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Bangor Cricket Club 4th XI2015


Date Opponents Venue Result Details
Sat 18th Apr
Sun 19th Apr
Sat 25th Apr
Sun 26th Apr
Sat 2nd May
Sun 3rd May Larne II L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 28th Jun
Mon 4th May
Sat 9th May Laurelvale III L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 1st Aug
Sun 10th May
Sat 16th May Templepatrick III L(H) Won by 70 runs Report
Sun 17th May
Sat 23rd May Instonians V MQC(H) Lost by 9 wkts
Sun 24th May
Sat 30th May CSNI VI L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 23rd Jun
Sun 31st May
Sat 6th Jun
Sun 7th Jun Downpatrick III L(H) Lost by 20 runs Report
Sat 13th Jun Donaghcloney III L(A) Won by 9 wkts Report
Sun 14th Jun
Sat 20th Jun Laurelvale III L(H) Won by 6 wkts Report
Sun 21st Jun
Tue 23rd Jun CSNI VI L(H) Won by 40 runs Report
Sat 27th Jun
Sun 28th Jun Larne II L(A) Lost by 23 runs Report
Sat 4th Jul Larne II L(H) Lost by 70 runs Report
Sun 5th Jul
Sat 11th Jul
Sun 12th Jul
Sat 18th Jul
Sun 19th Jul Templepatrick III L(A) Won by 4 wkts Report
Sat 25th Jul
Sun 26th Jul Carrickfergus IV L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 17th Aug
Sat 1st Aug Laurelvale III L(A) Lost by 9 wkts Report
Sun 2nd Aug CSNI VI L(A) Lost by 8 runs Report
Sat 8th Aug Donaghcloney III L(H) Won by 85 runs Report
Sun 9th Aug
Sat 15th Aug
Sun 16th Aug Downpatrick III L(A) Lost by 6 wkts
Mon 17th Aug Carrickfergus IV L(H) Lost by 6 wkts
Sat 22nd Aug
Sun 23rd Aug Carrickfergus IV L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 6th Sep
Sat 29th Aug
Sun 30th Aug
Sat 5th Sep
Sun 6th Sep Carrickfergus IV L(A) Lost by 88 runs
Sat 12th Sep
Sun 13th Sep

MQC - Minor Qualifying Cup

Bangor IV v Donaghcloney III - 8th August 2015 (League)

Donaghcloney III's were the visitors at Ward Park on Saturday when Bangor won the toss for the first time this season and backed themselves to bat first. Bangor maintained last week's opening combination of Paul and Callum Houstoun who got off to another busy start keeping the board ticking over with quick singles to reach 42 in the eighth over before Callum was out for 17. Peter McIlwaine (33 runs) and then Allen Cox increased the run rate tempo to get to 149 in the 25th over before both Paul (62 runs) and Allen (27 runs) were dismissed with five overs to go. Andy Hare (19 not out) took up the challenge to keep the runs flowing and steered the team to a final score of 188 for six off their 30 overs.

Bangor's opening attack of Adam Bell (5 overs, 2 Maidens, 1 wicket for 10 runs) and Connor Cox (5 overs for 15 runs) immediately put Donaghcloney under pressure through their accurate bowling to leave Donaghcloney on the back foot as they reached 26 for 2 off the first ten overs having suffered their first run out to some smart fielding by Chris Boal at backward square leg.

The pattern continued with Chris Boal, and good glove work by keeper Matthew Quinn, inflicting two further near identical run outs as the bowlers maintained the upper hand through tight bowling. The pick of the figures going to Peter McIlwaine with 3 overs for 4 runs and Oliver Ward, bowling at the end, with 4 overs for 17 runs and 2 wickets.

The Donaghcloney response ended 85 runs short of the Bangor total to give Bangor a victory that, with other results, ended any speculation of relegation and leaves promotion as the target with three games to go including two matches against promotion challenging Carrickfergus.

