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Bangor Cricket Club 2nd XI2014
|Sat 18th Apr|
|Sun 20th Apr|
|Sat 26th Apr||Waringstown II||L(H)||Lost by 58 runs||Report|
|Sun 27th Apr|
|Sat 3rd May||Lisburn II||L(A)||Lost by 1 wkt||Report|
|Sun 4th May|
|Sat 10th May||CIYMS II||L(H)||Postponed||Rearranged for 29th Jun|
|Sun 11th May|
|Sat 17th May||Drumaness||JC(H)||Lost by 4 wkts||Report|
|Sun 18th May|
|Sat 24th May||Instonians II||L(A)||Lost by 9 wkts|
|Sun 25th May|
|Sat 31st May|
|Sun 1st Jun|
|Sat 7th Jun|
|Sun 8th Jun|
|Sat 14th Jun||CSNI II||L(H)||Won by 109 runs||Report|
|Sun 15th Jun|
|Sat 21st Jun||North Down II||L(A)||Postponed||Rearranged for 17th Aug|
|Sun 22nd Jun||Instonians II||L(H)||Lost by 25 runs|
|Sat 28th Jun||Lisburn II||L(H)||Lost by 47 runs|
|Sun 29th Jun||CIYMS II||L(H)||Won by 7 wkts|
|Sat 5th Jul||Downpatrick II||L(A)||Won by 8 wkts|
|Sun 6th Jul|
|Sat 12th Jul|
|Sun 13th Jul||North Down II||L(H)||Lost by 85 runs|
|Sat 19th Jul||CIYMS II||L(A)||Lost by 7 wkts|
|Sun 20th Jul|
|Sat 26th Jul||CSNI II||L(H)||Lost by 9 wkts|
|Sun 27th Jul|
|Sat 2nd Aug|
|Sun 3rd Aug|
|Sat 9th Aug||Waringstown II||L(A)||Lost by 139 runs|
|Sun 10th Aug|
|Sat 16th Aug|
|Sun 17th Aug||North Down II||L(A)||Lost by 138 runs|
|Sat 23rd Aug|
|Sun 24th Aug|
|Sat 30th Aug||Downpatrick||L(H)||Won||Downpatrick unable to field team|
|Sun 31st Aug|
|Sat 6th Sep|
|Sun 7th Sep|
JC - Junior Cup
Bangor II v CSNI II - 14th June 2014 (League)
With the sun splitting the trees at the home of cricket, there was really nowhere else you would want to spend your Saturday afternoon.
The pitch showed a slight tinge of green and opinions were divided as to what the Allstars should do if they win the toss. Bowl first and skittle CSNI or bat and pile the runs on? Stand-in skipper Thomas Speers won the toss and got his wish to bat first, hoping to set a competitive score.
R Law and J Elliott opened up and struggled initially with the CSNI opening bowlers getting plenty of bounce and swing. However both batsmen stuck it out and began to show their free flowing style, Law especially punishing anything too full. Disaster then struck their great start when Elliott powered a straight drive back toward the bowler who took a sharp one handed catch. This brought Fraser to the wicket, fresh off the back of his “mars bar” mid week, with the intention of taking the attack to the bowler. Fraser and Law started to open up against the change bowlers showing their attacking prowess until Fraser mistimed a drive to mid on who took a good catch.
Fletcher was the next man in, who has been scoring runs for fun in recent weeks and the Allstars were keen for this form to continue. Law unfortunately had enough of waiting for the ball to arrive at him and came running down the wicket, looking to clear the pavilion but could only succeed in missing the ball and being stumped. Bangor were now 97 for 3 after 24 overs and CSNI were buoyed by their recent wickets, but they hadn’t counted on the new man Nowman Khan and “run machine” Fletcher, who both proceeded to bat sensibly talking quick singles whilst punishing the bad ball for boundaries. Fletcher was especially quick to pounce on anything down the leg side for his now famous sweep shot, which at one stage produced a massive six.
The pair put on over 100 runs between them, batting right up to the 47th over with Fletcher passing 50 and Khan making 35. This left Speers and Garrett to see the end of the innings, with Speers up to his old tricks of hit a good shot and run regardless of whether it was intercepted. This was shown to great effect when he pushed a ball to backward point and set off down the wicket. Garrett unable to stop Speers from coming towards him also set off but gave up half way down as the fielder had already released the ball but lucky for him was unable to hit the stumps. Garrett was to face the last ball, and with plenty of encouragement to play like his look-alike “Stevie Smith” attempted an audacious reverse sweep – and completely missed – but Bangor managed to get a bye off the final delivery and reach a very competitive total of 207.
Encouraged by a great batting performance, Bangor ran onto the pitch like men possessed keen to show their true qualities as a team. Beech and Speers opened the bowling, with Speers taking a wicket in his first over leaving CSNI 1 wicket down for no runs. Beech was unlucky to end his spell with no wickets as his pace and bounce was no match for the batsmen. Prince was first change and was keen to impress against many of his school compatriots in the opposing team.
