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Bangor Cricket Club 1st XI2017

Date Opponents Venue Result Details
Sat 15th Apr
Sun 16th Apr
Sat 22nd Apr
Sun 23rd Apr
Sat 29th Apr Downpatrick L(H) Lost by 194 runs Report
Sun 30th Apr
Sat 6th May Donaghcloney Mill L(A) Lost by 188 runs
Sun 7th May
Sat 13th May Lurgan L(H) Won by 207 runs Report | Photos
Sun 14th May
Sat 20th May North Down CC(H) Lost by 9 wkts Report | Photos
Sun 21st May
Sat 27th May Derriaghy L(H) Lost by 4 wkts Photos
Sun 28th May
Sat 3rd Jun Academy L(H) Lost by 63 runs Photos
Sun 4th Jun
Sat 10th Jun Armagh L(A) Lost by 151 runs
Sun 11th Jun
Thu 15th May Donaghcloney Mill TT(A) Won by 4 wkts
Sat 17th Jun Woodvale L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 9th July
Sun 18th Jun
Sat 24th Jun Cliftonville L(A) Won by 5 wkts
Sun 25th Jun
Sat 1st Jul Lurgan L(A) Abandoned Rearranged for 2nd Aug
Sun 2nd Jul
Wed 5th Jul Armagh TT(A) Lost by 31 runs
Sat 8th Jul Holywood L(H) Won by 4 wkts
Sun 9th Jul Woodvale L(H) Lost by 6 wkts
Sat 15th Jul Downpatrick L(A) Won by 32 runs
Sun 16th Jul
Sat 22nd Jul Donaghcloney Mill L(H) Lost by 91 runs
Sun 23rd Jul
Sat 29th Jul Derriaghy L(A) Lost by 160 runs
Sun 30th Jul
Wed 2nd Aug Lurgan L(A) Won by 39 runs
Sat 5th Aug Academy L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 10th Sep
Sun 6th Aug
Sat 12th Aug Armagh L(H) Lost by 103 runs
Sun 13th Aug
Sat 19th Aug Holywood L(A) Won by 5 wkts
Sun 20th Aug
Sat 26th Aug Cliftonville L(H) Postponed Rearranged for 17th Sep
Sun 27th Aug
Sat 2nd Sep
Sun 3rd Sep
Sat 9th Sep Woodvale L(A) Postponed Rearranged for 23rd Sep
Sun 10th Sep Academy L(A) Won by 10 wkts
Sat 16th Sep
Sun 17th Sep Cliftonville L(H) Won by 63 runs
Sat 23rd Sep Woodvale L(A) Lost by 7 runs
Sun 24th Sep
Sat 30th Sep

CC - Challenge Cup : TT - T20 Trophy

Bangor v North Down - 20th May 2017 (Challenge Cup)

Bangor hosted Premier League side North Down in what proved to be a test too far for the inexperienced home team. The task made was especially difficult as they were missing a number of first team regulars.

The North Down skipper called incorrectly, leaving Andy Nixon no hesitation in batting first on a used but true wicket. The wear and tear in the wicket was apparent as captain Moreland himself opened the bowling with off spin as the wicket turned and bounced from the get go. Nixon, opening with Burns, went about preserving their wickets, trying to pick up runs when available against a very disciplined North Down opening pair.

Unfortunately, despite some beautiful shots from Burns and Fraser, North Down showed their quality picking up wickets at regular intervals. Things could have been a lot worse for Bangor had the drilled away outfit held on to opportunities offered to them, including a simple catch put down by Russell at slip off McCollum's outside edge.

With Bangor wavering at 69 for 7, a score of more than 100 looked unlikely but Callum Houstoun and George Prince put on a very mature 41, despite having limited batting experience at this level. Mention must be given to Callum, who at 17 kept his cool in the face of some aggressive bowling as North Down struggled to remove the teenage protege. When he was finally dismissed the tail crumbled leaving North Down a total of 112 to chase to progress to the next round.

With poor weather on the horizon, both teams agreed to postpone lunch and get back out to the middle. As ever, Taimur Khan ran down hill trying to extract any movement from the wicket. Northern Knights batsmen Graham and Burns opened the batting showing their class as they dismissed any loose deliveries with distain and swagger. Ryan Chambers took over from Khan and picked up the destructive Graham, who had replaced Russell at the top of the order after an intensive winter weight training program that allowed him to hit the ball further and harder than 'Russeller'. Ryan, who is also only 17, bowled with great skill and will definitely feature heavily for Bangor 1sts for many years to come.

North Down ran out victors by 9 wickets, but several positives can be taken from the game. Bangor play Derriaghy at home on Saturday as they try to extend their league form in Section 1.

Bangor 111 (M Moreland 3-8, P Eakin 3-30)

North Down 113-1 (N Burns 50*, A Shields 35*)

Bangor lost by 9 wkts

Bangor v Lurgan - 13th May 2017 (League)

Bangor's 1st Xl hosted fellow league strugglers Lurgan on what was an overcast and breezy day at the beautifully manicured Upritchard Park. Both teams hadn’t recorded a win from their opening two matches giving added importance to the fixture.

In a match delayed by half an hour due to drizzle, Lurgan lost the toss with the home side deciding to bat first on a used, but flat wicket.The Bangor start didn't go according to plan with the skipper Nixon edging a short and wide ball to second slip to leave Bangor 1-1. Luckily, Bangor had ex-Lurgan player Nicky McCollum in next as he and English went about anchoring the innings after the early wicket. Both played very sensibly, putting away the odd loose delivery and rotating the strike as much as possible. The partnership was broken on the stroke of drinks with the score on 100, as Nicky fell to the wily Stafford for an important 34.