Bangor IV 188/6 (P Houstoun 62, P McIlwaine 33, A Cox 27, P Lyttle 4-42)

Donaghacloney III 103/7 (O Ward 2-17, A Bell 1-10, C Houstoun 1-16)

Bangor won by 85 runs


CSNI VI v Bangor IV - 2nd August 2015 (League)

On Sunday CSNI IV’s elected to bat and Bangor immediately struck through Ryan Chambers with the second delivery of the match to remove captain Alec Craig. The match settled into a period where CSNI were on top until Adam Bell caught and bowled their top scorer Rory Gouk for forty one with score at seventy for two after twelve overs. CSNI maintained their run rate but were restricted from getting any real acceleration and losing a further four wickets with Connor Cox bowling two overs for eight runs and two wickets at the end of innings with Neil Bates pulling off a high, one handed, reaction catch to his left for one of Connors' wickets. CSNI finished at 131 for six off their twenty overs.

Bangor started off their innings keeping up with the required run rate until the twelfth over, when with the score at 72, a regular fall of wickets resulted in a dip in the run rate that left Bangor chasing the game. The game slipped away from Bangor when Ryan Chambers was caught on the long boundary rather than going for six, which would have been the case on many grounds, passing the impetus back to CSNI and seeing Bangor finish eight runs short with six wickets down.

The two results, together with other teams results, mean that seven of the eight teams in the league are separated by 8 points (4 points for a win) and so with four matches remaining all permutations involving promotion, relegation and mid table respectability are on the cards making for an exciting end to the season.

CSNI 131/6 (R Gouk 41, L Lowry 34, A Bell 2-31, C Cox 2-8)

Bangor IV 123/6 (P Houstoun 30, C Houstoun 21, J Gibbons 5-30)

Bangor lost by 8 runs


Laurelvale III v Bangor IV - 1st August 2015 (League)

Saturday saw a trip to Portadown to face Laurelvale III’s who won the toss and put Bangor into bat on a wet wicket.

The Bangor opening father and son partnership of Paul and Callum Houstoun made an energetic start to proceeding with quick running between the wickets in the face of a very slow outfield. The fifty partnership came off six overs. As first Paul and then Callum passed the 50 run mark the rest of the team could be seen to get restless awaiting their chance to bat but the pair continued all the way through the innings to finish undefeated with a Bangor IV’s opening record partnership (certainly in the last few years) of 189 (Paul 100, Callum 71) for none of their twenty overs.

Laurelvale immediately looked to attack from the start of their innings which allowed Bangor to execute a run out in the second over. The Bangor bowlers toiled away but despite a number of deliveries that beat the bat just couldn't make the breakthrough as the Laurelvale captain, Colin Stewart, punished any wayward or short deliveries. Together with Roger Conn (not out 35) Colin kept up with the required run rate to finish on 110 not out, which included eleven sixes, to pass the Bangor total with 2 deliveries remaining.

Bangor IV 189/0 (P Houstoun 100*, C Houstoun 71*)

Laurelvale III 190/1 (C Stewart 110*)

Bangor lost by 9 wkts


Templepatrick III v Bangor IV - 19th July 2015 (League)

After two successive defeats Bangor IV's returned to action against Templepatrick III's at Ballyclare High School on Saturday. Templepatrick elected to bat and immediately found themselves under pressure as they were subjected to the accurate medium pace bowling of the Bangor opening pair, of Ryan Chambers and Adam Bell, and an overgrown outfield that made for a low scoring game.

Ryan made the breakthrough in the fifth over with a well taken, low stooping, one handed caught and bowled with Templepatrick on 11 runs. When Adam bowled a wicket maiden in the eighth over Bangor were well on top with Templepatrick at 14 for 2.

Templepatrick rallied with the introduction of D McWilliams in at number four who was the last man to be removed for 40 runs having watched his teammates come and go to an all-round impressive fielding and bowling display by Bangor, who in total used eights bowlers with all but one sharing in the wickets. Templepatrick had set Bangor a target of 95 having been bowled out four overs short of their allotted thirty overs.

The Bangor innings got off to a good start with a solid platform being set by openers Callum Houstoun and Ryan Chambers who made it through to the twelfth over with score at 44 before both fell in quick succession.

A further four wickets fell as Templepatrick mounted a mini come back but the good opening position meant it was always going to be a tall order to reign Bangor in who passed the 95 target with a final 6 by Chris Boal to bring the score to 99 off twenty four overs and give Bangor a 4 wicket victory. Next week sees Carrickfergus IV's visit Upritchard on Sunday.

