Muckamore Firsts travelled to Wallace Park on Saturday to play newly promoted Lisburn in their Premier League match. Muckamore batted first and openers David Miller and Aditya Adey were immediately struggling against the mainly medium paced Lisburn bowlers. Miller was easily caught at mid wicket by Ferguson off an F Fazal delivery in the 4th over. He was replaced by Marcus O’Riordan and with Adey they cautiously took the score to 66 runs into the 18th over before the latter was caught by point fielder Fazal off an M Berry delivery after scoring 26 runs. Fahad Iqbal joined O’Riordan and with most of the runs being scored by the latter the score progressed to 88 runs into the 25th over before Iqbal was bowled by R Strydom for only 9 runs. The next seven Muckamore batsmen came and went only adding another 30 runs off their bats to the total. Fortunately O’Riordan batted on for 44 overs taking his score to 74 runs before he was caught by long on fielder Fazal. The remainder of the runs making up the final total of 193 runs came from an amazing 53 run extras off the wayward Lisburn bowlers. Best of these bowlers were M Berry who took 4 wickets for 38 runs and F Fazal who took 2 wickets for 36 runs. The Lisburn batting also started slowly and the first wicket fell when bowler Neil Gill had R Simpson caught by slip fielder S Lazars after scoring 10 runs. Lisburn’s new professional F Fazal joined J Waite but he could only look on when Muckamore pace bowler Pavan Karthik bowled the latter and new batsman A Berry with successive deliveries to leave Lisburn reeling on 28 runs for 3 wickets in the 8th over. R Strydom joined Fazal and scoring just 2 runs he just held up his end as the score progressed to 56 runs into the 13th over before he was given out lbw to a delivery from Fahad Iqbal. The next batsman was D Simpson but despite Captain Gill using five of his bowlers it wasn’t until the score had reached 165 runs into the 37th over that he returned to bowl again, and had him caught by mid on fielder O’Riordan after he had scored 40 runs to leave Lisburn on 165 runs for 5 wickets leaving them just 29 runs to win. While Fazal was the star Lisburn batsman scoring freely off the Muckamore bowling the obviously nervous remaining batsmen were now the main targets. Karthik was brought back on to bowl with Gill and within the next 7 overs they had taken three more wickets into the 44th over with just 7 runs needed to win. Fazal took his score to 108 runs and with just four more needed to win his innings ended when he was out to a great running Sam Gordon mid wicket catch. Last man in was G Elliot and with his partner C Atkinson they managed to score the runs needed to clinch the narrow one wicket victory. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Pavan Karthik who took 5 wickets for 39 runs and Neil Gill who took 3 wickets for 30 runs.
On Sunday Muckamore had CIYMS as the visitors to Moylena for their rearranged Premier League match. Muckamore batted first and openers David Miller and Aditya Adey faced CIYMS pacemen Alan Coulter and James Cameron Dow. They slowly took the score to 48 runs into the 17th over before Adey was run out for 17 runs. Marcus O’Riordan joined Miller and they added 23 runs taking the score to 71 runs into the 25th over before the latter mistimed his shot and was easily caught by mid wicket fielder Mulder after scoring 17 runs. The new batsman was Fahad Iqbal and with O’Riordan the score progressed to 110 runs until the latter was bowled by Cameron Dowd to end his 28 run innings. Two overs later Cameron Dow repeated the dose when he bowled Iqbal who had scored 19 runs. Muckamore were now struggling on 115 runs for 4 wickets after 37 overs. The batsmen at the wicket were now Sam Gordon and Jimmy Rodgers and in Cameron Dow’s next over he struck again bowling the former who had scored only 5 runs. Worse was to follow in the next over when a mix up between Rodgers and new batsman Lazars left the former stranded after he went for a quick run but his partner didn’t. Neil Gill was next and with Lazar they took the score to 135 runs before the latter was caught by deep mid wicket fielder Adair off a Mulder delivery. Next in was Karthik Rajavelu and with Gill they added 27 runs before the latter was caught by long on fielder Matchett of a Mulder delivery. Luke Allen was the penultimate batsman and he scored two runs before he became the third run out victim of the innings in a complete misunderstanding between him and his partner. Pavan Karthik was the last man in and with Rajavelu they took the score to 173 runs in their allocated 50 overs. Best of the CIYMS bowlers were J Cameron Dow who took 3 wickets for 25 and J Mulder who took 2 wickets for 35 runs. CIYMS opening batsmen J Matchett and C Dougherty faced Muckamore pacemen Neil Gill and Pavan Karthik and they aggressively took the score to 24 runs into the 5th over before Gill had Dougherty caught by slip fielder Iqbal after he had scored 17 runs. N Jones joined Matchett and in the next 8 overs they took the score to 80 runs before the latter was trapped lbw by an O’Riordan delivery after an innings of 53 runs which contained 10x4s. O Piernaar was Jones new partner and together they scored the remaining 94 runs in just 16 overs to clinch this easy 8 wicket victory. Piernaar’s not out 65 run innings contained 5x4s and 3x6s and Jones finished not out on 36 runs off just 38 deliveries. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were N Gill who took 1 wicket for 39 runs and M O’Riordan who took 1 wicket for 45 runs. Muckamore have lost their first three league matches and now sit joint bottom with Instonians. This Friday evening Muckamore travel to play North Down in their next 20/20 league match and on Saturday CSNI are the visitors to Moylena for their next Premier League match.