Speers meanwhile, was bowling with great pace and skill beating the CSNI batsmen on numerous occasions, finishing with 3 wickets for 26 runs off his 6 overs. This is Speers’ last match as he is a condemned man, bound for marriage on Saturday and everyone at BCC wish him the best of luck, but also question why he decided to get married during cricket season as well as taking a 3 week honeymoon!
Ably supported by Matty Kennedy and Nowman Khan at one end, the next hour however, was to be the Fresh Prince show. Steaming down the hill whilst managing to get the old ball to talk, George Prince showed CSNI they were foolish to let him go on a free transfer to BCC. Their loss was very much Bangor’s gain as Prince finished with figures of 5-20-7. Not to be outdone by a great bowling performance, Garrett was given the ball keen to show he still has the quality to rip the stumps out of the ground and duly obliged, getting the ball to pitch on middle stump and nip away sending the off stump cart wheeling back to leave CSNI all out for 98, giving Bangor a massive victory by 109 runs.
A fantastic team performance, but special mention must go to Fletcher who steadied the ship with his runs and Prince for ripping through the middle order. Post match speech by Garrett sent the boys off buzzing, eager to come back next week and show Inst exactly what the Allstars are made of.
Bangor II 207 (I Fletcher 52, R Law 35, N Khan 35)
CSNI II 98 (G Prince 5-20, J Elliott 3-26)
Bangor won by 109 runs
Bangor II v Drumaness - 17th May 2014 (Junior Cup)
Once we had ensured the pitch for Ireland U19 game had been suitably protected, Bangor 2nd XI set about preparation for their Junior Cup game against Drumaness 1st XI determined to put the league disappointments to one side.
With the weather set fair Bangor won the toss and choose to use the facilities first. Without a recognised Opening pair, stand in skippers Law and Garrett promoted Messrs Lowry and Miller, the latter particularly keen to show his batting prowess after spending considerable time in the middle for the school earlier that day.
The pair began well showing how important running the first one hard and putting the field under pressure as they turned singles into twos. Unfortunately this came to an abrupt end when Lowry played round a straight one and losing his middle stump. This brought the more experienced player of Hamilton to the crease, despite suffering from a dose of man flu set about his normal game and produced a couple of lovely shots before getting an out swinger that took a thick edge, which was well held at slip.
R Law strode out with great intent and after a couple of lusty blows skied one to mid off and his entertaining innings had ended. Miller had perished just before this wicket and Cunningham didn’t have the chance to show his quality as he also received a quality out-swinger. Bangor were now struggling at 58 for 5 but still showed their attacking intent with King and Fletcher now at the crease. King tried one too many big shots and was back in the pavilion, shortly followed by Garrett who was on the end of a ball that kept horrendously low, but perhaps better footwork could have saved the wicket. Lower order of Beech, Prince and Griffin were unable to keep out the swinging ball and Bangor finished their innings on a disappointing 87. A Brief team talk ensued and Bangor truly believed that if we put enough pressure on the opposition the chances would come and we could rip through the Drumaness middle order. These chances did come but went just as quickly as the Drumaness openers were afforded two chances each in the early overs, until Miller sneaked one through the defence, clean bowling the batsman. Miller continued to bowl tight at one end allowing the skipper to rotate his bowlers.
At the end of the 20th over Drumaness were making slow progress but the run rate was never going to be a problem. Bangor needed wickets to win this game, so the ball was thrown to Josh “Sammy” Lowry who bowled with great skill and showed the crowd the variety he has in his locker, picking up the set batsman with a lovely leg break that rapped the opener straight in front.
Lowry and Miller picked up two wickets apiece for very little runs, constantly bamboozling the opposition with the variety we have become accustomed to in nets. With Drumaness requiring one to win they set off for a quick single but hadn’t made an allowance for the fielding prowess of Stephen Hamilton, who turned and threw the stumps down in a blink of an eye. Still one run required when another batsmen perished playing round a straight one and was plum LBW.
Unfortunately this was the last wicket to fall as the next over a thick edge went through the slip cordon and the cup dream had ended. Special mention must be made of Beech and Prince who bowled with great skill and pace at the top of the innings and on another day would have ended up with at least two wickets apiece.
The fight shown by a young all stars team was the most impressive aspect where not one player gave up and showed what it meant to don the BCC shirt. It is only a matter of time until their fortunes turn around and the team will put together a run of results that they deserve.
Bangor II 87 (B Gelston 5-31, G Walsh 2-0)
Drumaness 88/6 (N Walsh 37, J Lowry 3-15)
Bangor lost by 4 wickets
Lisburn II v Bangor II - 3rd May 2014 (League)
There was a fresh look to Bangor’s 2nd XI side with only a few players remaining from their opening fixture against Waringstown, where despite losing, the team showed fine character in defeat which was again prevalent throughout Saturday’s encounter.
Having lost the toss, Bangor were put into bat first. The overcast conditions combined with a sharp Lisburn opening bowling attack and saw inroads being made into Bangor’s middle order. Paddy English performed well to survive the early onslaught having opened the innings but was losing partners fast until Evan Fraser, on his come back game following a season in exile to Australia, stabilised proceedings to form the first and only partnership of real worth for the visitors.
