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Bangor Cricket Club 1st XI2014

Date Opponents Venue Result Details
Sat 19th Apr Cooke Collegians F(H) Won
Sun 20th Apr Saintfield F(H) Cancelled
Sat 26th Apr Carrickfergus L(A) Lost by 8 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 27th Apr
Sat 3rd May Dundrum CC(H) Won by 4 wkts Scorecard
Sun 4th May
Mon 5th May Woodvale L(H) Lost by 5 runs (D/L) Scorecard | Report
Sat 10th May Drummond NC(A) Postponed Rearranged for 23rd May
Sun 11th May
Sat 17th May Derriaghy L(A) Won by 76 runs Report
Sun 18th May
Fri 23rd May Drummond NC(H) Won by 4 wkts Report
Sat 24th May Muckamore CC(H) Abandoned Rearranged for 1st Jun
Sun 25th May Burndennett US(H) Lost by 9 wkts Report
Sat 31st May Cliftonville L(H) Lost by 61 runs
Sun 1st Jun Muckamore CC(H) Lost by 8 wkts
Sat 7th Jun Templepatrick L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 6th Jul
Sun 8th Jun Carrickfergus NC(H) Lost by 74 runs (D/L) Report
Thu 12th Jun Cliftonville TT(H) Won by 52 runs Report
Sat 14th Jun Holywood L(A) Won by 9 wkts Report
Sun 15th Jun Dundrum L(H) Won by 235 runs Scorecard | Report
Sat 21st Jun Lurgan L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 20th Jul
Sun 22nd Jun
Sat 28th Jun Downpatrick L(A) Lost by 7 wkts Report
Sun 29th Jun
Tue 1st Jul Derriaghy TT(H) Lost by 5 wkts
Sat 5th Jul Carrickfergus L(H) Lost by 123 runs (D/L) Report
Sun 6th Jul Templepatrick L(A) Lost by 2 wkts Report
Sat 12th Jul
Sun 13th Jul
Sat 19th Jul Dundrum L(A) Won by 10 wkts Report
Sun 20th Jul Lurgan L(H) Won by 2 wkts Report
Sat 26th Jul Woodvale L(A) Lost by 7 wkts
Sun 27th Jul
Sat 2nd Aug Derriaghy L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 24th Aug
Sun 3rd Aug
Sat 9th Aug Cliftonville L(A) Won by 5 wkts
Sun 10th Aug
Sat 16th Aug Templepatrick L(H) Won by 7 wkts Report
Sun 17th Aug
Sat 23rd Aug Holywood L(H) Won by 6 wkts
Sun 24th Aug Derriaghy L(H) Lost by 7wkts
Sat 30th Aug Lurgan L(A) Won by 8 wkts Report
Sun 31st Aug
Sat 6th Sep Downpatrick L(H) Lost by 7 wkts
Sun 7th Sep

CC - Challenge Cup : NC - National Cup : US - Ulster Shield : TT - T20 Trophy

Lurgan v Bangor - 30th August 2014 (League)

Bangor 1st XI moved up to 5th with a magnificent 8 wicket win over league leaders Lurgan, and in the process cemented their place playing Section 1 cricket again next season.

In overcast conditions McLarnon, the Bangor captain, won the toss and chose to bowl. With the young pairing of Kwelu and Burns opening the bowling, Lurgan had the better of the early exchanges racing to 24/0 off 5 overs. That was to be the only positive on what was going to be a difficult day for Lurgan, as Kwelu and Burns ripped through the top order. Once again Kwelu showed experience beyond his years, bowling testing away swing while Burns continued on focusing on bowling with the extra yard of pace. It was Burns with the initial breakthrough, having the Lurgan skipper Johnston caught by Samunderu at gully off a thick outside edge . With the breakthrough achieved, Kwelu then claimed his first wicket of day with the last ball of his 4th over, a perfect away singing delivery luring Topping into edging his first and only ball of the day, with McLarnon showing a rare flash of agility to claim a diving catch low to his right hand side.

The very next ball Burns found the third outside edge of the innings, this time being expertly caught by Nixon at first slip, Lurgan slipping from 28/0 to 31/3, with all three catchers in the business. Grieve and professional Godbole were now at the crease, Godbole scoring all 14 runs of their partnership before Kwelu hit Grieve’s thick outside edge, with Samunderu claiming a fantastic catch diving forward on a dying ball. Kwelu’s disciplined away swing bowling allowed for a rarely seen 9-0 off side field, backed up by some great catches in the slip corden, had Bangor right on top at 46/4. This became 46/5 in the next over, Burns trapping Godbole with a fast Yorker on middle stump, leaving Umpire Kennedy with a very straightforward decision to send the batsman on his way. With Kwelu only permitted to bowl 7 overs in a row due to being Under 17, he made the most of the final over, knocking over Haire’s off stump with another beautiful away singing delivery, claiming his third wicket of the day and reducing Lurgan to 49/6.

With both opening bowlers taken off after a stunning 7 over spell each, Bangor professional Samunderu and vice captain Nixon finished up the tail. Samunderu claimed two wickets in his 3 overs, one caught at midwicket and the other a caught and bowled. Nixon claimed two wickets in 2 deliveries, with his pacey in-swingers rattling the stumps, firstly with Anderson on his way and then immediately after with Ollie McCollum dispatched to look after his golden duck. Ollie, the cousin of Bangor opening batsman and former Lurgan player Nicky McCollum, was left to dread the twitter abuse that Nicky was sure to send while he was off raving in Ibiza with former Ireland international and Waringstown star Gaz Kidd. Lurgan 65 All Out from 18.5 overs.

The run chase was delayed due to a downpour from the dark clouds that had developed. When play eventually resumed, Burns was the first wicket to fall to the bowling of Grieve, Bangor 5/1. Nerves were settled with Ryan Law and Samunderu progressing the score to 49 before Law was out for 16. This brought Parker to the crease, who played a solid role supporting Samunderu who smashed 35 runs to finish the game, including three huge legside 6’s.

