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Bangor Cricket Club 1st XI2015

Date Opponents Venue Result Details
Sat 11th Apr BGS F(H) Won by 1 run
Sun 12th Apr
Sat 18th Apr Holywood F(H) Won by wkts
Sun 19th Apr
Sat 25th Apr Templepatrick L(H) Won by 7 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 26th Apr
Sat 2nd May Muckamore L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 31st May
Sun 3rd May
Mon 4th May Derriaghy L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 24th May
Sat 9th May Bonds Glen NC(A) Won by 4 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 10th May
Sat 16th May Muckamore CC(A) Lost by 150 runs Scorecard | Report
Sun 17th May
Thu 21st May Lurgan TT(A) Won by 20 runs Scorecard
Sat 23rd May Academy L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 13th Jun
Sun 24th May Derriaghy L(A) Lost by 15 runs Scorecard | Report
Sat 30th May Lurgan L(H) Won by 4 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 31st May Muckamore L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 23rd Jun
Sat 6th Jun Ballaghaderreen NC(A) Lost by 83 runs Scorecard | Report
Sun 7th Jun
Sat 13th Jun Academy L(H) Won by 4 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 14th Jun
Tue 16th Jun Derriaghy TT(A) Lost by 4 wkts Scorecard
Sat 20th Jun Donaghcloney L(A) Won by 4 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 21st Jun
Tue 23rd Jun Muckamore L(H) Won by 4 wkts Scorecard
Sat 27th Jun Woodvale L(A) Won by 12 runs Scorecard | Report
Sun 28th Jun Cliftonville L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 11th Jul
Sat 4th Jul Templepatrick L(A) Lost by 67 runs Scorecard | Report
Sun 5th Jul Downpatrick L(A) Lost by 7 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sat 11th Jul Cliftonville L(A) Lost by 14 runs (DLS) Scorecard
Sun 12th Jul
Sat 18th Jul Muckamore L(A) Abandoned To be rearranged
Sun 19th Jul
Sat 25th Jul Derriaghy L(H) Lost by 4 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 26th Jul
Sat 1st Aug Academy L(A) Won by 9 wkts (DLS) Scorecard | Report
Sun 2nd Aug
Sat 8th Aug Lurgan L(A) Lost by 48 runs Scorecard | Report
Sun 9th Aug
Thu 13th Aug Muckamore L(A) Lost by 41 runs Scorecard
Sat 15th Aug Downpatrick L(H) Won by 67 runs Scorecard | Report
Sun 16th Aug
Sat 22nd Aug Cliftonville L(H) Won by 4 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 23rd Aug
Sat 29th Aug Donaghcloney L(H) Lost by 130 runs Scorecard | Report
Sun 30th Aug
Sat 5th Sep Woodvale L(H) Lost by 137 runs Scorecard | Report
Sun 6th Sep
Sat 12th Sep
Sun 13th Sep

CC - Challenge Cup : NC - National Cup : TT - T20 Trophy

Bangor v Woodvale - 5th September 2015 (League)

Bangor 1st XI finished the season with a defeat to Woodvale on the last Saturday of the season. The team finished with 9 wins form 18 games and sit in 4th position in the league with other clubs still planning to fulfil outstanding fixtures in the coming week.

Woodvale won the toss and decided to bat and although Bangor didn't get a breakthrough until the 13th over Remano Esau and Taj Kwelu bowled disciplined lengths and restricted the batsmen.

Ross Miller made the breakthrough and took 3 wickets in his first 5 overs, as Woodvale were 57 for 3 in the 20th over. Ryan Murphy was bowling well at the other end but just couldn't seem to get a wicket. Ross and Ryan bowled in tandem during the middle over and Woodvale slowly accumulated the runs to reach 98 for 3 in the 30th over.

Bangor were hoping to curtail the Woodvale innings to around 200 and were on course until the 40th over when Paul Robinson scored a blistering 58 runs and pushed the Woodvale total to 245.

Bangor's inning started in the worst possible fashion as Jonny Keenan was bowled first ball. Remano Esau and Mark English started to build a partnership with Remano hitting three maximums onto the rugby pitch to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Bangor had reached 74 for 1 in the 13th over but when Mark and Remano were dismissed in consecutive overs the Bangor batting line up perished as Woodvale took advantage of scoreboard pressure. The Bangor innings ended on 108 all out.

Woodvale 245/7 (P Robinson 58, J Gibson 53, R Miller 3-25)

Bangor 108 (R Esau 51, R McBride 4-32)

Bangor lost by 137 runs

Bangor v Donaghcloney - 29th August 2015 (League)

Bangor 1st XI suffered defeat in their penultimate game of the season - with a number of regulars unavailable Matty Quinn made his debut keeping for the 1st XI while Thomas Boyd and Zach Kerr returned for more experience at the top level.

Donaghcloney batted first and thanks to a century from opener Steven Leckey the visitors posted 295. Bangor's fielding did not support the bowlers but there were a few highlights with Matty Quinn taking his first dismissal and George Prince and Ryan Murphy picking up 2 wickets each.

Bangor went out to bat and had to attack the bowlers from the first over, both Mark English and Jonny Keenan continued on from the previous weekend and picked up a number of boundaries in the opening overs. Both openers were dismissed hitting the ball in the air and the score was 57 for 2 after 13 overs.

Remano Esau took on the challenge and hit 3 massive sixes in one over but when he perished for 47 the Bangor innings struggled to maintain the momentum. Patrick English batted well for 27 and Zach Kerr showed his ability with the bat as he hit two maximums in a brisk 17.

The Bangor innings concluded on 165 in the 34th over, whilst a disappointing result it was good to see three of the youth players progressing through the club and getting a chance on the 1st XI.

Donaghcloney 295/5 (S Leckey 119, S Hanna 45, R Murphy 2-64, G Prince 2-71)

Bangor 165 (R Esau 47)

Bangor lost by 130 runs

Bangor v Cliftonville - 22nd August 2015 (League)

Bangor maintained their good run of form as they defeated Cliftonville by 4 wickets and avenged defeat from earlier in the season. Cliftonville won the toss and decided to bat first on a decent wicket at Upritchard Park.

Remano Esau and Andy Nixon were very economical in the opening overs and when Remano removed Cliftonville's captain in the 5th over the score was only on 9. Cliftonville set out their stall early to try and bat the full 50 overs and were content to occupy the crease rather than try and dominate the bowling attack.

Remano's 2nd wicket came in the 9th over and after 10 overs Cliftonville were 26 for 2. The Cliftonville 3rd wicket partnership put on 96 runs in 24 overs and whilst they never threatened to take the game away from Bangor the bowlers could not force the breakthrough.

The slow bowlers were containing the batsmen and in the last 3rd of the innings when the batsmen looked to accelerate Ross Miller and Ryan Murphy were both rewarded with two wickets from their 10 over spells. Good catching, especially by the English brothers who have been spectacular in the field this season backed up both bowlers.

