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Week Ending 26th May

MUCKAMORE CRICKET


Muckamore had Instonians as the visitors to Moylena on Thursday evening in

their next Walker Steel 20/20 league match. Muckamore batted first and

batsmen Aditya Adey and Jamie Rodgers took the score to 34 runs into the 6 th

over before the latter was caught behind by wicketkeeper J Metcalfe after

scoring 11 runs. Sam Gordon joined Adey and the score progressed to 53 runs

before the former’s boundary bound shot was caught by long off fielder

Cummings off a Minhas delivery. Fahad Iqbal was the new batsman and in the

next 7 overs they quickly took the score to 116 runs before Adey’s fine 59 run

innings came to an end when he was bowled by the experienced Andrew White.

Then disaster struck when the next three Muckamore batsmen were dismissed

without scoring. Steve Lazars was bowled by White and he caught and bowled

Neil Gill with his very next delivery. In the next over Iqbal was caught behind

by wicketkeeper Metcalfe off a Getkate delivery to end his 34 run innings. The

batsmen at the wicket were now Luke Allen and Francis Collins and the slump

continued when Allen was stumped by Metcalf off a Rose delivery in the 18 th

over to leave Muckamore on 118 runs for 7 wickets. With just three overs

remaining Karthik Rajavelu was Collins new partner and they had a go adding

24 more to take their final score to 142 runs. Best of the Instonians bowlers was

Andrew White who took 4 wickets for 19 runs. S Getkate and O Metcalfe

opened the batting for Instonians against Muckamore bowlers Neil Gill and

Steve Lazars and they quickly saw off six Muckamore bowlers, taking the score

to 100 runs into the 16 th over before new bowler David Steen had Metcalfe

caught by backward square fielder Allen to end his 45 run innings. M

Cummings joined Getkate and they confidently added the runs needed to clinch

the 9 wicket victory with three balls to spare. Best of the Muckamore bowlers

was David Steen who took one wicket for 18 runs.

Muckamore travelled to Dublin on Saturday to play Malahide in the first round

of the All Ireland Senior Cup seeking to repeat the win they achieved over this

same team in last year’s competition. With the shock news that Marcus

O’Riordan had left to play his cricket for English County Kent along with the

unavailability of some other players, Francis Collins, Shane Henderson and

David Miller were included in the team for this match. Muckamore batted first

with Aditya Adey and David Miller opening their innings. With Miller making

most of the runs the score progressed to 30 into the 7 th over before the struggling

Adey was bowled by P Chase after scoring only one run. Sam Gordon joined

Miller and in the next 7 overs they advanced the score to 56 runs before the

latter was unlucky to play the ball on to his wicket going for a very late cut off

bowler M Ford to end his aggressive 49 run innings. Fahad Iqbal was next to the

wicket but in less than two overs his partner Gordon was dismissed, trapped lbw


off a delivery from Ford, with only 5 runs to his name. The new batsman was

Steve Lazars and with Iqbal they took the score to 79 runs until he was bowled

by Ford in the 24 th over, contributing just 9 runs. Francis Collins was the next

man in and at last the innings steadied and the score progressed to 154 runs into

the 40 th over before his patient supporting 12 run innings ended when he was

caught by J Newland off a delivery from K Donnelly. Neil Gill was Iqbal’s new

partner and they quickly added 21 runs in the next four overs until the latter’s

fine 84 run innings ended when he was bowled by Newland. With just six overs

remaining Karthik Rajavelu now partnered Gill and forcing the pace they added

19 runs in the next three overs before the former who had scored 8 runs was run

out from a fine return A Desal throw, leaving Muckamore on 194 runs for 7

wickets in the 47 th over. The pressure on new batsman Shane Henderson to help

score as many more runs in the last three overs was intense and in the next ten

deliveries 12 more runs were added before he was caught by wicketkeeper D

Mortimer off a Newland delivery. Pavan Karthik was the penultimate batsman

and three more runs were added in the same over taking the score to 209 runs

before Gill, having a swing, was caught behind by wicketkeeper Mortimer off

another Newland delivery. David Steen was the last man in but he could only

watch as Karthik was bowled by Chase for a duck off the first delivery of the

last over to end the Muckamore innings. Best of the Malahide bowlers were M.

Ford who took 3 wickets for 27 runs, J. Newland who took 3 wickets for 59

runs and P. Chase who took 2 wickets for 43 runs. A Reynolds and A Desal

opened the batting for Malahide against Muckamore pace bowlers Neil Gill and

Pavan Karthik. Then early success went to Karthik when Reynolds edged only

his fourth delivery into wicketkeeper Miller’s gloves to be out after scoring 7

runs. D Mortimer was the new batsman and with Desal they advanced the score

to 27 runs into the 5 th over before he was bowled by an unplayable Gill delivery.

Gregory Ford now partnered Desal at the wicket and they added 31 runs in the

next 7 overs until the latter was sharply stumped by wicketkeeper Miller off an

Adey delivery. With the score now at 58 runs for 3 wickets in the 12 th over

Matthew Ford now joined his brother and despite the efforts of Muckamore

Captain Neill Gill in manipulating his eight different available bowlers they just

could not get the vital breakthrough they wanted. In the end the brothers Ford

scored the 151 runs needed to pass the Muckamore total in the 37 th over to

clinch a comfortable 7 wicket victory. Malahide’s top batsmen were Gregory

Ford who was not out with 109 runs and Matthew Ford who was not out with 62

runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Aditya Adey who took 1 wicket for

26 runs, Neil Gill who took 1 wicket for 36 runs and Pavan Karthik who took 1

wicket for 47 runs. This Saturday the team travel to Uprichard Park to play

Bangor in the first round of the NCU Gallagher’s Senior Cup.

