaries off Nixon leaving Holywood 9/1 after the first over. It wasn’t long before Burns, opening the bowling with Nixon for the first time, was in the action having dismissed the other Holywood opener for a duck in the second over- Holywood 14/2 off 2 overs.
Adair was looking in destructive form, having hit 12 runs from his 3 scoring shots. A fourth boundary seemed a certainty when he drilled back a Nixon full toss midway through the third over. However pulled off one the most spectacular caught and bowled wickets ever seen at Seapark, plucking the ball from just above his shoe laces when in the middle of the follow through of his bowling action. With Adair on his way back to the pavilion in astonishment, Bangor seemed to be doing the impossible- Holywood 20/3 off 3 overs. Holwyood veteran McCormick set about collecting singles in a tidy manor, but had to witness another wicket fall as his captain Hayes became Nixon’s third victim of the game, Holywood now 25/4 off 5 overs. The small total of 110 now seeming mountainous.
The game firmly swung Bangors way when McCormick was out LBW to McKeown, leaving Holywood 47/5 and the tail needing 65 runs to win. The final 5 Holywood wickets fell for only 16 runs between them, with Burns and McKeown wrapping up the tail in quick succession- five of the Holywood batting line up being dismissed for a duck. It was a spectacular effort in the field by Bangor, Nixon claiming 3 wickets in his 5 over spell before what proved to be a truly devastating 10 over bowling partnership finished the game off. With McKeown and Burns bowling in tandem, runs became increasingly difficult to come by which built huge pressure on the Holywood batsmen. Burns bowled his full 10 overs for just 23 runs, claiming 4 wickets in the process. McKeown bowling 5.3 overs for just 13 runs and claiming 3 wickets.
With Bangor leaving the pitch with four points in the bag and proudly sitting top of the table, Millpark Cricket Club delivered the cherry on top of a great weekend by beating Saintfield. This now means that if Bangor win their final 4 games of the season they will be promoted to Section 1 regardless of other results. Whilst Bangor have worked incredibly hard to get in this position, it is now up to the team to continue this work ethic right up to the final ball of the season to give the club every possible chance of promotion. This was one result in what proved to be an incredible weekend for the club, with all four teams winning their respective matches.
Bangor 1st XI v Drumaness 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - Saturday 3rd August 2013
After a poor week of weather it seemed a game was unlikely. However, come Saturday afternoon the sun was shining over Uprichard Park and the ground had dried out well and looked as good as ever, a tribute to the hard work of groundsman, Stevie Ferris. As has been the case all season, the wicket looked good and was sure to benefit the side who batted first. In the absence of Ryan Law, the toss went the way of the visitors who chose to bat first.
Andrew Nixon struck early taking the wicket of Cunningham, caught behind. However, after the early breakthrough the Drumaness batsmen looked solid putting on a partnership which frustrated the Bangor side. Captain, Neil Gelston looked the pick of the batsmen scoring fluently until he was unfortunately run out for 65. The Bangor bowlers stuck at the task but struggled to take wickets on a flat pitch. The Walsh brothers then put together a partnership, accelerating the scoring rate and picking up boundaries; guiding their team to a competitive total of 216 for the loss of 5 wickets. G. Walsh batted very sensibly for his 78, with his brother N. Walsh picking up 33 in quick time. Notable bowling performances go to A. Nixon who picked up 2 wickets and J. Mckeown who only went for a mere 18 off his 10 overs.
Andy Nixon and Mark Hutchinson opened the batting for Bangor, however was soon joined by Parker in the middle after Hutchinson was bowled by Gartland in the second over. The Bangor pair then settled into their batting with Nixon batting nicely although he did struggle to find the rope... or reach it! The pair looked set until Nixon was run out for 51 as the pair pushed for what looked like an easy two...
It was then the turn of the rain to play its part in the days proceedings with Bangor looking well placed on 94 for 2 after 25 overs. A 50 minute delay saw Duckworth Lewis come into play for the first time this season and a revised target of 201 off 45 overs was the unattractive outcome.