Andy Nixon and Remano curtailed the scoring opportunities in the final 10 overs and the Cliftonville innings closed on 214 for 8, Andy deserved more than the 1 wicket from his 10 overs.

Mark English and Jonny Keenan opened the batting for Bangor and saw off the ball in unspectacular fashion apart form one six over mid off by the captain but the score had reached 31 without loss by the 10th over. As the first change bowlers were brought into the attack both batsmen looked to increase the scoring rate and punish the loose deliveries.

In the 24th over Mark hit consecutive sixes to bring up his half century, by drinks Bangor were ahead of the run rate on 111 without loss, this was the first century opening partnership for Bangor this season.

The captain was dismissed for 66 when he was caught at mid off looking to go over the top when the score was on 117. Remano Esau, Andy Nixon and Nicky McCollum were all undone by the particularly slow bowling of Jonathan Terrett and in the 35th over the Bangor score was 149 for 4 with Jonny Keenan anchoring the innings.

With 65 runs needed in the final 15 overs and 6 wickets in hand Bangor gently made their way to the total. Man of the Match Jonny Keenan passed the 50 mark and was run out for 70 as he went for a quick single in the latter overs.

Ricky McLarnon continued show the form and maturity with the bat that he has demonstrated all season. Working the ball for singles and unleashing the cover drive when a boundary was need he finished undefeated on 24. Kris King, returning to the team after giving birth to his first son, had the pleasure of scoring the winning runs as he caressed two straight fours and Bangor won the game with 5 balls to spare.

Cliftonville 214/8 (R Esau 2-31, R Murphy 2-35, R Miller 2-36)

Bangor 217/6 (J Keenan 70, M English 66)

Bangor won by 4 wkts

Bangor v Downpatrick - 15th August 2015 (League)

Bangor 1st XI responded well after a defeat to Muckamore in a 20 over game on Thursday 13th August to complete a comprehensive 67 run victory over Downpatrick.

The 1st XI had a number of regulars missing but thankfully there were able replacements who had been performing well for the 2nd XI and stepped up for the match.

Uncharacteristically Bangor decided to bat first after Downpatrick incorrectly called at the coin toss. Mark English opened with Jonny Keenan and the 2 left handers made slow progress before Jonny was bowled to a big in-swinging delivery in the 5th over with the score only on 6.

Remano Esau came to the crease and decided attack was the best form of defense, ably supported by the captain the total raced to 90 in the 16th over before the skipper threw away his wicket and was caught at mid on.

Remano undertook to anchor the innings and curtailed his aggressive nature to work the ball for 1s and 2s to keep the scoreboard ticking over, disappointingly some misjudged running accounted for Nicky McCollum and Paddy English and when Patrick was dismissed the score was 172 for 4 with 13 overs remaining.

Bangor were content to accumulate runs without taking too many risks and Remano Esau reached his century mark to a standing ovation from the balcony. It was a very controlled innings and provided the platform for Bangor to pass the 200 mark that was always going to be a difficult target to chase.

Remano eventually fell in the 46th over for 136 and the innings closed on 233.

Remano followed up his century with a double breakthrough in the 3rd over which reduced Downpatrick for 14 for 2 and set Bangor on their way to victory. George Prince ably supported Remano during the first 10 overs but as soon as the power play was over Bangor turned to their spin options to take pace off the ball and force the batsmen to take risks.

Nicky McCollum and Ryan Murphy both bowled their 10 over spells and thanks to good catching Downpatrick were reduced 95 for 6 just before drinks, both bowlers picking up 2 wickets and a well judged catch by George Prince on the boundary.

The Downpatrick 7th wicket put up a valiant effort and put on a 50 run partnership but they were unable to keep up with the run rate and the pressure was mounting.

Paddy English was playing following his summer sabbatical in France and struck in his first over to get the crucial breakthrough and Downpatrick needed 90 runs from 12 overs with 3 wickets left. Ross Miller took advantage at the other end and claimed the final 3 wickets to leave Bangor with a 67 run victory.

Bangor 233 (R Esau 136, P Tate 4-36)

Downpatrick 166 (J Wade 48, R Miller 3-25, R Esau 2-27, N McCollum 2-33)

Bangor won by 67 runs

Lurgan v Bangor - 8th August 2015 (League)

Bangor 1st XI travelled to Lurgan for their final Saturday away fixture of the season. With the threat of rain later in the afternoon Bangor choose to bowl first on a placid pitch.

In the opening exchanges Bangor conceded a number of boundaries but also picked up wickets at regular intervals thanks to two good catches by Nicky McCollum and a run out by Taj Kwelu. At the fall of the 3rd wicket the score was 68 from 17 overs.

As the game progressed Bangor's fielding performance became more ragged and as mistakes started to creep into the ground fielding and a couple of chances not being taken the Lurgan 4th wicket scored 120 runs in the next 20 overs. Although when Remano Esau dismissed Godbole for 65 in the 38th over the score was 182 and Bangor hoped to restrict the scoring in the final 12 overs.

Disappointingly the fielding performance did not back up the bowlers and the Lurgan tail end took the score to 253.

After a slight delay due to rain Bangor got off to a bad start when Andy Nixon was bowled in the first over and skipper Mark English departed in the 5th over with the score on 30.

Remano was in destructive form and raced to his half century in the 9th over with some brutal hitting that included the biggest six of the season. The pressure was on Lurgan as Bangor raced towards the 100 mark but two quick wickets of Esau and McCollum left the innings at 98 for 4 after 17 overs.

Chris Burns and Jonny Parker continued to work the ball between the fielders to keep up with the run rate and Chris Burns was punishing the bad ball, as drinks approached Bangor were looking in a positive position until Chris was adjudged caught behind for 25. Ricky McLarnon joined JP at the wicket and the score was 136 for 5 at drinks.

JP and Ricky batted and ran with great maturity as Bangor accumulated runs at a comfortable rate, the weather had started to turn and as the drizzle arrived Bangor were ahead on Duckworth-Lewis. Bangor had reached 168 runs in the 33rd over, leaving 87 runs from 17 overs with 4 wickets in hand, when Ricky McLarnon was adjudged run out whilst there was confusion if the bowler had actually broken the wicket with the ball or his leg.

At this point an evenly poised contest shifted to Lurgan, although the remaining batsmen showed great commitment the persistent rain and a rain break interrupted the flow of the innings and Bangor were bowled out for 205.

Lurgan 253/8 (N Godbole 65, N McCollum 3-54, A Nixon 2-49)

Bangor 205 (R Esau 69*, P Stafford 4-48)

Bangor lost by 48 runs

Academy v Bangor - 1st August 2015 (League)

Bangor 1st XI returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 9 wicket victory over Academy on Saturday. After the heavy overnight rain from Friday the start as delayed until midday to allow parts of the square to fully dry out.