Templepatrick III 94 (C Houstoun 2-9, R Chambers 1-4, W Simpson 1-7)

Bangor IV 99/5 (C Houstoun 22)

Bangor won by 4 wkts


Bangor IV v Larne II - 4th July 2015 (League)

With the cancellation of the Larne 1sts match a strong Larne 2nds batting side arrived at Upritchard Park and elected to bat. As with their previous weeks encounter Bangor got off to the perfect start with Ryan Chambers taking the first wicket with no runs on the board. Unfortunately the same pattern developed to the game with the second partnership piling on the runs to reach 145 before the second wicket fell in the twentieth over. With ten overs to go and eight wickets in hand Bangor showed resolve to restrict Larne to 198 for 5 with a disciplined display in the field that also so Ryan Chambers take another 2 wickets to finish with figures of 6 overs, 2wickets for 16 runs. Also noticeable in the bowling was Will Simpson making his first appearance for the senior team. Will's left arm over display showed a maturity beyond his years and resulted in only 13 runs being scored off three overs in a high scoring phase of the match and making a strong case for further call ups in the season.

The Bangor innings started briskly but with wickets falling needed a bit of resilience that was provided in the form of wicket keeper Matthew Quinn who showed good discipline and a straight bat to frustrate the Larne attack and steady the ship. The run chase was all but over in the twenty fifth over but Andy Hare and Chris Boal (25 not out) came to the crease to knock off just less than fifty runs in the last five overs to lift the team spirits with good running and some excellent blows that saw the last ball of the match sail forlornly away for 6 over the fencing from a well-timed shot from Chris.

Larne II 198-5 (R Chambers 3-16, C Escott 1-34)

Bangor IV 128-7 (C Boal 25*, M Quinn 18)

Bangor lost by 70 runs


Larne II v Bangor IV - 28th June 2015 (League)

Sunday saw Bangor travel to Larne where on green looking wicket which proved to be lively they got off to a perfect start with Ryan Chambers taking a wicket with his first delivery. Larne weathered this early set back and bowling of Ryan (4 over, 18 runs for 1 wicket) and Chris Boal (4 overs for 28 runs) and started to build through opener E Hunter and third batsmen C Cloke. Despite the ball passing the bat on numerous occasions Larne were at fifty for one after the opening bowlers 8 overs.

E Hunter in particular hit some mighty blows and whilst Bangor showed endeavour in the field the next breakthrough wasn't made until the eighteenth over with Larne at 136 for 2. Larne scored another 16 runs leaving E Hunter on 95 not out and the overall total at 152.

Bangor made a busy start to their innings but without scoring heavily and came across Trevor Dempsey in sparkling from behind the stumps, who stood up to all the Larne medium pace and spin bowlers, taking two leg side stumpings to remove the first wickets leaving Bangor at nineteen for two after 5 overs. With wickets continuing to fall Bangor didn’t get any real purchase on the game until Chris Boal joined opener Paul Houstoun to add some longevity to a partnership and accelerate the run rate. At the end of the seventeenth over Bangor had reached 93 for 4 wickets. The eighteenth over saw four sixes to add a glimmer of hope to the improbable run chase but with the run out of Paul for 88 in the next over Bangor finished 23 runs short at 129 for 7 wickets. Bangor will be looking to exact revenge on Larne this week when they come to Upritchard on Saturday.

Larne II 152-2 (E Hunter 95, R Chambers 1-18, O Ward 1-43)

Bangor IV 129-7 (P Houstoun 88)

Bangor lost by 23 runs


Bangor IV v CSNI VI - 23rd June 2015 (League)

CSNI VI's came to Ward Park on Tuesday and invited Bangor to bat first in good conditions. Bangor made a good start to the innings with quick running between the wickets to get to a good platform of 49 for 2 in the eighth over. With the fall of the second wicket Neil Bates joined opening batsman and skipper, Paul Houstoun, at the crease. Neil made an immediate impression despatching the remaining two deliveries for eight runs to set the tone for the partnership that harvested 79 runs off 7 overs to reach 128 for 3 before Neil was caught for 41. The remaining 5 overs saw numerous wickets fall as the following batsmen looked to get quickly into the game but Paul kept the momentum going seeing Bangor through to 151 before falling for 65 in the penultimate over. Bangor reached 160 for 9 at the end of the twenty overs setting CSNI a high target of 8 an over.