Parker batted on with McKeown, struggling through a bout of leg cramp but thankfully his pain threshold got him through to record his first 50 of the season before retiring hurt. McKeown who has struggled for form since the Drumaness away fixture early in the season, looked back to his elegant best, playing shots all round the ground. He was partnered by Burns who fell with the Bangor side only requiring 5 to win. The late dismissal, however didn't stop McKeown and Clark from taking Bangor over the winning line with 8 balls to spare, securing another valuable 4 points for the home side. McKeown finished on 64* and Clark 5*.
Another solid win for the Bangor XI keeps the momentum going ahead of a huge game away to Holywood this coming weekend. Victory is essential if Bangor are to take one of two promotion places by the end of the season.
Drumaness 216 - 5. G Walsh 77 & N Gelston 65. Andy Nixon 2 for 37.
Bangor 201 - 3. Jordy McKeown 64 no, Andy Nixon 51, Johnny Parker 50.
Bangor won by 7 wickets.
First Trust Bank sponsored Man of the Match, Jordy McKeown.
Academy 1st XI v Bangor 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - Saturday 27th July 2013
After last weekends comprehensive defeat of Larne, a confident Bangor 1st XI were on the road this weekend to the picturesque Castle Grounds to face Academy. In glorious sunshine, Bangor lost the toss and were asked to bat first on what is usually a daunting wicket. Parker and Nixon were once again trusted with opening the innings, hoping to build on their recent success over the last few weekends. They didn’t disappoint, putting on an opening stand of 124. On a slow and low bouncing pitch, both batsmen showed excellent discipline and concentration, effortlessly dispatching the regular bad balls from the seamers to the extra cover boundary. Parker showed great promise once again, acting the perfect foil to merciless Nixon. Having done the hard work to build an innings, Parker was dismissed LBW for 37, a sad end to what was one his best starts this season.
Burns came and went quickly and it was left to Nixon and Clark to punish the Acadamy bowlers with no remorse. With the score on 141-2 off 26 overs, Clark joined Nixon for what was to be the most spectacular Bangor partnership in recent history. With Nixon already passed his 50, Clark came to the middle with Bangor already scoring at 5 an over. Clark wasted no time at all joining in on the run scoring as Nixons role in the innings changed from free scoring opener, to a supporting role as Clark took over the boundary hitting. Clark quickly passed his 50 (from 50 balls) while Nixon closed in on his century.
With the fielders pushed back as far as possible, Nixon was helping himself to easy 1s and 2s, accumulating runs without any risk whilst Clark smashed the battered Academy ball all round the park. Nixons maturity was rewarded in full when he brought up his century to the delight of his Bangor teammates going from 73 to 100 without a boundary, showing the importance of picking up singles and good running between the wickets. Finally dismissed for 116 in the 47th over, Nixon perfectly demonstrated how to bat on a tough slow wicket by punching the ball in front of square for the majority of the day.
All that was left for the perfect team innings was for Clark to continue his onslaught and bring up his century which he duly obliged just before the innings ended, appropriately with a boundary when on 99. This really was a spectacular innings with Clark’s quick batspeed and impeccable timing making a mockery of the slow pitch. Still there at the end of the innings, Clark was not out for 116*. R Law made a short cameo appearance with 3 boundaries in his 19*, helping Bangor reach 330-3 from their 50 overs. It was the most spectacular team innings to watch, consisting of two individual centuries, one 100+ run opening partnership along with an additional 150+ run partnership.
With the huge total on the board Bangor set about completing an emphatic victory by bowling out Academy with 11 overs to spare. Wilson opened the bowling with leg spinner Murphy, hoping to capitalise on the turning wicket. With no quick result with the seam, it wasn’t long before Bangor had two slow bowlers working in tandem to tie down the Academy batsmen. Both Murphy and McKeown bowled their 10 overs for 40 runs. Murphy finished with 2 wickets and McKeown with 1. Murphy and McKeown were followed by another pair of slow bowlers, this time it was schoolboy Ross Miller doing the damage. Academy slumped from 108-4 to 108-7, with Miller and Burns doing the business for Bangor. Miller claimed three wickets, with his varying pace and consistency too much for the Academy batsmen who now never interested in chasing the total down. In the final 25 overs of the innings Academy scored a mind-numbing 33 runs, showing absolutely no intent to even try and muster a few boundaries to limit their defeat and salvage some pride. Clark was called upon to break the penultimate partnership, which he did in his first and only over of the day. Fittingly, Clark made the match winning catch in the next over with a spectacular diving effort at slip, Miller claiming the final wicket.