Academy won the toss and elected to bat first. Andy Nixon and Taj Kwelu opened the bowling and frustrated the batsmen with a disciplined bowling display in the first 5 overs without getting an initial breakthrough. Taj Kwelu was eventually rewarded with two wickets in the 8th & 10th over to have the visitors reduced to 29 for 2 after 10 overs. Although Andy didn't pick up a wicket his opening 6 overs only conceded 4 runs.

Chris Burns, returning from his summer holidays, produced his best bowling display of the season and dominated the rest of the innings. Chris tore apart the Academy middle order and clean bowled four of the Academy batsmen in the space of 16 balls. It was fantastic to see Chris back to his best and bowling with pace and aggression. Ross Miller and Ryan Murphy supported Chris and picked up a wicket each but Chris finished the match with 6 wickets thanks to two superb catches at mid off by Mark English.

The Academy innings closed in the 25th over and thanks to some hitting from the lower order the score had reached 96.

Bangor went out to bat with the threat of rain lurking in the clouds above, so Mark English and Andy Nixon were mindful of getting the runs quickly. Over aggression from the normally more reserved skipper saw him fall for 8 as he was caught at mid off looking to go over the top.

Remano Esau joined Andy at the crease and both batsmen punished the bowling and by the 6th over the score was on 41. At this stage the rain arrived and a 10-minute downpour suddenly put the game at risk, due to the overnight rain the rain collected in puddles across the square.

Thankfully the covers had protected the wicket but the square looked more like Ward Park duck pond than a cricket pitch when the rain stopped. The team had 80 minutes to get the ground playable or the match would have been abandoned, as the cut off time for restarting the match was 4.30pm.

A phenomenal team effort under the guidance of Stephen Burns managed to clear away the puddles and after a quick trip to Pets at Home for more sawdust the ground was deemed playable by the umpires.

The match restarted at 4.30pm and due to the time lost by the rain the target had been reduced to 61 runs in 21 overs. Andy and Remano didn't want to take any risks of further rain and smashed the required runs in only 11 balls.

The victory sees Bangor move to 7 wins from 12 matches and solidify their position in the top half of the table.

Chris Burns was the Tughans Man of the Match and will hope to build on this performance for the rest of the season.

Academy 96 (C Burns 6-26)

Bangor 62/1 (R Esau 29*, A Nixon 22*)

(DLS par score - 60 in 21 overs)

Bangor won by 9 wkts (DLS)

Bangor v Derriaghy - 25th July 2015 (League)

Bangor 1st XI were back at Upritchard Park after a long run of away games and had hoped to turn around the recent run of poor results, although the performance was showing signs of improvement the team lost to league leaders Derriaghy.

Bangor batted first with Jonny Keenan stepping up to the 1st XI after scoring 170 runs the previous weekend and opening with Mark English. The two left handers made a solid start and had seen off the Derriaghy opening attack but a loose shot and some poor running left Bangor 39 for 2 at the end of the 12th over.

Jonny Parker was back in the team and along with Remano Esau the Bangor innings was progressing at a steady rate, although each time Bangor looked to build a partnership a wicket fell and at the drinks break the score was 96 for 4 with Remano still at the crease and looking dangerous.

Adam McCusker joined Remano and the pair started to up the tempo and Bangor were well placed going into the 2nd half of the innings. Unfortunately a hamstring injury resulted in Remano having to retire to get some treatment and Derriaghy took advantage to push through a number of overs from their slow bowlers without Bangor being able keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Adam, Ricky McLarnon and Taj Kwleu all got starts but no batsman was able to dominate the Derriaghy bowling and the innings ended on 188.

The new ball attack saw Taj Kwleu return to his normal position of opening the bowling and Dan Hamilton who has returned for a short spell from his travels abroad joined him. Both bowlers bowled with great accuracy and were well supported by the fielders, with two early wickets Derriaghy were reduced to 24 for 2 after 10 overs.

The Derriaghy overseas player K Aphale has a good track record against Bangor but the Bangor attack maintained it's discipline and bowled good areas to restrict the runs and build pressure on the batsmen at the other end. Ryan Murphy bowled his best spell of the season and was very unfortunate not to claim a wicket in his 10 overs.

At drinks Derriaghy were 76 for 2 and Nicky McCollum was introduced into the attack as the front line off spinner in the team, Nicky surprised everyone with his control of line and length but it wasn't until the 32nd over that Bangor could force the next breakthrough.

Whilst the bowlers continued to cause problems for the new batsman K Aphale continued to accumulate the runs and although a further 3 wickets were taken Bangor were 30 to 40 runs short of a total that would have forced the Derriaghy batsmen to take more risks. Derriaghy scored the wining runs in the 46th over.

Bangor 188 (R Esau 65, R McLarnon 21)

Derriaghy 191/6 (K Aphale 92*, R McCollum 3-40)

Bangor lost by 4 wkts

Downpatrick v Bangor - 5th July 2015 (League)

Sunday's game at Downpatrick managed to survive the forecast of heavy showers and on a beautiful day at The Meadow Bangor came second best in a competitive game of cricket.

Asked to bat first Chris Burns and Mark English opened the innings and got off to a reasonable start although Chris was adjudged lbw with the score on 26 in the 6th over. Bangor had reached 49 before they lost 4 wickets to the Downpatrick off spinner and the innings was stuttering at 64 for 5.

Ricky McLarnon and Taj Kwelu batted with excellent maturity and provided the main stay of the innings as the score reached 203 in the 50 overs. Ricky finished unbeaten on 56 whilst Taj was caught on the boundary for 36 trying to escalate the scoring in the final overs. Aman Sirpal scored a brisk 24 as he whipped the ball over the leg side with great control and Bangor thought they had a defendable total.

Remano Esau and Andy Nixon opened the bowling and after 10 overs Downpatrick were 30 for 2 and Bangor were pressing for the next breakthrough. Although the team bowled and fielded to a higher standard than Saturday’s performance they were unable to get the next breakthrough until Downpatrick had reached 149. Even with only 50 runs required to win Bangor made the Downpatrick batsmen fight all the way until they reached the target in 46th over. Ross Miller and Ryan Murphy both bowled well and can take confidence into the next match

Bangor 203/9 (R McLarnon 56, T Kwelu 26, A Sirpal 24)

Downpatrick 206/3 (R Miller 2-38)

Bangor lost by 7 wkts

Templepatrick v Bangor - 4th July 2015 (League)

On Saturday Bangor travelled to Templepatrick and choose to bowl first and after an early wicket it looked as if Bangor could take advantage of the overnight rain, unfortunately a combination of dropped catches and loose bowling meant that Templepatrick managed to score 263 runs in their 50 overs.

