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MUCKAMORE CRICKET REPORT 10


On Saturday Muckamore travelled to Belfast to play Cregagh in their next Senior One league game. The home team captain won the toss and deciding to bat first sent J Hunter and D Cooper in to face Muckamore pacemen Ewan Wilson and Shane Henderson. They freely scored 49 runs into the ninth over before Cooper edged new bowler Calum Weir’s very first delivery into wicketkeeper Jamie Magowan’s gloves to be dismissed for nine runs.  M Johnston was Hunter’s new partner and they battered the Muckamore bowling taking the score to 177 runs into the 34th over until the former was bowled by Jude Keates for 38 runs. Meanwhile the Muckamore fielders dropped two hard catching chances off the aggressive Hunter’s bat as the game progressed; actions they would live to regret. A Johnston was the next batsman but in the next over he was dismissed when Stuart Dempster took a good return catch. C Boultwood joined the Cregagh fun and with Hunter another 60 runs were added in the next nine overs before Hunter finally succumbed, on a magnificent 149 runs, when Richard Keates clean bowled him in the 44th over with the score on 239 runs. J Moore was next man in and with just seven overs remaining they took the score to 256 runs into the 46th over before he was caught by ‘deep mid off’ fielder Luke Allen after scoring eight runs. A McCormick was next man in and with C Boultwood the onslaught on the Muckamore bowling continued and the score had reached 295 runs into the last over when the latter was out to a magnificent Wilson diving catch on the long on boundary to end his 58 run innings. Batsman number eight was C Irvine and he could only watch his partner McCormick slam another 13 runs to bring the onslaught to an end on 308 runs for the loss of only seven wickets, the biggest number of runs ever scored against a Muckamore team in living memory. Best of the Muckamore bowlers in this game was Stuart Dempster who took one wicket for 27 runs.  Ewan Wilson and Ravi Shanbogue opened the Muckamore innings against bowlers against R Boultwood and A Beattie. Wilson struck the first ball to the boundary for four runs, blocked the next two and then was clean bowled by R Boultwood off only his fourth delivery. Sam Gordon joined Shanbogue and they took the score to 41 runs into the eight over before the latter cut a Beattie delivery straight into ‘slip’ fielder Irvine’s hands to end his 25 run innings. Jamie Magowan was the new batsman and off the next seven overs they were only able to add 22 runs before, in a disastrous mix up Shambouge was run out when a good return throw left him stranded. Now on 72 runs for four wickets, teenager Jude Keates was the next batsman and the score progressed to 96 runs into the 21st over before Magowan was given out lbw from a Beattie delivery after scoring just nine runs.  Luke Allen was the new batsman and 24 runs were score off the next five overs before Jude was bowled by A McCormick for 10 runs in the 22nd over. Dad Richard followed and the score moved forward to 121 runs into the 27th over when Allen, who had scored 16 runs, was bowled by the accurate McCormick. Then Stuart Dempster was clean bowled with his very next delivery to leave Muckamore on 121 runs for seven wickets to go through the motions on what was a now hopeless chase for the 188 runs needed to win this game with only three wickets in hand. Shane Henderson now partnered Richard Keates and helped to add another 14 runs before he too was bowled by McCormick for only one run. The penultimate batsman was Callum Weir and with Richard Keates they took the score to 148 runs before the latter was caught by ‘long on’ fielder Cooper off another McCormick delivery to end his ‘never say die’ 37 run innings. David Steen was the last Muckamore batsman but he only survived for one delivery before he was stumped by wicketkeeper Hunter off a McCormick delivery to leave Weir not out with five runs to bring the 131 run Muckamore innings to an end and give Cregagh the well deserved 177 run victory. Best of the Cregagh bowlers were A McCormick who took six wickets for 33 runs and R Boultwood who took two wickets for 51 runs. Coincidentally Cregagh are the visitors to Moylena on Saturday for their first round Gallagher Senior Cup match in which a much better all round Muckamore performance will be expected.

