Full Weekend Report - 13.05.2018

With all roads leading to Malahide in Dublin to the first ever five day test match between Ireland and Pakistan all cricket teams in Ireland had a free date to encourage their players to go along and give the national team their support. After their first game shock defeat against newly promoted Armagh, Muckamore have had a two week break to try and regroup for the rush of fixtures that lie ahead. They face three matches in the next seven days with still no sign of their new professional player arriving from Pakistan. On Thursday evening Carrickfergus are the opponents at Moylena in the first match of Lagan Valley Steels 20/20 Cup. On Saturday they travel to Dublin to play Malahide in the first round of the Irish Senior Cup and on Sunday they take on CSNI in the rearranged home league match postponed from two weeks ago. The Seconds travel to Wallace Park to play Lisburn Seconds in their next Junior One league match. The Fourths travel to the Mall to play Armagh Thirds in a league match. The Fifths travel to Lurgan to play Victoria Seconds in a league match while the Sixths travel to Ballyclare to play Templepatrick Thirds on Sunday for their next league match.

There were two matches at Moylena on Sunday where the Thirds entertained a strong Cregagh Seconds team in their first league match. The visitors batted first and scored 219 runs for 8 wickets in their allocated 40 overs. Their top scorers were O Fleetham who scored 57 runs, R Moore who scored 43 runs, P Walker who scored 33 runs and A Baker who scored 23 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were R Hemphill who took 3 wickets for 34 runs and O Oduvelil who took 2 wickets for 28 runs. Muckamore could only reply to be all out for 152 runs to lose the game by 67 runs. Their top batsmen were Luke Allen who scored 86 runs, Rees Hemphill who scored 19 runs and Arnold Oduvelil who scored 14 runs.

In the other game the visitors were CIYMS Fourths against Muckamore Fifths who batted first and scored 202 runs for the loss of only 2 wickets in their allocated 25 overs. Their top batsmen were C Maskery who scored 111 runs, H Maskery who scored 40 runs and J McKirgan who was not out with 33 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were J Hood who took 1 wicket for 27 runs and B Cunningham who took 1 wicket for 23 runs. Muckamore could only reply to be all out with 150 runs to lose the game by 52 runs. Their best batsmen were James Hood with 62 runs not out and David Hall with 27 runs

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