Bangor’s performances have been improving week on week since their defeat of Saintfield 3 weekends ago. However with both Saintfield and Holywood continuing their good run, there can be no complacency within the Bangor ranks. The team must continue to train hard and apply themselves, with the league title and promotion still firmly in the teams sights.
Bangor 330/3 off 50 overs
Clark 116*, A Nixon 116, Parker 37
Academy 141 All Out off 39.1 overs
Fossett 39, Miller 9.1-3-13, Murphy 10-2-40
Bangor 1st XI v Larne 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - Saturday 20th July 2013
Bangor 1st XI continued their good run of form with a comprehensive victory over Larne. On a sunny day and the Upritchard pitch in good condition, Larne won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bat.
T Kwelu opened the bowling into the wind, removing the first of the Larne openers with a stunning caught and bowled low down to his left hand side. Tight bowling from Kwelu and Nixon saw Larne reach 31-1 off the opening 10 overs, with the Larne runs mostly coming from rash shots as they struggled to cope with the line and length of the Bangor pair. The following 22 overs saw the Bangor bowlers mercilessly tear through the batting side, with the ground fielding backing up the bowlers. 31-1 became 66-8 in the space of 14 overs. Kwelu’s opening 7 over spell returned figures of 2 for 13 (of which 7 were wides). With Nixon bowling 10 overs straight, Clark took Kwelu’s end and continued to pile on the pressure with his swing bowling. The final phase of the Larne innings saw the introduction of Murphy, who tortured the Larne tail with his turning leg spin in what must have been his best spell of bowling for some time. With Bangor finally bowling Larne out for 81, all 11 Bangor players left the pitch delighted with their performance both with the ball and in the field. The commitment shown in the field helped build pressure on the Larne batsmen, leading to false shots and opportunities to take wickets. The innings was over so quickly that Bangor didn’t require the use of their fifth bowler. The wickets were spread amongst the 4 bowlers that were used, with Murphy bagging 3 wickets whilst the rest snared 2 wickets each (Larne only fielded 10 players).
After lunch Bangor set about chasing the low total. Opener Parker fell in the 1st over, with a loose shot resulting in an edge to the keeper. Burns, never one to miss out on the action, joined Nixon in the middle and quickly set about unleashing organised chaos on the Larne bowling attack. With Burns and Nixon matching each other blow for blow, the pair knocked off the runs in 10.1 overs at a rate of 8 an over. Both batsmen looked in great form, playing sensible, textbook cricket shots and punishing the all-too-often bad balls with ease.
Building on last weeks superb victory over Saintfield, Bangor appear to be going from strength to strength as they approach the business end of the season. One win separates the top three teams, and with only 2 teams winning promotion the chase is definitely on to the finish line. If Bangor can maintain this level of discipline and commitment, they will be in the mix for promotion come the end of the season.
Larne 81 all out: T Kwelu 7-2-13, A Nixon 10-2-26, Clark 9.5-2-32, Murphy 6-3-9
Bangor 82/1: A Nixon 34*, C Burns 32*
Saintfield 1st XI v Bangor 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - Saturday 13th July 2013
Bangor 1st XI travelled to Saintfield for a game that would heavily influence the top of the table. With Saintfield joint top and Bangor in third position, the game would have a huge influence towards deciding which two teams will win promotion at the end of the season.
Bangor won the toss and chose to bat, with Nixon and Parker opening the innings. At the first drinks break the pair had set a solid foundation to build on, with the score at 55-0 from 17 overs. This was exactly what the team had hoped for, giving a very strong middle-order the chance to go on and set a big target. Parker was the first wicket to fall, scoring 38 of the the 87 run opening partnership, batting sensibly and ensuring the scoreboard kept ticking over despite the disciplined opening bowling attack. Burns joined Nixon in the middle, and started dominating the change bowlers, with both batsmen manipulating the field along with punishing the bad balls for powerful boundaries, including 5 maximums. With Nixon on 81, a choice of shot resulted in a very disappointing end to his innings, missing a lap-sweep right in front of the stumps leaving the umpire with no choice but to finger him leaving Bangor 183-2.
