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Bangor Cricket Club 2nd XI2013


Date Opponents Venue Result Details
Sat 20th Apr
Sun 21st Apr
Sat 27th Apr
Sun 28th Apr
Sat 4th May
Sun 5th May
Sat 11th May Academy II L(A) Postponed
Sun 12th May
Sat 18th May Downpatrick II L(H) Postponed
Sun 19th May
Sat 25th May Cregagh II IC(A) Won by 6 wkts Scorecard
Sun 26th May
Thu 30th May Academy II L(A) Won by 44 runs Scorecard
Sat 1st Jun
Sun 2nd Jun Downpatrick II L(H) Lost by 18 runs Scorecard
Sat 8th Jun
Sun 9th Jun Holywood II L(A) Won by 183 runs Scorecard
Sat 15th Jun Downpatrick II IC(H) Postponed
Sun 16th Jun
Sat 22nd Jun
Sun 23rd Jun Downpatrick II IC(H) Won by 10 wkts Scorecard
Thu 27th Jun Waringstown IV L(A) Postponed Match VOID
Sat 29th Jun Ballymena II L(H) Won by 57 runs Scorecard
Sun 30th Jun Templepatrick II L(H) Won by 156 runs Scorecard
Sat 6th Jul Downpatrick II L(A) Lost by 3 wkts Scorecard
Sun 7th Jul
Sat 13th Jul
Sun 14th Jul
Sat 20th Jul Laurelvale II IC(A) Won by 8 wkts Scorecard
Sun 21st Jul Carrickfergus II L(H) Won by 116 runs Scorecard
Sat 27th Jul Academy II L(H) Won by 8 wkts Scorecard
Sun 28th Jul
Sat 3rd Aug Lurgan II IC(FINAL) Lost by 7 wkts Scorecard
Sun 4th Aug Carrickfergus II L(A) Lost by 9 runs Scorecard
Sat 10th Aug
Sun 11th Aug Holywood II L(H) Won by 9 wkts Scorecard
Sat 17th Aug
Sun 18th Aug
Thu 22nd Aug Lurgan II L(A) Won by 7 wkts Scorecard
Sat 24th Aug Lurgan II L(H) Won by 10 wkts Scorecard
Sun 25th Aug
Sat 31st Aug Templepatrick II L(A) Won by 162 runs Scorecard
Sun 1st Sep
Sat 7th Sep Ballymena II L(A) Postponed Match VOID
Sun 8th Sep

IC - Intermediate Cup

Templepatrick 2nd XI v Bangor 2nd XI Saturday 31st August 2013

Bangor 2nd XI travelled to Templepatrick for the penultimate league game of the season. Mark English won the toss and although the wicket looked to favour the bowlers the skipper decided to bat first.

Stephen Hamilton opened with Mark and initially it looked like batting first was the wrong option. The Templepatrick openers bowled a consistent line and length and were getting plenty of assistance from the pitch. Stephen was out to a good catch in the 6th over with the score only on 2, both of which were extras.

Ryan Wilson joined the skipper in the middle as Bangor tried to get some momentum in the innings. With long grass in the outfield runs were difficult to come by and after ten overs Bangor had reached 17 for the loss of one wicket. Ryan started tot take the attack to the bowlers and played some beautiful shots through the covers off the front and back foot.

As the batsmen started to get accustomed to the wicketthe runs came at a steady rate and the score moved to 75 for 1 after 20 overs. With a strong batting line-up Bangor looked to make full use of the 2nd 20 overs, Ryan hit a straight six as he progressed to his 50 while the captain had a more sedate style as he reached his half-century.  Both batsmen were caught as they looked to push on but their partnership of 127 gave a good base for the rest of the innings.

The new batsmen took advantage of the improved batting conditions and fading Templepatrick bowlers to put on 82 in the last 10 overs. Paddy English hit 3 monstrous straight sixes on his way to 46, Jan Cunningham and Warren Goldthorpe made valuable contributions with aggressive batting and running although Warren will be planning his pre-season fitness-training regime in preparation for the 2014 season. The innings closed on 215 for 6 in 40 overs.

Tommy Speers and Nowman Khan opened the bowling for Bangor & showed that there was still plenty of life in the wicket. Both bowlers were unlucky not to make an early breakthrough but when Fletch took a one-handed catch off Tommy in the 9th over the score was only on 19 and the required run rate escalating. Nowman also got his reward by bowling the other opener and when Tommy took his 2nd wicket the score was 29 for 3 after 15 overs.

Some excellent ground fielding, especially by Warren Goldthorpe in the covers, backed up the bowlers and as Ross Garrett and Matty Kennedy replaced the openers they benefited from 2 excellent catches. Jan Cunninghamtook a low diving catch at midwicket of Matty while Stephen Hamilton nonchalantly pocketed a flying edge at 2nd slip off Ross to remove the Templepatrick middle order.

Ross and Matty were intent on keeping the pressure on each other for the bowling cup and bowled an excellent line to the Templepatrick lower order. Both bowlers were rewarded with 3 wickets each as Templepatrick finished on 53 all out.

Bangor 2nd XI 215 for 6 (R Wilson 55, M English 50, P English 46)

Templepatrick 2nd XI 53 all out (M Kennedy 3-10, R Garrett 3-14, T Speers 2-23, N Khan 1-6)

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Bangor 2nd XI v Lurgan 2nd XI - Saturday 24th August 2013

The 2nd XI faced Lurgan for the second time in 3 days at Upritchard Park on Saturday 24th August. There were noticeable personnel changes for both teams with each side having a different captain from the previous fixture. Tommy Speers replaced usual 2nd XI skipper Mark English for the first time this season and looked to continue the winning form which sees the 2nds positioned well in Junior League 2 for promotion.

Lurgan elected to bat first on what was one of Upritchard Park's greener wickets of the season. With the conditions also overcast, Bangor were looking to take advantage of the uneven pitch, opening up with Speers and Jack Elliott. After a wayward opening few overs, both openers found their stride and the wickets then began to fall. Speers bowled the first opener with an in-swinging yorker and Jack at the other end also made use of the swinging ball by finding the edge of the other opener to the keeper and removed the next batsman with a loose shot to cover.

After 12 overs Jack continued to lock down one end with tight pacey bowling, causing all sorts of problems for the Lurgan batsmen to pick up a third wicket. With the new responsibility of captaincy, Speers decided to remove himself from the attack at the other end and bring on Ross Garrett in what proved a decisive move. Ross's very first ball picking up a wicket bowling the batsmen clean. This pattern continued with Ross's accurate line bowling another and then catching a simple caught & bowled to give him three quick wickets and really rip through Lurgan's burgeoning middle order.

