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Bangor Cricket Club 1st XI2016

Date Opponents Venue Result Details
Sat 16th Apr
Sun 17th Apr
Sat 23rd Apr Cork County F(A)
Sun 24th Apr Cork County F(A)
Sat 30th Apr Ballymena L(H) Won by 5 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 1st May
Mon 2nd May Armagh L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 29th May
Sat 7th May Dundrum (LCU) NC(H) Abandoned Reserve date 22nd May
Sun 8th May
Thu 12th May Armagh TT(H) Lost by 9 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sat 14th May Carrickfergus CC(A) Lost by 9 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 15th May
Sat 21st May Academy L(H) Abandoned Rearranged for 19th June
Sun 22nd May Dundrum NC(A) Lost 2-1 in remote bowl-out
Sat 28th May Lurgan L(A) Lost by 65 runs Scorecard | Report
Sun 29th May Armagh L(A) Lost by 242 runs Scorecard | Report
Sat 4th Jun Downpatrick L(H) Lost by 7 wkts Scorecard
Sun 5th Jun
Sat 11th Jun Muckamore L(A) Lost by 6 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 12th Jun Newbuildings US(A) Won 2-1 in remote bowl-out
Sat 18th Jun Woodvale L(H) Lost by 144 runs Scorecard | Report
Sun 19th Jun Academy L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 14th Jul
Sat 25th Jun Donaghcloney L(A) Won by 6 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 26th Jun
Sat 2nd Jul Saintfield L(H) Won by 8 wkts (DLS) Scorecard
Sun 3rd Jul Fox Lodge US(A) Won 2-0 in remote bowl-out
Sat 9th Jul Ballymena L(A) Won by 2 wkts (DLS) Scorecard | Report
Sun 10th Jul
Thu 14th Jul Academy L(H) Won by 59 runs Scorecard | Report
Sat 16th Jul Armagh L(H) Won by 66 runs Scorecard | Report
Sun 17th Jul
Sat 23rd Jul Academy L(A) Won by 7 wkts Scorecard | Report
Sun 24th Jul
Sat 30th Jul Lurgan L(H) Won by 142 runs (DLS) Scorecard
Sun 31st Jul Muckamore US(A) Lost by 6 wkts Scorecard
Sat 6th Aug Woodvale L(A) Lost by 86 runs Scorecard
Sun 7th Aug
Sat 13th Aug Muckamore L(H) Lost by 247 runs Scorecard
Sun 14th Aug
Sat 20th Aug Downpatrick L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 25th Aug
Sun 21st Aug
Thu 25th Aug Downpatrick L(A) Lost by 59 runs Scorecard
Sat 27th Aug Donaghcloney L(H) Won by 103 runs Scorecard
Sun 28th Aug
Sat 3rd Sep Saintfield L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 18th Sep
Sun 4th Sep
Sat 10th Sep
Sun 11th Sep
Sat 17th Sep
Sun 18th Sep Saintfield L(A) Postponed VOID

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

Academy v Bangor - 23rd July 2016 (League)

Bangor travelled to the picturesque setting of Castle Grounds to play an Academy side for the second time in as many weeks.

Belfast had obviously experienced some overnight rain and when the covers were pulled off we were disappointed to see a wicket with a number of wet patches and a start at e scheduled time was unlikely however with both teams keen to play cricket, play got underway at 11.30 after Bangor had won the toss and invited the home side to bat.

It wasn't long in getting the break through as Taimur Khan had Shields caught and bowled off the final ball of the first over.

The opening bowlers of Khan & Nixon continued to keep both ends tight and with another wicket a piece soon had the home side struggling on 16 for 3 in the 10th over.

A double bowling change brought skipper Burns and Dukey McKenzie into the attack and there was to be no let up on the pressure as both bowled good line and length and when Burns had Sistern-Tate caught at slip, Academy were in big trouble at 28 for 4. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and when the returning Khan took his 3rd wicket in the first over after drinks, the home side had been dismissed for 49.

This was a very efficient bowling performance from a Bangor team full of confidence supported by some fine catching.

The run chase got off to the worst start as standing opener Nicky McCollum was out in the first over which brought Andy Nixon to the crease to join Johnny Parker. With the threat of rain looming ever larger, the pair accelerated however with only 8 required to win, JP was runout from a direct hit and Andy Nixon was bowled off the next ball. That left Burns and Khan to see Bangor home before the heavy rain set in.