Muckamore Seconds had Waringstown Seconds at Moylena on Saturday for their next league game and batting first were bowled out for 112 runs. Their top batsmen were Moonson Stephenson who was not out with 25 runs, Leslie Allen with 22 runs and Peter Clement with 17 runs. Best of the Waringstown bowlers were S Burke who took three wickets for 19 runs, B Snell who took three wickets for 27 runs and J Frogott who took two wickets for 12 runs. Waringstown replied to pass that total and win the game with two wickets to spare. Their top batsmen were S Kidd who was unbeaten with 22 runs and J Hunter who scored 21 runs and Mr Extras who contributed 24 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Callum Stewart who took three wickets for 27 runs and Michael Wilson who took two wickets for 20 runs.
The Seconds travelled to Belfast on Sunday to play Instonians Seconds in another league match. The home team batted first and were bowled out for 193 runs. Their top batsmen were R Ellerby who scored 50 runs, A Ly who scored 38 runs, J Rose who scored 30 runs and S McClarnon who scored 20 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Moonson Stephenson who took three wickets for 21 runs, Richard Keates who took three wickets for 37 runs and Shane Henderson who took two wickets for 31 runs. Muckamore replied to pass that total and win the game with four wickets to spare. Their top batsmen were Richard Keates with 38 runs not out, Moonson Stephenson with 40 runs, teenager Sam Magee with 33 runs and Ravi Shanbogue with 32 runs. Best of the Instonians bowlers was R Ellerby who took two wickets for 31 runs. This Saturday the Seconds travel back to Belfast to play Cooke/Collegians in the second round of the Junior Cup.
For the first time this season the wet weather forced the postponement of the Midweek Muckamore A team home match against Carrickfergus. However in light drizzly conditions the B team travelled to Mallusk to play BISC in their scheduled game. Muckamore batted first and struggling in the poor conditions were bowled out for only 99 runs. Their top scorers were Dileep Jose who retired with 30 runs and David Gill who scored 22 runs. Best of the BISC bowlers was P Shashidhara who took four wickets for 26 runs. The BISC team replied to pass that total to win the game with five wickets to spare. Their top batsman was M Khan who retired unbeaten with 35 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was Jobe Jose who took three wickets for 18 runs. This Wednesday the two Muckamore teams clash again and the B team will be going all out to try and reverse the defeat which the A team inflicted on them earlier in the season
Friday evening saw the eagerly awaited semi final clash between the Muckamore Under 15 Graham Cup team against CSNI take place at Moylena in front of a large crowd of interested spectators, to find out who would play CIYMS in the final sometime this week. The visitors won the toss with A Leckey and R Hunter facing Muckamore bowlers Sam Magee and James Laverty. A strong start by two very competent young batsmen, they took the score to 65 runs in just 10 overs before Hunter was caught off a Ethan Wilson delivery after scoring 31 runs. The new batsman was F Lutton and with Leckey the score quickly progressed to 124 runs into the 18th over until the prolific Lecky was finally dismissed after scoring 65 runs off a Jude Keates delivery. Then Lutton was bowled by Ryan Dakhane in the next over after scoring 33 runs and in the dash to score more runs four more wickets fell in the remaining time to leave CSNI with a final total of 143 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Ryan Dakhane who took two wickets for 14 runs and Jude Keates who took two wickets for 29 runs. Sam Magee and Peter Kane opened the Muckamore innings against CSNI bowlers Y Pahuja and J West and in the fourth over with the score on 16 runs Kane was bowled by first bowling change F Lutton after scoring 11 runs. Jude Keates followed and quickly returned to the pavilion with just one run in the next over when he was trapped lbw by a delivery from Pahuja. Callum Stewart joined Magee but he was run out in the next over, going for a suicide second run. Ryan Dakhane was the new batsman but the tumble of wickets continued when Magee was bowled by West in the next over after scoring just eight runs to leave Muckamore struggling at 23 runs for four wickets in the seventh over. Aaron Armstrong was Dakhane’s new partner but as the confidence began to ebb the former was caught off a Lutton delivery two overs later with the score now on 30 runs for the loss of five wickets. Ewan Wilson was next but he only survived for two deliveries before he was bowled by H Dyer before he had even scored. A Place joined Dakhane and at last a little resistance and they added 23 runs in the next six overs taking the score to 56 runs before the latter was bowled by O Dyer after he had scored six runs. J Gillen was the next man in and the score had reached 59 runs into the 17th over when the plucky Dakhane top edged a delivery straight back into bowler Lutton’s hands to end his 19 run innings. L Gribbon was batsman number 10 and with Gillen they took the score to 65 runs into the 19th over before he was bowled by A Lecky. Last man in was J Laverty and he and Gribbon added two more runs before time ran out to give CSNI the very easy 67 run victory and a place in this week’s final. Best of the CSNI bowlers was F Lutton who took three wickets for 14 runs.
Muckamore Thirds played Cregagh Seconds at Antrim Grammar School on Saturday in their next league game. The visitor batted first and were bowled out for 106 runs. Their top scorers were M Simpson with 44 runs and A Watt with 29 runs Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Aaron Gill who took three wickets for 19 runs, P Kumar who took two wickets for 12 runs and R Dakhane who took two wickets for 17 runs. Muckamore replied to pass that total with five wickets to spare. Their top batsmen were Pavan Pawar who scored 22 runs and Ben Cunningham who was not out with 19 runs The visitors also conceded 22 extras to add to Muckamore’s final total as well. This Saturday the Thirds travel to Uprichard Park to play Bangor Seconds in their next league game.
On Sunday Muckamore Sixths travelled to Ballyclare to play Templepatrick Fifths in their next league match. The home team batted first and scored 108 runs for the loss of three wickets in their allocated 25 overs.     Their top scorer was J Gerrish who was not out with 47 runs and D Caldwell with 16 runs. Muckamore best bowlers were Ewan Wilson who took one wicket for 23 runs and James Laverty who took one wicket for 28 runs. In reply, after a shaky start Muckamore passed the Templepatrick score with four wickets to spare. Their top batsman was teenager Aaron Armstrong who had a charmed innings, being dropped at least six times, to end up scoring 60 runs. Best of the Templepatrick bowlers were J Canning who took one wicket for eight runs and S Caldwell who took one wicket for 17 runs. This Sunday the Sixths are a home to Carrickfergus Fifths for their next league game.
The Fourths were without a game at the weekend but this week they travel to Comber to play North Down Thirds in their next league game. The Fifths had no game either but are at home to Cregagh Thirds this coming Saturday for their next league game.


 

MUCKAMORE CRICKET CLUB REPORT 9


Founded in 1874 Muckamore Cricket and Tennis Club is fast approaching its 150th year. During that time the Club has had some outstanding players and prominent officials who have given dedicated service to the Club most of whom were recognised and their achievements recorded in the Centenary Book published in 1974. Of course the life and progress of Club has carried on and when the Committee looked in depth at the contribution of members since then the name of John McCormick stood out, head and shoulders, above anyone else. So much so that it was unanimously agreed to rename one end of the ground after him. Born and raised in Muckamore village, John is steeped in Muckamore cricket tradition and was very much influenced by his late father Paddy who was devoted to the Club for almost 50 years. John was an outstanding player, the Club’s leading scorer with over 15000 runs over an unbelievable 60 years until a hip replacement forced him to retire. An excellent wicketkeeper he also represented Ulster Country on many occasions. Muckamore’s most successful period was between 1962 and 1972 when they won the Senior Cup and played in another three finals. Jon was central to this success and he was Captain of the 1970 team that shared the Premier League title with Waringstown. John has served the Club as President, Chairman, Committee Member, Grounds Convenor and Club Captain over many years. He has been the driving force behind most of the Club’s fund raising events / ideas for the past 50 odd years. His Supporter’s Club Draw has raised considerable funds for ground maintenance and improvements. He has sold many Sponsors’ boards and has organised everything from dances, barbecues to strawberry and cream nights. It is a conservative estimate to say that from all these activities he has raised thousands of pounds for the Club. From playing to working on the ground and fundraising these are only part of John’s contribution. He has spent endless hours coaching, discussing and motivating practically every player that has walked into Moylena in the past 50 years. John isn’t only a Coach to those who could play. He did and still to this day coaches anyone who is willing to listen to an ’old man’. Club President Ivor McMeekin stated that he spoke for all the players who played with and under John that he inspired us all. Amongst his peers are many great clubmen in their own right but we all recognise him as Mr Muckamore for he has a passion for this Club which may never be matched and will never be understood by most of today’s transient players. John is the definition of a true Clubman and richly deserves the honour the Club are bestowing on him. Then the modest, surprised and slightly embarrassed John unmasked the new sign to officially reveal the John McCormick End of the ground. Unfortunately the current COVID regulations have hampered the scale and nature of the renaming ceremony but the Club hopes to have a John McCormick Day when restrictions are lifted. Then along with family, players, members past and present we can truly celebrate the achievements of a remarkable servant to Muckamore Cricket and Tennis Club.
 