Clark then joined the dominant Burns at the crease who was finding the boundary regularly. Unfortunately Burns was caught on the short long-on boundary with a powerfully hit back foot punch that barely went above head height. Dismissed on 47, Burns had helped Bangor capitalize on the solid start by batting with maturity, taking singles regularly along with smashing boundaries all round the field. With only 8 overs left, R Law was promoted to number 5 with the aim of accelerating the run rate with his usual belligerent batting style. Today wasn’t his day as he was bowled for 4, bringing veteran batsman M Hutchinson to the crease. This was Hutchinsons first game back for the club after a temporary retirement saw him miss the first half of the season, but it is great to have his experience around the changing room for the last 7 games of the season to help aid the development of the very young 1st XI that are still learning their game. Unfortunately Hutchinson was out LBW trying to help the free-scoring Clark get back on strike. With Clark’s text book batting style making the most of the short straight boundaries and with only 4 overs to go, Clark ran himself out looking to get back on strike. He chose the wrong ball to run to, with McLarnon hitting it straight to the cover fielder who ran returned the ball to the bowlers end, he was left well short of his ground and on the way back to the pavilion. A quick batting collapse was in full flow, with 213-3 quickly becoming 247-8 and Bangor now in danger of not batting the full 50 overs. T Kwelu and T Speers saw Bangor through to the final ball, with Bangor finishing on 271 for 9.
With the ball in hand, the Bangor bowlers took the field with their fate in their own hands. Win and they are in the mix to win the league, lose and they are left fighting for a promotion spot. The innings got off to a great start with T Kwelu claiming the first wicket and the score 2-1 off 2 overs. This brought Harrison to the crease, the Saintfield captain who had already scored big runs against Bangor in the previous two meetings this season. The new partnership scored quickly, putting 152 runs on for the second wicket, scoring at 5.5 runs an over. With the Bangor bowlers giving at least one bad ball an over, Saintfield were coasting towards the total without much resistance. A lose shot by Harrison on 75 found the outside edge that was taken by McLarnon behind the stumps, giving Bangor the breakthrough they had been hoping for. Stewart, the other opener soon followed for 64, despite struggling to find the middle of the bat for the majority of the innings, and now it was Saintfield’s turn to fight off a batting collapse after such a brilliant start. 153-1 became 179-4, Bangor now working harder than ever to pile pressure on the Saintfield middle order that had not been in this position too many times this season. No real partnerships flourished, but Saintfield were still picking up one boundary an over and in touch with the required rate. With Burns and Nixon working together Saintfield started to fall behind the rate, it set Clark and Kwelu up to rattle through the remaining batsmen. With wickets now falling regularly, the final wicket pair needed 26 off the final 12 balls. Kwelu stepped up, claiming the final wicket off his 4 wicket haul with Saintfield 15 runs short with 2 balls remaining, claiming the 4 points for Bangor and the team firmly in the race for the league title. Kwelu was the pick of the Bangor bowlers, continuing his run of good form this season. Burns, Nixon and Clark all worked hard, but ultimately the Bangor bowling attack still needs to improve their discipline in order to kill games off when they have the opportunity. One boundary ball an over, along with 30 wides, gave Saintfield hope when the game should have been beyond them. The team continue to train hard under the guidance of Clark and are not far off putting in a complete performance. Next week sees Bangor take on Larne at Upritchard Park, starting at noon. All support is welcome to come and enjoy the good weather and make the most of the full bar facilities the club provide, supporting the team during the final 7 games of the season.
Bangor 1st XI v Millpark 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - Saturday 6th July 2013
Saturday saw Bangor host visitors, Millpark at a hot & sunny Uprichard Park. Winning the toss, yet again, Captain Ryan Law elected to have a bat on the usually reliable Uprichard track.