Both men pushed the score along with some fine stroke play and one shot in particular by Fraser, cleared the Wallace Park ground’s fence. However, it was one attempted lusty blow too many which ended a promising return to NCU action for Fraser. English fell shortly after and with plenty of overs left to bat, the lower order and tail were given a difficult task, but fought well to post a competitive total of 144 all out.
The 2nd half of the match saw Bangor’s bowlers more than stand up to the task of defending their score and were on song from the off. Tommy Speers opened with stand-in skipper, Mike Kwelu, and picked up 2 early wickets, the 2nd of which being a flying catch by a sprightly Josh Lowry fielding in the covers. Josh proved excellent in the field, eventually taking a further 3 outfield catches.
Twirl king Arman Sirpal came on as first change to Kwelu and in conjunction with Speers, who bowled his allotted 10 overs straight, pressured the opposition and forced Lisburn’s batsmen into making errors and swing the match the visiting teams way midway through the 2nd innings.
Paddy English took over from Speers’ end, and continued the tight seam - spin bowling partnership with first, Sirpal who also bowled through, and then Ross Miller. A light drizzle worsened conditions for the fielding side, but wickets continued to fall and victory began to appear in Bangor’s sights. However one formidable obstacle stood in Bangor’s way in the shape of former Bangor player, Ricky Finlay.
Finlay opened Lisburn’s innings and was the only batsmen to show any resistance forging a patient innings with a lack of any support from his team mates. Posting a vital 60, Finlay admirably walked after a thin edge was taken well by Fletcher behind the stumps.
However the damage was done. Finlay’s innings ultimately proved Bangor’s downfall as despite the visitor’s battling to get Lisburn down to their last pair of batsmen, were unable to force the final breakthrough. A naturally disappointing end after coming so close sees a 2nd straight defeat for this Bangor 2nd XI side. But there was tremendous spirit and personality to fight to the end, which will surely register a maiden league win sooner than later.
Bangor II 144 (R Booth 5-15)
Lisburn II 145/9 (R Finlay 65)
Bangor lost by 1 wicket
Bangor II v Waringstown II - 26th April 2014 (League)
Bangor seconds entertained Waringstown seconds in the opening league fixture of the season, and having won the toss asked the visitors to bat first.
Despite the breeze and welcome sunshine the wicket was slow to begin with, but quickened up as the day progressed. Bangor’s opening bowlers Andrew Beech and Tommy Speers bowled tidily, and Speers took the first wicket in the second over. Indeed Waringstown should have been two down at this stage, but cold fingers led to a missed run out chance in the first over. Topping and Kennedy came together and forged a lively partnership, scoring 38 and 64 respectively, before Topping was caught by Chris Yeates off the bowling of Paddy English, who had been brought into the attack along with Ross Garrett. Paddy then bowled Waite first ball, but amidst mounting tension couldn’t quite manage the hat trick. Waite senior joined Kennedy at the crease, and the pair batted sensibly until Speers took a good catch off the bowling of George Prince to dismiss Kennedy. At this stage captain Speers thrilled the crowd by tossing the ball to Chris Yeates, an inexperienced youngish slow bowler, who mesmerised the batsmen, not so much with a doosra, more a “doesn’tra”, doesn’t turn and sometimes doesn’t bounce! However he returned the best figures of the Bangor bowling, with an excellent 2 wickets for 31 runs, from his 10 overs, keeping the batsmen quiet along with Prince and Garrett. After 45 of their allotted 50 overs Waringstown had reached 177 for 6 wickets, but managed to total 238 without further loss, as the earlier bowlers came back to finish out their overs. Mitchell scored a rapid 52 not out, taking a particular liking in one over from the previously parsimonious Paddy English.
Bangor began their reply cautiously against an accurate attack, unfortunately losing the two early wickets of Stephen Hamilton and Michael Hatch, which brought Chris Yeates and Paddy English together. Both were initially watchful, and punished any bad balls which kept the scoreboard ticking along. Paddy fell first for a useful 25, before Chris departed for a well crafted 47 – an allrounder in the making! Bangor’s batting was slipping behind the required run rate due to the accuracy of the opposition’s bowling, and whilst Fletcher, Millar and Prince made useful contributions, the mainstay of the remainder of the innings came from Houston, Garrett and Speers with 27, 17 and 19 not out respectively. Each hit some lusty blows, the pick of which was Houston’s 6 over midwicket, the only such boundary of the game. Bangor’s innings finished when Andrew Beech was bowled in the 44th over with the total on 180. It was a worthy effort, having been promoted only last season, and credit has to be given to the Waringstown bowlers, especially Alan Harrison who took 3 wickets for only 19 runs in his 10 overs.
Waringstown II 238/6 (A Kennedy 64, J, Mitchell 52no, C Yeates 2-31, P English 2-53)
Bangor II 180 (C Yeates 47, A Harrison 3-19)
Bangor lost by 58 runs
|Junior League 1||P||W||T||L||NR||Pts|
|North Down II||14||10||0||4||0||40|
* Points deducted for failing to fulfil fixtures