Bangor have been in a rich vein of form in the second half of the season, winning six of their last 8 games. This run of form started with Bangor lying in the relegation zone, 9th in the league of 10. It is with great credit to the team that they coped with the pressure of league position to galvanise the side and kick on to reach the standard that is expected of them by both players and club members alike. This was epitomised by the fantastic bowling and fielding display against 1st placed Lurgan, with some excellent catches backing up the great bowling efforts of the Bangor opening pair.

Bangor now go in to their final game of the season, facing Downpatrick at Upritchard Park on Saturday, with the freedom of knowing that Section 1 cricket is guaranteed next season. Although the league table pressure is off, the team will be looking to claim one more victory and with the possibility of a top 3 finish still alive. There are also many personal milestones left to reach, with runs to be scored and wickets to be taken. Most notably both Samunderu and Nixon have the opportunity to break through 800 runs and 35 wickets for the season. Kwelu will be looking to claim more club silverware, having already claimed a tankard for his 5wicket haul during his incredible spell of bowling of 7 overs, 7 maidens, 5 wickets for 0 runs. Burns will be looking to continue his great bowling of late, but also hoping to get one big score with the bat.

Lurgan 65 (T Kwelu 3-18, C Burns 3-38, A Nixon 2-3, K Samunderu 2-4)

Bangor 67/2 (K Samunderu 35*)

Bangor won by 8 wkts

Bangor v Templepatrick - 16th August 2014 (League)

Bangor recorded an outstanding 7 wicket victory over Templepatrick at Upritchard Park on Saturday, continuing their fine of form of late and extending the winning record to four wins in the last five matches.

Contrary to Bangor’s run of good form, Templepatrick hadn’t recorded a victory in their last 4 matches - their most recent victory being over Bangor. After winning the toss the Templepatrick skipper chose to bat. It wasn’t long before he was regretting it. With young Taj Kwelu handed the new ball for Bangor, he claimed a wicket with the first ball of the match having Hunter caught by Burns, diving forward at cover, handing Kwelu a wicket for what was certainly a loosener. With Hunter doing incredibly well to reach the wide full toss, it was to Bangor’s delight the he spooned it in the air to Burns who was only to happy to send him on his way. That turned out to be Kwelu’s only bad ball of what will go down in Bangor CC history as one of the best spells of bowling from a Bangor player. Kwelu bowled tight throughout his 7 over spell, demonstrating incredible ability to control the away swing he produces on a weekly basis. With the Templepatrick professional, Hosami, next to the wicket, after fishing at a few away singers he soon chopped on to the stumps, leaving his team 0/2 off 1 over. Next to the wicket was Templepatrick captain, Greer. After having seen two of his top order batsmen struggling with the away swing, Greer continually tried to drive the bowling, with Kwelu beating his bat for his next 3 overs. By this stage even the slip corden offered up their advice, and encouraged him to ‘put the drive away’.

By the 4th over Bangor had claimed the third wicket, an aggrieved Jackson unable to handle the in swing of Nixon and bowled for 7- Templepatrick 9/3. With Kwelu swinging it away and Nixon swinging it in, the batsmen offered little resistance to the Bangor pair. After 7 overs of torment Greer was eventually dismissed by Kwelu for 1 run. Tired of beating the outside of his bat Kwelu changed attack, rattling Greer’s middle stump- Templepatrick 19/4 off 9 overs- Kwelu with 3 wickets and still to concede a run.

Next to go was Smith, falling to a great gully catch by Samunderu of Nixon. 27/5 soon became 27/9, Kwelu and Nixon claiming 4 more wickets without the loss of a single run. Kernoghan managed to salvage a glimmer of pride for his team with a hard hitting 31* taking his team to 69 before the final wicket fell. By the end of the innings it was clear who the star of the show was, Kwleu leaving the field with a remarkable achievement of bowling his 7 overs for 0 runs and claiming 5 wickets. Claiming 5 wickets is an achievement in itself, but to bowl 7 overs and not concede a single run is truly incredible and something that will go down in the history of Bangor Cricket Club.

The standards of the Bangor team throughout the innings was exceptional, but for one dropped catch Templepatrick would have been 30 all out on a very good batting wicket.

Chasing a small total can play tricks on batsmens minds, but the opening pair of McCollum and Law saw Bangor race to 49 before the first wicket fell. Immediately after McCollum was caught attempting to go over the top, Law fell the exact same way. With Nixon chipping a simple catch Bangor found themselves 55/3. Needing only 15 runs to win, Samunderu and Parker brought the game to an abrupt end before the 15th over of the innings had been completed.

It truly was a magnificent win for the Bangor team, demonstrating how far they have come since snatching defeat from the jaws of victory during the reverse fixture. With two home games this coming weekend, including a local derby against Holywood on Saturday, the Bangor team will be doing all they can to secure another 2 victories. Congratulations again to Kwelu, another major step in his progression to becoming a major threat for this Bangor team.

Templepatrick 69 (T Kwelu 5-0, A Nixon 3-32)

Bangor 70/3 (R Law 30)

Bangor won by 7 wkts

Bangor v Lurgan - 20th July 2014 (League)

After an extremely convincing win against Dundrum the day before, Bangor were confident and in high spirits coming into their must win game against table topping Lurgan.

Lurgan won the toss and chose to bat first on a typically hard Upritchard wicket. Andy Nixon made the early strike getting the dangerous Johnson caught at first slip by former Lurgan player Nicky McCollum. However, it was the spinners who took control of the middle overs with Ryan Murphy bowling beautifully to restrict the runs and Samenderu taking regular wickets from the other end. Several of the Lurgan batsmen looked in great touch, however, couldn't push on and make the big score needed. The visitors reached a very competitive score leaving the seasiders 237 to chase. This score could have been a lot more had Bangor not stuck to the task at hand, taking regular wickets at crucial times and preventing any game-changing partnerships from forming.