Meanwhile the Seconds had a good weekend, winning both their games. On

Saturday they travelled to Stormont to play CSNI Seconds in a league match


and batting first scored 194 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Their top batsmen

were Richard Keates who scored 61 runs and Johnny Gordon who scored 55

runs. Best of the CSNI bowlers were C Andrews who took 2 wickets for 29 runs

and S Ross who took 2 wickets for 38 runs. In a close encounter CSNI fought

hard but in the end were all out for 183 runs to give Muckamore the 11 run

victory. Their top batsmen were N McMinn who scored 81 runs, A Pattnaik

who scored 27 runs and S Ross who scored 24 runs. Best of the Muckamore

bowlers were Les Allen who took 2 wickets for 20 runs, Richard Keates who

took 2 wickets for 29 runs, Michael Wilson who took 2 wickets for 34 runs and

Rees Hemphill who took 2 wickets for 43 runs. On Sunday the Seconds had

Monaghan as the visitors to Moylena for the very first time to play in the NCU

Junior Cup competition. Muckamore batted first and were all out for 203 runs.

Their top scorers were Shane Henderson who was not out with 69 runs, Luke

Allen who scored 41 runs and Benji Cathcart who scored 35 runs. Best of the

Monaghan bowlers were S Satheesh who took 3 wickets for 43 runs, Pras

Kendareddy who took 2 wickets for 23 runs and R Abdullah who took 2 wickets

for 26 runs. The Monaghan batsmen had no answer to the strong Muckamore

bowling and could only muster 66 runs to give Muckamore the 137 run victory.

Their top scorer was S Satheesh who scored 19 runs. Best of the Muckamore

bowlers were Michael Wilson who took 3 wickets for 9 runs, Shane Henderson

who took 3 wickets for 24 runs and Pavan Karthik who took 2 wickets for 12

runs. This coming Sunday the Seconds are at home to North Down Seconds in

their next league game.

On Saturday the Thirds travelled to play CIYMS Thirds in the first round of the

Intermediate Cup and the only information to hand is that they were beaten by

55 runs. This Saturday they are at home to Templepatrick Thirds for their next

league match.

The Fourths had no game last Saturday but this week they are at home to

Laurelvale Thirds in their second round Minor (Lindsay Cup) game.

The Fifths travelled to Mallusk to play BISC Thirds and batting first could only

score 63 runs. Best of the BISC bowlers were A Nag who took 5 wickets for 23

runs and P Kapala who took 2 wickets for 10 runs. The BISC batsmen easily

passed that low score to win easily by 9 wickets. Their top batsmen were A

Swade who scored 27 runs and K Sakar who was unbeaten with 21 runs. This

Saturday the team travel deep into Co Down to play Dundrum Seconds in the

second round of the NCU Minor Cup.

The Fifths home match against Ballymena Fourths was postponed on Saturday

but this week they travel to Sandy Bay to play Larne Seconds in the next round

of the NCU Minor Cup.


Last Friday evening Muckamore entertained Waringstown in the first round of

this season’s Under 15 Graham Cup competition at Moylena. The smaller

Muckamore boys batted first and they scored 80 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in

their allocated 20 overs. Jude Keates was their top scorer with 29 runs. Best of

the Waringstown bowlers was M Daly who took 2 wickets for 16 runs. The

bigger and stronger Waringstown opening batsmen S Topping and M Daly

swamped the diminutive Muckamore bowlers and scored the 81 runs needed to

win in just 4 overs. Topping hitting 7x4s in his not out 31 run innings and Daly

hitting 4x6s and 4x4s in his not out 42 run innings.

The two Muckamore Midweek teams were in action on Wednesday of last

week. The Muckamore A team entertained Bangor at Moylena and batting first

the visitors scored 141 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their allocated 20 overs.

Their top scorers were A Chapman who retired after scoring 31 runs and A

Beech who retired after scoring 32 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was C

Stewart who took 2 wickets for 34 runs. Overall the Muckamore batsmen

couldn’t score quickly enough and in the desperate last few over in the race to

catch up three of them were run out and they eventually lost the game by 11

runs. Their top scorers were James Hood who retired unbeaten with 30 runs and

Sam McBurney who retired unbeaten with 32 runs. Best of the Bangor bowlers

was T Speers who took 1 wicket for 11 runs. The Muckamore B team travelled

to Ballygomartin to play Woodvale and batting first scored 142 runs for 5

wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their best batsmen were Manu Mohandas

who retired on 31 runs not out, Jamie Jackson who retired on 30 runs not out

and Shakeel Sharma with 29 runs. Best of the Woodvale bowlers was A Anish

who took 2 wickets for 29 runs. Against the very accurate Muckamore bowling

Woodvale struggled to score 102 runs for the loss of 8 wickets to give

Muckamore the 40 run victory. The top Woodvale batsmen were D Dominic

with 31 runs retired and A Anish with 30 runs retired. Best of the Muckamore

bowlers were G Gajanan who took 3 wickets for 17 runs, P Sanu who took 2

wickets for 21 runs and P Pawan who took 2 wickets for 30 runs. This week the

A team have no game but the B team are at home on Wednesday evening to the

PSNI.

The Bluebelles are back in action again on Sunday when they take on

Carrickfergus Ladies in the first round of the Gallagher’s Women’s Challenge

Cup at Moylena


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