The Templepatrick innings was built around a 130 runs from South African Bob Homani although Bangor did well in the final 10 overs to restrict the scoring as 7 wickets were taken. Remano Esau was the pick of the bowlers with 5 wickets for 29 runs in his 10 overs while George Prince returned 2 wickets for 17 runs in his 7 overs.

Bangor’s replied got off to a terrible start as captain Mark English was caught at point in the 2nd over and the score was 16 for 3 when Remano Esau and Andy Nixon started to rebuild the innings. The pair put on a 100 run partnership and after 25 overs the score was 100 for 3 and Bangor were still in the game. Templepatrick bowled with great accuracy in the 2nd half of the innings and as wickets fell Bangor finished well short of the target although Remano scored his second century for the club and was the last man to be dismissed on 115.

Templepatrick 263/9 (R Esau 5-29, G Prince 2-17)

Bangor 196 (R Esau 115, A Nixon 33)

Bangor lost by 67 runs

Woodvale v Bangor - 27th June 2015 (League)

Bangor 1st XI beat Woodvale in an enthralling game at Ballygomartin Road on Saturday, with nearly 600 runs scored in the match Bangor won by the slender margin of 12 runs to maintain their position at the top of the league.

After some morning rain Bangor were asked to bat first when Woodvale won the toss. With Chris Burns unavailable due to his graduation Andy Nixon was rewarded for his poor run of form with the bat and promoted to open the innings with Mark English.

Although the wicket was offering assistance to the new ball Bangor got off to a steady start with a combination of well run singles and taking advantage of any loose bowling. The score progressed to 42 for no wicket after 10 overs and after both batsmen upped the scoring rate Bangor started to take control of the innings until Mark was victim to a ball that didn't bounce and departed for 25 with the score on 70.

Nicky McCollum joined Andy Nixon at the crease and although the Woodvale bowling had become more disciplined both batsmen continued to score freely and the century was brought up in the 23rd over. Woodvale then had a short spell were they put the breaks on the innings and took 3 wickets within four overs either side of the drinks break.

Patrick English came to the crease with the score on 126 for 4 wickets, at this stage a score of 200+ looked like a strong first innings total but Andy and Paddy had different ideas. Andy reached his half century with a straight six and under guidance from his mentor at the other end the batsmen dominated the Woodvale attack. The pair put on 84 in 13 overs and with over 200 on the board there were still 12 overs of the innings left.

Patrick was dismissed for 51 that included a number of lofted drives and well timed pick up shots over mid wicket. Ricky McLarnon replaced Paddy at the wicket in the 40th over with the score on 220; Ricky started with his trademark 4 through extra cover and never looked back.

Andy Nixon was continuing to accumulate runs and was denied a richly deserved century when he was caught behind on 99, it was fantastic to see Andy back to the form he showed consistently last season.

Ricky marshalled the end of the innings with support from Ross Miller and Evan Fraser as the innings closed on 292 with Ricky undefeated on 43.

After an excellent tea Bangor took the field confident they could defend the total based on the performance of the bowling unit throughout the season. Unfortunately Woodvale took the advantage in the early stages and as they played attacking cricket Bangor could not gain control of the innings.

Ross Miller was introduced into the attack in the 9th over to take the pace of the ball and had the Woodvale captain caught on the boundary by Patrick English as the first wicket fell for 62. Taj Kwleu struck with his first ball in the 12th over to remove Woodvale's overseas player and with the score on 72 for 2 Bangor should have started to control the innings. Although Bangor continued to take wickets they could not stop the flow of runs and with the score on 151 for 4 in the 27th over Woodvale were progressing at the required run rate and Bangor needed to take wickets if they were to win the game.

Woodvale dominated the next 10 overs and Bangor were given a lifeline when Nicky McCollum took a good catch in the 36th over, Woodvale had reached 214 for 5 wickets and required only 80 runs of the last 14 overs.

At this stage Bangor stepped up the intensity and produced some amazing cricket to win the match. Remano Esau returned to bowl a couple of tight overs to control the scoring and when Patrick English was recalled in the 41st over he took an awesome caught and bowled to claim the 6th wicket, Paddy bowled 4 overs for 8 runs in the final 10 overs.

Andy Nixon battled through his fatigue from earlier in the day and returned to bowl his remaining 4 overs. With 3 overs left Woodvale needed 19 runs with 4 wickets in hand and Andy Nixon stepped up to complete his match winning performance. Andy claimed a wicket first ball of the over, the next delivery Patrick English took a one handed catch at square leg as the ball looked to be heading to the boundary. Andy then took his 3rd wicket on the 5th ball and amazingly completed a triple wicket maiden.

Woodvale took 6 runs of the 49th over but when Andy returned to the action for the final over he claimed the last wicket with his first ball as Bangor won by 12 runs. Andy had taken 4 wickets in 7 balls without conceding a run. Bangor celebrated a fantastic victory that sees them with 6 victories out of 7 games in the league.

Man of the Match was Andy Nixon although he was gracious to share the accolade with his mentor Patrick English who is now away on his 6 week sabbatical in France.

Bangor 292/7 (A Nixon 99, P English 51, R McLarnon 43*)

Woodvale 280 (A Nixon 5-57)

Bangor won by 12 runs

Donaghacloney v Bangor - 20th June 2015 (League)

Bangor 1st XI travelled to Donaghcloney on Saturday for their fifth league game of the season, after calling correctly skipper Mark English invited the home team to bat first.

Remano Esau and Andy Nixon have developed a potent new ball attack and Saturday was no different with Remano striking twice in the first 7 overs, both dismals caught by wicket keeper Ricky McLarnon who is having a superb season behind the stumps. Andy Nixon was unlucky not to claim a wicket as a sharp chance evaded Nicky McCollum in the slip cordon. After 12 overs Donaghcloney had reached 35 for the loss of 2 wickets.

School boys Taj Kwelu and Ross Miller were brought into the attack and while both bowlers restricted the batsmen’s scoring opportunities and enticed unorthodox shots Bangor were not able to get the third wicket. Donaghcloney were accumulating runs at a sedate pace on a true pitch and fast outfield so with the score only on 86 at drinks Bangor knew a couple of wickets would change the game.

Paddy English joined the attack and continued to pressurise the batsmen but it was Ross Miller who made the breakthrough having the Donaghcloney professional caught in the deep as he tried to accelerate the scoring rate. Chris Burns was bowling off spin and in his 2nd over he claimed two wickets including the decisive wicket of the Donaghcloney captain who had accumulated 60 runs.

With score 141 for 5 after 36 overs, Bangor produced another powerful display to take the final 5 wickets of the innings. Remano Esau came back into the attack and claimed 3 wickets in quick session but was denied a 6th wicket when he was called for a no ball after bowling the batsman.