McCollum and skipper McLarnon opened the batting for Bangor once more, hoping to continue on from their good form against Dundrum. However, McCollum went early nicking one through to the keeper of Lyness. Samenderu looked good for his 25 but was given out stumped in what looked like an extremely close call. Bangor needed a big score from one of their top order batsmen and once again it came from Andrew Nixon, who continued his incredible form with another brilliantly played century. Nixon came to the wickets just before drinks, and quickly upped the run rate with regular boundaries off both seam and spin bowlers. Bangor were looking comfortable with Nixon and Parker at the crease, requiring 6 runs an over from the final 20 overs of the innings. With a cluster of wickets falling in quick succession, the nerves on the sidelines began to grow. With Fraser ran out without facing a ball it was left to Taj Kwelu and Ross Miller, the two youngest members of the team, to show experience beyond their years to marshall Bangor side home to an incredible victory. Special mention must go to Miller for his shot of the day with an incredible shot over extra cover against opening bowler Lyness.

Bangor secured two crucial wins and with 8 points in the bag it would seem that the Bangor side are ready to push on and keep the run going at the business end of what is proving to be a very tight league. Bangor now sit 7th in the league, and ruing the two tight defeats against Woodvale and Templepatrick. Had bangor finished off these games when they had the chance, the team would be sitting joint top of Section 1. The team now face a run of 3 games in 3 weeks against fellow mid-table teams, that will be the make or break for the season. With the team training hard and this nail-bitting win against the league leaders in the bag, the team have big ideas for the final 7 games of the season.

Lurgan 237 (K Samunderu 4-44, A Nixon 2-44)

Bangor 238/8 (A Nixon 101, J Parker 26)

Bangor won by 2 wkts

Dundrum v Bangor - 19th July 2014 (League)

Bangor travelled to Dundrum with overhead conditions looking ominous, but the team were keen to get to business and secure 4 vital points. Dundrum won the toss and elected to bat first on a very soft wicket, and it wasn't long until wickets began to fall regularly. Andrew Nixon did the majority of damage with the new ball, taking 6 wickets for just 24 runs. Nixon was supported by Samenderu who grabbed a couple of wickets as the Dundrum batting line up crumbled for just 52 runs. The Dundrum batsmen couldn't cope with the in-swing deliveries that Nixon was bowling, and this was magnified by Bangor taking some spectacular catches in the outfield by Miller and Parker.

Bangor openers McCollum and McLarnon strode to the middle keen to secure a 10 wicket victory and before long McCollum began to score freely with McLarnon rotating the strike with ease. The game was wrapped up in no time, with the innings finished with a straight 6 from McCollum who finished on a well played 44*.

An extremely impressive fielding performance combined with some tight new ball bowling set up this great win for the seasiders and saw them gather much momentum going into the big game against Lurgan.

Dundrum 52 (A Nixon 6-24)

Bangor 58/0 (N McCollum 44*)

Bangor won by 10 wkts

Templepatrick v Bangor - 6th July 2014 (League)

In what was a crucial game for Bangor, especially in light of the previous day’s result, the seasider's were fully aware that nothing short of 4 points was needed from the game. Despite a Michael Fish style prediction of rain from Nicky McCollum the previous day, Bangor arrived at Ballyclare RFC in what was closer to the warmer climbs of Marbella that he has become regularly accustomed to in recent times.

Skipper McLarnon called correctly and elected to bat on a wicket that he correctly assumed would worsen as the game went on. The Templepatrick opening attack bowled with fantastic discipline despite their tender years. This is a trait that Bangor could learn a lot from to prevent the freebies that are all too often gifted to the opposition.

McCollum was again the first wicket to fall as he fished at one (pardon the pun), inside edging the ball onto his off stump. This left the team reeling at 3-1. McLarnon and Kuda Samenderu went about anchoring the innings and were doing a great job until the former was stumped to leave Bangor 33-2. Batsmen came and went, with club professional Samenderu holding strong, playing some beautiful shots all around the ground. Burns, batting 6, came in and crashed a quick fire 20. Before his dismissal, a good score looked likely as both batsmen appeared comfortable at the crease. Unfortunately, another brace of wickets fell with Samenderu being left with little support. Jack Elliot entered stage left at number 9 and showed why he has been a consistent run scorer for the second Xl this year. He combined some sound defence with some elegant drives and cut shots as Kuda continued on his merry way destroying the now fatigued attack. The pair put on a superb 80 run partnership, with Jack Elliot contributing a well made 19. Kuda’s first century for the club came up during the partnership in what was one of the most complete innings a Bangor batsman has played in a number of years.

The last 2 balls of the innings were caressed to the boundary by Kuda leaving him on 152* and Bangor’s total at 244; a full 100 more than what was expected at the 25 over mark. Kuda’s knock made Bangor the favourites going in to tea.

As if Kuda hadn’t done enough, he was then entrusted with opening the bowling with Nixon as Templepatrick set about an imposing run chase. Nixon was first to strike, as he had Hunter caught behind for 8. Kuda then bowled Greer for 12 leaving Templepatrick stuttering at 35-2. Once Murphy had Jackson caught at slip for a well played 42, they looked unlikely winners at 72-3. Bangor did, however, know that with the professional at the crease the game was always going to be a tight one.

True to form, the match followed how most have this season, with the pro scoring 74 with other batsmen intent on getting off strike. He was eventually out with another 60 runs to win and only 2 wickets to take for the Bangor bowlers. At this point Bangor assumed they had won. Catches were dropped and fielding the ball appeared an inconvenience as they allowed Kernoghan and Busby to chip away at the runs required, the former particularly aggressive scoring 44 not out at number 10.