Academy 49 (C Burns 4-13, T Khan 3-5, P McKenzie 2-12))

Bangor 50-3 (A Nixon 23)

Bangor won by 66 runs

Bangor v Armagh - 16th July 2016 (League)

Having suffered the heaviest defeat at the hands of Armagh at The Mall earlier in the season, Bangor were relishing the return visit to Upritchard Park and the opportunity for revenge and also to record their fifth league win in succession.

Once again the visitors won the toss and inserted the home side to bat on what was a damp and slow wicket having been affected by the torrential rain of Friday morning.

For the second game on the trot, the openers got the innings off to a great start and put on 80 before Parker was caught off the spin bowling of Gelston. Having played some career shots including a six onto the pavilion roof, Beachy English soon followed and the when luckless Nixon was adjudicated to have been run-out in the first over after the drinks break, all of a sudden the fine start had quickly unravelled, 98 for 3.

Khan, Burns and Millar all got starts but couldn't capitalise and the home side had been reduced to 158 for 6 in the 41st over. This brought McLarnon and Kwelu to the crease and as both had done on several occasions last season, set about attacking the bowlers and building an entertaining partnership of 52 off the next 7 overs which put Bangor on track to finish on a competitive total of 224.

The visitors innings got off to a slow start, in total contract to the away fixture, as both Khan and Nixon bowled tight opening spells and although wicket less, had restricted the score to a miserly 18 off the first 10 overs. Burns and Kwelu were soon into the attack and as more pressure built, the dangerous Gelston was lulled into a false shot attempting to push the score along only to be bowled by Burns, 29 for 1 off 13 overs. Burns struck again having the other opener Rodgers caught at deep square by Taj Kwelu and a running mix up soon had Russell back in the pavilion. A good start had turned into an excellent one as Armagh were reduced to 61 for 3 off 21 overs.

The next wicket would be vital as professional Kamtekar and the Armagh captain Stinson, both of whom had piled on the runs at The Mall were capable of taking the game away from Bangor. It wasn't to be for Stinson as his opposite number cleaned him up, closely followed by a similar result as Burns claimed his 4th victim. Kwelu who just couldn't keep out of the action, then claimed the prize wicket of Kamtekar and the visitors had been reduced to 80 for 6 in the over following drinks.

Only for some fine hitting from Stuarty Lester, which included 5 sixes, the Armagh innings would have closed tamely as Murphy and Nixon picked up well deserved wickets and the retuning Bangor skipper Chris Burns claimed his fifth wicket of the day. Once the 11th man was run-out from smart work by Nixon in the deep it left Lester stranded on 61 and the visitors on 158, some 66 runs short of their target.

This was a top performance from Bangor against a strong Armagh side. As the man says, revenge is sweet!

Bangor 224-9 (M English 46, T Kwelu 37, J Parker 28, N Gelston 2-35)

Armagh 158 (S Lester 61*, C Burns 5-30)

Bangor won by 66 runs

Bangor v Academy - 14th July 2016 (League)

Thursday evening past saw the visit, once again of Academy in an effort to play for the third (and last) time the outstanding league game which had been postponed twice due to the inclement weather and which would now be played as a T20 game.

The visitors won the toss and asked Bangor to bat. The opening pair of Johnny Parker and Beachy English got the home side off to the ideal start with some fine stroke play and energetic running between the wickets and by the 10th over had propelled the score to 83 before English played his first false shot to be tamely caught behind for a well made 31. Parker continued to anchor the innings and when Nixon was out in the 15th over for 8, the Bangor score had moved on to 127.

Taimur Khan joined Parker in the middle however the latter fell soon after for an excellent innings of 67 in 15 overs. TK pushed the score on to 161 before getting bowled for 29 in the final over. The innings closed with a formidable total of 163 posted by the home side, surely a defendable target.

The Academy innings got off the the best start for Bangor with Khan bowling opener Greenlees for a duck. Magee soon followed and with the score on 14 for 2 off 4 overs, brought overseas duo of Parry & Sistern-Tate to the crease. Both dangerous players and capable of destroying most attacks on their day. Thankfully Murphy put paid to any heroics from Sistern-Tate as he had him bowled for 2. This left Parry and the Academy skipper Boyd to attempt an unlikely revival and having pushed the score to 57 off 12 overs, Parry was out to a brilliant catch at longon from Adam McCusker off the bowling of Taj Kwelu. Hall joined his captain and offered some spirited support however when both were dismissed, the long tail was exposed. This saw the return of Taimur Khan into the attack who proceeded to clean bowl 2 batsmen off the final 2 balls of his 3rd over. Returning for his final over proceeded to clean bowl his 3rd victim and claim his first hatrick in Bangor colours. Not satisfied with 3 in 3 balls, Taimur proceeded to clean bowl the fourth victim in a row and bring the match to a swift end in the 18th over with the visitors falling 59 runs short of the target.

