Full Weekend Report - 20.05.2018
After a two week layoff Muckamore resumed their 2018 cricket season with a Lagan Valley Steels 20/20 Cup match against Carrickfergus at Moylena on Thursday evening. Muckamore welcomed their new professional Fahad Iqubal to the Club and although he had only arrived early that day he was included in the team. On a glorious sunny evening the visitors batted first and in their allocated 20 overs scored 145 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Their top batsmen were A Haggan who was not out with 34 runs, P Botha who scored 23 runs, D Poulton who scored 22 runs and J Burton who scored 19 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were F Iqubal who took 3 wickets for 25 runs, P Kartik who took 1 wicket for 11 runs and A Adey who took 1 wicket for 27 runs. Muckamore replied to score 143 runs for 5 wickets to lose by 2 runs. In an exciting finish and in the gathering gloom they needed 10 runs off the last over but could only score 8 runs to finish two runs short. Muckamore’s top batsmen were David Miller who was not out with 35 runs, Fahad Iqubal who scored 35 runs and Craig Drummond who scored 33 runs. Carrickfergus bowlers R Hood, A Haggan, P Botha and D Poulton all took one wicket each. Muckamore’s next 20/20 cup match is at home to CSNI on Sunday 27th May.
Muckamore travelled to Dublin on Saturday to play top Leinster side Malahide in the first round of the Irish Senior Cup. Malahide batted first and scored 212 runs for 6 wickets. Their top scorers were G Ford with 80 runs and P Chase with 40 runs not out. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were new boy Fahad Iqubal who took 2 wickets for 25 runs and Pavan Kartik who took 2 wickets for 38 runs. Muckamore got off to a very bad start and had lost 6 wickets for only 48 runs into the 19th over with bowler James Newland claiming the wickets of David Miller, Sunson Stevenson, Jamie Magowan, Fahad Iqubal and Sam Gordon for only 14 runs. Aditya Addey scored 16 runs before he was caught by Newland off a K Reynolds delivery. Then Neil Gill joined Craig Drummond and at last the fight back began and with a partnership of 108 runs in the next 19 overs they took the score to 156 runs before the former was caught out after scoring a very valuable 32 runs. Aswan Shetty joined Drummond and in four overs they took the score to 175 runs before the former was given out lbw. Teenager James Jackson was next in and he did what he was instructed to do, to hold up his end as Craig chased the 37 runs needed to somehow win this game. James faced 21 hostile deliveries scoring three runs as his partner brilliantly took his score though his century to bring the scores level before James was given out lbw. Pavan Kartik was the last man in and he had the pleasure of watching Craig despatch the first ball of bowler A Venkatmuntha’s new over, sweetly to the boundary to be not out with 108 runs to clinch this remarkable one wicket victory with eleven delivers to spare. Craig finished with 108 runs not out, an innings which contained 18x4s and 2x6s. Best of the Malahide bowlers were J Newland who took 5 wickets for 20 runs and J O’Halloran who took 2 wickets for 13 runs.