Bangor had done well to throw away a game they had all but won. The old cliche, ‘it isn’t over until the fat lady sings’ was drummed into the team after, although the exact words used in the debrief may not be suitable for publication. The game further reiterated that this team lacks killer instinct and experience to be consistent in this league; something that needs to be rectified before the next set of games in a fortnight. Once again, congratulations to Kuda on his maiden ton for Bangor; long may this form continue.

Bangor 244-9 (K Samunderu 152*)

Templepatrick 246-8 (Homani 74)

Bangor lost by 2 wkts

Bangor v Carrickfergus - 5th July 2014 (League)

Bangor CC’s 1st Xl had two vital games over the weekend, the first being against a Carrickfergus team who they had struggled against in recent years. Unfortunately, Saturday’s result followed the status quo as Bangor went down a distant second by 123 runs.

Carrick won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket which had three distinguishable green patches. Bangor got off to a dream start as the dangerous Gilmour was run out from a direct hit from Jonny Parker; an inspired piece of fielding that really calmed the nerves of the rest of the team. Two further wickets fell as Nixon had Browne caught behind for 7, before trapping captain Parkhill for 2 leaving Carrick 23-3.

These wickets, however, brought the two Carrick professionals to the crease. Bangor knew that this was a partnership that they needed to break quickly as both players were more than capable of making big runs, and at a rate that could leave the game out of sight for the home team. 146 runs later and Ross Miller expertly had the ‘Irish’ Jamie Holmes, who commutes from New Zealand each summer, caught behind by skipper Ricky McLarnon. In truth, the Bangor bowlers all performed well against Holmes and Kamtekar as their scoring rate was kept below 4 runs per over.

At 169-3, Bangor looked like having to chase a score in excess of 275 before an inspired bowling change, and a side of good fortune, helped pin back the Carrick innings. Andrew Nixon returned to the attack to pick up pro number 2, Kamtekar, with a juicy full toss that was smashed straight to McCollum at mid wicket. This started the procession of wickets as Nixon was getting the ball to swing lavishly into the batsmen. Bangor took the final wicket in the last over with the Carrick score on 210; a great fightback from the seaside's. Nixon finished the innings with astonishing figures of 7 wickets for 15 runs off his 9.1 overs.

What developed as a pattern for the weekend, the professionals scored the bulk of the batsmen’s runs (83%). As Bangor are discovering in this league, if you don’t get the professional early, they generally go on to score heavily with the other locals content on playing tip and run at the other end. Win at all cost, I guess.

After another fantastic tea (thanks again to Mrs Parker), the new opening pair of McLarnon and McCollum looked very comfortable as they reached 19 without loss. Unfortunately McCollum chipped Hood to mid wicket a ball before the first rain break. The Bangor inning’s never really got off the ground as they were continually on and off the field for rain. Not only was the rain disruptive but it resigned the wicket to some mud with stumps at either end as deliveries from the Carrick professionals were lifting or rolling along the ground.

Bangor were all out for 82; a really disappointing score considering how well they clawed it back during the first innings. Despite the wicket deteriorating, Bangor were simply not good enough in their response as their inexperience showed again. Things needed to improved the following day against a Templepatrick team who were surprising many with their league position.

Carrickfergus 210 (I Kamtekar 78, J Holmes 77, A Nixon 7-15)

Bangor 82 (N McCollum 44*)

Bangor lost by 123 runs (D/L)

Downpatrick v Bangor - 28th June 2014 (League)

The 1st XI travelled to Downpatrick on Saturday following last weekend off, to take on fellow mid-table rivals. Bangor won the toss and chose to bat on a hard and dusty pitch, with club captain Ricky McLarnon acting as a stand-in opener alongside Parker taking to the middle. The new opening partnership only lasted 4 overs, when Parker was bowled off his thigh pad for 4. Samunderu was also back in the pavilion quickly, bringing Burns to join McLarnon. Burns made light work of the lively pitch, hitting four boundaries while McLarnon patiently accumulated 1s and 2s. An expansive shot brought about the demise of Burns, caught at mid on trying to go over the top, dismissed for 21. After that it was a steady stream of wickets, Bangor going from 62/2 to 82/8, with the Bangor batsmen struggling with the dusty conditions and accurate Downpatrick bowling. McLarnon was the 8th wicket to fall, trying to up the score off the Downpatrick pro’s slow off spin, only to be caught at long on. The tail enders of Khan and Miller saw Bangor struggle to 117 all out, a low score but at least a target to bowl at.

Downpatrick’s reply saw them lose captain Tate for just 5, trying to knock the runs off quickly. Rea was also out soon after, with the score on 45/2 and Bangor still with a shout of an upset. Loose bowling and poor fielding saw the game fall beyond Bangor’s reach, with the professional dropped on 28. Unfortunately for Bangor he went on to be the difference, scoring 57 while being assisted by Ringland who ended up with 37* and Downpatrick knocking off the runs inside 25 overs with just 3 wickets down.

Although Bangor were missing 4 regular 1st XI, it was a poor performance on the field that cost Bangor dearly. Loose shots with the bat, and dropped catches in the field meant Bangor were never really in the hunt for the 4 points. After some stern words in the changing room, it is fully expected that the team will be knuckling down for the second half of the season- starting with a T20 semi final vs Derriaghy. This weekend sees the 1st XI play Carrickfergus at home on Saturday and away to Templepatrick on Sunday. In what is becoming a very competitive league, two wins this weekend could see the Bangor team jump from 9th to 1st.