MUCKAMORE CRICKET REPORT 8


Muckamore travelled to the outskirts of Belfast to play leaders Derriaghy in their next league game. The home team captain won the toss and sent R Bailey and J Wade in to open their innings against Muckamore’s pace bowlers Ewan Wilson and Callum Weir in this the first 50 over game of the season. With the score on seven runs and off the last ball of Weir’s first over ‘mid on’ fielder Ewan Wilson held on to a catch to dismiss Bailey. The new batsman was M Halliday and with Wade they took the score to 30 runs into the 8th over before Weir struck again to bowl the former for only six runs.  E Dempsey joined Wade and in the next 17 overs they added 103 runs before the free scoring Wade was bowled out for 77 runs by David Steen to leave Derriaghy on 133 runs for three wickets in the 25th over. C Lewis was the new batsman and the score progressed to 142 runs into the 27th over until Dempsey got a slight edge to deflect the ball into wicketkeeper Jamie Magowan’s gloves after scoring 36 runs. A Kenny was next in and with Sam Gordon bowling slow spin; the scoring rate slowed only creeping forward to 158 runs into the 32nd over when the impatient Lewis lost his wicket to a Gordon delivery after scoring 11 runs. M Jennings followed and with Kenny they took the score to 205 runs until the latter was trapped lbw off a Richard Keates delivery in the 42nd over. J Bell was Jennings new partner and the score steadily increased to 222 runs before the former was bowled by Stewart Dempster after scoring only one run in the 45th over. M Stinson came next and with his partner they had a go at the tired bowling and 11 runs were added in the next two overs before Jennings was caught by ‘deep mid on’ fielder Dempster off a Wilson delivery to end his 43 run innings. The penultimate batsman was D Fuzzard and with just four overs left he and Stinson went for the runs but he was run out when a good return throw from Weir left him stranded but the score had reached 252 runs into the last over. Last man in was W Hughes and four more runs were added to give Derriaghy a final total of 256 runs off their allocated 50 overs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Callum Weir who took two wickets for 35 runs and David Steen who took two wickets for 51 runs. Ewan Wilson and Chris Keenan opened the Muckamore batting against Derriaghy pace bowlers C Lewis and M Stinson. Unfortunately Keenan lobbed his first delivery from Lewis straight into ‘cover point’ fielder Hughes hands to take his second duck in a row back to the pavilion. Sam Gordon joined Wilson and they confidently took the score to 40 runs into the eighth over until the former mistimed his shot and was easily caught by ‘cover point’ fielder Wade off a Stinson delivery after scoring 28 runs. Adam McDaid was next and with Wilson they steadily took the score to 91 runs into the 16th over before the former hit a Wade delivery straight into the hands of ‘mid on’ fielder Bell to lose his wicket for only 11 runs. Jamie Magowan was batsman number five and with the big hitting Wilson they added 26 runs in the next four overs taking the score to 117 runs before the latter edged a Wade delivery to be caught by wicketkeeper Halliday after scoring 51 runs. James McClean was Magowan’s new partner but in the very next over the former was stumped by wicketkeeper Halliday off a Jennings delivery before he had even scored. Luke Allen was the next batsman and with Magowan they cautiously took the score forward to 171 runs into the 35th over and probably aware of the gathering bad weather and the implication of a possible Duckworth Lewis neck and neck calculation; trying to force the pace both of them were dismissed the same way within three deliveries. First to go was Allen, edging the ball to wicketkeeper Halliday off a Jennings delivery and in the next over Magowan doing the same off a Hughes delivery. Jamie had scored 50 runs and Luke had scored 20 runs, leaving the team score on 173 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the 38th over. Richard Keates and Stewart Dempster were the batsmen now at the wicket and three more runs were added before rain forced them off the field. The Duckworth Lewis calculation was made and the par score of 207 runs for the same number of overs left Muckamore 31 runs short so Derriaghy was declared the D/L winner by 31 runs. This Saturday Muckamore has Saintfield as the visitor to Moylena for their next league game.
Muckamore Seconds travelled to Wallace Park to play     Lisburn Seconds for the second week running seeking to avenge last week’s defeat. Lisburn batted first and were bowled out for 188 runs which included 32 runs as wides. Their top scorers were R McConkey with 52 runs, S Wilson with 34 runs and G McGill with 30 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Shane Henderson who took three wickets for 11 runs and Aaron McKinley who took two wickets for 34 runs. Muckamore replied to score 161 runs in reply to lose the game by 27 runs. Their top scorers were James McClean with 37 runs, Leslie Allen with 33 runs and Jamie Jackson with 32 runs. Best of the Lisburn bowlers were C Doak who took five wickets for 14 runs and R McConkey who took two wickets for 53 runs. This Sunday the Seconds have a home game against Carrickfergus Seconds.
Muckamore Thirds travelled to Belfast to play CSNI Thirds in a league game. The home team batted first and were bowled out for 172 runs. Their top scorers were R West with 70 runs and J West with 48 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Aaron Gill who took three wickets for 30 runs, Michael Wilson who took two wickets for 20 runs and Chinmay Dakhane who took two wickets for 38 runs. Muckamore replied to score 173 runs for eight wickets to win the game by two wickets. Their top scorers were Chris Masekesa who was unbeaten with 53 runs; Chinmay Dakahne was unbeaten with 22 runs and Chaita Rane with 22 runs. Best of the CSNI bowlers was J Neill who took four wickets for 18 runs. The Thirds next listed game is at home to Cregagh Seconds on 26th June.
Muckamore Fifths had CSNI Fifths as visitors to Moylena on Sunday and batting first scored 167 runs for eight wickets in their allocated 25 overs. Their top scorers were Cliff Wilson with 43 runs, Peter Kane with 31 runs and James Hood with 25 runs. Best of the CSNI bowlers were P Pentlavalli who took three wickets for 30 runs and T Ewart who took three wickets for 10 runs. The CSNI team could only reply with 130 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allocated 25 overs to give Muckamore the 37 run victory. This Saturday the team have a Minor Cup game at home to Ards Seconds
The Midweek Muckamore A team travelled to play Cliftonville /Academy last Wednesday evening and batting first scored 118 runs in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were David Cardwell who scored 31 runs not out and Pravin Pawar who scored 17 runs. Best of the Cliftonville /Academy bowlers was S Raghu who took three wickets for 16 runs.  Muckamore bowled the home team out for 108 runs to win the game by 10 runs. Top scorer for Cliftonville/Academy was C O’Connor who was unbeaten with 30 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were David Cardwell who took two wickets for nine runs and Shakeel Shaikh who took two wickets for 32 runs. This week the team travel to Eaton Park to play Ballymena in their next game.
The Midweek Muckamore B team had Carrickfergus as the visitors to Moylena on Wednesday evening. Carrickfergus batted first and scored 142 runs for seven wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top batsmen were S Gardiner who was unbeaten with 33 runs and A Burton who was unbeaten with 32 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were S John who took three wickets for 23 runs, H Krishna who took two wickets for eight runs, and A Gill who took two wickets for 35 runs. In reply Muckamore were bowled out for 107 runs to lose the game by 35 runs. Their top scorers were Dilip Jose with 18 runs and Joby Jose with 15 runs. Best of the Carrickfergus bowlers were B Crook who took three wickets for 14 runs and C Jackson who took three wickets for 17 runs. This week the B team are at home to Cliftonville/Academy in their next game.
The Under 15 Boys team met their Cliftonville/Academy counterparts at Moylena last Wednesday evening and batting first scored a massive 233 runs in their allocated 20 overs. Their top batsmen were Jude Keates with 53 runs, Sam Magee with 51 runs and Peter Kane with 50 runs, all who retired unbeaten. Cliftonville/Academy was bowled out for 111 runs to lose the game by 122 runs. Their top scorers were H Dillon Wright with 29 runs, A Caldwell with 25 runs not out and A Hewitt with 20 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Ethan Wilson who took four wickets for four runs and James Laverty who took four wickets for 12 runs.
The Muckamore Under 15 Boys team were in action again last Friday evening in the next round of the Graham Cup when they met Cregagh at Moylena. Muckamore batted first and scored 179 runs for the loss of only two wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were Jude Keates who was unbeaten with 53 runs, Sam Magee who scored 52 runs and Peter Kane who scored 29 runs. Cregagh could only reply with 55 runs to give Muckamore the 122 run victory. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Sam Magee who took four wickets for 10 runs and Ryan Dakhane who took three wickets for 15 runs. The team will be at home again in the semi final against CSNI, the date yet to be confirmed.
The Muckamore Bluebelles Seconds met the CSNI Ladies Seconds at Moylena last Friday evening in the semi – final of the Gallagher Women’s Challenge Plate competition. CSNI batted first and scored 91 runs in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were B Healey who scored 22 runs and J Gillian who scored 19 runs. Best of the Bluebelles bowlers were Caria Murray who took three wickets for 12 runs and Sarah Keates who took two wickets for 11 runs. The Bluebelles replied to easily pass that total without losing a wicket. Their top scorers were B McCrea who was unbeaten with 31 runs and Becky Simpson who was unbeaten with 30 runs. The next league match for the Bluebells Seconds is listed for this coming Friday evening at home to Instonians Ladies.
With member numbers at Muckamore Cricket Club steadily increasing, the Club has for the first time in its history fielded a second women's team, and they haven’t wasted any time in making their mark on women’s cricket in Northern Ireland. In only their first season the new squad have already made it to the final of the Gallagher Women's Challenge Plate, after beating Instonians and CSNI in their quarter final and semi final matches respectively. As the first ever Challenge Plate for Women's Cricket in the Northern Cricket Union (NCU), this new Women’s competition, sponsored by Gallagher Insurance was announced earlier in 2021 following a number of years of the game’s significant expansion across the country. As the sport continues to grow, this Plate competition provides an opportunity for those starting out in women's cricket to take part in it competitively. Captained by Rebecca Simpson, the Muckamore Bluebelles Seconds will play in the Plate Final against Holywood Cricket Club, listed to take place the week beginning 28th June, the venue yet to be decided.

