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Muckamore Seconds had CSNI Seconds as the visitors to Moylena on Saturday

for the semi final of the NCU Junior Cup. Asked to bat first Muckamore captain

Leslie Allen sent Johnny Gordon and Rees Hemphill in to face CSNI pacemen

brothers C and D Robinson. Pinned down by the very accurate bowling the

tentative cautious batsmen took the score to 12 runs into the 13 th over before

Hemphill was trapped lbw by a D Robinson delivery after scoring 6 runs. Luke

Allen joined Gordon and quickly the runs started to flow and in the next 17

overs the score progressed to 105 runs before the latter was bowled by C

McCullough to end his 32 run innings. Shane Henderson was the new batsman

and the next two overs quickly produced 13 more runs until Allen was trapped

lbw by a McCullough delivery to terminate his valuable 63 run innings. David

Rainey was Henderson’s next partner but two overs later the latter mistimed his

shot off another McCullough delivery to be easily caught by ‘point’ fielder

McConkey after scoring only 8 runs. With the score now at 125 runs for 4

wickets in the 34th over Richard Keates was the new batsman with Rainey and

with no real sense of urgency they added 27 runs in the next 9 overs before the

latter was bowled by P McCreery for his 10 run contribution. Benji Cathcart

was in next but in the proceeding over Keates was brilliantly caught on the long

on boundary to end his 13 run innings. Leslie Allen now teamed up with

Cathcart and they took the score to 167 runs into the 46 th over before the latter

edged a C Robinson delivery into the wicketkeeper’s gloves to bring his 6 run

innings to an abrupt end. With less than four overs remaining the new batsman

was Michael Wilson and with Allen they took the score to 180 runs in the next

two overs until the latter was given out lbw to a C Robinson delivery to end his

7 run innings. Simon Thompson was the penultimate batsman and he scored a

run off the last ball of that over but facing the first delivery of D Robinson’s

new over he lobbed the ball straight to the mid off fielder to bring his short

innings to an end. Jamie Jackson was the last man to the wicket but after scoring

three runs he was bowled by D Robinson to end the 185 run Muckamore

innings. Best of the CSNI bowlers were C McCullough who took 4 wickets for

32 runs, D Robinson who took 3 wickets for 30 runs and C Robinson who took

2 wickets for 21 runs. The opening CSNI batsmen were J Beattie and C

McComb and they faced Muckamore pace bowlers Shane Henderson and

Michael Wilson. Instant success for Henderson when he bowled Beattie with his

fourth delivery to send him back to the pavilion with his little duck. The new

batsman was A Maitland and with McComb they struggled to take the score to

13 runs into the 6 th over before the latter was trapped lbw by a Wilson delivery

after scoring only 4 runs. Next in was J McConkey and with Maitland they

slowly added 14 more runs until Henderson bowled the former in the 9 th over for

just a single run. C Morrow was Maitland’s new partner but in the very next


over the latter mistimed his shot off a Wilson delivery for ‘point’ fielder Rainey

to take a difficult overhead catch to end his 12 run innings. Now on 28 runs for

4 wickets the next CSNI batsman was D Robinson and three more run was

scored before Morrow edged a Wilson delivery to be easily caught by ‘mid off’

fielder Leslie Allen to end his 2 run inning. The CSNI batting slump continued

and the next 4 wickets fell for only 15 runs in the following 6 overs. Bowler

Michael Wilson was in brilliant form as he bowled batsmen D Robinson for 3

runs, J Solomon for 1 run and P McCreery for 2 runs to take his tally to 6

wickets. In between Leslie Allen bowled C Robinson for 1 run and then

clinched the fine 116 run victory when he bowled E Bickerstaff to end the 69

run CSNI innings. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were ‘Man of the Match’

Michael Wilson who took 6 wickets for 18 runs, Leslie Allen who took 2

wickets for 9 runs and Shane Henderson who took 2 wickets for 25 runs.

Muckamore last won the Junior Cup in 1998 and they will face tough opponents

North Down Seconds in this year’s final which is scheduled to be played at

Lisburn on the 10 th of August. This week the team return to league duties with a

home game against Instonians Seconds

Muckamore Firsts travelled to Belmont to play league leaders CSNI and batting

first scored 184 runs. Their top batsmen were Aditya Adey who scored 41 runs,

Jimmy Rodgers who scored 41 runs and Neil Gill who scored 29 runs. Best of

the CSNI bowlers was O Pienaar who took 6 wickets for 29 runs. Unfortunately

Muckamore were without their two top strike bowlers for this game as Neil Gill

was injured and Pavan Karthik was on holiday. As a consequence the home

team were able to take full advantage and they easily passed the 184 run

Muckamore total to win the game by 8 wickets. Their top batsmen were N

Jones who was not out on 76 runs, C Dougherty with 52 runs and O Pienaar

who was not out on 36 runs. This week Muckamore travel to Shaw’s Bridge to

play Instonians in a vital bottom of the table clash.