Bangor 117 (R McLarnon 24, D Mullan 4-23, A Patil 3-19)

Downpatrick 118/3 (A Patil 57, G Ringland 37*, K Samunderu 2-22)

Bangor lost by 7 wkts

Bangor v Dundrum - 15th June 2014 (League)

With confidence at an all time high for this generation of Bangor cricketers, Dundrum were the final fixture of the three this weekend. The only change in the team was for Fraser to join the batting line up, with M English unfortunately breaking his finger during Saturday’s game against Holywood.

On a glorious day at Upritchard park, and a batting track just as enjoyable, the Bangor skipper won the toss and chose to bat. The runs continued on from the heavy defeat over Holywood, with McCollum and Parker capitalising on the numerous bad balls on offer. It made for some terrific viewing as the Bangor openers amassed a huge 156 together, before Parker was dismissed for a fine 54 after a mix up in calling resulted in a run out. By this stage both openers were passed the 50 mark and looking to kick on to a big personal score. Samunderu joined McCollum, and similar to the Holywood game, continued where they left off. It was not long before McCollum was raising his bat to the adoring crowd of Upritchard Park, who enjoyed watching is maiden century for the club as much as McCollum enjoyed making it. McCollum’s century included 11 4’s as he took no mercy on the Dundrum bowlers. Going after his first six of the innings, McCollum was caught at long on, leaving the pitch to a standing ovation from the team mates and fans at the ground. Samunderu raced to 33 before being bowled, with the ball clipping his leg stump. Nixon also took the attack to the bowlers, reaching 40 runs before being dismissed by the experienced Edgar.

This brought Fraser to the middle with just 14 overs to go and Bangor sitting pretty at 270/4. Not one to miss out on a licence to hit, Fraser quickly set about pelting the cricket ball to all parts. There was absolutely no mercy for the young Dundrum side as Fraser reached his half century with his 8th boundary of the day. With a few overs remaining, Fraser looked had an outside chance of breaking through the personal milestone of 100 and the team milestone of 400. With one over to go, Fraser had reached 90*. Yet another boundary saw him on to 94, a single bringing him to 95. With two balls left Fraser was back on strike and the crowd were on the edge of their seats, no man in Bangor cricket club is more deserved of reaching a personal milestone like this for the 1st XI. One dot ball left Fraser needing a maximum to bring up the century. That ball came, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be, as Fraser’s swing saw the ball land inside the off side boundary and returned safely to the bowler for 2 runs. Fraser hitting a remarkable 97* off just 51 balls. Bangor ended their 50 overs on a monsterous 402/7.

In reply, Dundrum skipper Bassett took the attack to the Bangor bowlers. He took a particular liking to the Bangor spinners, and it wasn’t until Kwelu returned with pace on the ball that he eventually succumbed for a big hitting 75. Unfortunately for Dundrum, there was very little support in chasing down such a big total. The only resistance to the Bangor bowlers came from Calvert, who proved a good partner to the dogged Terry Hutely. With Clavert dismissed for 33, it was left to Terry to attack the Bangor bowlers. And that he did. Terry smashed Nixons first over for 8 runs, which included an expertly timed cut shot the 3rd man boundary for 4. It wasn’t to be for Terry, as Nixon claimed the wicket of his nemesis. While the Terry/Nixon battle was going on, Miller was mopping up the tail. The accurate slow bowler was not one to be outdone but any batsman, and quickly cut through the Dundrum batsmen. First to go was the dangerous Calvert, caught by Miller’s school teammate Kwelu. Next was Foster with Miller rattling his stumps. Edgar was Miller’s third wicket, bowling the experienced campaigner between his legs. Taylor was his next scalp, with a brilliant caught and bowled. The final piece of the jigsaw was Miller clean bowling Williams, earning the Bangor starlet a tankard for his excellent figures of 5 wickets for 20 runs, and Dundrum suffering a heavy 235 run defeat.

It was an excellent weekend for the 1st XI, claiming 2 victories in the league and progressing to the semi-final of the T20 trophy. This weekend the 1st XI scored an amazing 755 runs for just 12 wickets, off only 94 overs. Congratulations to Nicky McCollum on his first century for the club, Samunderu for consecutive 50s and Fraser for his amazing 97* off 51 balls. Congratulations also to Ross Miller for his outstanding achievement of 5/20 (and a 9 wicket haul over the weekend). The team also wishes Mark English a speedy recovery form injury and a prompt return to the batting crease.

Bangor 402/7 (N McCollum 100, E Fraser 97*, J Parker 54, A Nixon 40, K Samunderu 33)

Dundrum 167 (A Bassett 75, R Miller 5-20, K Samunderu 3-27)

Bangor won by 235 runs

Holywood v Bangor - 14th June 2014 (League)

Saturday saw the Bangor team travel to local rivals Holywood for the most important game of their season to date. Holywood, having pipped Bangor to the Section 2 trophy last season (despite losing both home and away to Bangor in the league) won the toss and unexpectedly decided to bat on what looked to be a fantastic wicket. Things didn’t go to well for the home side, stuttering their way to 23/3 off 11 overs after some incredibly disciplined by bowling by Bangor’s opening strike team of Kwelu and Samunderu. Samunderu bowled his ten overs straight, conceding just 9 runs. Kwelu, showing age is no barrier against experience, bowled some expert outswing and deservedly picked up the wickets of Duddy and McCormick. Holywood’s professional was the only batsman to score heavy runs, taking 39 overs to score 77 runs. When he was eventually dismissed Holywood were 148/7 off 45 overs. Had it not been for Browne playing some attacking shots at the end, Holywood would have fallen way short of their eventual total of 174/9 from their 50 overs.

Bangor’s tight bowling resulted in plenty of dot balls, and with regular wickets falling Holywood were never really able to accelerate to a par score. All 6 bowlers used by Bangor showed great discipline, and was backed by great fielding. Paddy English left with 3 wickets for 32 runs off his 8 overs, with Kwelu and Nixon claiming the other 3 wickets. Accompanied by 2 run outs, Bangor left the field delighted with their efforts.

