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Bangor Cricket Club 2nd XI2015

Date Opponents Venue Result Details
Sat 18th Apr
Sun 19th Apr
Sat 25th Apr
Sun 26th Apr
Sat 2nd May
Sun 3rd May
Mon 4th May
Sat 9th May
Sun 10th May CIYMS II JC(A) Won CIYMS played unregistered player
Sat 16th May CSNI II L(H) Lost by 10 wkts
Sun 17th May
Sat 23rd May Instonians II L(A) Lost by 174 runs Report
Sun 24th May
Sat 30th May CSNI II JC(H) Lost by 8 wkts
Sun 31st May
Sat 6th Jun Waringstown II L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 12th July
Sun 7th Jun
Sat 13th Jun CIYMS II L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 9th Aug
Sun 14th Jun
Sat 20th Jun Waringstown II L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 23rd Aug
Sun 21st Jun
Sat 27th Jun Instonians II L(H) Lost by 143 runs Report
Sun 28th Jun
Sat 4th Jul Muckamore II L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 26th July
Sun 5th Jul
Sat 11th Jul
Sun 12th Jul Waringstown II L(A) Lost by 92 runs Report
Sat 18th Jul Muckamore II L(H) Lost by 9 wkts Report
Sun 19th Jul
Sat 25th Jul North Down II L(A) Lost by 6 wkts
Sun 26th Jul Muckamore II L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 29th Aug
Sat 1st Aug Lisburn II L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 30th Aug
Sun 2nd Aug
Sat 8th Aug North Down II L(H) Won by 4 runs Report
Sun 9th Aug CIYMS II L(A) Lost by 9 wkts Report
Sat 15th Aug Lisburn II L(A) Lost Unable to field a team
Sun 16th Aug CIYMS II L(H) Lost by 3 wkts Report
Sat 22nd Aug
Sun 23rd Aug Waringstown II L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 2nd Sep
Sat 29th Aug Muckamore II L(A) Lost Unable to field a team
Sun 30th Aug Lisburn II L(H) Lost by 5 wkts
Wed 2nd Sep Waringstown II L(H) Lost by 7 wkts
Sat 5th Sep
Sun 6th Sep CSNI II L(A) Lost by 8 wkts
Sat 12th Sep
Sun 13th Sep

JC - Junior Cup

Bangor II v CIYMS II - 16th August 2015 (League)

Despite being unable to field a team on Saturday, Bangor seconds took on CIYMS for the second time in a week, keen to improve on last Sundays humbling defeat.

On a glorious summers day Bangor won the toss, and despite a relatively green pitch, skipper Garrett decided to bat against a very different team to the previous week. Keenan(armed with a new bat) and Williamson opened up and raced to 28 off the first 7 overs until Williamson offered a return catch to the opening bowler. This brought Sirpal to the crease, who had freed himself of his IPL contract this week but was struggling with a foot injury. This partnership was soon broken when Keenan was unable to keep out an in swinger from McConkey.

Murphie and Sirpal brought the score up to 75, but the loss of Sirpal sparked yet another batting collapse from the home team, with Garrett and Millar not troubling the scorers, while Fraser departing to a one handed catch by mid off. This left the score at a disappointing 91-7 with only half the overs being bowled.

Speers, struggling with a hangover due to the corporate lunch the previous day, and Prince managed to repair some of the damage, Speers in particular very punishing of the loose delivery, leading Bangor to 128-8. The home team were soon all out for a below par 132, but only using 37 of the allotted 50 overs was the most disappointing aspect of the batting display, as the old cliche of bat your overs was not adhered to.

Bangor knew that wickets were key to having any chance of winning this game, so Garrett set an attacking field, but the CI batsmen held firm picking up boundaries through a vacant third man. The opening stand passed the 50 run mark, but was soon broken when Prince took a sharp return catch off his own bowling. Despite slowing the run rate Bangor were unable to get another wicket until the 21st over when Speers darted one back into the batsmen hitting him straight in front. 90 for 2 soon became 96 for 3 at drinks when the rejuvenated Speers clean bowled CI captain, which was described as 'flipping unreal' by one of the fielders.

Bangor then began to believe that an unlikely win could be possible, so went on the attack again with Sirpal bamboozling the batsmen on numerous occasions, finishing his allotted 10 overs with 2 for 21. Fraser, self proclaimed best swing bowler on the pitch, got one to move away from the batsman gratefully held by Griffin behind the stumps. Keenan then clean bowled Allison to leave CI on 127 for 7, still needing 8 runs to win.

This proved to be within reach as they achieved the target with the rest of their wickets intact leaving Bangor wondering what if they had batted their overs. Despite the obvious disappointment, Garrett was impressed with the fight shown with their bowling and fielding, despite an ever growing injury list that affected the normally agile fielding unit.