The Millpark attack had been strengthened in recent weeks having attracted a couple of new players following the demise of Portadown CC and achieved the break through in the 12th over with the score on 40. All of the top order got starts however with the exception of Jake Kwelu, 37 and Andy Nixon 44 nobody really capitalised. Notwithstanding this at 121 for 3 after 30 overs, a good total looked on the cards however wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and the strong batting line up failed to deliver for the second week in a row. The last 6 wickets fell for a mere 21 runs with the Bangor innings closing in the 42nd over with a modest total of 177 set for the visitors to chase.
The Millpark innings never really got going with Taj Kwelu and Andy Nixon bowling excellent opening spells and soon had the visitors in deep trouble at 34 for 5 after just 11 overs and an early finish looked probable. Spirited resistance from the Millpark lower order however saw the score move along to 110 for 8 after 30 overs. The return of the Bangor openers however soon did the job with Kwelu capturing his first "fiver" for the senior side and the visitors innings closed at 125, well short of the home sides target.
Bangor 176 - Andy Nixon 44 & Jake Kwelu 37 (Jose 4 for 39).
Millpark 125 - R McCart 27 - Taj Kwelu 5 for 12 & Andy Nixon 3 for 34
Bangor won by 51 runs.
Cooke Collegians 1st XI v Bangor 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - Saturday 29th June 2013
Bangor's recent run of good form came to an end last Saturday when the travelled to Shaw's Bridge and narrowly lost to Cooke Collegians by 1wicket.
Having won the toss, Bangor elected to bat in the hope that a big total would prove too much for the hosts. Sadly all did not go to plan, apart from an aggressive 31 from Chris Burns and a typically dogged 29 from Adam McCusker no other batsman really go into their stride. It must be said that this Cooke side was perhaps the best bowling and fielding side Bangor have come up against so far this season, but with a couple of arguable decisions going against the men from Uprichard, Bangor failed to bat their 50 overs once again this season and it proved to be costly and posting 121 was always going to be a tough score to defend.
This was made more difficult after some dropped catches early on. Sadly it was the same old story for this season once again as the wides bowled proved very costly. In fact 27 wides proved to be the 2nd top score for the home side after captain Richard Johnson's valuable 35 not out. Bangor did take 9 wickets in the 2nd innings with Jordan McKeown the pick of the bowlers with 4.
Bangor Lost by 1 wicket.
Bangor 1st XI v Cregagh 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - Sunday 23rd June 2013
At a blustery Uprichard Park Bangor 1st XI faced Cregagh and with captain Ryan Law continuing his good form with the coin and with rain threatening, he elected to bat.
A solid start from openers McKeown & Parker saw the score move to 33 in the 9th over before McKeown fell LBW for 20. With the introduction of former Glamorgan County bowler, Rodney Ontong, the Bangor batsmen struggled to get the upper hand and soon Burns and Parker had fallen to the off-spin of Ontong. This brought Clark and Nixon together who battled to take the score to 99 for 3 at the drinks interval. In the 27th over, Nixon became Ontong’s 3rd victim which brought captain Law to the crease to join Clark who was building well. Despite the efforts of Ontong to attack the Bangor captain with some aggressive field placings, Law survived his last few overs. With the introduction of change bowlers, Clark and in particular Law set about an all out assault on the Cregagh attack. After a partnership of 135 Law finally fell for 78 with the score on 242 with 4 overs remaining. Clark assumed the lead role and with only a couple of balls to spare struck yet another boundary to bring up his well deserved century, his first for Bangor.
The Bangor innings closed on 287 for 5, surely a formidable total at any ground not least Uprichard Park.
The Cregagh innings never really got going after opener Walker was run out with smart work from Burns with the score on 10. McCormick quickly followed in the following over. Change bowlers McKeown and Murphy continued the good work with regular wickets falling with Murphy at long last benefiting from some good catching. At drinks the visitors had slumped to 80 for 7 and an early finish looks inevitable. Despite attempted intervention by a heavy rain shower, the umpires held their nerve and after some stout resistance from the tail enders, the Cregagh innings eventually closed with their score on 117.
Bangor – 287 - Michael Clark 106 no & Ryan Law 78 – Ontong 3 for 27.
Cregagh – 117 – Ryan Murphy 5 for 38 & Andy Nixon 2 for 27.
Bangor won by 170 runs.