McCollum and M English got Bangor off to a dream start, reaching 34 runs before English was dismissed by Kennedy for 7. That was to be the only wicket to fall in the second innings, as McCollum and Samunderu tore the Holywood bowling attack to shreds. Boundaries were smashed to all parts of the Seapark Oval, with only McCormicks 4 over spell returning a respectable run rate. Whilst McCollum smashed the ball through the off-side with devastating cover drives and cut shots, Samunderu peppered the leg side boundary with sweep shots. Dhumke, Holywoods professional, had his spell limited to just 2 overs when Bangors professional Samunderu dispatched him for three 6s in a row, his two overs costing the Holywood side a whopping 29 runs. Both batsmen raised their bats for their half centuries in no time, and duly kicked on to chase Holywoods target of 174 within just 24 overs- saving the Holywood tea ladies the hassle of pouring drinks at the 25 over interval.

This 9 wicket win over Holywood stretches Bangor’s winning streak over their local rivals to 4 wins in a row. The Bangor side are developing with every game, and will definitely remember this ruthless run chase for years to come.

Holywood 174 (M Dhumke 77, T Kwelu 3-20)

Bangor 175/1 (N McCollum 79*, K Samunderu 79*)

Bangor won by 9 wkts

Bangor v Cliftonville - 12th June 2014 (Twenty20 Trophy)

With Bangor winning the toss and choosing to bat, they lost an early wicket with McCollum dismissed LBW for 3. Any nerves were soon settles when club professional Kuda Samunderu joined Andy Nixon in the middle. The pair put on a remarkable 141 run partnership before Samunderu was out for an excellent 58. Nixon continued on, this time with Burns at the crease. Nixon was smashing the ball to areas of the pitch, including some remarkable reverse sweeps. Nixon, not without some good fortune, was eventually out for 86 in just 17 overs. With the intensity continuing in the middle, both Burns and Fraser cannoned their first balls for 6, adding to the misery of the Cliftonville side. At the end of the 20th over, Bangor were 178/4.

Having played Cliftonville already this season, Bangor knew how heavily the side relied on their professional Dandekar for runs, and today was no different. He scored 56 of the sides 126 runs. With Murphy claiming the pro’s wicket, Cliftonville lost the next 8 wickets for just 41 runs, with Ross Miller doing the damage with the ball, ending the innings with 4 wickets. Cliftonville ended on 126/9 off their 20 overs.

Bangor 178/4 (A Nixon 84, K Samunderu 55)

Cliftonville 126/9 (R Miller 4-25)

Bangor won by 52 runs

Bangor v Carrickfergus - 8th June 2014 (National Cup)

With Saturdays game a wash out, the 1st XI's only match this weekend was a National Cup tie against Carrickfergus. With Bangor winning the toss and choosing to bowl on a damp pitch, the Carrick batsmen got off to a relatively slow start reaching 16/0 off the first 6 overs in the reduced 40 over game. It wasn't until the 15th over that the first wicket fell, Parkhill caught at slip off the excellent leg spin of Murphy. Soon after that and Gilmore was out, having scored 47 of Carricks 69 runs at the time, bowled round his legs by Murphy.

Holmes and Kamtekar were then together at the crease, both pros scoring steadily and upping the run rate through sensible batting. The pair put on 78 runs together before Kamtekar was removed by Samunderu. Two more wickets fell before the end of the innings, leaving Carrick on 187 for 6, Burns, Samunderu and Murphy claiming 2 wickets each.

In reply Bangors run chase got off to a steady start, Bangor bringing up their 50 with only one wicket down, English run out for 9. Tight bowling resulted in a slow run rate and in no time Bangor were needing 9 an over for the final 15 overs of the innings. In trying to up the run rate, Bangor lost wickets regularly and were soon out of the game completely. McCollum played a steady innings to reach 42 runs in 33 overs, but with none of the attacking batsmen firing the scoreboard pressure took its toll, Bangor collapsing from 64/1 to 116/9 at the end of their 40 overs.

Carrickfergus 187/6 (J Holmes 61, R Murphy 2-29, K Samunderu 2-40)

Bangor 116/9 (N McCollum 42, A Kamtekar 3-18)

Bangor lost by 74 runs (D/L)

Bangor v Burndennett - 25th May 2014 (Ulster Shield)

On arrival at Upritchard Park the chances of cricket seemed extremely slim with many parts of the ground under water following some early morning downpours, however keen to avoid the second rearrangement of the weekend, the home side swiftly got to work with water hogs and squeegees in the hope to make the ground playable for a shortened game later the same afternoon. Following regular inspections from the umpires the decision was made to play a 20 over game on the artificial wicket with the game starting at 16.10, the latest possible time.

Bangor won the toss and decided to bat first but with the fall of early wickets soon found themselves under significant pressure. McCollum showed defiance batting well for his 35 but couldn’t push on. Jonny Parker continued his good form from Friday, this time joined at the crease by McLarnon who saw Bangor through to a competitive score of 127.

Burndennett didn’t get off to the ideal start with a wicket falling in the second over. However, Doherty and McCay established themselves at the crease both making well played 50s, seeing their side comfortably home with several balls to spare.

Bangor 127/7 (N McCollum 42, S McCay 4-15)

Burndennett 128/1 (R McCay 60*, M Doherty 55*)

Bangor lost by 9 wickets

Bangor v Drummond - 24th May 2014 (National Cup)

Following a wash out at Drummond the rearranged fixture went ahead in the form of a shortened 25 over game at Upritchard Park. Bangor skipper McLarnon won the toss and elected to bowl first on a soft wicket, with overhead conditions at first seeming to suit Bangor’s opening bowlers. Bangor managed to take early wickets but Drummond’s opening batsman Moore was able to build some momentum with several well hit boundaries. However, Bangor’s spin attack restricted the batting side in the middle overs showing thoughtful plans and great variation. The experience of McDaid showed through in the end, marshalling his side to an extremely competitive total of 144, with a well played 46 not out.