This was a very professional all round performance by the Bangor team full of confidence in every facet of the game.

Bangor 163-5 (J Parker 67, M English 31, T Khan 29)

Academy 104 (T Khan 5-12, A Nixon 20, T Kwelu 2-29

Bangor won by 59 runs

Ballymena v Bangor - 9th July 2016 (League)

Travelling up the M2 enroute to Ballymena, there seemed little chance of cricket as the heavy rained bounced off the road, however as we got closer to Eaton Park the sky brightened and the roads dried and surprisingly there was indeed a possibility of some cricket albeit the forecast gave showers throughout the course of the morning and early afternoon.

On winning the toss, Bangor captain, Chris Burns opted to make use of the muggy overhead conditions and asked the home side to bat on the slow and soft pitch and the game got underway at the scheduled starting time, 11am.

With only a couple of overs bowled the rain arrived which threatened to bring an early close to proceedings however after a 90 minute break, play resumed with the game reduced to 42 overs per side. The breakthrough came in the 4th over as birthday boy, Andy Nixon claimed the wicket of McClean without scoring. Tight bowling from both opening bowlers keep the home sides scoring shots to a minimum and in the 13th over Taimur Khan had Colgan adjudicated LBW, 16 for 2. Kwelu and Burns were soon introduced to the attack each claiming an early wicket and the home side slipped to 33 for 4 off 20 overs at the drinks break.

Another rain interruption saw an early tea taken and only 1 over was lost, it was now a 41 over game and with the forecast steadily improving a result looked more likely.

After the break 2 early wickets following the introduction of spin from Miller and Murphy had Ballymena in real trouble at 67 for 6 off 33 overs. Montgomery (45) had offered the only real resistance but when he was bowled by Burns in the 38th over it was left to the home side skipper, Michael Glass to take the score to 118 with some lusty blows.

Sunshine greeted the Bangor opening pair of Parker & M English however this only served to dry out the wicket further and batting conditions were no easier, chasing a revised DLS par score of 121 to win. Parker & Nixon feel early doors without scoring, 2 for 2 in the 4th over.

This was the start of what can only be described as a tortuous afternoon of cricket as the outcome of the game ebbed and flowed, this way and that!!

Beachy English and Taimur Khan proceeded with caution as dictated by the conditions and the state of the game and 2 boundaries (a 6 & 4) off the last 2 balls of the 14th over relieved some of the pressure and took the score to 27 for 2. The last ball before the drinks break saw Beachy attempt another maximum only to hole out to a well taken catch on the deep square boundary, 53 for 3.

Skipper Burns was soon caught out attempting to drive on the slow pitch, 62 for 4 off 23 overs. This brought out of form, Nicky McCollum to the crease to join Khan who was quietly anchoring the Bangor innings, however when the latter holed out in similar fashion to English, Ballymena sniffed victory, 76 for 5 with 10 overs remaining and runs still very difficult to come by. New boy Gareth Millar tried to move the score along however walked past one and Bangor were tettering at 82 for 6. McLarnon soon followed as he was well caught & bowled and the nerves were jangling at 86 for 7, still needing 35 off the last 9 overs.

By this stage McCollum had taken control of proceedings and with new batsman, Taj Kwelu, set about knocking off the runs in 1s and 2s with sensible batting and excellent running between the wickets and by the end of the 40th over the scores were tied and Bangor only needed 1 run to win a hard fought victory. Needless to say, the drama continued as McCollum who had found some much needed form was bowled off the 2nd ball of the last over for a match winning 29. This then brought Ross Miller to the crease. First ball, dot and then the pair managed to scramble the winning run to see Bangor home with a mere 2 balls to spare.