With Jack finishing his allotted spell of 8 overs of 3-28, Ross keeping the pressure on at the other end and some excellent fielding from the Bangor side, the runs dried up and Bangor looked to end Lurgan's innings quickly by bringing on the reliable spin option of Matty Kennedy to coax further wayward shots from the lower order. Ross however was a man possessed with the ball and chased down two more catches off his own bowling to complete his first 5 wicket haul of the season. Matty ended the Lurgan innings claiming a stumping and finished what was a very professional performance from the new look Bangor 2nd XI team - Lurgan 57 all out.

Bangor's response saw Jack Elliott and Mike Hatch open the batting in very contrasting styles. Jack scored quickly and punished the Lurgan openers with some fine shots off the back foot, whereas Mike held his end blocking out to allow Jack to push the score along. Seeing the opportunity to claim an unlikely fifty within a small target total of 58, Jack kept hold of the strike and scored the lions share of Bangor's runs. However Lurgan's bowling became wayward and gave away too many extras to allow Jack to reach his fifty. It was not for want of trying, with only 4 runs need for victory but 6 runs to reach his fifty, Jack went for a lofted straight drive down the ground, however it bounced agonisingly before the rope to leave him stranded on 48* and Bangor with an comfortable 10 wicket victory.




Lurgan 2nd XI v Bangor 2nd XI - Thursday 22nd August 2013

After a break the previous weekend the 2nd XI Allstars were back in action with two games against Lurgan 2nd XI within 3 days. Going into the games Lurgan had won 13 matches without defeat this season.

On Thursday night Bangor travelled to Pollock Park for a 20 over game, Mark English won the toss and decided to bowl first. Tommy Speers took the new ball and got Bangor off to the perfect start as he bowled Lurgan’s captain with the last ball of the first over. Andrew Beech opened from the other end and his left arm going across the right handed batsman was proving difficult to get away, Beechy Jnr had the dangerous Peter Maxwell caught behind for 4 in the 4th over and Lurgan had been restricted to 14 for 2 off the first 4 overs.

After a good start the Bangor bowlers never let the Lurgan innings gain any momentum. Tommy picked up his second wicket while Matty Kennedy’s off spin was causing more problems for the Lurgan batters as they looked for the big shots to increase the run rate. At the half way point Lurgan were 38 for 4.

Ross Garrett, Nowman Khan & Paddy English all bowled in the second half of the innings and with good support from the fielders Lurgan reached 85 for 7 in their 20 overs. Nowman picked up 2 wickets on his first game back in action.

Dave McCusker and Mark English opened the batting and when Dave was bowled in the second over with only 3 runs on the board Bangor Lurgan thought they would be able to defend their total. Jack Elliott joined the skipper at the crease and the pair batted sensibly as the Lurgan openers bowled a good line and length. Lurgan bowled their openers straight through hoping for a 2nd breakthrough which didn’t come – after 8 overs Bangor were 27 for 1 but knew Lurgan would be relying on their change bowlers to bowl later in the innings.

Both batsmen looked to push on and when Mark was caught in the deep for 21 the score was 45 for 2 after 11 overs. Stu Johnstone hit a brisk 4 before being trapped LBW which Paddy English to the crease. Jack Elliott was playing one of his best innings for the 2nd XI as he had stuck out the opening bowlers and then started to accumulate runs through attacking boundaries and working the ball in the gaps for singles to finish undefeated on 31. Paddy decided it was best get the runs quickly and with 2 fours and a towering straight six to win the match he finished on 16 not out.

Lurgan 85-7, 20 overs (T Speers 2-12, N Khan 2-19, A Beech 1-14, M Kennedy 1-18)

Bangor 86-3, 16 overs (J Elliott 31*, M English 21, P English 16*)




Lurgan 2nd XI v Bangor 2nd XI - Saturday 22nd August 2013

After a break the previous weekend the 2nd XI Allstars were back in action with two games against Lurgan 2nd XI within 3 days. Going into the games Lurgan had won 13 matches without defeat this season.

On Thursday night Bangor travelled to Pollock Park for a 20 over game, Mark English won the toss and decided to bowl first. Tommy Speers took the new ball and got Bangor off to the perfect start as he bowled Lurgan’s captain with the last ball of the first over. Andrew Beech opened from the other end and his left arm going across the right handed batsman was proving difficult to get away, Beechy Jnr had the dangerous Peter Maxwell caught behind for 4 in the 4th over and Lurgan had been restricted to 14 for 2 off the first 4 overs.

After a good start the Bangor bowlers never let the Lurgan innings gain any momentum. Tommy picked up his second wicket while Matty Kennedy’s off spin was causing more problems for the Lurgan batters as they looked for the big shots to increase the run rate. At the half way point Lurgan were 38 for 4.

Ross Garrett, Nowman Khan & Paddy English all bowled in the second half of the innings and with good support from the fielders Lurgan reached 85 for 7 in their 20 overs. Nowman picked up 2 wickets on his first game back in action.

Dave McCusker and Mark English opened the batting and when Dave was bowled in the second over with only 3 runs on the board Bangor Lurgan thought they would be able to defend their total. Jack Elliott joined the skipper at the crease and the pair batted sensibly as the Lurgan openers bowled a good line and length. Lurgan bowled their openers straight through hoping for a 2nd breakthrough which didn’t come – after 8 overs Bangor were 27 for 1 but knew Lurgan would be relying on their change bowlers to bowl later in the innings.

Both batsmen looked to push on and when Mark was caught in the deep for 21 the score was 45 for 2 after 11 overs. Stu Johnstone hit a brisk 4 before being trapped LBW which Paddy English to the crease. Jack Elliott was playing one of his best innings for the 2nd XI as he had stuck out the opening bowlers and then started to accumulate runs through attacking boundaries and working the ball in the gaps for singles to finish undefeated on 31. Paddy decided it was best get the runs quickly and with 2 fours and a towering straight six to win the match he finished on 16 not out.

Lurgan 85-7, 20 overs (T Speers 2-12, N Khan 2-19, A Beech 1-14, M Kennedy 1-18)
Bangor 86-3, 16 overs (J Elliott 31*, M English 21, P English 16*)



Bangor 2nd XI v Holywood 2nd XI - Saturday 10th August 2013

Bangor 2nd XI took on Holywood in the local derby on Sunday. Holywood won the toss and elected to bat first at Upritchard Park.