 

MUCKAMORE CRICKET REPORT 7

On Saturday Muckamore had Armagh as the visitors to Moylena for their next 20/20 league game. Captain Sam Gordon won the toss and deciding to bat first sent in Ewan Wilson and Richard Keates to face Armagh’s pace bowlers H Doyle and M Wright. The batsmen scored freely taking the score to 35 runs into the sixth over before the adventurous Keates mistimed his shot and was caught by ‘mid on’ fielder J Rodgers off an M Wright delivery to end his 18 run innings. Sam Gordon joined Wilson and they slowly added another 11 runs off the next 27 deliveries until the impatient Gordon, going for a big hit, was caught on the deep square leg boundary by S Wilson off an S Lester delivery after scoring just five runs. Adam McDaid was the new batsman and in the next three overs, they took the score to 71 runs before his big hitting teenage partner Wilson, who had scored 32 runs, was given out lbw trying to play a rather silly reverse sweep from an A Wright delivery. Chris Keenan was next in but off his very first delivery the ball looped back over the bowler A Wright’s head where he somehow took a great backward diving catch to dismiss the batsman before he had even scored. James McClean followed and with McDaid they struggled to score only 13 more runs off the next 21 deliveries before the former was easily caught by mid off fielder C Russell for his disappointing seven run maiden appearance at Moylena. Now on 84 runs for five wickets with just three overs left the remaining batsmen had no option but to try and score as many more runs as they could. It was Luke Allen’s turn next and he scored one run before he was given run out, losing to the umpire’s decision on a very close call. Stuart Dempster followed Allen and he could only watch as McDaid was caught by ‘deep mid on fielder’ C Russell to end his 16 run innings.     Moonson Stephenson was Dempster’s new partner but before he even faced one delivery he was run out going for a suicide run off Dempster’s very next shot With the score now on 93 runs for eight wickets with only 11 deliveries remaining Callum Weir joined Dempster but he could only watch when the latter was bowled by M Wright three deliveries later after scoring five runs. Last man in was David Steen and three more runs were added to take the Muckamore score to 96 runs before Weir was bowled by M Wright for two runs in the last over. Best of the Armagh bowlers were A Wright who took three wickets for 17 runs and A Wright who took three wickets for 19 runs. A Hoey and J Rodgers opened the batting for Armagh against bowlers Richard Keates and Ewan Wilson and in the third over with the score on 10 runs; Hoey with six runs was bowled by Keates. A Wright joined Rodgers and they took the score to 30 runs into the eight over when falling rain forced the players off the pitch. When play resumed after a 22 minute delay the dreaded Duckworth Lewis calculation had to be made and from that the target was reduced to 74 runs off 15 overs. Batsmen J Rodgers and A Wright took the score to 55 runs into the 12th over before the latter edged a Sam Gordon delivery into wicketkeeper James McClean’s hands to end his eight run innings. M Steenson was the new batsman and with Rodgers they easily scored the 25 runs needed to clinch this very easy eight wicket victory. Top scorer for Armagh was J Rodgers who was unbeaten with 40 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was Sam Gordon who took one wicket for 11 runs. So far no fixture has been arranged for this Saturday but they travel to Derriaghy to play a league match on Sunday.
On Saturday Muckamore Seconds surrendered their home advantage and travelled to the Lawn to play Waringstown Seconds in the Final of their Junior League One Plate competition. Muckamore batted first and scored 135 runs for three wickets in a reduced 18 over rain affected game. Their top scorers were Ravi Shambouge who scored 57 runs and Jamie Jackson who scored 34 runs.  With a reset target of 145 runs the early Waringstown batsmen struggled to stay in the game but as the Muckamore bowlers and fielders tired they came surging back to win the game by two wickets with two overs to spare. Their top batsmen were M Topping with 32 runs, M McClean with 29 runs and M Waite with 24 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Shane Henderson who took 2 wickets for 24 runs and Arnold Oduvelil who took 2 wickets for 34 runs.
Last Sunday Muckamore Seconds played their first Junior League 1 game of the season at Moylena against Lisburn Seconds Lisburn batted first and in their allocated 20 overs scored 101 runs for nine wickets. Their top batsman was R McConkey who scored 43 runs but the poor Muckamore bowling contributed a massive 31 wides to that total. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Shane Henderson and Leslie Allen who both took two wickets for 11 runs and Richard Keates who took two wickets for 22 runs. Sadly the feeble Muckamore batting could only reply with 70 runs to lose the game by 31 runs. Muckamore’s top scorer was teenager Jude Keates with 20 runs. Best of the Lisburn bowlers were R McConkey who took three wickets for 11 runs, R Simpson who took three wickets for 17 runs and S Lightbody who took two wickets for 15 runs. Ironically the Seconds face the same opposition this Saturday again when they travel to Wallace Park for their Ulster Junior Cup match.
 