Bangor II 132 (A Sirpal 26, G Prince 26)

CIYMS II 133/7

Bangor lost by 3 wkts

CIYMS II v Bangor II - 9th August 2015 (League)

Buoyant from their victory the previous day, Bangor 2s travelled to Belmont to face a very strong looking CIYMS more in hope than expectation.

This unfortunately proved to be a step too far for a very youthful Bangor team, who batted first and never really put their opposition under any real pressure. The bright light was a very well made 63 from Sirpal, who showed the value of getting your eye in and then providing a counter attack, allowing Bangor to post a below par 146.

Speers and Beech opened the bowling yet again and put pressure on the CI batsmen, with the latter picking up a wicket. This proved to be the only wicket to fall as Burns and Beattie showed their class throughout a near chanceless partnership to afford CI the win by a comfortable 9 wickets.

Bangor perhaps lacked one or two experienced batsmen and another front line bowler as captain Garrett was struggling with a knee injury that has hampered most of the season. Despite the obvious disappointment it was great to see a number of young players not fazed by playing at such a high level, which bodes well for the future of Bangor Cricket Club.

Bangor II 146 (A Sirpal 63)

CIYMS II 147/1

Bangor lost by 9 wkts

Bangor II v North Down II - 8th August 2015 (League)

Bangor 2nd XI welcomed their North Down counterparts to a surprisingly sunny Upritchard Park keen to get that elusive first win on the board. North Down captain, Ervine called incorrectly allowing Bangor to have first use of the facilities.

Keenan and Williamson strode to the crease in confident mood, and set about creating a platform for a big score. Williamson was particularly aggressive to anything pitched up, despatching a few boundaries bringing up a well constructed 50 partnership. Unfortunately the partnership was broken soon after when Williamson offered a simple return catch to the bowler. Buoyed by this breakthrough, North Down picked up Yeates and Murphie in quick succession leaving Bangor on 56-3.

This soon became 56 for 4 as Keenan fell in similar fashion to his opening partner, and the Bangor innings was beginning to falter. Unlike other games this season, Bangor began to fight back in the shape of a fiery Kerr as he began counter attacking in the only way he knows- hitting boundaries!

Prince provided Zerr with plenty of strike allowing him to amass a quick fire 35, until mis timing another leg side shot and being caught. This brought skipper Garrett to the crease keen to continue on the counter attack but struggled to time the ball, but stuck it out with prince as they put together a fortunate 50 partnership, until Prince departed in the 47th over for a very important 46. Garrett soon followed as he picked out the long off fielder, with one of the very few balls he managed to time for a streaky, but vital 31 showing that ugly runs count just as much!!

Speers and Griffin saw the remaining overs out to conclude the Bangor innings on a very competitive 195 off the allotted 50 overs.

Speers and Beech opened the bowling and were unnervingly accurate not allowing the aggressive openers any width, with the first 10 overs going for a meagre 31 runs. Despite the slow run rate, Garrett knew wickets were imperative if they were to win the game so Prince came into the attack, in place of Speers and picked up a wicket in his third ball. Not to be outdone, Beech who was now bowling with great speed and bounce, picked up 2 wickets in 3 balls to Leave North Down struggling at 43 for 3 after 12 overs.

Just like the Bangor innings, North Down mounted a counter attack in the form of their captain, who was fortunate to survive a very close LBW appeal at the hands of 'friendly umpiring'. With Garrett and Murphie struggling to make a breakthrough, the skipper threw the ball to the ever green Yeates for some slow tweakers. This proved to be an inspired move as the batsmen were unable to resist the temptation of the leg side boundary and the middle order soon perished, leaving them at 165 for 7, but their captain was still at the crease looking to singlehandedly win the game. Fortunately for Bangor he attempted to sweep Yeates, only to hear the dreaded sound of the wickets being clattered as he was bowled around his legs.

Despite Bangor thinking they had this game wrapped up, there was still time for Bangor to snatch defeat at the hands of victory as two catches went down and North Down began to believe their luck was in. As Alex Ferguson famously quoted, this was squeaky bum time as North Down now needed 5 runs off 2 overs. With the parsimonious Beech bowling the batsman attempted a big shot straight down the ground only for the ball to be plucked out of the air by Prince giving Bangor the tightest of victories by 4 runs.

Bangor II 195/6 (G Prince 46, A Williamson 35, Z Kerr 35, R Garrett 31)

North Down II 191 (C Yeates 5-17, A Beech 3-33, G Prince 2-43)

Bangor won by 4 runs

Bangor II v Muckamore II - 18th July 2015 (League)

Another week of selection headaches with multiple texts being sent out to secure 11 players proved to be the undoing for Bangor 2nd XI against an experienced Muckamore side.