Armagh 1st XI v Bangor 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - Saturday 15th June 2013
Bangor went to Armagh on the weekend and was fortunate enough to have favorable weather and played a 46 over game (overs reduced due to weather).
Bangor Captain, Ryan Law, again won the toss and elected to send Armagh into bat on a wet and green pitch. The Bangor pace bowlers took full advantage of the difficult pitch and by the 22nd over Armagh were 5 for 59. Early wickets were shared between Andy Nixon, Tommy Speers and Jordan McKeown. Armagh’s lower middle order then batted patiently and took the score 108 before Ryan Murphy struck. Armagh then lost two more quick wickets and was at 8 for 127; however, their number 9 and 10 bats batted well and took the score to 163 off their allotted 46 overs. Pick of the Bangor bowlers was Andy Nixon with 3 for 21 off nine overs.
In reply, Bangor’s innings got off to a disastrous start on the testing pitch with Mckeown, Law and Burns all out in quick succession to leave Bangor reeling at 3 for 2 in the second over. Jonny Parker and Michael Clark then put a small partnership together to take the score to 32 before Jonny Parker was bowled for 15 in the 10th over. Michael Clark departed shortly after for 18 and the Bangor innings was perilously placed at 5 for 42. But that was the last wicket to fall for the day. Andy Nixon and Adam McCusker both batted superbly in the difficult conditions scoring an unbeaten 120 run partnership. Andy Nixon finishing with 61 not out and Adam McCusker finishing on 46 not out.
This takes Bangor’s league record to four wins from six games and has the team sitting in third on the league table. Bangor will look to continue its winning ways when they take on Cregagh at Upritchard Park this weekend.
Armagh 163-8 (H Boyd 39, A Nixon 3-21)
Bangor-166-5( A Nixon 61 n.o , A McCusker 46 n.o. S Lester 3-24)
Bangor 1st XI v Holywood & Academy 1st XIs NCU Senior Section 2 - Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2013
Bangor 1sts had 2 vital games last Saturday and Sunday both kindly sponsored but westthorpe management ,in order to get their season back on track.
On Saturday they welcomed undefeated holywood to a sun drenched Upritchard park.They batted first on a glorious track and despite losing a couple of wickets early on ,progressed well mainly due to a composed innings from Jonny Parker.bangors innings could have falling apart but for the innings of the day from Ryan Law who took the attack to the Holywood bowlers.Ryan was aided by a useful contribution by Adam mccusker and they took the Bangor total to a defendable 207.
Paul Mckenzie and Michael Clark opening the bowling for Bangor ,both bowled tightly and restricted Holywood's run chase.the opening bowlers were well supported by Jordan mckeown ,Chris burns and Ryan murphy who all kept the pressure on the Holywood batsmen.chris burns was particularly impressive finishing with figures of 4-28 as Holywood were all out for 161 falling 44 runs short of the bangor total.
Bangor 207(R Law 72,J Parker 44)
Holywood 166( C Burns 4-28)
On Sunday they hosted Academy again on a glorious day at Upritchard park.
Bangor had no hesitation in batting first and progressed well with Jonny Parker continuing his good form.the innings gained real impetus when burns and Clark began what was to be a match winning partnership.both batted beautifully with burns in particular very impressive.these 2 brought the total to an impressive 277 with burns finishing on a superb 165 not out,surely the highest score from a Bangor cricketer for some time.
Academy batted bravely but bangors total never really looked in danger as they fell 100 runs short.Chris burns finished a 'dream match' with figures of 4-53.
Bangor 277-4(C burns 165 not out,M Clark 63.
Academy 177(c burns 4-53)
Larne 1st XI v Bangor 1st XI NCU Senior Section 2 - Sunday 2nd June 2013
First suffer frustrating defeat
On a grey Sunday afternoon in Larne, Bangor lost the toss and were invited to bat on what looked to be a slow scoring ground with an outfield in need of a good cut. The first wicket went down with just 21 runs on the board, McKeown edging a wide delivery through to the wicket keeper. This brought Michael Clark, to the crease. Clark quickly asserted himself on the Larne attack, scoring freely and finding the long boundaries with ease. He and Parker took the score to 60 before the latter fell to a Yorker from young McKinley. A fine 65 run partnership followed from Clark and Burns, with the Clark finally falling to a sharp catch at mid wicket for a well made 64. Evan Fraser and Taj Kwelu batted smartly towards the end of the innings, running particularly well between the wickets. The innings somewhat capitulated when Kwelu fell for 19 in the 46th over, the away team failing to bat out the full 50 over’s and finishing on 177.