Ballymena 118-8 (W Montgomery 45, R Murphy 2-25, C Burns 2-32)

Bangor 121-8 (T Khan 31, M English 29, N McCollum 29)

Bangor won by 2 wkts (DLS)

Donaghcloney v Bangor - 25th June 2016 (League)

Bangor travelled to a dark and damp Factory Ground last Saturday for an important league clash with fellow strugglers, Donacloney. Having won the toss, Bangor skipper Burns had no hesitation inviting the home side to bat on the slow pitch and outfield.

This decision looked to be the right one as both Topping and Lyttle were dismissed off the bowling of Nixon with the score on 15 from the first 2 overs. This brought overseas pro Desai to the crease who steadied the home side's innings, playing freely until the 27th over which saw the introduction of Miller's off spin into the attack. He duly suckered Desai into a false stroke, to be caught by Beachy English at mid off, 82 for 3.

Steady bowling and fielding from Bangor ensured Cloney couldn't build any meaningful partnerships. Paddy English ripped the middle order apart and with Khan mopping up the tail, the home were all out in the 42 nod over for an under par score of 136.

A brief glimpse of the sun welcomed the Bangor openers to the middle as they set about the target I a positive fashion. In particular Beachy English looked in fine touch as he dispatched the home attack to all parts of the Factory Ground. With the score on 46, Parker became the first of 3 wickets to fall to the very slow off spin of Hanna & Desai. Nixon showed an all too brief sign of a return to form and when English spooned one to point for a fine 52, Bangor were 84 for 3. Burns soon followed and it was left to the patient Khan and McCollum to put on 32, to see the visitors home in the 33rd over.

Donaghcloney 136 (R Desai 45, P English 3-36, R Miller 2-11, A Nixon 2-12, T Khan 2-15)

Bangor 137-4 (M English 52, T Khan 29*)

Bangor won by 6 wkts

Bangor v Woodvale - 18th June 2016 (League)

Saturday past saw Bangor host high flying Woodvale in a fixture the home side saw as a chance to get their season back on track. With a dry pitch it was an important toss to win however it was the away side who won the toss and took the opportunity to bat first and with the sun shining Woodvale made the most of the batsman friendly conditions.

Although Bangor struck with the first ball of the innings, Khan taking the wicket of the dangerous Connelly. Woodvale consolidated and built several solid partnerships and whilst pro Kalbhor (59) fell to the bowling of Prince just before the drinks interval, the middle order of Irwin (30) Haire (61), Robinson (39) and some lusty blows from Saeed (30) combined strongly to post a total of 260 for 8 wickets. Although the Bangor bowlers and fielders stuck to their task and fought hard for the full 50 overs, the rub of the green was with the visitors in posting a very competitive total of 260.

With the tea break came a change in the overhead conditions. The sun disappeared and overhead conditions were suddenly perfect for bowling as the pitch continued to dry out making batting extremely difficult. Woodvale's opening bowlers made the most of the conditions, bowling a superb line and length and making several key break throughs in the first 10 overs. Woodvale continued to take wickets at regular intervals and Bangor could not develop a partnership to mount any serious challenge to the total set by the visitors with only 4 of the home batsmen managing double figures.

Woodvale 268-8 (A Haire 61, S Kalbhor 56, P Robinson 39, G Prince 2-28, T Khan 2-34)

Bangor 116 (A Haire 3-14, R McBride 3-26)

Bangor lost by 144 runs

Muckamore v Bangor - 11th June 2016 (League)

Bangor arrived at a dull and dark Moylena keen to get a win which would get their season up and going after a slow start. Bangor lost the toss and were inserted to bat by the home side with overhead conditions and the prospect of rain favouring the bowling side.

The Bangor openers of English and Keenan proceeded with caution as the Muckamore new ball attack of Gill & Nicholl bowled with accuracy, applying pressure from ball one. The pressure increased and with the score on 10 the first wicket fell in the 8th over, quickly followed by Nixon without scoring.

Taimur Khan (14) and Bangor captain, Burns led a modest fightback with the latter playing positively but was undone by an outstanding caught and bowled for a well played 33. Parker (12) and Griffen (16) both got starts but were unable to go on and build the partnership Bangor required to post a defendable score. Bangor reached a score of 102 in 34 overs which surely wouldn't be enough.