Ryan Wilson and Andrew Beech opened the bowling and hit an immaculate line and length form the first ball. The Holywood openers were struggling to put bat on ball and remarkably after 5 overs the score was 1 run and no runs had come from the bat. Holywood continued to put up resolute defence and although the openers were extremely unfortunate to pick up a wicket the score reached 17 after 10 overs. Ryan Wilson bowled 7 overs straight through and conceded only 5 runs (3 of which were wides)

Ross Garrett and Ross Millar came on as first change and gave no let up to the batsmen, Ross Miller claimed the first wicket in the 19th over when the score was on 33. The Holywood middle order was looking to play a few more shots and Ross picked up two more wickets with a fine bowling display. Matty Kennedy was brought into the attack and continued to keep the batsmen tied down as the score progressed to 68 for 3 after 30 overs.

Ross Garrett & Jack Murphie bowled the last 5 overs and Holywood started to go for the big shots, with a quick outfield and some good hitting the innings closed at 118.

Jack Elliott opened the batting with skipper, Mark English. Jack was caught behind first ball of the innings off a rearing delivery as Holywood got off to a dream start and looked to put pressure on the batsmen. Adam McCusker came in at number three to help rebuild the innings. After the good performance by the Bangor spinners Holywood opted to open with spin from the other end, after the early wicket Mark decided it was the perfect opportunity to put Holywood on the back foot and hit two 4’s and a 6 off the spinners first over to get some runs on the board.

Holywood persisted with pace downhill and spin from the bottom end but as they searched for another breakthrough Adam and Mark worked the ball nicely into the gaps and ran well to keep the scoreboard turning over. After 10 overs the score was 56 with the loss of only the one wicket. Mark went to his fifty with 6’s in successive overs and just as the 100 was brought up the rain arrived and the players left the field.

Thankfully the rain soon passed and when the players returned to the field, with the scores tied on 188 Adam hit the winning runs to bring up a well deserved half century and complete a 9 wicket victory.

This brings the current league campaign to 7 wins from 10 games with 4 games left to play.

Holywood 118-4, 35 overs (R Miller 3-20, J Murphie 1-19)

Bangor 122-1, 19.2 overs (M English 70*, A McCusker 50*)




Bangor 2nd XI v Lurgan & Carrick 2nd XIs - Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August 2013

Cup Final Agony

Bangor 2nd XI travelled to Pollock Park to play Lurgan in the Final of the Intermediate Cup. The ground was in good condition following the heavy rain during the week and after winning the toss Bangor decided to bat first.

The innings got off to the worst possible start with skipper, Mark English caught behind with the score still on zero. Dave McCusker and Paddy McMillan were also early victims as Lurgan took full advantage of the wicket. The score had reached 19 for 3 when Jack Elliott joined Stephen Hamilton at the crease. The pair stabilised the innings and pushed the score on to 54 before Jack was dismissed by a very quick stumping by the keeper to a leg side delivery.

Stu Johnstone came in at number six and showed aggressive intent with some early boundaries whilst Stephen Hamilton continued to bat sensibly. For a short period the innings looked back on track but when Stephen was adjudged LBW for 30 there was another quick flurry of wickets and the score was 88 for 7 at the 20 over point.

Ross Garret came in at number 9 in the 20th over and when Stu was bowled for 30 the score was 102 for 8 after 23 overs. Ross Miller strode to the wicket and together with Ross Garret the pair kept their wickets in tact and with mature running they took the score to 121 before Ross was caught behind. This brought Matty Kennedy to the wicket as the final batsman and still 10 overs remaining.

Over the next 10 overs Matty faced 31 balls and scored 1 run whilst Ross Garrett transformed into Bangor Cricket Club’s version of Ian Botham as he plundered the bowlers to all parts of the ground. Never has a combination of Geoffrey Boycott style defence mixed with Ian Botham defiance & aggression been so warmly applauded by the supporters. The two batsmen played out the full 40 overs and took the score to 166 with Ross Garrett finishing on 44*. Bangor went into the tea break with renewed optimism after what had been a poor batting display.

Tommy Speers and Jack Elliott opened the bowling and the cup final nerves seemed to get hold of both batsmen and bowlers. A few wayward deliveries meant the runs came quickly but a mix-up between the batsmen resulted in a run out and Tommy cleaned bowled the number 3 batsman to have the score on 45 for 2 after 7 overs.

Ross Miller, Matty Kennedy and Ross Garrett all fresh from their batting exploits bowled in the middle of the innings and started to tie the batsmen down. Ross Miller was rewarded for his tight bowling as the batsmen played across the line and was given out LBW. The score was 64 for 3 after 16 overs and Bangor were back in the game.

The Lurgan middle order batsmen both started nervously and offered a couple of difficult chances which just didn’t quite stick for the Bangor fielders. Stu Johnstone joined the bowling attack but although the runs came slowly both batsmen established themselves at the crease and were able to steer the home side to victory. The pair put on over 100 runs to take Lurgan to victory with 4 overs to spare.

Bangor 2nd XI 166 for 9 (R Garrett 44*, S Hamilton, 30, S Johnstone 30, M Kennedy 1*)

Lurgan 2nd XI 167 for 3 (R Miller 1-21, T Speers 1-32, M Kennedy 0-25)

League Action

The 2nd XI were back in league action on Sunday as they travelled to Middle Road to take on Carrick. Carrick won the toss and decided to bat first.

Andy Beech was back from holidays and paired up with the experienced Mike Kwelu with the new ball. The Carrick opener attacked the bowling like a T20 game and hit a number of boundaries, although Bangor were bowling well and created a few chances they were only able to take one early wicket and the score was 72 for 1 after 12 overs.

Ross Miller and Ross Garrett came on as first change and this started a collapse of the Carrick top order. Taking the lead from the opener the next 5 batsmen came in with aggressive intent but only succeeded in getting caught out or bowled as they played across the line. Ross Miller picked up 3 wickets and Ross Garret 2 as the score reached 105 for 5 after 23 overs.

Matty Kennedy entered the attack and continued to restrict the run scoring, the opening bowlers came back into the attack and worked as a unit to restrict Carrick to 181 for 8 in 40 overs, a fantastic effort all round.

Mark English & Jack Elliott opened the batting and progressed nicely as the Carrick opening bowlers attacked from both ends. After a slow start a few lusty blows over mid wicket got the run rate up before Jack was bowled for 10 and the score was on 31. Adam McCusker came to the crease but when Mark was caught behind for 32 the score was 49 for 2 after 14 overs.

Stephen Hamilton joined Adam and the pair batted with good tempo and had taken the score to 86 before Stephen was caught as a bottom edge somehow landed in the keepers pad. Mike Kwelu and Ross Garret looked good but were unable to push on and the score was 121 for 5 after 31 overs. Ian Fletcher joined Adam at the crease as the team required 61 from 9 overs with 5 wickets left.

