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This Weeks Review

MUCKAMORE CRICKET


On Saturday Muckamore travelled to Shaw’s Bridge to play Instonians in their

vital bottom of the table league game. Captain Neil Gill won the toss and asked

the home team to bat first. They sent in N Smith and O Metcalfe to open their

innings against pace bowlers Gill and Aditya Adey and they steadily took the

score to 69 runs into the 17 th over before Metcalfe was caught by ‘gully’ fielder

Francis Collins off a Gill delivery after scoring 31 runs. Next man in was M

Commins and with Smith they quickly took control and despite Captain Gill

throwing all his bowlers into the attack they couldn’t stop the runs from flowing

and the score progressed to 194 runs into the 41 st over before the latter was

trapped lbw by a delivery from Fahad Iqubal to end his 83 run innings. J

Shannon joined Commins to score just two runs before he was caught and

bowled by Karthik Rajavelu in the very next over. A White was the new

batsman and with just 9 overs remaining the run rate dramatically reduced as

the Muckamore bowlers regained the initiative. White was forced to have a go

and scored 12 runs before he was bowled by Pavan Karthik in the 47 th over.

Then Rajavelu hurt his left hand diving to save a hard return shot from

Commins before he had him well caught by ‘backward point’ fielder Adey to

end his 91 run innings. R McKinley and J Manley were now the batsmen at the

wicket and they took the score to 236 runs into the last over before they were

both dismissed by deliveries from Rajavelu. McKinley was comfortably caught

on the long on boundary by Shane Henderson and Manley was smartly stumped

by wicketkeeper David Miller before the innings ended on 242 runs for 7

wickets with batsman D Rose hitting a might six off the very last delivery. Best

of the Muckamore bowlers was Karthik Rajavelu who took 4 wickets for 34

runs. Neil Gill is carrying a leg injury and out of necessity he struggled to bowl

his ten overs. David Miller and Jimmy Rodgers opened the Muckamore batting

against Instonians pace bowlers J Manley and J Magee and they slowly took the

score to 20 runs into the 10 th over. Then a ball fielded on the boundary was

returned to the wicketkeeper through a mid wicket player. Batsman Rodgers

assumed that the ball was ‘dead’ and stepped out of his crease to remove a loose

piece of soil from the wicket but the wicketkeeper whipped off the bails and

appealed for a run out. At first the umpire said no but after a persistent strong

appeal from the Instonians Captain and with him involved, the umpire consulted

his colleague and after a stoppage of about five minutes the decision was

changed and Rodgers was given out to end his premature 7 run innings. Aditya

Adey joined Miller and faced five deliveries but the unpleasantness in the

previous over obviously upset his concentration and he top edged a Manley

delivery to be caught by wicketkeeper Metcalfe without scoring. Fahad Iqbal

was Miller’s new partner and they took the score to 49 runs into the 17 th over

until the latter mistimed his shot off a McKinley delivery to be caught by ‘point’


fielder Rose after scoring 18 runs. Now on 49 runs for three wickets, Steve

Lazars was the new batsman but four overs later he edged a McKinley delivery

into wicketkeeper Metcalfe’s hands after scoring only three runs. Sam Gordon

was next in but he only faced one delivery before he was left stranded and run

out after a mix up with Iqbal. Neil Gill replaced him and was quickly back to

the pavilion when he played his very first delivery straight into bowler White’s

hands to leave Muckamore struggling on 53 runs for 6 wickets in the 22 nd over.

Francis Collins was Iqbal’s new partner and in the next 5 overs they took the

score to 63 runs before he was given out lbw to a Manley delivery for just six

runs. Shane Henderson was the new batsman but in the very next over Iqbal’s

mistimed his shot to lob the ball straight back into bowler Rose’s hands to end

his 18 run innings. Unfortunately the hand injury that Karthik Rajavelu received

earlier in the match left him unable to bat so Pavan Karthik was the last man to

the wicket to join Henderson and they took the score to 71 runs before the latter

was caught on the long on boundary by Manley off a delivery from Rose to

clinch this easy 165 run victory. Best of the Instonians bowlers were B Rose

who took 2 wickets for 6 runs, R McKinley who took 2 wickets for 16 runs and

J Manley who took 2 wickets for 19 runs. This week Muckamore return to

Shaw’s Bridge to play Instonians in the semi final of the Gallagher NCU Senior

Cup. If the injuries to their bowlers Neil Gill and Karthik Rajavelu have not

been cleared up by then it will be a much more difficult task to qualify for the

final for the first time since 1963.

Muckamore Seconds showing several enforced changes from the week before

entertained Instonians Seconds at Moylena on Saturday. Instonians batted first

and scored 138 runs for 9 wickets in their allocated 40 overs. Their top scorers

were J Peak who scored 28 runs and S McClarnon who scored 18 runs. Best of

the Muckamore bowlers were S Stephenson who took 3 wickets for 25 runs, M

Stephenson who took 3 wickets for 29 runs and R Keates who took 2 wickets

for 17 runs. Muckamore replied to score 140 runs to win the game by 4 wickets

with Andrew Hammond, the hero on the day winning the game with a big six

hit off the penultimate delivery of the match. Their top batsmen were David

Rainey who scored 41 runs and Richard Keates who scored 20 runs. Best of the

Instonians bowlers was J Lambert who took 3 wickets for 23 runs. This week

the Seconds travel to play Waringstown Seconds on Saturday and on Sunday

they travel to play CIYMS Seconds.

Muckamore Thirds travelled to Belfast on Saturday to play Cregagh Seconds in

a Junior League match and batting first were bowled out for 81 runs. Best of the

Cregagh bowlers were D McCormick who took 4 wickets for 17 runs, C

Shannon who took 2 wickets for 17 runs and M Shannon who took 2 wickets

for 19 runs. Cregagh replied to easily pass the Muckamore score with 7 wickets

to spare. Their top batsman was M Fleetham with 39 runs not out. Best of the

Muckamore bowlers was Jude Keates who took 2 wickets for 14 runs. This


Saturday the Thirds travel to play Laurelvale Seconds in their next league

match.

Muckamore Fifths had Donaghcloney Mill Fourths as the visitors to Moylena

on Saturday and batting first they scored 138 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in

their allocated overs. Their top scorers were A Cunningham with 37 runs, J

Rowantree with 34 runs and J Cunningham with 28 runs. Best of the

Muckamore bowlers were C Rane who took 1 wicket for 15 runs and J

Kirkpatrick who took 1 wicket for 22 runs. Muckamore replied to just lose the

game by 3 runs. Their top batsmen were P Pawar who scored 40 runs, M

Sharma who scored 23 runs and C Rane who scored 20 runs. Best of the

Donaghcloney Mill bowlers were D Alexander who took 2 wickets for 23 runs

and K Weir who took 1 wicket for 16 runs. This coming Sunday the Fourths are

back in action with a home game against Bangor Thirds and the Sixths are also

at home to Monaghan Seconds. The Midweek ‘A’ team travel to play

Carrickfergus this coming Wednesday evening


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