Following the Senior Cup win against Bangor on Saturday week Muckamore were straight back into action again in their next 20/20 game with CSNI at
Stormont last Monday evening. Muckamore batted first and scored 150 runs for 6 wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top batsmen were Fahad Iqbal who scored 54 runs and Aditya Adey who scored 37 runs. Best of the CSNI bowlers
was A Malan who took 3 wickets for 26 runs. CSNI could only score 137 runs for 5 wickets in reply to give Muckamore the 13 run victory. Top scorers for
CSNI were A Malan who scored 59 runs and M Ellison who scored 23 runs.
Aditya Adey was the best Muckamore bowler who took 2 wickets 14 runs.
The return game was played at Moylena on Friday evening and again
Muckamore batted first and scored 123 runs for 6 wickets in their 20 overs.
Their top batsmen were Sam Gordon who scored 46 runs and Steve Lazars who was not out on 37 runs. Best of the CSNI bowlers was G McCarter who took 2 wickets for 28 runs. Then in the exciting race to beat the Muckamore score the
visitors lost the game by 6 runs when they failed to get the 13 runs needed off Neil Gill’s last over. Their top batsmen were G Wilson who scored 43 runs, A
Malan who scored 31 runs and J Kennedy who scored 24 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Aditya Adey who took 2 wickets for 11 runs and Pavan Karthik who took 2 wickets for 25 runs.
Muckamore travelled to Comber on Saturday to take on North Down in their next Premier League match and with the threat of rain later in the day, Captain
Neil Gill won the toss and decided to bat first. Aditya Adey and David Miller were the opening batsmen who faced North Down pace bowlers R Pretorius and P Eakin. The score slowly progressed to 16 runs into the 6 th over before Miller edged an Eakin delivery into former Muckamore wicketkeeper J Magowan’s gloves to be dismissed for only 2 runs. Jamie Rodgers joined Adey but in the
very next over the latter misjudged a Pretorius delivery and was bowled without even playing a shot. Fahad Iqbal was the new batsman and with Rodgers they took the score to 74 runs into the 24 th over before disaster struck, when going for
a second run, the former was run out when a direct return throw hit the wicket.
Fahad had scored 20 runs and had looked set for a big score. Sam Gordon was next in and the score progressed to 90 runs into the 29 th over before his partner Rodgers mistimed his shot to give bowler R Haire a simple return catch to end his 44 run innings. Steve Lazars followed and with Gordon they built a
partnership of 61 runs, taking the score to 151 runs into the 44 th over. Then the North Down captain brought his pace bowlers back into the attack for the
remaining six overs with immediate success when Gordon’s misdirected shot was caught by cover fielder A Shields off a P Eakin delivery to bring his 27 run innings to an end and in the next over Lazars was caught on the long off boundary by D Graham off a Pretorius delivery. The new batsmen were Francis Collins and Neil Gill and they took the score to 161 runs before the former was
bowled by Pretorius for 2 runs in the 47 th over. Karthik Rajavelu followed to score one run from four deliveries before he was bowled by Eakin from the first ball of the 48 th over and penultimate batsman Pavan Kartik hit a boundary before he top edged his next delivery to be caught and bowled by Eakin’s last delivery of the over. Last man in was David Steen and he watched his captain score five more runs before he was bowled by Pretorius for a duck to bring the 171 run Muckamore innings to an end. Best of the North Down bowlers were R
Pretorius who took 4 wickets for 24 runs and P Eakin who took 4 wickets for 27 runs. N Burns and J Magowan opened the batting for North Down against Muckamore pace bowlers Neil Gill and Aditya Adey and they scored 23 runs
into the 12 th over before Magowan edged a delivery from new bowler Pavan Karthik to be brilliantly caught by the diving wicketkeeper David Miller to give Muckamore the breakthrough they needed. S Nelson joined Burns and they added 40 runs in the next 11 overs before the latter was caught by Collins off a Lazars delivery on the mid on boundary to end his aggressive 38 run innings.
