Weekly Update

MUCKAMORE CRICKET


After a enforced bad weather break and a free date for an Interprovincial

Tournament Muckamore hope to resume their season with a very important

Premier League game against fellow strugglers Instonians at Moylena on

Saturday.

Muckamore Seconds travelled to Belmont last Thursday evening to play

CIYMS Seconds in a rearranged 20/20 league match and batting first scored

130 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Their top batsman was Philip Skillen who

scored 21 runs. Best of the CIYMS bowlers were D Robinson who took 3

wickets for 18 runs and C Robinson who took 2 wickets for 35 runs. The home

team were bowled out for 88 runs to give Muckamore the 42 run victory. Their

top batsmen were J Beattie who scored 22 runs and B Smith who scored 26

runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Leslie Allen who took 2 wickets for

6 runs and A Oduvelil who took 2 wickets for 16 runs. On Saturday

Carrickfergus Seconds were the visitors to Moylena and in bright sunshine they

batted first taking their score to 102 runs for the loss of 4 wickets before the rain

swept in to force the players off the pitch. After a long delay tea was taken but

the rain returned before they could restart and the game had to be reluctantly

abandoned. On Sunday the team completed their busy three match schedule

when they travelled to Comber to play North Down Seconds in a league match.

The home team batted first and scored 141 runs for 3 wickets in the allocated 20

overs. Their top scorers were H Coulter with 57 runs not out and I Arthur with

36 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was David Steen who took 2 wickets

for 16 runs. Muckamore replied to score 124 runs for 7 wickets to lose the game

by 17 runs. Their top batsmen were Michael Wilson with 40 runs, Shane

Henderson with 28 runs and Richard Keates with 22 runs. Best of the North

Down bowlers were S Grant who took 2 wickets for 23 runs and W Adams who

took 2 wickets for 24 runs. This Saturday the Seconds travel to play Instonians

Seconds in their next league match.

Muckamore Thirds travelled to Seapark on Sunday to play Holywood Seconds

and the only detail to hand is that they were beaten by 7 wickets. This Saturday

the Thirds have a home game against Ballymena Seconds. The Sixths will travel

to Ballyclare to play Templepatrick Fourths on Saturday in their next league

match.

Muckamore Fourths had BISC Seconds as their opponents at Moylena on

Saturday. The visitors batted first and despite several stoppages for the heaviest

of the rain they scored 186 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their allocated 30

overs. Their top scorers were S Sandeep with 34 runs, A Aziz and P Arka with

23 runs each. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was Manu Mohandas who took 2

wickets for 33 runs. The showery conditions persisted during the Muckamore


innings but both teams bravely decided to continue. Muckamore got off to a bad

start and they lost their first three wickets for 30 runs until Manu and Jannet

built a partnership of 62 runs before the former was caught in the slips. With 11

overs remaining and still needing 83 runs to win Dileep was the new batsman

and with Trevor Barnett and then Sanu performing the job of holding up their

end, he aggressively attacked the BISC bowling hitting 3x4s and 6x6s before

clinching his teams 4 wicket victory with a mighty six hit over the square leg

boundary. Best of the BISC bowlers were Praveen who took 2 wickets for 25

runs and Rakish who took 2 wickets for 33 runs. This week the Fourths travel to

Stormont to play CSNI Fourths in their next league match.

Muckamore Fifths travelled to Belmont to play CIYMS Fourths in a league

match on Saturday. The home team batted first and scored 221 runs for 4

wickets in their allocated 25 overs. Their top scorers were C Maskery who was

not out with 101 runs and R Elliott with 29 runs. Muckamore could only reply

with 110 runs to lose the game by 111 runs. Tom Kennedy top scored with 57

runs. Best of the CSNI bowlers were A Carson who took 3 wickets for 13 runs,

C Maskery who took 2 wickets for 3 runs and P Carson who took 2 wickets for

29 runs. On Sunday the Fifths had Larne Seconds as the visitors to Moylena in

their next league game and batting first scored 117 runs for 9 wickets in their

allocated 25 overs. Their top batsmen were C Rane who scored 38 runs and

Marty Kane who scored 24 runs. Best of the Larne bowlers was E Wilson who

took 5 wickets for 16 runs and T Dempsey who took 3 wickets for 20 runs.

Larne replied to keep up with the Muckamore run rate and needing just four

runs off the last over batsman G Moore hit a mighty six off the first ball to

clinch the 6 wicket victory. Their top scorers were D McKinley who batted the

full innings and scored 40 runs not out and G Moore who was not out with 20

runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were C Wilson who took 1 wicket for 14

runs and P Pawar who took 1 wicket for 18 runs. The Fifths next game is on

Sunday when Dundrum Seconds will be the visitors to Moylena.

An interesting game took place at Moylena on Friday afternoon between teams

made up of very age’d former top class players who turned out for Muckamore

in the 60s and 70s. Namely, John McCormick, Paddy O’Hara, Freddy Ashton,

Harry McFadden, Benny Craig, Hewitt Law, Philip Dewes, Sinclair Hamilton,

Andy Clement, Stewart McFarland and Trevor Barnett. They were cushioned

in their contributions by Leslie Allen, Neil Gill, Mark McNeill, David Irvine,

Richard Keates, Luke Allen, Jude Keates, David Miller, Philip Skillen, Jamie

Jackson and Jackie Robinson. The brainchild of former Chairman Hewitt Law it

took several months to get this game organised and as he said ‘it fulfilled things

that were on my ‘Bucket List’ for this game. To resurrect and persuade these

gentlemen to come out of retirement to bask in their former glory; To proudly

captain, bowl and lead his team to the narrow victory’. John McCormick

captained the ‘Count McCormick’ team which batted first to score 95 runs in


their allocated 20 overs. John opened the innings and batted confidently for 10

overs before he retired unbeaten after scoring 10 runs. Harry McFadden

followed to score 12 runs followed by Trevor Barnett who scored 10 runs, then

by Philip Dews with 9 runs and the innings ended with the determined Paddy

O’Hara reviving old memories, remaining unbeaten on three runs. Hewitt Law

and Freddie Ashton opened the batting for ‘Lawsie’s’ team and they

unbelievably came and went as their rusty skills were stretched to the limit.

Andy Clement, Sinclair Hamilton briefly appeared before Benny Craig’s

defensive play allowed him to finish unbeaten on 18 runs before Stewart

McFarland was bowled off the penultimate ball, going for the winning hit.

Jackie Robinson faced the last ball and in the confusion she scrambled the runs

needed to clinch the victory. Speaking afterwards John McCormick thanked

Hewitt Law for organising this very enjoyable game and his family for laying

on the beautiful afternoon tea for everyone in attendance. Then on behalf of the

Muckamore Club John presented Hewitt’s daughter Barbara Moiservici with a

donation to the Real Hope Charity who she works for here and in Romania.


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