Full Weekend Report - 28.04.2018

Until the wet weather relented late in the week Muckamore’s first match of the season was in doubt right up until Friday afternoon. Newly promoted Armagh were the visitors to Moylena and with both teams rated to struggle against the big teams in the league, this already was a must win game for either so early in the season. Muckamore Captain Neil Gill won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. Their openers N Gelston and J Rodgers faced Muckamore pace bowlers Gary Nicholl and Pavan Kartik and were contained, only taking the score to 11 runs into the eighth over before Kartik bowled Gelston for just two runs. S Wilson joined Rodgers at the crease and as Neil Gill who was suffering from a back strain and Aswan Shetty took over the bowling they struggled to advance the score to 44 runs into the 23rd over. New bowler Aditya Adey replaced Shetty from the River End and he dismissed Rogers for 16 runs when he bowled him with only his third delivery. The Armagh professional S Van Shalkwyk was the new batsman and he immediately showed his class when with Wilson they added 19 runs in just three overs before Gill bowled the latter for 14 runs in the 26th over. C Russell was next in and the run rate jumped as they took the score from 63 runs to 109 runs in the next ten overs before he edged the ball to be caught by point fielder Craig Drummond to be dismissed for a useful 18 runs. Van Shalkwyk’s new partner was M Steenson and they added 44 runs in the next nine overs taking the score to 153 runs before the former was out to a magnificent caught and bowled catch by Nicholl. He shelled the ball straight back to Nicholl who managed to get his hands up to stop it hitting him in the face and reacted brilliantly to catch it before it hit the ground to remove the dangerous South African. He had batted for 89 minutes, faced 61 delivers and scored 56 runs, hitting 2x6s and 7x4s in his influential innings. With just five overs and four wickets remaining Nicholl bowled Steenson with the first ball of his next over and two deliveries later he trapped new batsman S Lester lbw to give him a creditable three wickets for 21 runs finish. Then in the last over Shetty bowled M Hoey leaving the not out batsmen A Whitcroft and G McCarter to finish the 171 run total before the allocated 50 overs ran out. A disappointing bowling display from the Muckamore bowlers whose inaccuracy gave Armagh 30 extra runs in wides which also meant 30 extra deliveries to help them reach their run total. Craig Drummond and Sunson Stevenson opened the Muckamore batting innings against Armagh pacemen S Van Shalkwyk and B Mackey. Drummond score three runs off Van Shalkwyk’s first over before he was given out lbw to a Mackey delivery in his first over. Jamie Magowan was the new batsman but he could only watch as Mackey clean bowled Stevenson with the first ball of the next over before he had even scored. Sam Gordon joined Magowan but he only faced nine deliveries before he was bowled by the very fast Van Shalkwyk to leave Muckamore reeling at 16 runs for 3 wickets in the fifth over. Aditya Adey was in next and at last a bit of stability as he and Magowan steadily added 46 runs in the next 16 overs, taking the score to 62 runs and looking set to build on this total. Then in a moment of madness, Adey played the ball into the outfield and set off for a run, only to be easily run out when the accurate return throw to the wicket left him stranded. New boy Australian David Miller was Muckamore’s next batsman but he only survived for two deliveries before he was bowled by Gelston to take his duck back to the pavilion, leaving Muckamore struggling on 63 runs for 5 wickets in the 22nd over. Neil Gill was Magowan’s next partner and they took the score to 79 runs into the 30th over before the former was very surprised to be given out lbw to a Gelston delivery. Shetty joined Magowan to take a single off his first delivery but the latter swung and missed Gelston’s next delivery to be easily stumped by wicketkeeper A McCarter for a creditable 32 runs. Richard Keates came in next and with Shetty they added four more runs before the returning Van Shalkwyk bowled the latter to leave Muckamore on 85 runs for 8 wickets in only the 33rd over. Nicholl was batsman number nine and with Keates took the score to 96 runs until the former was bowled by S Wilson in the 37th over. Pavan Kartik was the last man in and he took a single off his first ball and Keates hit a boundary before Wilson trapped him lbw with his next delivery to clinch this very easy 70 run victory for Armagh. Best of the Armagh bowlers were N Gelston who took 3 wickets for 21 runs, S Wilson who took 2 wickets for 11 runs, S Van Shalkwyk who took 2 wickets for 15 runs and B Mackey who took 2 wickets for 22 runs. The Armagh bowlers also gave away 18 wides but those extra deliveries weren’t used by the Muckamore batsmen. This week Muckamore’s next game is at Moylena against CSNI with an expected 1pm start and both teams will be looking for their first win in this competition.

The Officers and Members of the Club wish to express their sincere condolences to their highly esteemed members Neil and David Gill on the death of their father David and extend their deepest sympathy to them and the rest of their family circle at this sad time



Under the captaincy of veteran Ivan McCombe who is playing in his 48th season in Ulster cricket, the young and inexperienced Muckamore Sixths entertained Laurelvale Thirds on the Harrigan’s Hill pitch on Saturday in their first Junior League match of the season. In this 30 over match the visitors batted first and scored a massive 228 runs for the loss of only 5 wickets. Their top batsmen were C Stewart who scored 102 runs and C Thornbury who scored 36 runs not out and unfortunately the extras total was an excessive 48 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were J Kilpatrick with 2 wickets for 45 runs and S Gudali with 2 wickets for 41 runs. Muckamore could only reply to score 142 runs for the loss of 6 wickets to lose the match by 86 runs. Their top batsmen were A Cunningham who scored 33 runs not out and J Kilpatrick who scored 24 runs. Best of the Laurelvale bowlers were J Livingstone who took 2 wickets for 24 runs, J Brady and J Brown who both took 1 wicket for 6 runs.


A busy weekend for the Sixths was completed when they travelled to Ballyclare to play Templepatrick Thirds on Sunday in their next league match. In this 30 over game Templepatrick batted first and were dismissed for only 100 runs after their first wicket pair had scored 40 runs. Playing in only his second adult game twelve year old Jude Keates put in a remarkable bowling performance taking 4 wickets for 19 runs in just 5 overs. The other Muckamore prodigy teenager Arnold Oduvelil took 4 wickets for 11 runs in six overs. Despite this relatively low target Muckamore struggled for six overs without scoring when they were on 75 runs until veterans Ivan McCombe and Terry McCloskey were eventually dismissed leaving the young Oduvelil to take his personal score to 24 runs to help his team to reach that 101 run target to win the game by one wicket.


The Bluebelles entertained CSNI Ladies in their first league match of the season at Moylena on Sunday. In this 25 over game the visitors batted first and were dismissed for 80 runs. Their top scorers were A Adair with 23 runs and A Cowan and J Cahoon who each scored 11 runs. Best of the Bluebelles bowlers were Sarah Keates who took 4 wickets for 22 runs and Nikki Niblock who took 3 wickets for 24 runs. Muckamore replied to pass that 80 run total with 4 overs to spare to win by 6 wickets. Their top scorers were Nikki Niblock who scored 38 runs and Lynn Lynas who scored 16 runs. Best of the CSNI bowlers was L Beattie who took 2 wickets for 22 runs. 

The Thirds match away to Instonians Thirds was postponed on Saturday. The Seconds travel to Stormont this Saturday for their first league match of the season against CSNI Seconds. The Fourths travel to play Woodvale Fourths and the Fifths are at home to Larne Seconds.

zoe baysting