Muckamore Thirds travelled to Ballyclare to play Templepatrick Seconds in their first league match of the season on Saturday. Muckamore batted first and scored 152 runs. Their top scorer was Arnold Oduvelil with 65 runs. Best of the Templepatrick bowlers were C Monroe who took 4 wickets for 35 runs, C Pearce who took 3 wickets for 12 runs and M Hamilton who took 3 wickets for 36 runs. In a close exciting finish the Templepatrick team managed to hold on to earn a 1 wicket victory. Their top batsman was A Campbell who scored 79 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Arnold Oduvelil who took 3 wickets for 7 runs, P Heyburn who took 3 wickets for 41 runs and D Irvine who took 2 wickets for 15 runs. This week the Thirds are away to CIYMS Thirds in the first round of the Intermediate Cup.
Muckamore Fourths entertained Donaghcloney Mill Thirds in a league match on Saturday at Moylena. The visitors batted first and scored 133 runs. Their top scorer was R Woods with 35 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were S John who took 4 wickets for 20 runs, G Talwekar who took 2 wickets for 18 runs and T McCloskey who took 2 wickets for 28 runs. In reply Muckamore could only score 120 runs to lose the game by 13 runs. Their top scorers were J Jose with 28 runs and M Sharma with 25 runs. Best of the Donaghcloney Mill bowlers were L Elliot who took 2 wickets for 12 runs, G Knox who took 2 wickets for 19 runs and D Marshall and D Patrick who both took 2 wickets for 33 runs. This week the Thirds travel to play Bangor Thirds on Sunday in their next league match.
Muckamore Fifths game against Dundrum Seconds was postponed on Saturday but the previous Monday they had Victoria Seconds as visitors to Moylena for their Junior 7 league match. The visitors batted first and in their allocated 20 overs scored 106 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Their top scorers were R Black with 37 runs not out and M Parks with 22 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was Jack Kirkpatrick who took 2 wickets for 3 runs. Muckamore replied to pass that total with 5 wickets to spare. Their top batsmen were J Jose with 28 runs not out and C Rane with 35 runs. Best of the Victoria bowlers was B Johnston who took 4 wickets for 16 runs. This Saturday the Fifths are at home to CIYMS Fourths for their next league match.
Muckamore Sixths entertained CIYMS Fifths at Moylena in their first league match of the season. The visitors batted first and scored a massive 215 runs for 7 wickets in their allocated 25 overs. Their top scorers were D Soper with 79 runs and J McKane with 32 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were B Hodge who took 2 wickets for 34 runs and J Keates who took 2 wickets for 47 runs. Muckamore could only reply with 95 runs to lose the game by 120 runs. Muckamore’s top batsman was M Kane who scored 31 runs. Best of the CSNI bowlers were J Biggerstaff who took 2 wickets for 20 runs and J Rainey who took 2 wickets for 36 runs. The Sixth’s next game is against the Belfast Superking Seconds at Moylena this Sunday.
The Midweek league starts this week with the B team travelling to play Carrickfergus and the A team travelling to play Cooke Collegians on Wednesday evening.
The Muckamore Bluebelles have their first Premier League game this coming Sunday when the entertain North Down Ladies at Moylena with a 1pm start