Muckamore Thirds travelled to Belfast to play Woodvale Thirds in a league match on Saturday and batting first scored 98 runs for the loss of five wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorer was Peter Clement with 38 runs. Best of the Woodvale bowler was S Roshimon who took two wickets for 18 runs. Woodvale Thirds replied to score 103 runs for the loss of four wickets to win the game by six wickets. Muckamore’s best bowler was S Shaikh who took two wickets for 22 runs. This Saturday the Thirds travel to Belfast to play CSNI Thirds in their next league match.
Muckamore Fourths travelled to Belfast on Sunday to play Woodvale Fourths in their next league match. The home team batted first and scored 92 runs for eight wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorer was J Kane who was unbeaten with 26 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were H Narayanan who took two wickets for five runs, Aaron Gill who took two wickets for 18 runs, Cliff Wilson who took two wickets for 23 runs and Sanu John who took one wicket for 11 runs. Muckamore replied to pass that total with six wickets to spare. Their top batsmen were Dilip Jose who was unbeaten with 41 runs, Josh Jose with 19 runs and Sam Magee with 15 runs. Best of the Woodvale bowlers were R Ramesh who took two wickets for 24 runs and R Marks who took one wicket for 17 runs. The next listed game for the Fourths is a Cup game away to Cooke/Collegians Seconds on the 19th of June.
Muckamore Fifths entertained Donacloney Fourths at Moylena on Saturday in their next league match. The home team batted first and scored a useful 144 runs for the loss of four wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were Amy Caulfield who was unbeaten on 55 runs and Robert Fleck who was unbeaten on 38 runs. Best of the Donacloney bowlers were K Weir who took two wickets for 22 runs and D Marshall who took one wicket for 22 runs. Donacloney replied to easily pass the Muckamore total losing only one wicket to win the game by nine wickets. Their top scorers were C Derby who scored 77 runs and G Sheriff who was unbeaten with 54 runs. This Sunday the Fifths are at home to CSNI Fifths in their next league match.
On Whit Monday Muckamore Fifths travelled to Sandy Bay to play Larne Thirds in a Junior League game and batting first scored 125 runs for nine wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorer was Cliff Wilson who scored 35 runs. Best of the Larne bowlers were J Russell who took four wickets for 35 runs, K McKinley who took two wickets for eight runs and D Fitzimmons who took two wickets for 15 runs. The Larne team could only score 51 runs in reply to lose the game by 74 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Sam Magee who took five wickets for seven runs and Aaron Gill who took two wickets for 10 runs.
Muckamore Sixths entertained Dunmurry Seconds i their Junior League match on Sunday. The visitors batted first and scored 177 runs for six wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were A Rishin who scored 96 runs, T Raju who scored 21 runs and P Sanyal who scored 20 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was James Laverty who took three wickets for 39 runs. In reply Muckamore scored a creditable 130 runs to lose the game by 47 runs. Their top scorers were Aaron Armstrong who scored 46 runs, Tom Kennedy who scored 31 runs and D Arunkumar who scored 21 runs. Best of the Dunmurry bowlers was Raj Kumar who took seven wickets for 13 runs. The Sixths next listed game is away to Templepatrick Fourths on the 26th June.
The Midweek A team had BISC as their opponents at Moylena last Wednesday evening for their next league match. The visitors batted first and scored 136 runs for seven wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were P Jaypaul who was not out with 30 runs, D Kamboj with 26 runs and P Shashidhar with 23 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was Cliff Wilson who took three wickets for 30 runs. In reply Muckamore scored 137 runs, hitting the winning run off the very last delivery to claim the two wicket victory. Their top scorers were Pravin Pawar who was not out with 33 runs and Johnny Gordon with 20 runs. Best of the BISC bowlers was F Hamza who took three wickets for 24 runs. This Wednesday the team travel to Belfast to play Cliftonville/Academy in their next league match.
The Midweek B team travelled to Eaton Park to play Ballymena in their next league game last Wednesday evening and batting first scored 139 runs for four wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were David Gill who was not out with 31 runs, Steve Wilson with 29 runs and Peter Kane with 26 runs. Best of the Ballymena bowlers were J Scott who took three wickets for 33 runs and B Gilmore who took one wicket for 16 runs. Ballymena replied to score 140 runs for three wickets, hitting the winning run off the last ball of their innings for the three wickets victory. Their top batsmen were D O’Brien who was not out with 34 runs, M Dick who was not out with 30 runs and J Scott who scored 21 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were S John who took one wicket for 28 runs, A Hareesh who took one wicket for 18 runs and J George who took one wicket for 47 runs. This Wednesday evening the team are at home to Carrickfergus in their next league match.
Muckamore’s Under 15 Boys team travelled to Ballyclare to play Templepatrick in the first round of this year’s Graham Cup and batting first scored 165 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were Ryan Dakhane with an unbeaten 48 runs, Peter Kane who scored 31 runs and Callum Stewart who scored 20 runs. Best of the Templepatrick bowlers were Jacob Scarlett who took three wickets for 14 runs and Matthew McCord who took three wickets for 37 runs. Templepatrick could only reply with 113 runs for the loss of three wickets in their allocated 20 overs to lose the game by 52 runs. Their top scorers were Matthew McCord who was unbeaten with 40 runs and Carl Lewis who was unbeaten with 21 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was J Laverty who took two wickets for 13 runs. Muckamore will be at home to Cregagh in the next round, the date yet to be arranged.
Last Sunday the Bluebelles travelled to Comber to play North Down Ladies in their next league match and batting first first and scored 158 runs for the loss of one wicket in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were Amy Caulfield who was unbeaten with 64 runs and Joanne Logan who was unbeaten with 40 runs. North Down could only reply with 134 runs for the loss of six wickets to give Muckamore the 25 run victory. The top scorers for North Down were N Morton with 37 runs and A Benson with34 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Caria Murray who took wickets for 30 runs, Becky Hall who took one wicket for 13 runs, Niki Niblock who took one wicket for 18 runs and Joanne Logan who took one wicket for 19 runs.  No match listed now until June 27th but the Bluebells Seconds have to play CSNI Seconds at home in the Cup before next Sunday.