Bangor's fielding has been improving as the season has progressed but undoubtedly the highlight of the season to date was a run out by Mark English. Fielding in the covers the Donaghcloney batsmen underestimated the pace and agility of the captain, as they went for a quick single Mark swooped to his left, collected the ball, steadied himself all in one action before throwing down the stumps at the bowlers end. The Donaghcloney innings finished on 162 with the final 7 wickets falling for 21 runs.

Chris Burns and Mark English continued their partnership at the top of the order, looking to play positively Chris was caught in the first over and Nicky McCollum made his way to the middle after returning from his summer vacation on his yacht along the coast of Croatia.

Both batsmen looked in good form and took advantage of the fast outfield to keep the scoreboard ticking over but disappointingly both batsmen were dismissed without pushing on for a big score. Andy Nixon stroked a fine boundary before being completed foxed by a wonder ball as he left a delivery that cannoned into his off stump.

With the total on 61 for 4 wickets Remano Esau and Paddy English looked to steady the innings. Remano continued in his normal aggressive form and sent the ball to the boundary on a number of occasions. Paddy showed his continued classy style and the hundred runs were brought up in the 19th over and Bangor were controlling the game.

Paddy was adjudged stumped when he was on 30 and shortly after passing the half-century Remano was caught behind for 55. This brought Ricky McLarnon and Taj Kwelu to the crease with 27 runs required. Ricky drove his first ball to the cover boundary for 4 runs and Taj continued his batting form of previous matches and was rewarded by hitting the winning runs as Bangor reached the total in the 30th over.

Another promising display but still with opportunities to improve the team enjoyed great support from club members who had travelled to the game, especially the fully charged Ryan Murphy who was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Bangor now sit at the top end of the table with 4 wins form 5 league games.

Donaghcloney 163 (R Esau 5-30, C Burns 3-17)

Bangor 165/6 (R Esau 55, P English 30)

Bangor won by 4 wkts

Bangor v Academy - 13th June 2015 (League)

Bangor 1st XI were back in action with a League game against Academy on Saturday after the previous weekend's cup game. Going into the match Bangor had recorded 2 wins from their first 3 league games whilst the visitors had 3 wins from 4 games.

Academy won the toss and elected to bat which left Bangor in the difficult position of taking the field with 9 men as Taj Kwelu and Ross Miller were still on the bus returning from their school game at Wallace High.

The Academy opening batsmen looked to dominate the early overs and started with some blistering boundaries until Chris Burns struck in the 3rd over when the score was already 27. Remano Esau was bowling magnificent away swing and beating the bat without catching the edge; at one stage he was bowling with all 7 fielders on the off side.

Andy Nixon was quickly into the attack and took the second wicket in his first over. The following over Remano struck with the crucial wicket of Halbert who had raced to 27, Remano took a magnificent caught and bowled as the batsmen smashed the ball high into the air. After 6 overs the score was 31 for 3 and Bangor had all 11 players on the field.

Bangor kept up the pressure and when Andy Nixon took his 2nd wicket the score was 37 for 4 after 10 overs. Academy then started to rebuild their innings and although the batsmen rode their luck they kept the scoreboard ticking over. Taj Kwelu, Ryan Murphy and Ross Miller all bowled well and restricted the batsmen but it wasn't until the 26th over that the 5th wicket was taken by Ross Miller with the score on 89.

The 2nd half of the innings was a mixed performance from Bangor with some poor fielding and a lack of aggression in the field Academy took the score to 184 in the 44th over before Bangor took the final 4 wickets in quick succession to bowl out Academy for 205.

After another fantastic cricket tea supplied by Gransha Subway Bangor went out to bat in the glorious afternoon sunshine. Chris Burns opened up with Mark English and was quick to punish any opportunity given by the bowlers; with some lovely drives and pulls Bangor reached 38 for no loss after 10 overs.

Chris was continuing to impress until he unfortunately caught the top edge on a pull shot and was caught on 24. Andy Nixon looked more at ease at the crease after finishing his exams but was caught behind off a good ball with the score on 51.

Jonny Parker was returning from University for his first game of the season and batted well with Mark as they took the score to 84. Jonny was working the ball well into the gaps whilst the captain was switching between resolute defence and all out attack. When Jonny was out in the 24th over Remano Esau came to the crease with 122 runs required form the final 25 overs.

Mark progressed to his half century shortly after drinks with a four off his legs, when he tried to repeat the shot the following ball he was caught at mid on for a classy 53 which only included 15 scoring shots (6 fours, 5 singles and 4 sixes).

Remano took time to settle at the crease as he and Paddy English took the score from 116 to 166 in the 40th over when Patrick was out LBW leaving 40 runs required from the final 10 overs. By this stage Remano was punishing the Academy bowlers with the ball travelling to the cover boundary with great force.

Taj Kwelu had joined Remano and batted with great maturity as he scored 20 runs before being cruelly run out with the scores tied when he hit a wonderful cover drive which hit Remano at the non strikers end before the bowler collected the ball and threw down the stumps.

Aman Sirpal hit the winning runs and walked off the ground with Remano undefeated on 60 runs and to great celebrations from his teammates. Remano’s overall performance with bat and ball collected him the CricketEurope man of the match.

The victory leaves Bangor with 3 wins from 4 games in the League although there are still areas for the team to work on to improve as the season progresses. Over the next 3 weeks Bangor play 6 league games as they catch up on rearranged games from May.

Academy 205 (A Nixon 4-34, C Burns 2-48)

Bangor 206/6 (R Esau 60*, M English 53)

Bangor won by 4 wkts

Ballaghaderreen v Bangor - 6th June 2015 (National Cup)

After Paddy English's heroics against Lurgan the previous Saturday, Bangor were in a buoyant mood going into this weekend's Irish National Cup game against Ballaghaderreen CC. Unfortunately, they were missing even more first team regulars as both Nicky McCollum and Ricky McLarnon followed in the skipper's footsteps with some warm weather training in Croatia. With schoolboys Taj Kwelu and Ross Miller made unavailable with an important school fixture, as well as Adam McCusker missing due to work, the club knew that this was going to be no easy task against the unknown quantity from Connacht.

Throughout the week leading up to the game what seemed like dozens of names were cited for selection, presumably before googling where Ballaghaderreen was, and realising that a meet time of 7am was less than desirable.

Looking down the final teamsheet at names including Fraser, King, Garrett and most notably Dixon, gave the Bangor outfit a sense of nostalgia. Dixon had developed many of Bangor's cricketers coming through the ranks during his tenure as the Fourth XI captain. If last week's match was all about Paddy English, this week was all about Paddy Dixon, but for totally different reasons.

The journey there seemed to last 15 minutes such was the excitement of the group of men (and lady). When we arrived at the ground, the excitement somewhat dissipated as the rain began to fall. At first sight, the outfield resembled that of a David Attenborough show, but with goal posts and an artificial wicket instead of chimpanzees and rattlesnakes. After a brief attempt to shake the trip out of our legs, a downpour beat us resulting in the start was delayed by 30 minutes. When we finally did get out on the field, Chris Burns delivered a maiden over but torrential rain forced us back in the newly built clubhouse for a couple of hours.