CSNI opening batsman S Smyth looked dangerous but was kept under wraps by some accurate bowling by Ryan Chambers (4 overs, 15 runs for 1 wicket) well supported by Chris Boal to leave CSNI with a similar start to Bangor at 46 for 2 after eight overs. Adam Bell, who had just run out the third batsman through a direct hit, was introduced and clean bowled two players in his first over, including the removal of S Smyth (bowled), that proved to be the turning point that put Bangor in control of the match. CSNI continued to battle but with both Neil Bates (4 overs, 15 runs for 3 wickets) Andy Hare (3 overs, 12 runs for 2 wicket) bowling tightly didn't manage to get a sustained acceleration in the run rate and lost their tenth wicket on the last delivery of the match falling 40 short of the Bangor total.

Bangor IV 160-9 (P Houstoun 65, N Bates 41)

CSNI VI 120 (N Bates 3-15, A Hare 2012, A Bell 2-29)

Bangor won by 40 runs


Bangor IV v Laurelvale III - 20th June 2015 (League)

With the firsts away from home Laurelvale III's visited Upritchard to face Bangor IV's in their fourth match of the league season. Laurelvale elected to bat but were pegged back by opening bowlers Ryan Chambers and Chris Boal who kept them to 28 runs off the first eight overs for the loss of one wicket which saw Chris break the bail as he took the top of leg stump. The change in bowling saw immediate success with Neil Bates getting a wicket maiden with his first over Andy Hare taking a wicket in his second over.

After 15 of the allotted 30 overs Laurelvale were well positioned at 66 for 3. The Bangor attack curtailed any significant increase in run rate through an accurate medium pace display by Connor Cox (5 overs for 14 runs) and further wickets for Neil Bates (6 overs, 1 mdn, 26 runs, 3 wickets). The final 4 overs only saw the concession of 12 runs as the opening bowlers were reintroduced to finish out the game seeing Ryan Chambers finish with figures of 6 overs, 1 mdn, 14 runs, 1 wicket and Chris Boal finish on identical figures to Neil Bates.

Bangor went out to bat facing a target of 138 to win in favourable batting conditions and made a solid start through openers Callum Houstoun and Oliver Ward getting to the eighth over before the first wicket fell with the score on 24. Callum steered the innings through to the twentieth over before losing his wicket with the score then at 95 for 3 having made 31 runs. Zack Kerr and Allen Cox then looked to close out the game before the ominous looking clouds resulted in any interruption play with Allen falling for 17 runs just ten runs away from victory. Zack (38 not out) and Ross Millar polished off the last runs required to secure a six wicket victory with 4 overs to spare just in the nick of time as the heavens opened up. The victory leaves Bangor joint top of the table facing CSNI VI in a top of the table clash on Tues 23rd June.

Laurelvale III 137-7 (N Bates 3-26, C Boal 3-26)

Bangor IV 138-4 (Z Kerr 38*, C Houstoun 31, P Houstoun 21, A Cox 17)

Bangor won by 6 wkts


Donaghcloney III v Bangor IV - 13th June 2015 (League)

Bangor IV's travelled to Banbridge Academy School to take on Donacloney and were asked to field first having lost the toss. With three wicket keepers to choose from James Griffin was relieved of his customary position and asked to open the bowling with Morne Rooschuz. After a tight first over by Morne, James struck in his first over with a smartly taken catch at cover that was to set the standard for the day. Morne then struck in the third over to take the first of his two clean bowled wickets (final figures 5 overs, 7 runs for 2 wkts) whilst James took a further two wickets in his remaining overs to finish with final figures of 5 overs, 12 runs for 3 wkts on what had been his debut bowling performance for a senior team.

Donacloney could have been forgiven for feeling a sense of relief at seeing the back of the opening bowling pair with the score at 19 for 5 wickets after ten overs. The change of bowlers saw Neil Bates and Owen Aicken come forward and continue where the first pair left off. Combined with the pressure of a very few runs and through the tight fielding display, including 3 catches by Callum Houstoun, the final five wickets were polished off in the next six overs for 13 runs leaving Neil and Owen with figures of 3 overs, 7 runs for 3 wkts and 3 overs, 5 runs for 2 wkts respectively.

Bangor made a bad start to their reply to the target of 33 runs ending at 0 for 1 after the first over through a self-imposed run out. This led to Brian Millar joining Callum Houstoun at the crease to calmly steer the team through to a 9 wicket victory in the ninth over finishing on 21 not out.