Muckamore Thirds entertained CSNI Thirds in their Junior League game at

Moylena on Saturday and batting first in their allocated 30 overs scored a

massive 223 runs. Their top batsmen were Jordan Gaw with 48 runs, Shakeel

Shaikh with 37 runs, Ben Cunningham with 36 runs, Manu Mohandas with 31

runs and Philip Skillen with 30 runs not out. Best of the CSNI bowlers were A

Gupta who took 1 wicket for 19 runs and H Letterman who took 1 wicket for 19

runs. In reply CSNI scored the 224 runs needed with 2 overs to spare to win the

game by 6 wickets. On this small pitch the visitors took full advantage of the

very wayward short pitched Muckamore bowling to score the runs needed to

clinch their victory. Their top batsmen were A Gupta with 75 runs, C Orr who

was not out with 63 runs and J Biggerstaff with 29 runs. Best of the Muckamore

bowlers were Jude Keates who took 2 wickets for 47 runs, Peter Heyburn who

took 1 wicket for 29 runs and Shakeel Shaikh who took 1 wicket for 30 runs.


This week the Thirds travel to Belfast to play Cregagh Seconds in their next

league match.

On Sunday in bright and sunny conditions Muckamore Fifths had BISC Thirds

as their opponents in a league match at Moylena. The visitors were asked to bat

first and in their allocated 30 over they scored 192 runs for the loss of six

wickets which included no less than 63 extra runs and of course 63 extra

deliveries. Their top batsmen were S Regil who scored 52 runs and A Kallol

who scored 41 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowler was Pravin Pawar who took

2 wickets for 39 runs. Muckamore replied too slowly and scored 176 runs,

which included 40 extra runs as well as 40 extra deliveries, to lose the game by

16 runs. Their top batsmen were Praveen Pawar who scored 68 runs, Jamie

Jackson who scored 21 runs and Steve Wilson who scored 18 runs. Praveen was

injured but unfortunately his runner was run out going for a second run as the

helpless batsman looked on. The Fifths have two league games at home this

week. On Saturday they entertain Donaghcloney Mill Fourths and on Sunday

they take on Dundrum seconds. This Sunday Muckamore Sixths entertain

Monaghan Seconds in their next league match at Moylena.

The Midweek ‘A’ team was in action this week with a rearranged game at

Moylena against CSNI and an away game against BISC at Mallusk. On

Tuesday evening CSNI batted first and scored 174 runs for the loss of 3 wickets

in their allocated 20 overs. Their top batsmen were G Thompson with 35 runs,

A Pattnaik with 34 runs, J Pollard with 30 runs and M Pollard with 29 runs.

Best of the Muckamore bowlers was E Wilson who took 2 wickets for 39 runs.

Muckamore replied to score 137 runs for the loss of 4 wickets to lose the game

by 37 runs. Their top batsmen were P Pawar with 32 runs and T Barnett with 30

runs. Best of the CSNI bowlers was A Aahil who took 2 wickets for 24 runs.

On Wednesday evening they travelled to Mallusk to play BISC and batting first

could only score 46 runs. Best of the BISC bowlers was S Bommaravani who

took 3 wickets for 9 runs. It turned out to be a tight game as the home team

struggled to pass Muckamore’s total with only 3 wickets to spare. Teenager

Bradley Hodge was Muckamore’s best bowler taking 3 wickets for 16 runs. The

‘A’ team’s next game on Wednesday evening against Instonians has been

postponed. The ‘B’ team had Cooke Collegians as their visitors on Wednesday

evening and batting first they scored 117 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Their

top batsmen were M Grimason with 30 runs and S Chowdry with 35 runs. Best

of the Muckamore bowlers was Gajanan Talwekar who took 3 wickets for 2

runs. Muckamore replied to pass that score and win the game with 3 wickets to

spare. Their top batsmen were Dileep Jose with 32 runs, Shakeel Shaikh with 31

runs and Kundhan with 30 runs. This Wednesday evening the ‘B’ team travel to

Uprichard Park to play Bangor in their next game.


Photo Credit Cricket Europe


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