Adam was caught at long on which left Fletch to take on the bowlers, Fletch took on the challenge and with two big sixes and 3 fours Bangor were closing in on the target. Unfortunately there was a steady fall of wickets and when Fletch was out for 32 the score was on 161 with 2 wickets left. Carrick had saved their best bowlers for the last 4 overs and despite the best efforts of the lower order batsmen the innings closed on 172 and Carrick won by 9 runs.

Carrick 181 for 8 (R Miller 3-28, R Garrett 2 – 32, M Kennedy 1-24, A Beech 1-36, M Kwelu 1-46)

Bangor 172 all out (M English 32, A McCusker 32, I Fletch 32)

Bangor 2nd XI now have 6 wins from 9 league games. With 5 games to go they are still aiming for a strong finish to the season.




Bangor 2nd XI v Academy 2nd XI - Saturday 27th July 2013

Bangor 2nd XI entertained Academy 2nd XI at Upritchard Park on Saturday. Academy won the toss and decided to bat first.

Tommy Speers and Jack Elliott opened the bowling and with a bit of cloud cover and moisture in the air they were getting the ball to swing beautifully. The Academy top order batsmen showed their intent by playing expansive drives at the moving ball but struggled to get runs on the board. Tommy Speers was bowling down hill with the wind and bowled the opening two batsmen to have figures of 2 for 1 after his first 3 overs. Jack clean bowled the number 3 batsmen and Academy were restricted to 21 for 3 after 10 overs.

Tommy and Jack bowled their 7 overs straight through and never let Academy get into their innings. Matty Kennedy & Ross Garrett came on as first change and continued to frustrate the Academy batsmen, both bowlers bowled well and initially got little reward for their efforts as the ball often went in the air but managed to evade the fielders as Academy started to rebuild their innings on a very good batting track. Both bowlers picked up a wicket as Academy reached 82 for 5 after 25 overs.

Arman Sirpal, Abdul Satti and Ross Garret bowled the last 10 overs. Matty Kennedy took a great catch in the deep and whilst the bowlers were unlucky only to take two more wickets they restricted Academy to 134 runs in their 35 overs.

Jack Elliott and Mark English opened the batting for Bangor and got off to a slow start, when Jack was caught at cover Bangor were 5 for 1 after 4 overs. The early wicket brought Stephen Hamilton to the wicket to join the skipper. The two batsmen were content to see off the opening bowlers and wait for the bad ball, after 10 overs the score had reached 34 for 1.

The Academy fielders continued to be very vocal on the field and pressed for a 2nd breakthrough, the exuberance of the Academy fielders did not trouble the experienced pair of English and Hamilton as they continued to rotate the strike and then punish the bad ball. As the gaps appeared in the field as Academy tried to protect the boundaries the pair had put on 90 runs before Stephen was unluckily caught behind for 27 from a ball that bounced off bat, pad and chest before landing in the wicket keepers gloves.

Arman Sirpal came out to bat with 40 runs required to win and decided he wasn’t going to hang around as he smashed a quick fire 26, including a glorious pick up 6 over the midwicket boundary. The skipper supported well from the other end and finished the game unbeaten on 67.

It was another good performance from the 2nd XI on a fantastic batting pitch at Upritchard. The team play the final of the Intermediate Cup at Lurgan on Saturday 3rd August, midday start – all support welcome.




Bangor 2nd XI v Laurelvale & Carrick 2nd XIs - Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2013

Bangor 2nd XI made full use of the beautiful summer weather as they played two games at the weekend.

Laurelvale

Bangor 2nd XI Allstars traveled to Laurevale on Saturday for the semifinal of the Intermediate Cup. On a blistering hot day Laurevale won the toss and elected to bat first.

Tommy Speers and Paul McKenzie opened the bowling for Bangor with Paul claiming a wicket in his first over to give Bangor an excellent start. The ground was in great condition with the quick outfield rewarding good shoots and the Laurevale batsmen continued to play attacking cricket even as they lost their second wicket in the 7th over with the score on 26.

The Laurevale 3rd wicket partnership still looked to push on and at the first drinks break they had reached 58 for 2 of 13 overs. Ross Miller and Stu Johnstone had replaced the openers and once Stu’s body had sufficiently loosened up after a few deliveries the pair bowled very tightly and started to frustrate the batsmen. Ross struck first as Kris King took his third catch behind the stumps before Stu removed the dangerous Wesley Best and Laurevale were 85 for 4 after 40 overs.

Bangor sensed the opportunity to put the opposition under pressure, Stu picked up another 2 wickets and Matty Kennedy and Ross Garrett came on to pick up 2 wickets a piece as Bangor claimed 6 wickets for 17 runs in the following 15 overs as Laurevale were bowled out for 104. A fantastic bowling display from all the bowlers as they kept the pressure on the batsmen, there were 8 catches taken as the batsmen tried to find the scoring shots with Kris King taking 4 catches behind the stumps.

Bangor went out to bat with the experienced Paddy McMillan accompany the skipper, Mark English. Paddy hit two glorious fours in the first over and set the tone for the innings. Both batmen played sensibly waiting for the bad ball and kept the scoreboard ticking over. After 10 overs the score was 44 for no loss and Laurevale had turned to their change bowlers as they desperately tried to get a breakthrough.

With the score on 57 Paddy offered the first chance of the innings and was caught at backward point for 19. Jack Elliott came to the crease and signified his intentions with a back foot cover drive for 4 off his first ball, the following over he then played the shot of the day with a fantastic straight 6 over the bowlers head. Jack and the skipper continued to score freely as the fielding team struggle in the afternoon sun.

With the score on 99 the skipper was softly dismissed for 44 as he returned a simple return catch to the bowler form a friendly full toss. This left Stephen Hamilton to finish the came off with a couple of lusty blows.

The Allstars will now play Lurgan in the final of the Intermediate Cup on 3rd August, the venue for the final is still to be confirmed.

Carrick

On Sunday the Allstars were back in League action as they welcomed Carrick to Upritchard Park, on another beautiful day the ground was in magnificent condition. With slightly overcast conditions the Carrick skipper won the toss and choose to bowl allowing Bangor to take first opportunity on a firm Upritchard wicket. Dave McCusker returned to the side and was opening with the skipper, Mark English, as they faced the Carrick opening attack.