The Bangor bowling attack lacked any real penetration, while the Larne openers set about the target without taking many risks, taking the score to 65 before the fall of the first wicket. Young Ross Miller was the pick of the Bangor bowlers; his 10 over’s going for just 21 runs, while also taking the wicket of the Larne number 3. Chris Burns and McKeown also bowled useful spells late in the innings but it wasn’t enough as the experienced Larne batsmen saw their team home with 3 over’s to spare.
Bangor lost by 5 wickets.
Saintfield v Bangor (Junior Cup) - Sun 26th May 2013
Seeking revenge for the opening league defeat at the hands of Saintfield, Bangor were again on the road however due to the unavailability of Saturdays top run scorers McKeown & Clark and captain Law, were forced to make 3 personnel changes to the winning team from Saturday.
The home side won the toss and decided to bat on consistent Saintfield strip. With Burns carrying an injury, the new opening attack of Wilson and Kwelu bowled a tidy opening spell however without a breakthrough having not been able to capitalise on a couple of sharp chances. Sims had taken full advantage of his “lives” before his luck changed and a deflection onto the wicket at the non strikers end left Sims short of his ground and on his way back to the pavilion for 57. This left the Saintfield captain Gareth Harrison to take up the reins and to take advantage of the visitors mediocre bowling with the all too frequent wayward ball easily dispatched to the boundary. When Harrison finally fell for a fine 91 he had taken the home score to 239 for 6 in the 45th over, the foundation was laid for a formidable total. The Bangor bowlers stuck to their task in the latter overs and supported by some excellent fielding Saintfield were all out for 260 in the 50th over. Pick of the Bangor bowlers were Ryan Wilson who finished with 2 for 33, Nowman Khan 2 for 39 and Ross Miller with 1 for 44.
The run chase was always going to be a challenge for the visitors and so it proved however not without a spirited fight back the middle order. A sluggish start saw Bangor 27 for 1 after 10 overs with Parker and Nixon grinding out the runs. Parker and Nixon fell in consecutive overs (18th & 19th overs) for a hard fought 35 and 24 respectively. Fraser with 24 offered further resistance before falling in the 35th over with the score on 138 and the home sides target looked a very long way off. This heralded the arrival of Khan to the crease to join the impressive Wilson and both set about the Saintfield attack and quickly had the home side on the defensive. Any hope of an unlikely victory ended when Wilson was dismissed for 50 in the 48th over with the score on 212. A few more lusty blows from Khan elevated the Bangor chase to 237 for 7 at the close with Khan once again undefeated on 65. A disappointing end to the weekend but surely some very encouraging positives to be taken from this defeat.
Bangor lost by 23 runs.
Drumaness v Bangor - Sat 25th May 2013
At last the weather was set fair as Bangor travelled to Drumaness for their second league match of the season with a win essential after losing their opening encounter against Saintfield in April. This match would also see the much awaited debut for the clubs overseas player, Michael Clark.
Winning the toss, captain Ryan Law invited the opposition to have a bat first on the soft green wicket. Tight opening spells from Burns and Nixon saw the home side 1 down for 26 after 9 overs. Taking advantage of the small boundaries, G Walsh & Cunningham added 52 before Walsh fell to a smart slip catch off Murphy with the score now on 78. Thereafter wickets continued to fall on a regular basis with only limited sporadic resistance and the Drumaness innings closed at 153? in the 38th over. This was solid all-round bowling and fielding display despite a couple of dropped catches which only served to prolong the home sides innings.
Bangor’s reply started briskly with McKeown & Burns however the latter fell in the 2nd over and was soon followed by Andy Nixon in the 7th with the score on 32, both batsmen falling to false strokes on the slow wicket.
