Muckamore had CSNI as the visitors to Moylena for their next Premier League
game on Saturday. Early rain delayed the start for an hour and forty five
minutes. Captain Neil Gill won the toss and sent David Miller and Aditya Adey
in to open the batting against CSNI pacemen A Malan and G McCarter. The
batsmen scored steadily seeing off the opening bowlers who were replaced by B
Adair and A Cowden. The score progressed to 76 runs into the 16 th over before
Adey’s mistimed shot off a Cowden delivery was easily caught by mid on
fielder Goodall after scoring 25 runs. Marcus O’Riordan joined Miller and in
the next three overs just two runs were scored. It then started to rain and it must
have distracted O’Riordan for he gave a dolly catch to mid on fielder Ellison off
Topping’s very next delivery to be dismissed for just two runs. Another 40
minute rain delay before deciding to take tea and when the game resumed at
16.45pm Miller’s new partner was Fahad Iqbal and with the loss of so much
time the match was reduced to 35 overs each. A quick spurt of runs saw Miller
go past his 50 runs before he was bowled by the returning McCarter for 55 runs.
Sam Gordon was the next man in but he only faced three balls before he was
trapped lbw off an Adair delivery to leave Muckamore on 118 runs for 4
wickets in the 25 th over. James Rodgers came to the wicket and in the next 5
overs with Iqbal they took the score to 143 runs before the latter, on 38 runs,
was very unlucky to be given out lbw to a Malan delivery when the ball hit his
body high above the stump height. With just 5 overs remaining Neil Gill was
Rodgers new partner and going for runs he was caught by long on fielder
Kennedy for only three runs off an M Topping delivery in the next over. Luke
Allen was the new batsman but he could only watch as Rodgers was stumped by
wicketkeeper Johnston in the very same over. Steve Lazars came next and with
3 overs left they took the score to 153 runs before Allen who had scored three
runs was bowled by Malan having a swing leaving the penultimate batsman
Karthik Rajavelu to come to the wicket to partner Lazars. Seven runs were
added before Lazars was caught by point fielder Topping off a Malan delivery.
The innings ended on 162 runs when with three deliveries remaining last man in
Pavan Karthik was run out going for a suicide single. Best of the CSNI bowlers
were A Malan who took 3 wickets for 24 runs and M Topping who took 3
wickets for 25 runs. When the CSNI opening batsmen Ellison and Kennedy
came to the wicket it had just turned 7pm and it must have been quite obvious
that unless Muckamore could take wickets quickly the fading light and the
Duckworth Lewis system was unfairly on their side. And so it proved as the
batsmen set off at a brisk pace taking the CSNI score to 56 runs before Kennedy
batsman was Malan and with Ellison in 10 overs they hammered the
Muckamore bowling scoring 81 runs taking the score to 137 runs before the
umpires offered the batsman the light which they immediately accepted
knowing that they were well ahead on the Duckworth Lewis system which gave
them the easy 45 run victory. This Saturday the team travel to Dublin to play
Malahide in the first round of the All Ireland Cup.
Last Friday evening the team travelled to Comber to play North Down in their
next 20/20 Lagan Valley Steels match. North Down batted first and scored 194
runs for 5 wickets. Their top batsmen were R Pretorius with 61 runs, A Moore
with 42 runs and R Haire with 31 runs not out. Best of the Muckamore bowlers
was Neil Gill who took 2 wickets for 43 runs. Muckamore replied to score 124
runs to lose the game by 70 runs. Their top scorers were Fahad Iqbal who
scored 33 runs and Sam Gordon who scored 21 runs. Best of the North Down
bowlers were A Shields who took 2 wickets for 7 runs and R Haire who took 3
wickets for 39 runs. Muckamore’s next game in this series is at Moylena on
Thursday evening against Instonians.
After a two week layoff the Seconds are back in action this weekend with two
games. On Saturday they travel to Belmont to play CSNI Seconds in a league
match and on Sunday they entertain Monaghan in the first round of the Junior
The Thirds travelled to Stormont on Saturday to play CSNI Thirds in a league
match and batting first scored 106 runs for 6 wickets in their allocated 25 overs.
Their top batsman was A Hammond who scored 32 runs. Best of the CSNI
bowlers was C Elliott who took 3 wickets for 23 runs. The CSNI team easily
passed the Muckamore total to win the game by 7 wickets. Their top batsmen
were R Hunter with 37 runs not out and G Thompson with 26 runs. Best of the
Muckamore bowlers was D Irvine who took 2 wickets for 28 runs. This week
the Thirds travel to Belmont to play CSNI Thirds in the first round of the
The Fourths travelled to play Bangor Thirds on Sunday but heavy rain forced
the game to be abandoned. They have no game listed for this week.
The Fifths entertained CIYMS Fifths in a league match at home on Saturday.
The visitors batted first and scored 183 runs for 7 wickets. Their top scorers
were C Orr with 42 runs and J McAlpine with 35 runs. Muckamore’s best
bowler was G Talwekar who took 3 wickets for 29 runs. Muckamore replied to
score 185 runs for the loss of only 3 wickets to win the game by 7 wickets.
Their top batsmen were M Sharma who scored 88 runs not out and C Rane who
scored 34 runs. This week the Fifths play BISC Thirds in a league match the
venue has yet to be arranged.
The Sixths lost their home game on Sunday to Belfast Superking Seconds by 80
runs. This week they are at home to Ballymena Fourths in a league match.
The Midweek League got underway last week and the Muckamore A team
scored only 49 runs which allowed Cooke/Collegians to easily win the game
with 7 wickets to spare. The ‘B’ Team travelled to Carrickfergus and batting
first scored 173 runs for 3 wickets in their allocated 20 overs. M Mohandas, B
George, J Jose and P Kumar all retired when they had scored 30 runs.
Carrickfergus replied to score 158 runs for 5 wickets in their 20 overs to give
Muckamore the 15 run victory. Top scorers for Carrick were C Jackson, S
Jackson and C Creighton who all retired when they scored 30 runs. Best of the
Muckamore bowlers was Gaji who took 3 wickets for 31 runs. In this
Wednesday’s matches the A team are at home to Bangor and the ‘B’ team are
away to Woodvale.
Sunday saw the Muckamore Bluebelles play their first league game of the
season at home to North Down Ladies. The visitors batted first and in their
allocated 20 overs they score 97 runs for the loss of three wickets. S Harrison
was their top scorer with 50 runs. Muckamore’s Susan Keates and Lynn Lyness
opened the batting for Muckamore and the score had reached 29 runs into the 7 th
over before the latter’s mistimed shot was caught by ‘gully’ fielder K McCrory
after she had scored 9 runs. Amy Caulfield joined Keates and they successfully
knocked of the 68 runs needed in just 14 overs to win the game by 9 wickets.
Susan was not out with 44 runs and Amy was not out with 25 runs. The
Bluebelles next listed league game is not until the 9 th of June when they play
CSNI at Moylena. Their first round Gallagher Senior Cup match is at home to
Carrickfergus on the 2 nd of June.