R Hood opening the bowling attack for Carrick and was quickly causing problems and bowled a magnificent opening spell of 5 overs for 9 runs but he was not supported by his fielders who failed to take a couple of catching opportunities. Thankfully for Bangor the runs flowed freely at the other end as the other opening bowler struggled to get his line and length, from his 4 over opening spell Bangor scored 30 runs of which 16 were wides.

At the ten over stage Bangor were 46 without loss. The first change bowlers continued to frustrate the batsmen which led to Dave calling for an ambitious 2nd run which left the elder statesman run out by a couple of meters. Adam McCusker replaced his father at the crease and batted sensibly as the scoreboard ticked over. Carrick introduced spin into the attack before the drinks break and Mark decided it was time to push the scoring rate and took 14 off an over to take the score to 93 for 1 after 20 overs.

Mark and Adam paced the innings well during the next 10 overs as Carrick started to protect the boundaries. The batsmen ran extremely well as they worked the ball into the gaps picking up 1’s and 2’s as well as some hefty blows from the skipper as he sent both spinners over the ropes and brought up his half century. The score reached 159 at the 30th over as the pair took 66 runs from the 10 over period.

Adam was caught out for 43 after a very fluent innings it was unfortunate not to get his half century, a couple of quick wickets fell and brought Taj Kwelu to the crease with 5 overs to go. Taj showed great maturity as he rotated the strike, ran well and left Mark to bring up his 2nd century of the season. As the fielders started to wilt in the afternoon sun the score reached 227-4 after 40 overs.

Taj Kwelu and Jack Elliott opened the bowling and from the first ball it was clear the Carrick batsmen were going to play aggressively from the start, after 5 overs the score was 29 without loss. Jack was bowling well and picked up the first wicket in the 6th over while Taj removed the other opener the following over to enable Bangor to get more control over the innings.

Ross Garrett was fresh from his 2 wickets the previous day and continued the good form as he and Jack picked up another wicket each to leave the visitors 47 for 4 after 11 overs. Carrick tried to rebuild the innings and stopped the fall of wickets but were unable to keep up with the run rate. Ross Miller and Matty

Kennedy were again bowling well in tandem and picked up a wicket apiece as Bangor moved into the oppositions tail enders.

Taj Kwelu returned to the attack and took 2 wickets in 2 balls before Abdul Satti took the final wicket as Carrick were bowled out for 111 in the 26th over.

At the half way stage of the league Bangor have 5 wins from 7 matches.

Bangor 2nd XI 227 for 4, 40 overs (M English 127*, A McCusker 43)

Carrick 2nd XI 111 all out, 26 overs (T Kwelu 3-25, J Elliott 2-25, A Satti 1-0, R Garrett 1-12, M Kennedy 1-20, R Miller 1-26)




Downpatrick 2nd XI v Bangor 2nd XI - Saturday 6th July 2013

Bangor 2nd XI travelled to Downpatrick on a beautiful summers day for a top of the table clash. Downpatrick won the toss and invited Bangor to bat first.

On a good pitch with a fast outfield Bangor scored quickly but lost 2 early wickets with Maddy Wilson and Jack Elliot falling to the Downpatrick openers leaving the score at 37 for 2 after 8 overs.

Dave McCusker joined Mark English at the wicket as they looked to consolidate the innings. Dave and Mark both batted well until Mark was trapped in the crease and lbw for 31 just before drinks as the score reached 75 for 3 after 20 overs.

The middle order of Josh Lowry, Arman Sirpal and Ian Fletcher provided good support, as Dave McCusker became the mainstay of the innings and the score reached 123 for 5 after 30 overs. Fletch was batting well and contributed a brisk 17 as Dave continued to pepper the offside boundary to bring up his 2nd half century of the season.

Abdul Satti was making his debut for the 2nd XI and did so in style as he hit the only six of the day over long off as he smashed a quick fire 17. Dave saw the innings home with a magnificent undefeated 66 as bangor finishe don 183 from 40 overs.

Bangor opened the bowling with Jack Elliot and Andy Beech. A superb diving catch by the skipper off Jack in the 3rd over removed the dangerous Downpatrick opening batsman.

The Downpatrick 2nd wicket pair settled the innings and started to build a good partnership. Jack bowled 8 overs in a row before the captain turned to the off spin of Arman Sirpal and Matty Kennedy. The batsmen continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over but Bangor were let down by their fielding as the captain dropped a straightforward chance at mid off.

As drinks were approaching Arman picked up the breakthrough wicket and Downpatrick were 90 for 2 after 20 overs. After the break Abdul Satti came into the attack and the bowlers started to build some pressure on the batsmen which remarkably resulted in 4 run outs. Jack Elliot fielded fantastically all day and ran out 2 batsmen from the cover boundary, Morne Rooschuz through down the stumps from backward point and Abdul Satti & Matty Kennedy remained calm to effect the final run out after a mix up between the Downpatrick batsmen.

Going into the final 10 overs Downpatrick needed 55 runs to win. A Beech came back into the attack and claimed the 7th wicket in the 37th over but the Downpatrick batsmen kept their nerve and scored the winning runs with just 3 balls left in the final over.

A great game of cricket but disappointing that Bangor was not able to continue the run of wins from recent weeks. Bangor 2nd XI now have 4 wins from 6 games with both defeats against Downpatrick.

Bangor 2nd XI 183 – 7, 40 overs (D McCucker 66*, M English 31, I Fletcher 17, A Satti 17)

Downpatrick 2nd XI 185 – 7, 39.3 overs (J Elliot 1-29, A Beech 1-33, A Sirpal 1-42, M Kennedy 0-36, A Satti 0-38)




Bangor 2nd XI v Ballymena & Templepatrick 2nd XIs - Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June 2013

Ballymena
A youthful Allstars line-up batted first against Ballymena and were delighted to welcome Nowman Khan back to playing action after recovering from a broken thumb. Maddy Wilson and Mark English opened the batting against a strong Ballymena bowling attack and found it difficult to get runs on the board. After seeing off the new ball Maddy was unlucky to get a thin edge on a swinging delivery which brought Jack Elliott to the crease with just 19 runs on the board.

Jack & mark were able to score more freely when the first change bowlers came on but when Mark was caught on the boundary for 30 and Jack Elliott fell for 16 the score was 69 for 3 after 23 overs.

Ryan Wilson and Josh Lowry continued to score at a steady rate and the 100 mark was reached in the 32nd over. Ryan was timing the ball well and was unlucky to be dismissed for a well compiled 37.

Nowman Khan and Tommy Speers batted tremendously well with great striking to the boundary and clever running between the wickets they were able to put on 40 runs in the last 6 overs and bring the total to 150 in 40 overs.