 

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On Friday evening Cliftonville/Academy surrendered their home advantage to play their 20/20 Knockout Plate game at Moylena. Muckamore Captain Sam Gordon, recovering from a hand injury, was welcomed back for his first game of the season. The Cliftonville/Academy Captain A Kelso won the toss and deciding to bat first sent N. Cahill and M Burton in to open their batting innings against Muckamore bowlers Ewan Wilson and Callum Weir. They made a great start hammering the poor Muckamore bowling, racing to score 60 runs in the first six overs then to 85 runs in 10 overs. Bowlers Moonson Stephenson, Sam Gordon and David Steen had their turn but with no success. Then Stewart Dempster replaced Stevenson from the River End and with the score on 119 runs into the 16th over Cahill edged a delivery into wicketkeeper Magowan’s hands to end his 28 run innings. M McCord joined Burton and they scored 11 runs off the next nine deliveries into Dempster’s next over before he clean bowled the tiring Burton to end his brilliant 82 run innings which contained 11fours and two sixes. R Moffett was the new batsman and they quickly took the score to 154 runs into the last over before McCord, going for a big hit was well caught by ‘deep mid on’ fielder Gordon for his useful 15 runs. Kelso came to the wicket and he could only watch Moffett score a single run off the last ball of the innings to bring their total to 155 runs for three wickets off their allocated 20 overs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was Stewart Dempster who took three wickets for 33 runs. A daunting score to chase down as Muckamore batsmen Ewan Wilson and Alan McDaid faced Cliftonville/Academy opening bowlers B Anderson and R Hood. Immediate success for Anderson when he clean bowled McDaid for two runs in his very first over. Sam Gordon joined Wilson and in the next eight overs they added 59 runs taking the score to 67 runs before the hard hitting Wilson was bowled by McCord after aggressively scoring 43 runs. Jamie Magowan was Gordon’s new partner and as the run chase continued they took the score to 103 runs into the 15th over before the latter was stumped by wicketkeeper Kelso after missing a floating J Kane delivery. Chris Keenan was next in and with Magowan the high scoring continued and they added 36 more runs off the next 20 deliveries until the former, who had scored 15 runs, edged a McCord delivery to give wicketkeeper Kelso an easy catch, With 16 runs needed off the remaining 20 deliveries Richard Keates now came to the wicket and the score progressed to 149 runs into the penultimate over when Magowan, who had scored 38 runs, going for a big hit was caught on the square leg boundary by Burton off a Hood delivery. Luke Allen joined Keates with seven runs needed to win off the last over. A single run from Allen off the first ball, no run off the second and a single run from Keates off the third. Tension mounted with five runs needed off the remaining three deliveries. A long run up from bowler McCord and a flashing leg side sweep from Allen saw the ball fly to the boundary to bring the scores level. With two deliveries remaining to get that vital run to clinch the victory, one was enough when the ball glanced off Allen’s pads, Keates took advantage of the confusion and hesitation amongst the close fielders to sprint to the other end to grab the memorable five wicket victory Best of the Cliftonville/Academy bowlers was M McCord who took two wickets for 23 runs.
Whoever said that cricket was a dull boring game didn’t watch Muckamore’s two outings at the weekend which ended in nail biting last over finishes. After Friday evenings narrow win Muckamore travelled to Eaton Park on Saturday to play long time rivals Ballymena in their next match, both desperately seeking their first league win of the season to take them off the bottom of the table. New player James McClean replaced Richard Keates on the team to allow him to strengthen the Seconds in their important semi final at Comber. Captain Sam Gordon won the toss and asking Ballymena to bat first they sent in Michael Glass and James Kennedy to face bowlers Ewan Wilson and Sam Gordon. The score progressed to 84 runs into the 13th over as the freely scoring batsmen saw off the first attempts of these bowlers as well as Moonson Stephenson and Stewart Dempster. David Steen was the next bowler tried and off the penultimate ball of his fourth and final over his looping delivery was missed by Michael Glass and he was expertly stumped by wicketkeeper Jamie Magowan after scoring 37 runs. John Glass now joined Kennedy and from the next ten deliveries they took the score to 91 runs before the latter’s hard driven shot off the returning bowler Gordon’s first delivery was well caught by ‘square leg’ fielder Callum Weir to end his 40 run innings. Owen Dick was the new batsman and with John Glass they advanced the score to 115 runs into 18th over until the latter was bowled by Stephenson for 19 runs. M G Glass was next to the wicket and after scoring four runs he was run out when a good return throw from Ewan Wilson left him well short of safety. Sam Glass followed his dad to the wicket to complete the family set but he could only watch his partner Dick hit Weir’s next delivery straight into ‘cover’ fielder James McClean’s hands to end his 11 run innings. Michael Caithness followed and with Sam Glass they took the score to 128 runs to bring the Ballymena innings to an end. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was Callum Weir who took one wicket for 15 runs and Moonson Stephenson who took one wicket for 23 runs. Ewan Wilson and Adam McDaid were the Muckamore opening batsmen facing bowlers M G Glass and Sam Glass. Shock for Muckamore and instant ecstasy for the home team when Wilson was clean bowled off M G Glass’s very first delivery. Sam Gordon joined McDaid and they steadily took the score to 39 runs into the seventh over before the latter, who had scored nine runs, was bowled by M G Glass. Jamie Magowan came to the wicket and with Gordon they advanced the score to 69 runs into the 12th over until the former’s mistimed shot off Michael Glass was expertly caught by ‘mid off’ fielder Kennedy to end his 10 run innings. Former Ballymena player James McClean was the next man in but he could only watch when, three deliveries later, Gordon fired another Michael Glass delivery straight into the hands of ‘square leg’ fielder Dick to bring his 48 run innings to a close. Chris Keenan was the new batsman and mainly from his bat 23 runs were added off the next 16 deliveries before McClean was bowled by Sam Glass after scoring just three runs. Luke Allen was Keenan’s next partner, but only for three deliveries before the latter was well caught by the ‘deep square leg’ fielder Kennedy off another Sam Glass delivery to end his 17 run innings. With the score now on 94 runs and needing 34 more runs to win off the last five overs, batsman number eight Stewart Dempster  joined Allen and they held their nerve to steadily take the score to 123 runs into the last over. Could the batsmen repeat what happened the evening before against Cliftonville/Academy. Luke took a single off the first delivery; the second one was called a wide; Stewart took a single off the third delivery and needing three runs to win the game off the remaining three deliveries Luke was the hero of the day, smashing a mighty six over the long on boundary to clinch the four wicket victory and Muckamore’s first league win of the season. Best of the Ballymena bowlers were S Glass who took two wickets for 20 runs, M G Glass who took two wickets for 22 runs and M Glass who took two wickets for 32 runs. This Saturday Muckamore will meet Armagh at home in their next League match.