On a grey Saturday morning at Upritchard Park, Bangor entertained their Muckamore counterparts in Junior one, with hope rather than optimism to secure their first league win.

Muckamore captain called correctly and asked Bangor to bat first, with the thought of bowling them out cheaply as Bangor have yet to bat all of their allotted overs this season. Unfortunately for Muckamore they had not reckoned on Keenan carrying his bat through the innings, finishing unbeaten on a well constructed 87. The only other glimmer of positivity was the ever aggressive Kerr smashing a quick fire 26, to help Bangor amass 179.

During the lunch break the heavens opened and with the pressure on the home captain to get more play in so that Muckamore could secure a win, Bangor took to the field looking to defend a revised total of 133.

This proved to be a rather easy run chase, as Muckamore reached their target with the loss of only one wicket, picked up by a relatively easy caught and bowled by Garrett. Speers and Rooschuz both bowled admirably up the hill, into a strong wind while Chambers, 2014 young player of the season, found some good pace and bounce downhill showing why he had claimed this accolade. Despite this effort, Bangor were unable to penetrate the defences of an experienced top order and lost the game by 9 wickets.

Once again Bangor skipper, who was unwillingly to respond to gossip that he was to resign from his post, would like to thank the boys who stepped up and gave their all for the Gryphon, in the face of yet another difficult day at the office in the most competitive Junior League 1 experienced for some time.

Bangor II 179/9 (J Keenan 87*, Z Kerr 26)

Muckamore II 133/1 (revised target) (R Garrett 1-38)

Bangor lost by 9 wkts

Waringstown II v Bangor II - 12th July 2015 (League)

With the majority of Northern Ireland ironing their Sashes and polishing their flutes, Bangor 2nd XI had the pleasure of playing what was only their fourth league game of the season at the Lawn against Waringstown 2nd XI.

Bangor skipper called incorrectly and was asked to have a bowl first, with the Waringstown team seemingly keen to gain some time in the middle. Messrs Speers and Prince had first crack with the new ball and some tight bowling, coupled with a slow pitch and clever fielding meant the batsmen were unable to score as quickly as they would have hoped.

This clever fielding was not epitomised by the captain, who decided to try and stop the ball with his head which held up proceedings as he tried to regain a resemblance of awareness. Speers made the breakthrough, clean bowling the Waringstown opener which brought Hingston, who had been our nemesis for CI on previous occasion, to the crease. Luckily for Bangor he chased a wide one from Murphie and was caught expertly by Lowry at gully.

Bangor were beginning to put pressure on the opposition with the darts of Miller and unorthodox spin of Sirpal, with the latter claiming a wicket with the help of a stumping from the ever green Fletcher. With Waringstown 3 down at drinks and Bangor probably the slighter happier of the 2 teams, the next 10 overs would be crucial.

Unfortunately for Bangor, Dennison and McClean had not read the script and began punishing the Bangor attack by picking up quick singles, whilst punishing the bad ball with a boundary. These two put on over 100 runs in the next 15 overs and were looking to set a score in excess of 300, until Garrett found an extra yard of pace which McClean was unable to handle and perished trying to hook. Garrett picked up another 2 wickets, aided by a one handed catch by Kerr on the boundary, and Speers also chipped in with another concluding the Warinsgtown innings on 261.

Bangor's reply did not start well with Prince being bowled for 0, which brought Goldthorpe to the crease, who despatched his first two balls through the point boundary for 4 runs. Whilst Keenan held up an end, Goldthorpe attacked with great execution bringing up a quick fire 50 much to the delight of the travelling fans. With the field spread Goldthorpe tried one too many big shots and was well caught on the boundary, finishing his innings on a well made 59. Murphie was unable to replicate his innings for the 3s and soon was back in the hutch leaving Bangor well ahead of the rate on 130 for 3 at drinks; once again the next 10 overs after drinks would decide the outcome of the game.

The next part of this game would prove disastrous for Bangor as they lost their last 7 wickets for only 39 runs, as the Warinsgtown spinners ran amok through the Bangor team ensuring their team won by 92 runs.

Despite a disappointing defeat, Skipper Garrett can take some positives from this game and move onto next week when they face Muckamore at Upritchard Park.

Waringstown II 261/7 (R Dennison 72, M McLean 58, R Garrett 3-42, T Speers 2-46)

Bangor II 169 (W Goldthorpe 59)

Bangor lost by 92 runs

Bangor II v Instonians II - 27th June 2015 (League)

Bangor IIs had faced a long wait to play their 3rd league match of the season, owing not unusually to the weather, but to various rearrangements from cup ties and ground unavailability.

Coincidentally the IIs last opponents were Instonians, who had inflicted a convincing defeat at Shaws Bridge. Playing in the late June sunshine at Upritchard Park offered the IIs an opportunity for revenge, but with the toss lost by skipper Ross Garrett, the chance to take that opportunity seemed improbable as Inst elected to bat on what is always a superb batting track at Upritchard.