Tommy Speers and Ryan Wilson opened the bowling for Bangor and started with 3 maidens in a row. Both bowlers were threatening the batsmen and were unlucky not to get a breakthrough but restricted Ballymena to 34 off the first 10 overs.

Andrew Beech and Nowman Khan followed the openers and continued to bowl tightly with a spell of 5 overs which only conceded 2 runs. As the pressure built both bowlers were rewarded with a wicket and Ballymena had reached 55 for 2 after 20 overs.

After the drinks break the skipper turned to the young spin twins of Ross Miller and Matty Kennedy. Both bowlers bowled with great control and strangled the Ballymena innings by only conceding 22 runs in the next 10 overs. As the run rate started to increase the batters started to take risks and Matty picked up 4 wickets however the two bowlers bowled fantastically and only conceded 36 runs in their combined 16 overs.

Andrew Beech cam back to bowl at the death and was rewarded for some excellent bowling to finish with 5 wickets – the highlight being a stumping by Windy Millar after Beechy had pulled the Ballymena batsmen out of the crease with beautiful away swing delivery.

Bangor 150 for 5, 40 overs (R Wilson 37, M English 30, T Speers 24*)
Ballymena 93 all out (A Beech 5-17, M Kennedy 4-15, N Khan 1-13, R Wilson 0-11, T Speers 0-13, R Miller 0-21)

Templepatrick
On Sunday the captain won the toss for the second day in a row and elected to bat first. Paddy McMillan and Mark English opened the batting against a lively opening attack from Templepatrick. Paddy was in his normal nonchalant batting style and he worked the ball nicely into the gaps and in the 8th over he lofted two straight fours in succession over the opening bowlers head. The captain was slightly more reserved at the other end but the scoreboard was ticking over and Bangor reached 46 for 0 after 10 overs.

Paddy continued to score freely until he was bizarrely stumped as he was stranded just a few inches outside his crease as he watched the wicket keeper through down the stumps from 5 yards. Adam McCusker joined his captain and as Templepatrick started to take pace off the ball with slow bowlers it became harder to score and the total was 78 for 1 after 20 overs.

After drinks the batsmen looked to be more aggressive and ran well between the wickets as the Templepatrick field was pushed back to defend the boundaries. Adam was punishing the bad ball all round the wicket and both batsmen reached their 50’s as they put on 77 in the next 10 overs and the total moved on to 165 for 1 after 30 overs.

The rain started to come in and an early tea was taken after 33 overs. When Bangor resumed their innings the batsmen pushed on with Mark being caught for 95 and Adam falling for 62. Ryan Wilson and Paddy English continued the late innings hitting with some lusty blows and the innings closed at 248 for 3 after 40 overs.

Taj Kwelu and Andrew beech opened the attack for Bangor as Templepatrick started with aggressive intent. The visitors had reached 29 after 8 overs when the captain turned to the ever reliable Tommy Speers to bowl up hill and into the wind. Tommy was immediately on the money hitting a beautiful length outside off stump and claimed the first two breakthroughs for Bangor as he was supported by some good catching in the outfield.

Taj came back on for his second spell and bowled the dangerous Templepatrick opener with a beautiful in-cutter which reduced the visitors to 55 for 3 after 15 overs. Like a 1980’s rock duet Taj and Tommy, bowled in tandem to restrict the runs ,which resulted in a great run out by Ross Miller and Jake Kwelu who was making his debut this season behind the stumps.

Paddy English & Ross Miller came on to bowl and continued to restrict the batsmen. As the run rate escalated both bowlers picked up wickets with two champagne moments when Paddy took a diving return catch off his own bowling while Taj claimed ctach of the day diving forward to take a low catch off Ross Miller at mid-on. The last wicket was taken in the 30th over and Templepatrick had been bowled out for 92.

Bangor 248 – 3 (M English 95, A McCusker 62, P McMillan 40)
Templepatrick 92 all out ( P English 3-11, R Miller 2-7, T Speers 2-22, T Kwelu 2-25, A Beech 0-13)

Bangor 2nd XI now have 4 wins from 5 in the league and travel to league leaders Downpatrick on Saturday.




Bangor 2nd XI v Downpatrick 2nd XI Intermediate Cup QF - Sunday 23rd June 2013

Bangor Allstars took on Downpatrick 2nd XI in the quarter final of the Intermediate Cup on Sunday at Ward Park. After the heavy rain on Saturday the wicket was drying out with the assistance of the gale force wind which was blowing through Bangor. Mark English won the toss and invited Downpatrick to bat first and hoped the wicket would give some assistance to the bowlers.

Tommy Speers opened the bowling and was immediately causing the batsmen problems with pace and bounce, after hitting the opening batsmen on the toe he then claimed the first wicket in the opening over of the match. Mike Kwelu opened from the other end and with the senior partner bowling into the wind he was using swing and experience to pose a new set of problems to the batsmen. Both bowlers bowled with great accuracy and with a good fielding display Downpatrick were restricted to 20 – 1 from the first 10 overs.

In a magnificent display of guts and stamina Mike Kwelu bowled 8 overs in a row into the wind and although he was not rewarded with a wicket he displayed his all round athletic ability with some amazing fielding during the match. Paddy English and Arman Sirpal came on as first change, Paddy continued the good start from Tommy Speers and beat the batsman’s outside edge on a number of occasions before clean bowling the Downpatrick number 3 to restrict the score to 40-2 from 17 overs.

The Downpatrick batsmen started to be more aggressive as they passed the halfway point of the innings. The run rate started to increase but with Matty Kennedy and Stu Johnstone bowling in tandem and a good fielding display ensured that Downpatrick were never able to get any real momentum in the innings.

After some clever field manipulation by Windy Millar the captain produced a great diving catch from Matty Kennedy’s bowling, Stu clean bowled the next batsman and the champagne moment of the match was when Arman through down the stumps to reduce Downpatrick to 91-5 off 31 overs. The bowlers continued to bowl tightly making Downpatrick work hard for every run. Tommy Speers returned for 2 overs at the death and was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 2-11 off 8 overs as Downpatrick were restricted to 127 in 40 overs.

After a fine tea Mark English and Paddy McMillan went out to bat as the wind continued to gust around the ground. After a patient start as the batsmen got used to the wicket and conditions the batsmen showed aggressive intent as Mark pulled the opening bowler for 6 over midwicket. The score moved to 30 without loss after ten overs at which point Downpatrick introduced spin into the attack, both batsmen took a few overs to adapt and offered catching opportunities which the fielders were not able to take advantage of and the score progressed to 70 after 20 overs.