At this point, I'd like to thank Ballaghaderreen CC for their hospitality during this period, and at the tea break. To form a club under their circumstances must take huge commitment and organisation which really should be commended.

When we finally did get back out, the game was reduced to 38 overs a side. The home side seemed to enjoy this as they continued to play their shots on a small ground with a very strong wind. In truth, there was nothing memorable about the fielding, bowling or batting display in the first innings. Bangor bowled and fielded reasonably well in alien conditions, taking the last wicket with the home side on 146.

In the second innings Bangor didn't get the breaks, as they found themselves snookered on a number of occasions as Ballaghaderreen's bowlers turned the screw. The skipper and Chris Burns opened the batting, both falling LBW to balls that kept low. The home side chalked up another couple of victims as Nixon and Fraser both continued their horrible run of form.

Much like the game against Derriaghy, club professional Remano Esau was asked to win the game from his own blade. When Mano flicks a switch he is hard to stop, as the fielding team soon found out. Boundaries started flowing, especially as he found an able ally in Kris King. Kris would have a similar mind-set to Remano in that he doesn't enjoy running much. The entertaining partnership unfortunately ended with Remano being caught at deep-square from a well time pull shot for a destructive 31. Fatefully, this was 21 runs more than anyone else could muster as Bangor were all out for 61. What highlighted the loss was Paddy Dixon's dismissal. Paddy, a former schoolboy prodigy, received a delivery that resembled the 'Gatting Ball', but 20 miles per hour faster; this wasn't to be our day.

After a brief team talk in the changing rooms, Bangor jumped back on the bus for the gruelling four hour drive home where they could enjoy some lukewarm refreshments.

Despite the emphatic nature of the loss, as ever there were positives to be taken from the day. Firstly, Owen Aiken at 15, showed tremendous awareness in the field, as well as bravery with the bat which bodes well for his future as a Bangor CC star. Kris King, deputising for McLarnon behind the wickets, showed a willingness to stop the ball, be it with his hands, legs or indeed, the new Nike Air Max he was sporting - presumably a lucrative sponsorship deal on par with Ronaldo and Rory McIlroy's. Chris Burns bowled with great venom and accuracy which is encouraging going in to some vital league games. Paddy Dixon, playing in his first game in five seasons, showed immense pride playing for Bangor, demonstrated during his emotional speech post game in which he outlined his 4 games for the firsts have been the best days of his life (thanks to his wife Louise for letting him play at such short notice).

Finally, thanks should be given to the non-playing contingent; Alan Holmes, the ever present scorer, and his partner Kirsty who joined him, were as fantastic as ever. To Tim English, Chris Harte and Lowry Cunningham, we all appreciate your support and hope to repay the efforts with a win against Academy CC this weekend at Upritchard Park.

Ballaghaderreen 146 (R Esau 3-29, P English 2-19, C Burns 2-25)

Bangor 63 (R Esau 31)

Bangor lost by 83 runs

Bangor v Lurgan - 30th May 2015 (League)

After last week's disappointing loss to Derriaghy, Bangor knew that Saturday's game against Lurgan was a must win, even at such an early stage of the year.

As Club Captain Mark English was still doing some warm weather training in Spain, the team was led by Andy Nixon who again lost the toss and was forced to field. In a change to proceedings, Andy opened the bowling with Remano Esau and both started off tidily, if without any luck. As has been the case a number of times already this season, club professional Remano took the first wicket, presenting Ricky McLarnon with a simple catch behind the stumps. After the first mandatory powerplay was over, youngster Ross Miller was introduced into the attack in an attempt to continue the economical bowling. Ross and leg-break bowler Ryan Murphy complimented each other perfectly; Ryan with spinning tempters and Ross with accurate darts. At drinks, Lurgan were only on 85-2, further demonstrating the control the Bangor held over the visiting team. Bangor knew however, that professional Godbole was yet to come. Godbole has played at Pollock Park for a number of seasons and currently holds the record for the most Ulster Bank Awards outlining the class of the individual.

Godbole's arrival at the crease with Johnson upped the Lurgan run rate, as poor balls were punished and good deliveries were pushed for one to the deep fielders. Indeed it took an inspired piece of fielding from Nicky McCollum to run out Godbole with a direct hit, showing Nicky's talents are not only found as a singer in his Boyzone tribute band.

Despite McCollums rerooting of middle stump, the play of the day in the field came from veteran keeper Ricky McLarnon who took an incredible one handed catch off Burns to dismiss the dangerous Stevie Chambers who had already scored over 50.

In the latter stages of the innings, Lurgan hit some lusty blows, in particular their new recruit Ali who certainly wins the award for fastest bat speed in Section 1. Despite the daunting score of 259 posted by Lurgan, special mention must go to bowlers Miller and English who both bowled their spells with great skill on a very flat wicket.

Another combination was tried at the top with Adam McCusker and Ricky McLarnon trusted to open the innings. Adam and Ricky got off to solid starts before both falling in the 20s but we knew a much bigger contribution was needed from at least one of the batsmen if victory was to be Bangor's. This was looking increasingly unlikely as Nixon and Esau fell cheaply leaving McCollum and English at the crease with nearly 200 runs to amass. Indeed, there were even murmurs from the most optimistic of supporters that this wasn't to be Bangor's day.

What was witnessed for the next 2 hours was nothing short of incredible. I wish Paddy Dixon was present and able to write this report to do it justice as I quickly run out of superlatives for Paddy English's knock. After Nicky fell for a mature, if not a little fortunate 47, Paddy began to dismiss the Lurgan bowlers to all parts of the ground. With every well timed drive for four, or lofted hit off the spinners for 6, Bangor grew in hope. Taj Kwelu and Paddy put on 100 in no time, the former, playing with a stomach bug which ruled him out of bowling, providing the perfect support to Paddy. The Lurgan team were without answers as the assault on their bowlers from English was a sight to behold. When the pair weren't hitting boundaries, they were running the fielders ragged with 2s and 3s. When Bangor needed a further 50 at over 7 an over, it almost seemed an inevitability that the batting team would win, such was the control that the pair had over the bowlers, picking off runs at ease. Paddy went to his first hundred for the club 1st XI with another handsome drive as all in attendance applauded in awe of one of the best innings Upritchard Park has ever seen. Despite only 6 needed to win, the best was yet to come. It was fitting that Paddy brought up the victory with a huge six that bounced off the apartments in Upritchard Court to send jubilation through the team and supporters. Paddy was rightly lauded as the hero after the game, almost singlehandedly winning the game in an attractive and understated manner that only Paddy could.