Muckamore completed a very busy weekend of cricket when they entertained CSNI in their rearranged league match at Moylena on Sunday. Captain Neil Gill won the toss and batting first sent Sunson Stevenson and David Miller in to open the batting against CSNI pace bowlers. Miller was caught at mid on in the second over, followed by Jamie Magowan trapped lbw in the next over and his replacement Fahad Iqubal caught behind, all taking their little ducks back to the pavilion leaving Muckamore stunned at six runs for three wickets after just five overs. Stevenson was joined by Aditya Adey and they slowly took the score to 45 runs into the 23rd over before the former was bowled by A Cowden after scoring a very useful 26 runs. The on form Craig Drummond was next and with Adey they took the score 91 runs until the latter’s mistimed shot was caught by mid off fielder M Ellison after he had scored 35 runs. Sam Gordon joined Drummond but they only added seven more runs before the former was stumped after swinging and missing a delivery from S Ross. With the score on 98 runs for 6 wickets Neil Gill was Drummond’s new partner and with the visitors front line bowlers finished, the race for runs was on. They added 73 runs off the next 12 overs taking the score to 171 runs into the penultimate over before Gill was bowled by G McCarter having a swing, for a valuable 36 runs. Aswan Shetty was next and four more runs were added before Drummond was caught by deep mid off fielder Cowden for 57 runs in the last over and Shetty was caught by long on fielder Ellison off the last delivery of the game leaving Muckamore with a very respectable total of 181 runs for 9 wickets. Best of the CSNI bowlers were G McCarter who took 3 wickets for 16 runs and A Malan who took 2 wickets for 39 runs. The CSNI batting got off to a steady start with Ellison and Cowden taking the score to 39 runs before the latter was bowled by Shetty in the 13th over. CSNI’s professional Andrew Milan joined Ellison and they added 20 runs until the latter was trapped lbw from a Shetty delivery in the 19th over. M Topping was the new batsman and he helped take the score to 86 runs before Iqubal trapped him lbw in the 27th over. A Wright was next and with Malan the score progressed to 101runs into the 33rd over before he edged a Gary Nicholl delivery into slip fielder Adey’s hands after scoring only 5 runs. G McCarter followed and another 20 runs were added in the next three overs before he mistimed his shot and lobbed the ball straight back into bowler Adey’s hands. G Goodall came to the wicket to be Malan’s new partner and they struggled against the tight Muckamore bowling to take the score to137 runs into the 42nd over before he was bowled by Iqubal. With eight overs remaining to score the 45 runs needed to win B Adair was the new batsman and he only scored one run before he was bowled by the on fire Shetty in the next over to move their score on to 140 runs. A determined A Johnston joined Malan and they had a go, taking the score to 166 runs into the 49th over before the former was bowled by Shetty. S Ross was next but a couple of deliveries later the valiant Malan was brilliantly caught by Gill on the long on boundary for 54 runs to leave the last two batsmen the task of scoring 14 runs off the last over to win the game. After three missed swings they could only manage to score seven runs to give Muckamore the seven run victory from this very tight game. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were the impressive Aswan Shetty who took 5 wickets for 22 runs and Fahad Iqubal who took 2 wickets for 23 runs. This Saturday Muckamore travel to Sea Park to play Holywood in the first round of the Gallagher Senior NCU Challenge Cup.
Muckamore Seconds travelled to Wallace Park on Saturday to play Lisburn Seconds in their Junior League match. The home team batted first and scored 132 runs and their top scorers were R Booth with 34 runs and G Magill with 27 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Richard Keates who took 3 wickets for 14 runs and Connor Breet who took 2 wickets for 20 runs. Muckamore replied to pass this total and win with 7 wickets to spare. Their top batsmen were teenagers Luke Allen with 73 runs and Rees Hemphill with 21 runs.
Muckamore Fourths travelled to the Mall to play Armagh Thirds in their Junior League match. Armagh batted first and scored 142 runs for 6 wickets in their allocated 30 overs. Their top scorers were P Hazelton with 64 runs and K Wilson with 28 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were S Gudali who took 3 wickets for 13 runs and T McCloskey who took 1 wicket for 21 runs. Muckamore replied to score 146 runs for 5 wickets to win by 5 wickets. Muckamore’s top batsmen were S Shaikh with 64 runs and M Mohandas with 22 runs. This Saturday the Fourths entertain Woodvale Fourths in their next league match, while Muckamore Thirds entertain Woodvale Seconds in the first round of the Intermediate Cup.
Muckamore Sixths had Templepatrick Thirds as the visitors at Moylena on Sunday and batting first scored 166 runs for 5 wickets in their allocated 25 overs. Their top scorers were David Allen with 62 runs not out and Philip Skillen with 69 runs. Best of the Templepatrick bowlers were C Moore Miller who took 2 wickets for 46 runs and N Davis who took 1 wicket for 23 runs. Templepatrick replied to score 99 runs for 7 wickets to lose the game by 67 runs. Their top batsman was C Moore Miller who scored 36 runs and best of the Muckamore bowlers was Aaron Gill who took 3 wickets for 21 runs. This Sunday the Sixths travel to play Saintfield Thirds in their next league match and the Fifths travel to play Laurelvale Thirds on Saturday in their next league match.