In reply Bangor got off to a solid start reaching 40 for no wicket. However, wickets began to fall too regularly putting the home side under pressure. Several of the Bangor batsmen got themselves in and out, unable to form the match winning partnership which was required. Not for the first time this season Jonny Parker came to Bangor’s rescue with an outstanding innings to get his side over the line with 5 balls to spare.

Bangor will now play Carrick in the next round at Upritchard Park on the 8th June.

Drummond 144/9 (R McDaid 46, C Moore 42, R Miller 3-20, R Murphy 2-15)

Bangor 145/6 (J Parker 36*, J Martin 2-24, J Millar 2-26)

Bangor won by 4 wickets

Derriaghy v Bangor - 17th May 2014 (League)

Bangor 1st XI achieved their first win of the league campaign at Derriaghy last Saturday. Losing the toss, Bangor were inserted to bat and got off to a shaky start with both openers removed by the 12th over with the score on 34. This brought Nixon and Samunderu together for a fantastic partnership, the pair putting on 79 runs together before Samunderu was dismissed for 46. It wasn’t long before Nixon was passed the 50 mark, this time batting well with Burns.

Another good partnership of 65 runs had Nixon move closer to his century. With some back niggles, Burns started to attack before falling for a quick 32. With Nixon smashing 6s over the home teams short boundaries, he was soon raising his bat for a well earned century, with Stinson in particular coming under a barrage of attack- his last four overs going for 43 runs. With Burns out and McCollum following suit, P English (on his first turn out for the 1st XI this season) was soon joining in on the run bonanza, reaching 30* within inside the final 7 overs. Under Nixon’s masterful innings and assisted by the top order, Bangor closed on 293/5 off their 50 overs, Nixon deservedly leaving the field to a standing ovation with 130*.

In reply to Bangor’s total, Derriaghy’s run scoring came from one man alone. Aphale, batting at 3 for the home team, set about chasing the total without much assistance form his team mates. Off to a nervy start, twice edging Samunderu either side of first slip, he was soon accumulating runs in a riskless fashion, always remaining up with the required rate. With Bangor’s bowling and fielding well below par, Aphale was again dropped on the boundary on 47, a drop which almost proved costly. With Apahale running out of partners, he quickly went on the assault on the bowlers and before long had passed his century. Wickets were falling regularly, and it quickly became apparent that the game was going to be over well before the 50th over- either with Aphale single handedly winning the game for Derriaghy, or Bangor snaring the pro and rattling through the tail.

Fortunately for Bangor, Nixon continued his great form with the ball, and had Aphale bowled to swing the game Bangor’s way. This left Derriagy on 209/8, with the final two wickets claimed for an additional 8 runs- Bangor eventual winners by 75 runs.

There was no doubt who the man of the match was, Nixon leaving Derriaghy’s pitch with a century along with 3 wickets and 2 catches. Long may his good form continue, as Bangor look to kick on up the table.

This weekend sees Bangor play 3 home games in 3 different cups. All support is welcome at Upritchard Park.

Bangor 293/5 (A Nixon 130*, K Samunderu 46, C Burns 32, P English 30*

Derriaghy 217 (K Aphale 128, A Nixon 3-32, K Samunderu 3-55*

Bangor won by 76 runs

Bangor v Woodvale - 5th May 2014 (League)

In what must have been one of the coldest and windiest days Upritchard Park has ever seen, Bangor were beaten by just 5 runs using the Duckworth Lewis method against Woodvale CC.

Play had to be delayed by 30 minutes as both captains and umpires agreed to wait until the light drizzle subsided. Woodvale won the toss and put Bangor in, perhaps hoping to skittle the home side before the forecasted rainfall around 6pm. Mark English and Jonny Parker strode to the wicket with the aim of batting for time, knowing too well that a score in excess of 200 would stand the team in good stead. A solid partnership had formed before Parker scooped a short ball to square leg for a well timed catch.

The fall of wicket brought club professional, Kuda Samunderu to the crease in what must have felt like the Arctic Circle for a man who was sunning himself in Cape Town the week previous. Kuda and Mark put on 100 for the second wicket, setting the platform for a big score with some well judged runs and caressed drives. Mark was unfortunate to fall LBW to the impressive spin of Burnside for 46, as Kuda continued to show the brave watchers-on why the club was very excited about his arrival. Sam Ethakoti was the next Bangor batsman in and looked very comfortable on his debut for the 1st Xl. He continued where he left off for the 3rds the previous week and stroked boundaries at ease, particularly strong on anything near his pads; it’s a real shame he is not available for the club on Saturdays as I’m sure he would have a big impact on the side’s top order.

Once Kuda fell sweeping the medium pace of Timmy Browne for 69, Chris Burns arrived at the wicket ahead of Andy Nixon in the pursuit of some quick runs. Anyone who has seen Chris bat this year, or had a conversation with his team manager, agent and father, Stephen Burns, will know that he can clean any boundary on his day. Unfortunately Chris was unable to emulate his brutal hitting at Carrickfergus and was dismissed (caught at long on) for 7. This brought Andy Nixon to the wicket at number 6. Andy and Sam were intent on running ones and twos as much as possible, putting the Woodvale fielders under pressure each time the ball went past the inner ring. Once Sam was dismissed for a well made 21, the third Bangor newcomer came to the wicket on the eve of his 26th birthday. Nicky McCollum used all of his experience, as well as the sound advice from his international relatives, James and Ross McCollum to smash a quick fire 25. Nicky was as surprised as many of the crowd when some of his elegant drives almost found their way over the rope, such hitting that hasn’t been seen from his bat since the summer of 2004. Nicky’s middle order batting, coupled with some very impressive hands should make him a real valuable addition to Bangor’s squad this season.