Bangor however got off to the dream start, as Gordon, offering no shot, was LBW to the first ball of the innings from Taimur Khan who was soon in the action again as Drummond edged one to the grateful Nixon at first slip. At 16 for 2, the unlikely suddenly seemed possible. This unlikely scenario was short lived as agressive stroke play from Eastham ably supported by Magowan quickly moved the score to 72 before Magowan fell to the bowling of Burns, caught Prince at mid off. Eastham soon followed with a well deserved wicket for the leg spin of Murphy however with the score on 91 even the threatening storm clouds that circled the Moylena ground couldn't save the Bangor team, who were outplayed on the day by a strong Muckamore side.

Bangor 102 (C Burns 33, R Haire 3-10)

Muckamore 103-4 (P Eastham 40, J Magowan 30, T Khan 2-24)

Bangor lost by 6 wkts

Armagh v Bangor - 29th May 2016 (League)

Sunday saw an understrength side make the journey down to The Mall to face Armagh, the team who had knocked Bangor out of the T20 Cup.

The home side won the toss and had no hesitation electing to bat on what was undoubtedly the best day for cricket in the season to date.

As it turned out, the weather was the only redeeming feature of what turned out to be a torrid day for the Bangor XI. Right from the start the home side's batsmen dominated the Bangor attack. Although Khan has opener Doyle bowled with the score on 14, the introduction of Kamtekar and ably assisted by Gelston (44) , Steenson (55) and Boyd (45) saw the runs flow freely and the home side amassed a total of 352 in their allotted 50 overs. On a positive note, a couple of good bowling performances from Murphy and Garrett and fielding performances from McPeake, Boyd and Young.

Chasing this massive total at over 7 an over was always going to be a challenge and so it proved. Nobody was able to build any sort of an innings and with wickets falling at regular intervals the visitors capitulated with the score on 110. A harsh lesson at The Mall for all concerned, but quite simply, you can't compete at this standard without your best XI available!

Armagh won by 242 runs.

Armagh 352-9 (I Kamtekar 118, M Steenson 55, R Garrett 5-55, R Murphy 2-44)

Bangor 110 (J Keenan 26, N Gelston 5-13)

Bangor lost by 242 runs

Lurgan v Bangor - 28th May 2016 (League)

Having won the opening league encounter against Ballymena on the first day of the season, it was nearly a month to the day before league action resumed and valuable points up for grabs.

Saturday saw Bangor travel to Pollock Park in Lurgan where having won the toss again, the home side were invited to bat. Despite 2 early wickets courtesy of Burns and a runout, the 3rd wicket partnership between pro Godbole and Harrison moved the score to 142 before the latter feel to the of spin of local boy McCollum. With the support of the middle order, Godbole remained in control of proceedings and finished 102 not out and the home side had set a target of 217 to win.

The Bangor innings got off to a decent start despite Parker falling to a wonder catch at point I the 5th over. Keenan & Burns kept the scoreboard moving before the skipper mistimed one to extra, Bangor 56 for 2. That saw the introduction of Taimur Khan who showed patience and some great stroke play however support at the other end was somewhat lacking. Wickets fell at regular intervals and despite a a flurry of 6's from the bat of TK, the Bangor innings costed rather tamely at 151.

Lurgan 216-4 (N Godbole 102*, J Harrison 53, C Burns 2-24)

Bangor 151 (T Khan 75*, A Bingham 4-31)

Bangor lost by 65 runs

Carrickfergus v Bangor - 14th May 2016 (Challenge Cup)

Bangor travelled to Middle Road on Saturday for the first round of the Challenge Cup to play Premier League opponents, Carrick.

Skipper won the toss and chose to bat on what looked a hard, flat wicket.

Another change at the top of the order was forced with regular Beachy English unavailable, being replaced by Johnny Parker who opened up with Johnny Keenan who got the innings off to a measured start against the accurate home attack.

By drinks Bangor had stuttered to 50 for 3 with openers Parker (7) & Keenan (26) and skipper Burns (10) back in the pavilion.

Much rested on the partnership between Taimur Khan and Andy Nixon if Bangor were to mount a serious challenge to the premier league outfit. The former was however out in the 29th over with the score on 66 and it was left to Nixon to push the score along with some stylish stroke play. He finally feel to the medium pace of Shetty for promising 45. Prince (19) and Speers (10) added useful runs at the death but closing on 147 for 9 left Bangor somewhat short of what was considered a competitive score.