The pitch played as expected, with Inst starting well and scoring freely, with the ball running uninterrupted to the rope across a particularly fast outfield. Despite the free scoring nature, the majority of shots were airborne, none more so than a genuine edge off the pace bowling of Garrett that flew through first slip. After a polite enquiry from Garrett as to why there was such a gap between keeper and slip, the bowler returned to his mark. Bangor however still picked up wickets and with the loss of the opponent's captain and opening batsman Aaron Kernohan (who had wreaked the most damage in the previous fixture) being caught to a thin edge by George Prince's fastidious opening bowling, optimism started to flow through the home team that a manageable score could be achieved, if more wickets fell.

This buoyancy however was extinguished when the Inst middle order, led by M Lightbody, decided to attack Bangor's change bowlers at will. Lightbody was snared on 74 by the toiling Speers who had bowled 10 on the trot in an attempt to stream the flow of runs from one end. However the damage was done as the score had accelerated up to 250 with 10 more overs still to play.

In the face of this despondency Bangor did not give up and battled well through the remainder of the innings. After numerous bowling changes wielding no change in fortune the ball was thrown to Jonny Keenan, who is not known for his prowess with the ball, but proceeded to put some of Bangor's other bowlers to shame keeping a tight line and coming away with figures of 5-31. The Inst innings finished on 308, setting a formidable chase for the hosts but it could have been much worse if not for the home side's late rally.

Bangor's innings started steadily with openers J Keenan and G Prince looking confident. The bowling initially did not seem too troubling but as is the theme with the Bangor IIs, poor shot selection allowed opportunities for the opponents to take advantage. The platform built by Keenan and Prince crumbled as once that pair departed, others followed.

Bangor IIs managed to pass the 100 mark, which was a first this season, going on to reach 166 before all were out. In the midst of this, skipper Ross Garrett produced a thumping display hitting 61 not out with some particularly colossal 6s down the ground, none more so than the one that landed in the car park and took him past 50 for the first time in his Bangor career. His attitude to take the game to Inst despite the sides impending defeat was inspirational and will hopefully spur the team on to better performances by showing a fight and pride in playing for the town that has been missing from some of the early season fixtures.

Instonians II 309/9 (J Keenan 5-31)

Bangor II 166 (R Garrett 61*)

Bangor lost by 143 runs

Instonians II v Bangor II - 23rd May 2015 (League)

Bangor 2nds were looking for their first victory of the season in what was a surprisingly warm and sunny day at Shaw Bridge. With the toss won by visiting Bangor skipper, Ross Garrett, the home team were elected to begin proceedings on what looked to be a very green and - at first sight - favourable pitch for bowling.

Bangor's openers of Speers and Prince initially restricted the Inst scoring but were only able to come away with one wicket from their disciplined spells. The Inst captain - Bangor based Aaron Kernohan - survived the tricky start put forward by the opening pair to then expand his scoring as the change bowlers were introduced.

As the sun the shone down, the pitch became flatter and Bangor found wickets hard to come by. Kernohan went on to pass his 50, but became unstuck by an absolute peach of a delivery. Under 15 left arm leg spin (chinaman) bowler Owen Aiken, making his debut for the 2nds, was brought into the attack at a critical point in the innings. His first delivery of his first over totally flummoxed the well set Kerr into trying to smash the ball into cow corner only for the ball to pitch and turn into the stumps. A great moment for a promising young spinner in Bangor's ranks.

Inst rallied after the departure of their captain and went on to post a strong but get-able score of 239 for 5. With the wicket slowing considerably and the pitch containing short boundaries, Bangor were confident of chasing this total down.

However, it was not to be. Bangor's batsmen were unable to generate any meaningful partnerships and the familiar problem of batsmen playing poor shots to throw their wicket away resurfaced and proved the team's downfall. Heart will be taken at some of the performances of the younger players, but disappointment at another hard defeat at the hands of the club's close rivals. The 2nd XI will look to put in a stronger performance next time as they continue to look for that first victory of the season.

Instonians II 239/5 (Kernohan 70, Lightbody 55, S Johnstone 2-54)

Bangor II 65 (Umar 3-21, McCaughan 3-25, Trehan 4-5)

Bangor lost by 174 runs

Junior League 1 P W T L NR Pts
Waringstown II 14 10 1 3 0 42
Muckamore II 14 10 1 3 0 42
CSNI II 14 10 0 4 0 40
North Down II 14 7 0 7 0 28
Instonians II 14 7 0 7 0 28
CIYMS II 14 5 0 9 0 20
Lisburn II 14 5 0 9 0 20
BANGOR II * 14 1 0 13 0 0

* Points deducted for failing to fulfill fixtures