Bangor finished on a total of 206-5 and went in to tea in buoyant mood after achieving their first objective of the day. They knew, however, that bowling and fielding in these conditions was not going to be an easy task, especially against a team that had beaten title-contenders Carrickfergus at the weekend.

Burns and Nixon opened the bowling and were on the money from the word go, Burns in particular generating good pace down wind and down the Upritchard Park hill. Both bowlers continued to apply pressure to the Woodvale batsmen, who had only mustered 22 runs off 9 overs before the breakthrough came. The left-handed Robinson got in a twist against a Burns bouncer and found himself offering a chance to Nixon at first slip which was gleefully accepted.

Bangor felt on top at this point and continued to put the foot on the throat as Burns struck again in his next over, removing Gibson LBW first ball. This brought the Woodvale professional to the wicket, fresh off a hundred and with a big reputation. Despite this form, Bangor continued to tie down the Woodvale batsmen, who were content to score at 2 or 3 an over. The home side’s bowling and fielding was top class, a paradox from the performance at Middle Road at the first game of the season. Despite Bangor’s best efforts, they struggled to break the partnership between Kalbhor and Irwin who accumulated runs in a sensible manner. The breakthrough finally came when Kwelu had Irwin out LBW for 27. Bangor knew that Woodvale would have to take some chances to get the rate required down; luckily for them, incoming batsman P Robinson must have found a few 4-leafed clovers on his walk to the wicket as he squirted the bowling to all parts, with the ball flying in the air just wide of diving fielders. It was starting to look like it might not be Bangor’s day.

Kuda, Ryan Murphy and Nowman Khan all backed up the opening bowlers in what was as complete bowling performance that hasn’t been seen from the 1st XI in many seasons. Ryan Murphy continued with his impressive form, by luring the batsmen into drive that were often edged wide of slips with Nowman backing this up with some tight line and length seamers.

Spirits were soon lifted with the score on 130 as Khan claimed a wicket, caught by Nixon at midwicket. This was exactly what the seasiders needed, especially as they seemed to have infiltrated the lower order as the new batsman swung at his first 8 deliveries without contact.

Then disaster struck. The deluge forecasted for 6 o’clock arrived, just as Bangor had pushed the run rate up towards 7. With only 30 minutes to get back on to the field of play, we knew the game had finished with Bangor an agonising 5 runs short on DL. A great game of cricket ended in an unfortunate manner, but the Bangor team can hold their head’s up knowing they put in a fantastic performance in horrible conditions. This game further proved that they will compete well in this league.

Bangor 206/6 (K Samunderu 69, M English 44, T Browne 3-54)

Woodvale 137/4 in 37 overs (P Robinson 46*, S Khalbor 38, C Burns 2-27)

Bangor lost by 5 runs (D/L)

Bangor v Carrickfergus - 26th April 2014 (League)

After promotion last season, Bangor’s first game back in Section 1 was a tough encounter against Carrick, one of the stronger teams in the league.

Having won the toss and choosing to bat, Bangor’s innings got off to the worst possible start with Mark English being run out from the first ball of the season. Things did not get any better Parker was dismissed 6 overs later, leaving Bangor 11 for 2. With McCollum and Nixon at the crease things looked more confident with solid defence and good running between the wickets on display. A lapse in concentration saw McCollum bowled for 11. Burns joined Nixon and quickly set about building an impressive partnership, hitting gaps in the field and punishing the bad ball. Burns hard hitting was brilliantly complimented by Nixon’s dogged determination, with the pair scoring 95 runs in 20 overs and moving Bangor in to a strong position. However when Burns was bowled for 48, a collapse was triggered and Bangor quickly fell from 123/4 to 145 all out, with 5 of the wickets clean bowled. Nixon top scoring with 59.

With a low total to defend, the opening exchanges were all in Carricks favour, with Gilmour crashing the ball to all parts of the ground. After 10 overs Carrick were 73/0 and Bangor were confronted with a possible 10 wicket defeat. With Gilmour dominating the seam bowlers, it was the leg-spin of Murphy that claimed his wicket. Murphy and Khan bowled the tightest spell of the innings, which resulted in another breakthrough for Bangor. Nixon claimed the wicket of Parkham, edging a delivery behind for McLarnon to take a regulation catch.

With Holmes and Eagleson at the crease, Bangor were able to apply some pressure, and the run rate dropped significantly. Unfortunately Bangor failed to capitalise on this, dropping numerous chances in the field. It took 21 overs for Carrick to score the final 40 runs.

Although on paper it was a heavy defeat, there were plenty of positives to take from the game. The batting partnership of Burns and Nixon was incredibly mature, and hopefully bodes well for the rest of the season. Murphy and Khan bowled exceptionally together, with Murphy in particular returning fantastic bowling figures. With Kuda Samundera, the club professional, arriving in time for the next game, the team will be looking to achieve complete performances with both bat and ball. With that, this Bangor team will be more than a match for any team in the league.

Bangor 145 (A Nixon 59, C Burns 48, Grant 7.2-2-4-16)

Carrickfergus 146/2, (M Gilmour 53, J Holmes 40*, R Murphy 7-2-1-18)

[Full Scorecard]

Bangor lost by 8 wkts

Senior League 1 P W T L NR Pts
Carrickfergus 18 13 0 5 0 52
Woodvale 18 11 0 7 0 44
Lurgan 18 11 0 7 0 44
Downpatrick 18 11 0 7 0 44
Templepatrick 18 10 0 8 0 40
BANGOR 18 9 0 9 0 36
Derriaghy 18 9 0 9 0 36
Cliftonville 18 8 0 9 0 32
Holywood 18 7 0 11 0 28
Dundrum 18 1 0 17 0 4