On Saturday Muckamore Seconds travelled to Comber to play North Down Seconds in the Junior League One Plate semi final and given the recent history between these teams they were the definite underdogs for this game. The home team won the toss and batting first were bowled out for 107 runs. Their top scorer was T Khan with 28 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was the experienced veteran Richard Keates who took four wickets for six runs in just three overs.  Shane Henderson took two wickets for 20 runs and Aaron McKinley took two wickets for 22 runs. In reply Muckamore easily passed that total to win the game by eight wickets with four overs to spare. Their top scorer and ‘Man of the Match’ was Richard Keates who finished not out with 44 runs off 38 deliveries. Jamie Jackson scored 23 runs and Philip Skillen was not out with 15 runs. This Saturday they will again be the underdogs when they meet Waringstown Seconds in the Final of this competition, the venue yet to be decided.
In the Intermediate Cup Muckamore Thirds entertained Ballymena Seconds at Moylena on Saturday. Ballymena batted first and scored 176 runs for the loss of four wickets, which included 39 extras, in their allocated 20 overs. Their top batsmen were M Smith who scored 72 runs and D O’Boyle who scored 22 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were P Pawar who took one wicket for 16 runs and P Kumar who took one wicket for 27 runs. In reply Muckamore were bowled out for 148 runs to lose the game by 28 runs. Their top batsmen were Sam Magee who scored 43 runs, Chaita Rane who scored 33 runs and Jason Keates who scored 20 runs. Best of the Ballymena bowlers were A Watt who took four wickets for 12 runs and J Black who took two wickets for 27 runs.
On Sunday the Thirds travelled to Belfast to play Instonians Thirds in their next League game. Instonians batted first and scored 138 runs for the loss of six wickets. Their top batsmen were T Crothers who scored 35 runs, A Wylie who scored 23 runs and H Ellerby who scored 22 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Jude Keates who took two wickets for 23 runs and Aaron Gill who took one wicket for 21 runs. Muckamore were bowled out for 116 runs to lose the game by 22 runs. Their best batsmen were Benji Cathcart who was unbeaten with 40 runs and Chris Wilson who scored18 runs. The Thirds have a home game against Woodvale Thirds on Saturday.
Muckamore Fourths had Saintfield Seconds as their visitors to Moylena on Saturday for a Junior League match. Saintfield batted first and scored 175 runs for the loss of only one wicket in their allocated 20 overs. Their top batsman was A McCavera who was a class batsman above everyone else playing the whole innings to be not out with 95 runs. R Murray scored 30 runs and R Smith was not out with 22 runs. Muckamore replied to score 150 runs for five wickets to lose the game by 25 runs. Their top batsmen were Dileep Jose with 59 runs and Joby Jose with 43 runs. Best of the Saintfield bowlers were R Murray who took two wickets for 16 runs and A Carville who took two wickets for 24 runs. This Sunday the Fourths travel to Belfast to play Woodvale Fourths in their next league game.
On Saturday Muckamore Fifths travelled deep into Co Down to play Dundrum Seconds in a Junior League match. Dundrum batted first and scored 141 runs for the loss of only three wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top batsmen were K Butler who was not out with 52 runs and C Moag who scored 40 runs. In a spirited reply Muckamore passed that total to win the game by four wickets with David Cardwell scoring 33 runs and James Hood scoring 30 runs. Best of the Dundrum bowlers was G Lowey who took two wickets for 27 runs. This Saturday the Fifths are at home to Donacloney Mill Fourths.
Muckamore Sixths travelled to play Lisburn Fourths on Sunday and batting first were bowled out for 75 runs. Their top scorers were E Wilson with 25 runs and teenager Ben Bingham who scored 19 runs. Best of the Lisburn bowlers were L Reddy who took three wickets for seven runs and C McDowell who took two wickets for ten runs. The two opening Lisburn batsmen, W Rudd with 51 runs not out and L Reddy with 21 runs not out, scored the 76 runs required to win the game in just nine overs. This Sunday the Sixths have a home game against Dunmurry Seconds.
The Muckamore Bluebelles had two games last week but unfortunately they lost them both. On Wednesday evening they travelled to play Lurgan Ladies and batting first scored 125 runs for the loss of only one wicket. Their top batswomen were Amy Caulfield who was unbeaten with 42 runs and Sarah Keates who scored 31 runs. Lurgan replied to score 128 runs for the loss of two wickets to win the game by eight wickets. Their top scorers were S Todd who was unbeaten with 44 runs, S Hinds who was unbeaten with 34 runs and S McCallan who scored 22 runs. Best of the Bluebelles bowlers was Amy Caulfield who took one wicket for 18 runs.
They travelled to Stormont on Sunday to play CSNI Ladies in their next Premier League game. The home team batted first and scored 146 runs for three wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were S Thomas with 38 runs, J Gillian who was unbeaten with 33 runs and A Adair who was unbeaten with 23 runs. Best of the Bluebelles bowlers was Caria Murray who took two wickets for 29 runs. The Bluebelles could only reply to score 93 runs for the loss of five wickets to lose the game by 53 runs. Joanne Logan, the Bluebelles top scorer was unbeaten with 39 runs. This Sunday the team travel to play North Down Ladies in their next league game and the newly formed Second team have a home game against Instonians.
In a keenly awaited match the two Midweek League Muckamore teams met on Wednesday evening. The B team batted first and scored 92 runs in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorer was Dileep Jose who was unbeaten on 33 runs. Best of the A team bowlers were David Cardwell who took three wickets for 18 runs and Peter Kane who took two wickets for 10 runs. The A team replied to pass that total with three wickets to spare to inflict the B team’s first defeat of the season, not before a couple of turned down appeals were hotly disputed. Their top batsmen were David Cardwell who was unbeaten on 30 runs, Pavan Pawar with 18 runs and James Hood with 15 runs. This Wednesday the A team are at home to BISC and the B team travel to Eaton Park to play Ballymena.