As Downpatrick pushed to make the breakthrough the batsmen started to get on top of the bowling and punished the loose deliveries. Paddy was timing the ball beautifully and brought up his fifty with a 6 and a 4 in successive balls, not to be outdone the skipper hit the winning runs to pass the half century mark. The 10 wicket victory was completed in the 30th over.

Special thanks to Joan and Kate English for helping with the teas and Tim English for keeping the book. The semi final of the cup is against Laurevale 2nd’s on the 20th July.

Downpatrick – 127 for 7, 40 overs (T Speers 2-11, S Johnstone 2-31, P English 1-13, M Kennedy 1-19, M Kwelu 0-23, A Sirpal 0-26)

Bangor – 128 for 0, 29.1 overs (P McMillan 61*, M English 52*)




Holywood 2nd XI v Bangor 2nd XI NCU Junior League 2 - Sunday 9th June 2013

The 2nd XI travelled to Holywood on Sunday for a 35 over game. The experienced Allstars line-up welcomed Chris Yeates and Dave McCusker back into the ranks for their first Allstar’s game of the season. The Seapark Oval was in fine condition and after a poor batting display the previous weekend captain Mark English had no hesitation to bat first when he called correctly.

Dave McCusker and Mark English opened the batting, Dave was quick to get his eye in and used his front pad with great efficiency to get the team off to a steady start. The Holywood opening bowlers settled into a good rhythm and apart from a few loose deliveries both bowlers found a consistent line and length. The athleticism of the opening batsmen ensured the scoreboard ticked over as they picked up quick singles to move the score to 41 for 0 after 10 overs.

Holywood’s first bowing change brought some flighted left arm spin into the attack and enabled Holywood to hold the run rate to 4 runs an over as the score progressed to 82 for 0 at 18 overs. During the drinks break Dave informed the skipper that due to a combination of sore knees and the hot summer weather that it would be prudent to look for more boundaries and less quick singles. As Holywood brought on their 2nd change bowlers the scoring rate increased as Mark took a particular liking to the square leg boundary.

Dave played some classy off side cuts and both batsmen reached their half century. After a couple of high scoring overs the score progressed 155 for 0 after 25 overs and with a trademark nudge down to third man Mark brought up his century in the 28th over. Dave continued to score freely until he was bowled for 76 in the 32nd over. Mark kept on the attack, taking 20 runs from one over, and reached the 150 mark in the final over of the innings as the score finished at 252-1 in 35 overs.

The Allstars bowling attack has performed well all season and wanted to prove there was something in the pitch for the bowlers. Tommy Speers & Jan Cunningham opened the bowling and quickly started to trouble the Holywood batsmen. By the 6th over Bangor had claimed 3 wickets – all of which were caught behind the wicket by the Fantastic Fletch. A beautiful sight as both Tommy & Jan got the batsmen playing at balls just outside the off stump.

M Treacy took the attack to the Bangor bowlers and hit some lusty blows as he tried to inspire the rest of the Holywood batsmen. Tommy was bowling with great accuracy and claimed his 3rd wicket in the 7th over, even with the heat of the Holywood sunshine Tommy bowled his 7 overs straight through and was rewarded with a fantastic 5 wicket haul when Mark English sprinted from mid off to take a towering catch. At this stage Holywood had been reduced to 45 for 6.

Paddy English bowled with good pace and accuracy and claimed the key wicket of Treacy for 43. Arman Sirpal had replaced Tommy Speers and was nearly unplayable as he got bounce and turn out of the wicket. Arman, Paddy & Morne Rooschuz finished off the Holywood batsmen and the innings closed at 70 all out in the 22nd over.

On a beautiful summers day it was fantastic to see the next generation of Yeates, Cunninghams and Englishs watching from the sidelines and practicing their cricket skills. Thanks again to Tim English for a flawless scorebook.

Bangor 252-1 (M English 150*, D McCusker 76)
Holywood 70 all out ( T Speers 5-17, A Sirpal 2-6, M Rooschuz 1-2, P English 1-21, J Cunningham 1-23) 




Bangor 2nd XI v Academy & Downpatrick 2nd XIs - Thursday 30th May & Sunday 2nd June 2013

The 2nd XI had a week of Twenty over cricket to catch up on two games which had been postponed earlier in the season due to bad weather.

Academy

On a sunny Thursday night the 2nd XI Allstars travelled to Roughfort to take on Academy 2nd XI. The skipper won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. Bangor scored well from the start with M English and P McMillan opening the batting and carrying on from the good form shown the previous weekend. Unfortunately there was a regular flow of wickets with P McMillan and K King both caught on the midwicket boundary, R Wilson badly run out by the captain and A McCusker falling to the Academy opening bowler.

The score was 44 for 4 after 8 overs when P English joined his brother at the crease. The two left handers batted sensibly for the next 5 overs taking the score to 72 after 13 overs before deciding it was time to increase the tempo of the innings. The brothers put on 77 runs in the next 5 overs with Paddy displaying some of the clean ball striking he was famous for as teenager in the early 1990’s. Both batsmen reached their half century before being dismissed in the final overs of the innings. Mark hit 5 sixes & 4 fours in his 63 with Paddy hitting 5 sixes and 3 fours in his 55. The Bangor innings ended on 162-6 in 20 overs.

M Kwelu & R Wilson opened the bowling for Bangor and had dismissed the academy top 3 in the first 4 overs. The pick of the early wickets was a magnificent caught and bowled by Mike Kwelu, the ball was travelling like a torpedo before Mike effortlessly plucked it from the air in his follow through. The opening bowlers restricted Academy to 36-3 in the first 8 overs and the required run rate was already above 10 runs an over.

J Cunningham and A Sirpal replaced Mike & Ryan and there was no let up for the batsmen. The left arm swing of Jan accompanied by Arman’s spitting off spin was too much for the Academy middle order. Jan claimed two wickets with his characteristic in dippers clean bowling his victims and Arman was ably assisted by Windy Millar with a beautiful stumping after he had bemused the batsman with flight and turn.

The strength of the 2nd XI bowling was demonstrated when the captain had the luxury of calling up P McKenzie and P English to bowl the last five overs. Paddy claimed 2 wickets and Paul picked up his first wicket of the season with the last ball of the game.

Bangor 2nd XI 162-6 (M English 63, P English 55)
Academy 2nd XI 117-9 (P English 2-9, M Kwelu 2-16, J Cunningham 2-18, R Wilson 1-16, A Sirpal 1-17, P McKenzie 1-37)

Downpatrick

On Sunday Bangor welcomed Downpatrick 2nd XI to Upritchard Park. The skipper won the toss for the 2nd match in a row and elected to bowl first.