Now 63 runs for 2 wickets the new batsman was Pretorius and he quickly scored 20 runs as the total moved forward to 94 runs before he was caught by
mid on fielder Gordon from another Lazars delivery. A Shields was next to the wicket and with Nelson they took the score to 127 runs before he was bowled by the returning Adey in the 39 th over. Needing 44 runs off the last 11 overs,
former Muckamore player Ryan Haire was the new batsman and he scored 3 runs before he was well caught by deep mid on fielder Collins in Adey’s next
over. P Eakin then came to the wicket to join Nelson needing 39 runs to win off from the last 9 overs and together they aggressively attacked the wayward
Muckamore bowling adding 30 runs in the next 7 overs before heavy rain intervened to force the game to a halt. Disappointingly no further play was
possible and when the dreaded Duckworth Lewis calculation was made Muckamore had lost the game by 16 runs, leaving them to ponder on their
inability to stem the flow of those last 30 runs which would have turned the game their way. This is the second time this season that the Duckworth Lewis
system has not been in Muckamore’s favour and it looks as if the team batting second in rain threatening condition have the definite advantage. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Aditya Adey who took 2 wickets for 33 runs and Steve Lazars who took 2 wickets for 38 runs. This week a break from league action when they play their last 20/20 game at home against North Down on Friday evening and on Saturday they host their Gallagher’s NCU Senior Cup quarter final game against near neighbours Templepatrick.
Muckamore Seconds welcomed the newly formed Belfast Superkings side to
Moylena for their first ever match encounter in the NCU Junior Cup second
round. The visitors batted first and scored 137 runs. Their top scorers were S
Ravi with 48 runs and J Smuyl with 35 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers
were Shane Henderson who took 4 wickets for 35 runs, Arnold Oduvelil who
took 3 wickets for 25 runs and Michael Wilson who took 2 wickets for 32 runs.
Muckamore replied to score 138 runs to win the game by 8 wickets. Their top
scorers were Richard Keates who was unbeaten with 55 runs and Arnold
Oduvelil who was also unbeaten with 33 runs. This gives them a home quarter
final game against Instonians Seconds or Carrick Seconds scheduled for June
22 nd .
The Seconds travelled to the North West on Sunday to play Fox Lodge Seconds
in the first round of the Ulster Plate and in a high scoring game of over 470 runs
the home side emerged as 41 run winners. Fox Lodge batted first and scored a
massive 258 runs in their allocated 40 overs. Their top scorers were N Ali who
scored 81 runs, C Doherty who scored 46 runs, L Kerr who scored 35 runs not
out and J McIntire who scored 29 runs not out. Best of the Muckamore bowlers
was David Steen who took 3 wickets for 16 runs. Despite a few stoppages for
rain, Muckamore replied to score 217 runs in their allocated 40 overs to lose the
game by 41 runs. Their top batsmen were Shane Henderson who scored 63 runs,
Luke Allen who scored 37 runs, Johnny Gordon who was unbeaten on 32 runs
and Michael Wilson who scored 25 runs. Best of the Fox Lodge bowlers were L
Kerr who took 3 wickets for 56 runs, N Ali who took 2 wickets for 12 runs and
A Doherty who took 2 wickets for 22 runs. This Saturday the team travel to
Belmont to play CIYMS Seconds in their next league match.
Muckamore Thirds had Holywood Seconds as their opponents at Moylena on
Saturday. Holywood batted first and scored 192 runs for the loss of only 3
wickets in their allocated 25 overs. Their top batsmen were A Marcus who
scored 75 runs, M Treacy who scored 42 runs, S Bond who was not out on 31
runs and P McCormick who was not out on 24 runs. Best of the Muckamore
bowlers was Aaron Gill who took 2 wickets for 38 runs. The Muckamore
batsmen could only score 140 runs in reply to lose the game by 52 runs. Their
top batsmen were David Gill and Shakeel Sheikh who both scored 32 runs and
John Jackson who scored 24 runs. Best of the Holywood bowlers were T
Anderson who took 3 wickets for 37 runs and J Chrislop who took 2 wickets for
25 runs. This Saturday the Thirds are at home to Laurelvale Seconds in their
next league match.