With Sunday's game against Muckamore unsurprisingly rained off due to the monsoon weather, Bangor now sit with 2 wins from 3 in the league and a trip away to Ballaghaderreen CC, near Roscommon, on Saturday to look forward to.

Lurgan 259-9 (S Chambers 59, N Godbole 48, R Esau 2-52)

Bangor 260-6 (P English 110*, N McCollum 47)

Bangor won by 4 wkts

Derriaghy v Bangor - 24th May 2015 (League)

Bangor CC first Xl travelled to Queensway buoyant after their efficient victory over Lurgan in the T20 Trophy on Thursday night. Unfortunately, they were without three of their lynchpins; Patrick, and his younger brother and captain of the team, Mark English as well as Jordan McKeown who had work commitments. Bangor were hoping this wouldn't prove to be decisive.

In Mark's absence, Andy Nixon stood in as captain and made his first mistake by losing the toss which meant the under strength batting line up would have to chase. The opening bowlers of Esau and Kwelu started off in disciplined fashion, with only 1 run being scored off the first 4 overs however the Derriaghy batsmen's patience outlasted Bangor's as too many boundary balls were served up in an attempt to make the first breakthrough. Finally, Kwelu got the deserved wicket of Jennings with a ball that left the batsman and took his off stump - just reward for the youngster. This wicket brought the Derriaghy run machine Aphale to the crease. The Indian Professional cricketer has been a heavy runscorer for the County Antrim side over the last couple of seasons and often decides the outcome of the game. Sunday looked to be no exception as he accumulated runs almost at ease, albeit in more sedate fashion as Bangor were willing to get him off strike and bowl to the local players.

Whilst Aphale continued on his merry way from one end, the bowlers were chipping away at the other, all of which bowled with consistency and menace to ensure no other batsman scored freely. At 175-4 after 37, Bangor were staring down the barrel of a large score, especially on such a small ground where the last 10 overs can conceivably go for more than 100; then struck Evan Fraser. Evan, fielding at deep midwicket, launched a throw with immense power as pro Aphale was just turning for a second, Ricky Mclarnon doing the honours in whipping off the bails to leave the talisman 6 feet short of his ground. From this point on, Bangor were jubilant and wrapped up the lower order to bowl out 'the aighy' for 209; a seemingly below par score on a reasonable wicket and small straight boundaries.

Regular opener, Nicky McCollum, was joined by Ricky McLarnon, promoted to fill in for Mark English, and due to some good recent form. The former didn’t last too long though as the dangerous Lewis found his outside edge for 0. Stand in captain Nixon followed 2 balls later as Lewis was extracting considerable movement off the seam. This brought Bangor CC Professional Remano Esau to the crease. 'Mano', no stranger to hitting big 6s, enjoyed the bowling attack and the short straight boundaries as he smashed the spinners and seamers all over the park. In all, he hit 11 maximums, each one travelling further than the last. His 120 off 90 balls was an absolute joy to watch. At one point it looked as if he was going to win singlehandedly as the other batsmen, with the exception of Taj Kwelu, came and went, failing to support the in-form Esau. Once Mano was caught behind, there was still another 40 runs to gather and only 3 wickets left. Despite some good efforts from the tailenders, Bangor fell 15 runs short.

In reality, the losing margin flattered Bangor who would have been all out for under 100 had Remano not been in such scintillating form; again congratulations to him for scoring his first century for Bangor. Mention must be made to Thomas Boyd, who at 15 made his 1st Xl debut. Thomas fielded as well as any and proved at the end of the innings that he has the maturity and gumption to score runs in the future.

Bangor must pick themselves up for a double header at the weekend, entertaining both Lurgan and Muckamore on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Derriaghy 209 (K Aphale 54, T Kwelu 2-25, A Nixon 2-35, R Miller 3-47)

Bangor 194 (R Esau 120, P Bell 4-27, C Lewis 3-42)

Bangor lost by 15 runs

Muckamore v Bangor - 16th May 2015 (Challenge Cup)

Bangor 1st XI came up against a strong Muckamore team in the first round of the Challenge Cup on Saturday. Muckamore were relegated from the Premier League last season and recruited well over the winter with former Irish international Ryan Haire joining from North Down and A Dandekar transferring from Cliftonville as Muckamore’s overseas player.

Muckamore won the toss and decided to bat first. Chris Burns shared the new ball with Remano Esau and after a couple of early boundaries Muckamore found it hard to score. With a succession of dot balls Bangor picked up the first wicket in the fifth over when there was indecision between the batsmen on a short single and Ryan Murphy remained calm to execute the run out.

Chris and Remano continued to bowl well and Muckamore had reached 35 for 1 wicket after 10 overs. Jordy McKeown and Ryan Murphy came on as first change as Bangor tied to maintain the pressure on the Muckamore batsmen, unfortunately Dandekar continued his good form from last year and cleverly worked the ball into the gaps whilst punishing the bad ball. Jordy picked up a wicket and when Ross Miller got the 3rd wicket in the 25th over the score was 128.

Ryan Haire joined Dandekar at the crease and both batsmen played extremely well as the Bangor bowlers struggled to contain the flow of runs. Dandekar brought up his century and when he was dismissed by Chris Burns in the 45th over the pair had put on 168 runs in 20 overs. Ryan Haire brought up his century in the final over as the Muckamore innings closed on 338.

Whilst the score does not flatter the bowlers Bangor were up against two of the best batsmen in the league and all the bowlers stuck to the task with Ross Miller and Chris Burns showing positive signs for the rest of the season.

The Bangor innings got off to a poor start with a steady flow of wickets as the batsmen tried to dominate in the early overs. There were a number of boundaries but as the large total loomed over the batsmen mistakes were made and although several batsmen got started none of the top 5 were able to put in the big performance that was required.

Paddy English and Ricky McLarnon brought a degree of control to the innings, with Ricky despatching the ball to all parts of the boundary. Ricky was ably supported by Warren Goldthorpe, who was making his 1st XI debut, and Ross Miller, who achieved his highest score for the 1st XI. Ricky was caught behind on 47 as he looked to bring up the half century in style and as the final wicket fell the innings closed on 188 all out.

Whilst disappointing to be knocked out of the cup it was a good indication of the standard of cricket Bangor need to aspire to and as the team returns to league action this weekend there is still a lot to play for this season.

Muckamore 338/8 (A Dandekar 130, R Haire 101, R Miller 3-67, R Esau 2-53)

Bangor 188 (R McLarnon 47, R Miller 32, N Gill 4-52)

Bangor lost by 150 runs

Bonds Glen v Bangor - 9th May 2015 (National Cup)

Bangor 1st XI were back in action on Saturday after the May Bank Holiday weekend had been washed out without a ball being bowled. Bangor travelled to Bonds Glen in the North West for the first round of the Irish National Cup, and arrived at the picturesque ground courtesy of one of the umpires who guided us through the last 5 miles of the journey into the countryside.