T Speers and A Beech opened the bowling and bowled with great accuracy. Tommy picked up a wicket in his first over and as the pressure built Jack Murphie created a great run out as the batsmen looked to get some runs on the board. Beechy Jnr was
rewarded for a good opening spell by picking up his first wicket for the 2nd’s this season while Tommy got his 2nd victim in the 7th over. The visitors had been restricted to 30-4 after 8 overs

J Cunningham and P McKenzie came on a first change and continued to build the pressure on the batsmen. After a few wayward deliveries Jan got the radar working and was unlucky to only pick up one wicket in his spell. Paul bowled the spell of the match, the Downpatrick batsmen struggled to play any attacking shots as Paul came in off the long run up. In his 4 overs Paul took 2 wickets for only 4 runs.

J Murphie and P English bowled the last 4 overs for only 22 runs and Downpatrick had been restricted to 72-7 in 20 overs. It had been an excellent all round bowling display and demonstrated the strength of bowling in the team.

Bangor went out to bat in confident mood but were unable to repeat the free scoring from Thursday night. With a small total to defend Downpatrick kept their fielders close to the wicket and the Bangor innings never got started. Downpatrick bowled tightly and built pressure with their spin bowlers getting some assistance from the wicket.

Paddy English was the only batsmen to get into double figures and wickets fell regularly with the majority of batsmen falling to misjudges shot selection. On a day when one good partnership would have been enough to win the game Bangor were dismissed for 55. A disappointing end to the game especially after an excellent bowling and fielding display.

The Allstars will have the chance for revenge in two weeks time when they take on Downpatrick in the Quarter Final of the Minor Cup but there is work to do for the batsmen in the nets this week.

Downpatrick 2nd XI 72-7 (P McKenzie 2-4, T Speers 2-16, A Beech 1-13, J Cunningham 1-13)

Bangor 2nd XI 55




Bangor 2nd XI v Cregagh 2nd XI Intermediate Cup - Sat 25th May 2013


Bangor bowled and fielded to a very high standard throughout the game but with a flat batting track, and a quick outfield, wickets were hard to come by. The four seam attack of T Speers, A Beech, T Kwelu & P English bowled with great discipline and restricted to Cregagh to 80 runs in the first 20 overs but were unable to force a break through.

The introduction of R Miller and S Johnstone after the drinks break continued to build the pressure on the batsmen and at no stage did runs flow freely for the visitors. Ross & Stu bowled beautifully in tandem for 15 overs and were supported by the return of the seam bowlers to restrict Cregagh to 168-3 in their 40 overs. An impressive bowling & fielding display only yielded 7 boundaries in the 40 overs.

Bangor opened up with P McMillan and M English, aided by 5 penalty runs when the ball hit the helmet in the first over the opening pair got Bangor off to a good start. P McMillan was in particularly impressive form with the shot of the day being a straight drive for 4 off the Cregagh opening bowler, when Paddy was unlucky dismissed for 29 the score was 54-1. T Kwelu joined his captain and was unfortunate to get dismissed to an innocuous full toss.

Stu Johnstone marked an impressive comeback display with a brisk 37 which kept the run rate at more than 6 an over and when he and Mark English (57) fell towards the end of the innings it was left to P English and C Boal to bring the 2nd XI Allstars home to victory. A fantastic team display with great spirit shown by all the players and a fitting end to the game when Paddy English scored the winning runs with a magnificent straight 6.

On a beautiful afternoon it was great to see so many families up at Upritchard Park with picnics and enjoying a fine spectacle of cricket. Special thanks also to Tim English for keeping a flawless score book.

Cregagh 2nd XI 168 - 3, 40 overs (T Speers 8-29-0, A Beech 8-31-0, T Kwelu 5-1-25, P English 4-21-0, R Miller 8-0-26, S Johnstone 7-1-28)
Bangor 2nd XI 169-4, 26.2 overs (M English 57, S Johnstone 36, P McMillan 29, P English 15*)

Bangor 2nd XI started the season with a fine 6 wicket win over Cregagh 2nd XI in the 1st round of the Intermediate Cup. On a beautiful sunny afternoon Cregagh won the toss and elected to bat on a firm wicket at Upritchard Park.



Bangor Invitational (2nds/3rds XI) v Bangor Grammar School 1st XI - Sat 20th April 2013
Saturday saw the first game of the season at Upritchard Park, a 2nd/3rd XI Invitational team welcomed the BGS 1st XI to the club for pre-season fixture.

 As with tradition the senior team were given the opportunity to bat first and despite the loss of an early wicket they progressed to 60 for the loss of one wicket, Gavin Campbell was in his usual swashbuckling form and dealing mainly in boundaries while Arman Sirpal worked the ball to all parts of the ground. Unfortunately the loss of Campbell and Sirpal lead to a major collapse in the Bangor batting as the BGS spin twins of Kennedy & Miller took advantage of the turning artifical! The Bangor innings was rescued by some hard hitting from Daniel Kennedy and Mike Kwelu who added 40 valuable runs for the last wicket, shot of the day came when Mike Kwelu stroked a magnificent 6 over cover from the bowling of Taj Kwelu.

The BGS innings started slowly with Mike Kwelu picking up an early wicket, however a fine partnership developed between Ryan Burgess & Taj Kwelu. Ryan was quick to punish the bad ball while Taj played sensibly throughout the innings with both batsmen reaching their 50. Bangor's bowling showed much promise with the majority of people bowling for the first time this year. Paddy English, Ross Garret & Morne Rooshuz supported Mike Kwelu in the seam bowling whilst slow bowlers Arman Sirpal and Daniel Kennedy were unlucky not to pick up more wickets.

A very enjoyable start to the season and encouraging to get some match practice before the first 3rd XI league game this Saturday. Good luck to the BGS 1st XI for the season ahead.

Bangor Invitational 136 ( G Campbell 42, D Kennedy, 21, A Sirpal 21. R Miller 4-17, P Law 3-8)
BGS 1st XI 138 - 2 (R Burgess 61, T Kwelu 52, J McKenzie 23. M Kwelu 1-3, D Kennedy 1-47)
Junior League 2 P W T L NR Pts
Downpatrick II 14 12 0 2 0 48
BANGOR II 14 10 0 3 1 10
Lurgan II 14 9 0 4 1 36
Ballymena II 14 6 0 6 2 24
Templepatrick II 14 5 1 7 1 20
Academy II 14 4 1 7 2 16
Holywood II 14 2 0 11 1 8
Carrickfergus II 14 2 0 10 2 8