Nothing short of an outstanding bowling and fielding display would give Bangor and chance of bowling Carrick out however this was not to be the case. They say catches win matches, well it's therefore fair to say dropped catches certainly don't and Bangor spilled several chances to put some pressure on the home side as openers Gilmour and Parkhill rode their luck to take the score to 70 in the 12th over before Burns had Gilmour trapped LBW for 43. Whilst unlucky not to have the inform Jamie Holmes dismissed in the same fashion the very next ball, the home side continued to score freely and cruised to a 9 wicket win.

Bangor 147-9 (A Nixon 45, A Shetty 3-31)

Carrickfergus 148-1 (I Parkhill 51*, M Gilmour 43)

Bangor lost by 9 wkts

Bangor v Armagh - 12th May 2016 (Twenty20 Trophy)

Bangor hosted newly promoted Armagh in the first round of the T20 Trophy last Thursday evening. In winning the toss, Bangor elected to bat on what should have been a fine evening for scoring runs.

With a new opening partnership of Nixon & English, the home side got off to a brisk start and with 41 on the board after 5 overs for the loss of English's wicket, a big total looked on the cards. However with the introduction of new signings Gelston and Kamtekar, both taking the pace off the ball for the visitors, the home side progressed slowly to 63 for 3 wickets at the halfway stage.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with Taimur Khan offering the only serious threat to the Armagh attack. When Taimur was out in the 15th over for 34, the score had moved along to 86. The tail failed to "wag" and the Bangor innings closed at 100 for 9 wickets, some 30/40 runs short of par.

A tight opening spell from Khan and Nixon restricted the visitors to 20 off the first 6 overs however the elusive first wicket didn't come until the 11th over when Burns had opener Hoey caught by Nixon for 17 in the 11th over.

Kamtekar joined Gelston in the middle where both played smart cricket before overhauling the Bangor total in the 19th over.

Bangor 100-9 (T Khan 34, M Steenson 2-11, I Kamtekar 2-11)

Armagh 101-1 (N Gelston 49*, I Kamtekar 20*)

Bangor lost by 9 wkts

Bangor v Ballymena - 30th April 2016 (League)

Saturday saw the visit of last season’s relegated Premier League club, Ballymena to a surprisingly bright albeit fresh Upritchard Park for the season opener which was sure to be real test for the Bangor men.

After losing the toss and the surprise decision by the visitors to bat on a somewhat soft but drying pitch, it wasn't long before the Bangor bowling attack began to build pressure on what was a slower than usual wicket and in the 6th over, Andy Nixon had opener Taylor caught behind by young James Griffin.

Wickets continued to fall with Paddy English picking up 2 off his first and fifth overs and when skipper Chris Burns had the dangerous James Kennedy caught off a mistimed pull shot, Ballymena were in big trouble at 58 for 4. At drinks, the visitors had stumbled to 75 for 5 however after the break, the Ballymena lower order rallied with a couple of crucial partnerships, albeit aided by some missed chances off the bowling of Murphy, which saw them reach 187 for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs.

Whilst broadly content to restrict the visitors to this score, it was in all likelihood 30/40 runs more than they should have scored with some fielding errors and the extras count contributing to this.

The Bangor innings got off to the perfect start with some free flowing stroke play from both openers, Johnny Keenan and Beachy English. They put on 84 runs before Keenan was dismissed for 34 and with English following soon for 40, it was left to skipper Burns and debutant ,Taimur Khan to steady the ship. The pair took the score to 134 before Burns who was just starting to get into gear was adjudicated to be run out going for a tight single. This brought the experienced Andy Nixon to the crease to join Khan and with both batsmen scoring freely, Bangor were in the driving seat. A couple more wickets fell before Bangor, with Nixon and Paddy English still at the crease, overhauled the visitors total in the 49th over for what in the end was a comfortable 5 wicket win.

An important start to the new season and although some work still to do, a good all-round team performance and a great start to the season.

Ballymena 187-9 (F Taylor 39, P English, 2-21, R Murphy 2-37)

Bangor 188-5 (M English 40, J Keenan 34, A Nixon 26*, C Burns 26)

Bangor won by 5 wkts

Senior League 1 P W T L NR Pts
Muckamore 18 16 0 2 0 64
Woodvale 18 15 0 3 0 60
Downpatrick 18 13 0 4 1 52
Donaghcloney 18 9 0 8 1 36
BANGOR 18 9 0 8 1 36
Armagh 18 8 0 7 3 32
Lurgan 18 5 1 11 1 22
Academy 18 4 1 13 0 18
Saintfield 18 3 0 14 1 12
Ballymena 18 2 0 15 1 8