McKeown who looked in fine touch despite the lack of cricket was joined at the crease by debutant Michael Clark. Both batsmen set about the Drumaness attack matching each other boundary for boundary and soon overhauled the home sides target in the 24th over with both batsmen passing their half centuries. Jordy McKeown 66no Michael Clark 59no. This was an impressive overall performance by Bangor and surely augers well for the league campaign ahead.
Bangor won by 8 wickets.
Bangor v Saintfield - Sat 27th April 2013
Bangor 1st XI started the League season with a home game against Saintfield. Captain Ryan Law won the toss and asked Saintfield to bat first.
Taj Kwelu and Nowman Khan, both products of the Bangor Youth cricket from last season, opened the bowling with an early break through for Nowman Khan reducing Saintfield to 9 for 1. After a solid opening spell the introduction of Ryan Murphy claimed the second wicket and Saintfield were 39 for 2.
I McGowan (36) & G Harrison (58) steadied Saintfield innings but Bangor were unable to build pressure on the Saintfield batsmen due to a high number of wides which ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over. Saintfield reached 200 for 5 but the Bangor bowlers stuck at their task and with good support from the fielders in the last 10 overs Saintfield were restricted to 229 in their 50 overs.
Jordy McKeown & Mark English opened the Bangor innings and made steady progress until the first wicket fell with the score at 40 in the 10th over. Ryan Law came to the crease and increased the scoring rate with some lusty blows. At 70 for 1 Bangor had made a good start but disappointingly they were not able to build a big partnership and with a regular fall of the wickets the score was 115 for 6 at the 30 over stage.
The team fought all the way to the end with Nowman Khan ending on 28 not out but unfortunately despite a couple of batsmen getting a good start a match winning partnership did not develop and Bangor were dismissed for 197. The pick of the Saintfield bowlers was P Telford who claimed 5 wickets in his 10 over spell.
Saintfield 229 for 5 (N Khan 2-43, T Kwelu 2-31, R Murphy 1-47, J McKeown 1-53, T Speers 1-44)
Bangor 197 all out (R Law 29, M English 28, N Khan 28*, P Telford 5-35)
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Sion Mills v Bangor - Sat 20th April 2013
After last seasons nail bitting Irish National Cup tie where Bangor hosted North-west side Sion Mills, a return match was agreed as a pre-season friendly with Bangor travelling to the picturesque village for a 40 over match.
With Bangor fielding first on what was a very soft and damp pitch, Sion Mills found themselves 5 for 3 after a tight opening bowling partnership of Burns and Speers. Sion soon found their feet and were able to develop some fruitful partnerships, with a typical north-west approach to batting paying dividends. Anything wide of the stumps was dispatched to the short boundary, with Patterson top scoring with 45. With 5 batsmen chipping in with double figures, Sion were all out for 176 with 9 balls remaining. It was pleasing to see the wickets shared around Bangor's bowlers, each one sticking to their task despite a steady attack from the batsmen. Burns finished with 3 wickets with Speers, Murphy and N Khan snaring two each. Mckeown finished with one wicket to his name.
Bangors reply got off to a flying start, with McKeown dispatching any short balls to the midwicket boundary, eventually falling on 26. Burns and Kwelu continued the boundary hitting, with Burns hitting one of the biggest sixes in recent seasons down to the river. When Burns and Kwelu dismissed within a few overs of each other, King and Parker continued the scoring at a healthy rate. With Bangor's young batting line up on the verge of a potential collapse, Parker's quick singles perfectly complimented King's notorious boundary-hitting abilities. King eventually dismissed for 32 brought Bangor's promising young starlet Khan to the crease. Himself and Speers saw Bangor home to victory, with Khan hitting a leg-side 6 to end the game. Bangor dug deep at the defining moment of the game, and were able to finish off the innings in style. This is a promising start for a young team that was already missing up to 8 players to university commitments. With the imminent arrival of new player Michael Clark, the team look set to go from strength to strength during what will be seen as a rebuilding phase for the promising 1st XI squad.
Sion Mills 176 All out
Patterson 45, O'Neill 26
Burns 3-24, Speers 2-21, Khan 2-32, Murphy 2-22
King 32, Burns 28, Khan 27*, McKeown 26, Parker 21, Speers 15*
Bangor win by 2 wickets
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