In at number 4 was the in-form Taimur Khan who looked a million dollars from the get go. Khan and English forged the partnership of the day, as the run-rate climbed to near six per over, with Khan particularly dismissive of almost everything bowled to him. Beachy English continued on his merry way, keen to get Taimur back on strike outlining his experience and intelligence as a batsman. When Khan holed out for a brilliant 84, these two had taken the Bangor score to a formidable 231 after 45 overs; the perfect platform to tee off in the final stages of the innings. Enter Evan Fraser. Fraser was elevated up the order to punish the wavering Lurgan bowlers who at this stage were counting down the overs until they could get inside for some tea and a delicious Subway lunch. Whilst Evan was at the crease hitting sixes 'that should be worth 12', Beachy English recorded his second hundred for the Bangor 1sts. The innings demonstrated his class, with flowing cover drives, brutal hits down the ground and smart running. With a couple of late wickets Bangor did brilliantly to make 279-5 in their 50 overs.

Understandably the mood in the changing room at the break was full of optimism, but the skipper and coach were keen to outline that the game wasn't won until the 10th wicket was taken. Khan and Nixon opened the bowling, with the former assuming his normal role of downhill, downwind as the captain did the hard yards to make up for his lack of runs earlier.

Bangor took wickets at regular intervals as Taimur kept the run rate down, and Nixon reaped the rewards with 6 of the first 7 wickets to fall, aided by some great catches by Boyd, Patterson and McLarnon. Only Ali recorded a score in excess of 20, as spinners Murphy and Patterson continued to turn the screw with some accurate and considered bowling. When the latter had Stafford caught at slip for his first 1st Xl wicket for Bangor, the home team signed off on a 207 run victory, outlining their dominance on the day. Congratulations again to Beachy on a fantastic knock; we hope there are more to come.

Next week's fixture sees Bangor host Premier League side North Down in the Senior Cup in what will no doubt be a huge test for the team. As always, all support is welcomed and appreciated.

Bangor 279-5 (M English 102, T Khan 84, N McCollum 34)

Lurgan 72 (A Nixon 6-19)

Bangor won by 207 runs

Bangor v Downpatrick - 29th April 2017 (League)

Bangor CC's 1st were full of optimism ahead of their first league against a strong Downpatrick outfit, mainly due to a successful pre-season tour of Cork. For the initial 45 minutes of the encounter, their confidence seemed to be well placed as Downpatrick, who were inserted to bat by captain Nixon, were teetering at 61 for 5. Fast forward 3 hours and the players and crowd had witnessed arguably one of the best innings in NCU history.

The early Downpatrick wickets were shared amongst Khan, Nixon and Burns as disciplined bowling on a flat wicket paid dividends, aided by an athletic catch by McLarnon behind the stumps. All things were going to plan for the Seasiders. With Smyth and Martin both playing aggressively Bangor would have thought an opportunity was to come their way but it didn't materialise as the former used the gale force wind and perfect pitch to his advantage by depositing anything remotely loose to the boundary. Indeed, it took 217 runs for Paddy English to brilliantly catch Martin off his own bowling to break the partnership.

Bangor tried everything to dismiss Smyth but to no avail. Nicky McCollum, bowling off-spin, even tried a bouncer when he was on 99 which he gleefully dismissed to the mid-wicket boundary for one of his 28 fours (clearing the boundary 9 times). Once Smyth passed his first hundred in any cricket, he played with impressive maturity to continue in his selective manner, being particularly harsh on the bowlers unfortunate enough to bowl up hill and in to a Baltic wind an artic polar bear may surrender in. Smyth continued on his merry way passing 150 and 200 in the blink of an eye. You would run out of superlatives to describe the knock, but 249* in 139 balls is nothing short of freakish so I will settle with that. Usually a knock of any substance in cricket contains chances, whether half, quarter or whatever subjective fraction is applied; Smyth gave zero. None. I will wrap up the paragraph on his innings to congratulate him on a remarkable feat, and will pay a lot of interest in his scores for the rest of the season!

Bangor went in to the lunch break requiring 360 runs to record an unlikely win. With a lightning fast outfield, pristine wicket, and the aforementioned wind, if there was a stage to pull off such a victory it was there and then as long as they started well. Skipper Nixon, opening the batting with Mark English, edged the first ball of the innings to the keeper Boultwood to round off his truly horrible first day as Bangor CC captain. Luckily Mark English and Chris Burns put together a mini-partnership with some flowing boundaries off both blades. When Chris holed out for 24, Bangor's chances waivered as he is the kind of batsman who could emulate Smyth's heroics.

Unfortunately, asides from a couple of nice 30s from Mark English and Ricky McLarnon, and a fighting and entertaining 51* from Paddy English, Bangor found themselves 165 all out. Bangor should not be too downbeat after the match, and there was a feeling that they were part of something special, as opposed to on the receiving end of a heavy defeat. Hopefully they can bounce back with 4 points in the away fixture against newly merged Donaghacloney Mill this Saturday.

Downpatrick 359-6 (R Smyth 249*, C Martin 51, A Nixon 2-82))

Bangor 165 (P English 51*, T Magowan 5-41)

Bangor lost by 194 runs

Senior League 1 P W T L NR Pts
Armagh 18 13 0 3 2 52
Woodvale 18 12 0 6 0 48
Donaghcloney Mill 18 11 0 7 0 44
Holywood 18 9 0 8 1 36
Derriaghy 18 8 1 9 0 34
Downpatrick 18 8 0 9 1 32
Lurgan 18 8 0 9 1 32
BANGOR 18 8 0 10 0 32
Cliftonville 18 7 0 11 0 28
Academy 18 2 1 14 1 10