Donaghcloney III 32 (N Bates 3-7, J Griffin 3-12, O Aicken 2-5, M Rooschuz 2-7)

Bangor IV 34-1 (B Millar 21*)

Bangor won by 9 wkts


Bangor IV v Downpatrick IV - 7th June 2015 (League)

Downpatrick III's came to Upritchard Park on Sunday and put themselves into bat having won the toss. Whilst both openers started aggressively Bangor got off to a good start with Chris Boal taking a wicket in each of his first two overs with the second being the very satisfying removal of the off stump (final figures five overs, two for twenty four). The next batting partnership turned out to be decisive with the number two batsman riding his luck on a couple of occasions but deservedly scoring fifty of a seventy partnership in the next nine overs. This left Downpatrick well positioning on 103 as he fell to a catch off the bowling of Callum Houstoun for fifty four. The wickets continued to fall with regularity and included a couple of noticeable catches by Chris Boal well judging a skied slog and Mark Chambers diving to his left to scoop the ball up just before it hit the deck. Andy Hare put in a good spell in the circumstances and was unlucky not to take a wicket of two ending up figures of 18 runs off five overs. Despite the wickets the run rate continued at pace to leave Downpatrick at 161 for nine off their allotted overs.

The Bangor reply saw many of the team getting a start but not capitalising on their position with only two players getting past twenty runs and Zack Kerr top scoring with thirty two. Whilst the run rate was respectable wickets regularly fell keeping Downpatrick in control of the game. The last three overs saw the duet of Andy Hare and Ross Millar put on thirty runs to bring Bangor to within twenty runs and Ross hit a Chris Gayle like six that was just short of getting an additional two points for the conversion over the rugby posts.

Downpatrick III 161-9 (P Moreland 54, C Houstoun 3-46, A Pyper 2-22, C Boal 2-24)

Bangor IV 141-8 (Z Kerr 32, P Houstoun 23)

Bangor lost by 20 runs


Bangor IV v Templepatrick III - 16th May 2015 (League)

After two weekends of postponed matches Bangor IV's finally started their season against Templepatrick III's at Ward Park. Bangor lost the toss and where put in to bat and made a solid start with Callum Houstoun and Andy Pyper putting on 27 runs after 5 overs before Andy's wicket fell. Peter McIlwaine came to crease and enjoyed a 62 run partnership with Callum Houstoun before falling for 21 in the nineteenth over. With eleven overs remaining and eight wickets in hand Bangor looked to accelerate through Daniel Young (17 runs), Allen Cox (15 not out) and Ryan Chambers (12 runs). Callum Houstoun was the fourth of five wickets to fall with a score of 73 helping Bangor to a commanding position of 158 for 5 after their allotted 30 overs.

Bangor made the perfect start to the Templepatrick innings with a run out in the first over to immediately put pressure on the batting side. Wickets continued to fall on a regular basis with Bangor being sharp in the field to take five catches. Notable in the catches was diving catch by Ross Millar behind the stumps from an underside edge off the bowling of Andy Pyper. Most bowlers enjoyed success with 2 wickets each for Ryan Chambers (3.3 overs for 9 runs) and Oliver Ward (3.0 overs for 11 runs) and one wicket each for Daniel Young, Andy Pyper and Connor Cox.

Templepatrick were all out for 88 runs in the twenty second over to give Bangor a well-deserved victory for a good all round team performance. Next Saturday sees the IV's take on Instonians V's in the Minor Qualifying Cup at Ward Park.

Bangor IV 158/5 (C Houstoun 73, P McIlwaine 21, D Young 17)

Templepatrick III 88 (R Chambers 2-9, O Ward 2-11)

Bangor won by 70 runs

Junior League 8 P W T L NR Pts
Laurelvale III 14 9 0 5 0 36
Carrickfergus IV 14 9 0 5 0 36
Templepatrick III 14 8 0 6 0 32
Donaghcloney III 14 6 0 7 1 24
BANGOR IV 14 6 0 8 0 24
CSNI IV 14 5 0 9 0 20
Downpatrick III * 14 7 0 7 0 16
Larne II * 14 5 0 8 1 12

* Points deducted for failing to fulfill fixtures