Muckamore Fourths travelled to Belfast on Saturday to play Instonians Fourths
in their next league match. Instonians batted first and scored 162 runs in their
allocated 25 overs. Their top batsmen were S Crothers who scored 35 runs, G
Higgins who scored 33 runs, R Ellerby and D Keane who both scored 20 runs.
Muckamore’s best bowlers were P Kumar who took 2 wickets for 17 runs and E
Wilson who took 2 wickets for 29 runs. Muckamore replied to pass that total to
win the game with 6 wickets to spare. Their best batsmen were P Kumar who
was not out with 48 runs, P Pawar who scored 33 runs and D Jose who scored
29 runs. This week the Fourths are away to Lisburn Thirds in their next league
Muckamore Fifths made the long journey deep into Co Down to play Dundrum
Seconds in a league match. The home side batted first and scored 103 runs in
their allocated 25 overs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were C Rane who took
2 wickets for 17 runs and P Skillen who took 2 wickets for 13 runs. In reply
Muckamore could only score 92 runs to lose the game by 11 runs. The top
Muckamore batsman was Philip Skillen who scored 44 runs. Best of the
Dundrum bowlers were S Cameron who took 2 wickets for 8 runs and G Lowry
who took 2 wickets for 24 runs. This week they play Dundrum Seconds again in
a league match but this time it is at Moylena on Saturday and on Sunday they
are at home to CSNI Fifths in another league match.
Muckamore Sixths entertained Cregagh Thirds in their Junior League match on
Sunday. The visitors batted first and scored 181 runs for the loss of only 3
wickets in their allocated 25 overs. Their top scorers were M Shannon who was
unbeaten with 85 runs and M Dougan who scored 36 runs. Best of the
Muckamore bowlers was Aaron Gill who took 2 wickets for 27 runs.
Muckamore could only reply with 148 runs for 9 wickets in their 25 overs to
lose the game by 33 runs. Their best batsmen were T Kennedy who scored 58
runs and L Wilson who scored 21 runs. Best of the Cregagh bowlers were M
Keegan who took 2 wickets for 23 runs, M Shannon who took 2 wickets for 30
runs and S Grant who took 2 wickets for 33 runs.
The Muckamore Bluebelles has CSNI Ladies as their opposition at Moylena on
Sunday and batting first could only score 77 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in
their allocated 20 overs. Amy Caulfield was their only batswoman to get into
double figures with 33 runs. Best of the CSNI bowlers were J Gillan who took 4
wickets for 12 runs, L Beattie who took 2 wickets for 11 runs and E Scott who
took 2 wickets for 16 runs. CSNI replied to easily pass that total in 15 overs to
clinch the 7 wicket victory to inflict the Bluebelles first defeat since the 2017
season. CSNI’s top scorers were A Cowan with 27 runs, R Thomas with 15
runs and A Leckey who was not out with 15 runs. Best of the Muckamore
bowlers were Amy Caulfield who took 1 wicket for 6 runs, Zoe Baysting who
took 1 wicket for 9 runs and Joanne Davis who took 1 wicket for 10 runs. The
Bluebelles have Lurgan Ladies at home next Sunday for their next league game.
The Muckamore Under 13 team played the Templepatrick Under 13 team on
Friday evening at Moylena and batting first the home team scored 92 runs for 7
wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top batsmen were Jude Keates who
scored 30 runs, Sam Magee who scored 18 runs and Adam Armstrong who was
not out with 20 runs. Best of the Templepatrick bowlers was A Jalota who took
4 wickets for 16 runs. In reply Templepatrick could only muster 83 runs for 6
wickets to give Muckamore the 9 run victory. The top Templepatrick batsmen
were H Creighton with 16 runs, C Lewis with 15 runs not out and J Scarlett
with14 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was E Wilson who took 2 wickets
for 13 runs.
Bad weather forced both Midweek games to be cancelled last week but
Wednesday’s listed games are – A Team away to Carrick and the B Team at
home to Instonians.