Bangor won the toss and decided to bowl first on a soft wicket that was still recovering from the rain during the week. Chris Burns and Remano Esau opened the bowling and both quickly settled on a good line and length but it was clear that the Bonds Glen batsmen were prepared to play their shots from the outset to take advantage of the small boundaries.

Remano was the first to strike with 2 wickets in the sixth over and when Ryan Murphy took a sharp catch at point off Chris Burns the opposition hade been reduced to 30 for 3 after 7 overs. This brought the veteran Davy Cooke to the crease for Bonds Glen and he started to rebuild the innings. The Bangor bowlers were frustrated as a number of chances didn’t go to hand or when the batsmen got the benefit of the doubt from the umpires.

Andrew Nixon and Jordy McKeown came on as first change with Andrew picking up a wicket as Bonds Glen reached 115 for 4 at the drinks break. Ryan Murphy was introduced into the attack and made a vital breakthrough in the 27th over when he had a classic leg spinner dismissal of bowling the batsman around his legs.

Bangor sensed the lower order batsmen were going to play their shots and the captain recalled Chris Burns and Remano Esau to the attack, between the pair they picked up the last 5 wickets in 7 overs with Remano ending up with his first 5 wicket haul for the club. Chris finished with figure of 3 for 26 off 10 overs which was just reward for a strong opening spell. Bonds Glen were bowled out in the 34th over for 162.

Due to the rules of the competition Bangor had to bat for 10 overs prior to the tea interval that was scheduled for 3.50pm. Nicky McCollum and Mark English opened up the innings in a typically vocal North West environment, Nicky raced to 14 as he took on the opening bowlers before being bowled in the 3rd over, Andrew Nixon was bowled in the 4th over and the score was 24 for 2 when Remano Esau joined the captain at the crease.

Remano was in aggressive form as he looked to take advantage of the small boundaries. The bowlers tried to build the pressure but as the bad ball was being despatched to the boundary Bangor reached 52 for 2 after 10 overs and the tea interval was taken.

After tea Bangor continued to progress until a flurry of wickets in the 15th over. Mark was adjudged LBW, Remano caught on the boundary and the ambitious Jordy McKeown bowled as Bangor were reduced to 77 for 5. Chris Burns and Adam McCusker steadied the innings but when Chris was caught in the 22nd over the score was on 87 and Bangor still needed 76 runs to win.

Paddy English, the senior playing member on the team, joined Adam at the crease and the pair put on a match winning partnership. Patrick hit a couple of crisp drives to get his innings started and by the drinks interval the score had passed the hundred mark and Bangor were 104 for 6. Adam and Paddy batted with great maturity and ran extremely well between wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

The match was in the balance until the 29th over when Adam McCusker stepped up to show his potential for the season ahead and with the cleanest hitting of the match he hit 3 fours and magnificent straight six to take 18 off the over. Adam continued to dominate the bowlers with a superb six over extra cover from the returning opening bowler and finished the match unbeaten on 53*. Victory was secured in the 35th over when Paddy hit the winning four over cover point.

It was a fantastic display of team spirit and demonstration of the strength and depth within the 1st XI squad. The CMG Solicitors Man of the Match was shared between Adam McCusker and Remano Esau.

Bangor 1st XI will find out their opponents for the 2nd round of the Irish National Cup in the coming week and the match will be played on Saturday 6th June.

Bonds Glen 162 (D Cooke 49, R Esau 5-36, C Burns 3-26)

Bangor 163/6 (A McCusker 53*, R Esau 41, P English 17*)

Bangor won by 4 wkts

Bangor v Templepatrick - 25th April 2015 (League)

Bangor 1st XI got off to a winning start in the NCU Section 1 with a 7 wicket victory over Templepatrick. With Remano Esau joining the team from Port Elizabeth, SA, for the season and Jordy McKeown returning from his travels in Australia Bangor fielded a strong team for the first league match of the season.

The overnight rain meant the start was delayed until 1.30pm and after winning the toss Mark English decided to bowl first. Taj Kwelu and Chris Burns opened the bowling and Taj picked up the opening wicket in the 3rd over with the assistance of a sharp catch from Ross Miller. The Templepatrick batsmen continued to play their shots even with the swinging ball and J Jackson scored a forceful 23 before being caught behind by Ricky McLarnon off Andrew Nixon.

Templepatrick had reached 39 for 2 after 10 overs but Bangor continued to pressurise the batsmen with Taj Kwelu picking up another wicket before Remano Esau claimed his first wicket for the club. Remano was unlucky not to get more wickets as he continually beat the outside edge. By drinks Templepatrick were 88 for 4.

Bangor struck straight after the drinks break as Ross Miller came into the attack, with the assistance of Ricky McLarnon Ross picked up two wickets. It was an incredible display of wicket keeping from Ricky McLarnon as he took 4 catches, 1 stumping and had the presence of mind to runout a batsman at the bowlers end as both batsmen ended up at the wicket keepers end.

Chris Burns, Andy Nixon and Taj Kwelu claimed the final wickets as Templepatrick were bowled out for 151 in the 42nd over.

Bangor went out to bat in a positive frame of mind as the wicket had played well through the first innings. Nicky McCollum was in particularly destructive form as he hit 4 boundaries off the 2nd over of the innings, not allowing any of the bowlers to settle Nicky kept attacking the bowlers as Mark English played a supporting role from the other end.

Both batsmen were punishing the bad ball and reached 75 runs after 10 overs, Nicky reached his half century with 9 boundaries and a maximum before being caught out on 58. Andy Nixon and Remano Esau both came to the wicket looking to continue the free scoring but as Templepatrick took pace of the ball unfortunately both batsmen were dismissed playing aggressive shots.

At the fall of the third wicket Chris Burns joined his captain with the score on 105, both batsmen batted sensibly waiting for the bad ball and running hard between the wickets. Mark reached his half century as the pair knocked off the winning runs in the 23rd over.

A fantastic start to the season and a great team effort, there were some stand out performers with bat and ball but the 5 dismissals and a run out from Ricky McLarnon saw him selected as Bangla Man of the Match.

Templepatrick 151 (T Kwelu 3-13, R Miller 2-20, A Nixon 2-24)

Bangor 152/3 (N McCollum 58, M English 53*)

Bangor won by 7 wkts

Senior League 1 P W T L NR Pts
Derriaghy 18 14 0 4 0 56
Muckamore 18 12 0 5 1 48
Woodvale 18 11 0 7 0 44
BANGOR 18 9 0 9 0 36
Lurgan 18 8 0 9 1 32
Downpatrick 18 8 0 9 1 32
Academy 18 8 0 9 1 32
Donaghcloney 18 7 0 11 0 28
Templepatrick 18 6 0 12 0 24
Cliftonville 18 5 0 13 0 20