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Following defeats in their first two league games Muckamore made three changes, bringing in Stewart Dempster, Moonson Stephenson and new player Adam McDaid to play against Cliftonville/Academy at Moylena on Saturday. Ewan Wilson and Chris Keenan opened the batting against Cliftonville/Academy pace bowlers A Forbes and B Anderson and they took the score to 10 runs into the third over before Keenan was given out lbw off a Forbes delivery before he had scored a run. Jamie Magowan joined Wilson and they added 22 more runs until the former mistimed a shot off a B Anderson delivery to be easily caught by ‘mid on’ fielder N Greenlees for just seven runs. The free scoring Wilson’s new partner was Adam McDaid and they took the score to 36 runs into the next over before the former, who had scored 21 runs, was clean bowled by Forbes. Richard Keates was next in and with McDaid they quickly added another 12 runs before the latter, who had scored 11 runs, was bowled by Greenlees.  With the Muckamore score at 48 runs for four wickets in the eight over, Luke Allen was the new batsman and with Keates they took the score to 61 runs before going for a quick single the latter was run out when a very accurate return throw left him just short of safety. Batsman Jamie Jackson came to the wicket and as if mesmerised he was bowled, first ball, by the wylie Cliftonville veteran John Terrett who handed out the same punishment to Stewart Dempster when he had him caught by ‘mid on ‘fielder’ McCord two deliveries later to leave Muckamore struggling on 62 runs for seven wickets in the 13th over. Batsman number nine, Moonson Stephenson was Allen’s new partner and at last a revival as they restored some of the Muckamore pride confidently batting out the remaining overs taking the score to a final total of 110 runs in their allocated 20 overs. Luke Allen finished unbeaten with 32 runs and Moonson Stephenson was also unbeaten with 16 runs. Best of the Cliftonville /Academy bowlers were J Terrett who took two wickets for eight runs and A Forbes who took two wickets for 25 runs. N Cahill and J Terrett opened the Cliftonville/Academy batting against Muckamore bowlers Wilson and Callum Weir and they had scored two runs when Terrett was bowled by Wilson off the first delivery of his second over. D Reid was the new batsman and with Cahill they took the score to 65 runs into the 13th over before the latter was caught by ‘point’ fielder Keates off a David Steen delivery to end his 23 run innings. R Moffett joined Reid and he scored two runs before he was stumped by wicketkeeper Magowan off a Dempster delivery in the next over. M McCord was next in and they took the score to 86 runs into the 17th over until the former was brilliantly caught by ‘deep min on’ fielder Allen off a Steen delivery. A Kelso joined Reid with 25 runs needed of the remaining 22 deliveries; could they do it ? Edging ever closer the final over arrived with Cliftonville needing just eight runs to win. With tension rising and nerves jangling the advantage swung Muckamore’s way when the first two deliveries flew through to wicketkeeper Magowan. The bowler faltered with his next two deliveries; the first one sailed wide towards the boundary and the batsmen ran three and got an extra run for the wide. Four runs needed to win off still the last four deliveries; then another wide off the next delivery still leaving four more to come with now three runs needed. A dot ball, a single and another wide brought the scores level with the last ball to come which was edged away for a single to give the visitors the six wicket victory and leave Muckamore still pointless. This week they travel to Eaton Park to battle it out with Ballymena to see which team can get their first win to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

Muckamore Seconds travelled to the Lawn to play Waringstown Seconds to see who would win Section B of the Plate competition as well as whom they would play in the cross over semi final. Muckamore batted first and scored 99 runs. Their top scorers were Ravi Shanbogue who scored 28 runs with Jude Keates and Jose each scoring 18 runs. Waringstown’s best bowlers were M Purse who took 3 wickets for ten runs and R Waite who took two wickets for 12 runs. Waringstown replied to score the 100 runs needed to win the game by seven wickets in just 12.4 overs. Their top scorers were S Topping who was unbeaten with 41 runs and J Hunter who scored 18 runs. The best bowler for Muckamore was Michael Wilson who took two wickets for 20 runs. This week the team will travel to Comber to play North Down Seconds in the Plate semi final.
Muckamore Thirds travelled to Ballyclare to play Templepatrick Seconds in their next league match last Saturday and batting first score 102 runs for the loss of three wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were Peter Clement with 42 runs, Benji Cathcart who was not out with 20 runs and Chaita Rane with 13 runs.  Best of the Templepatrick bowlers were P Sheppard who took one wicket for 18 runs; C Munroe and R McKenna who both took one wicket for 19 runs. Templepatrick replied to pass the Muckamore total in 18.2 overs to win by six wickets. Their top batsman was G Lutton who was unbeaten on 53 runs along with Mr Extras who scored 25 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were C Stewart who took two wickets for 15 runs and A Gill who took one wicket for 19 runs. The Thirds game on Saturday is a home match against Ballymena Seconds in the Intermediate Cup.
Muckamore Sixths under the Captaincy of the evergreen Ivan McCombe had CSNI Fifths as their visitors at Moylena to play in the first round of the Minor Cup. Muckamore batted first and scored an impressive 143 runs for the loss of five wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were Tom Kennedy with an unbeaten 53 runs, E Wilson with 20 runs and Dinesh Dileep with 18 runs. Best of the CSNI bowlers was R Copeland who took two wickets for 18 runs. In this high scoring game the visitors replied strongly to score 144 runs to pass the Muckamore total with seven wickets to spare. Their top scorers were R Copeland who was unbeaten with 43 runs, C McCready who was also unbeaten with 39 runs and D Sproule who scored 34 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were A Armstrong who took one wicket for 17 runs with E Wilson and J Lavery each taking one wicket for 18 runs. Next Sunday the team travel to Wallace Park to play Lisburn Fourths in their next league match
The Midweek A team travelled to Middle Road to play Carrick last Wednesday evening and batting first scored 111 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their allocated 20 overs.     Their top scorers were James Hood who was not out on 32 runs and Shaikh Shakeel who scored 21 runs. Best of the Carrick bowlers were B Crooks who took three wickets for 19 runs and R Armstrong who took two wickets for 22 runs. Carrick replied to score 115 runs for the loss of six wickets to win the game by four wickets. Their top scorers were S Gardiner who was unbeaten with 30 runs, C Jackson who was unbeaten with 20 runs and A Armstrong who score 20 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Shaikh Shakeel who took two wickets for 26 runs and David Cardwell who took two wickets for 30 runs. This week the two Muckamore teams meet at Moylena in their next league game.
The Midweek B team had BISC as their opponents at Moylena last Wednesday evening. BISC batted first and were bowled out for 103 runs. Their top scorers were P Jaypaul who was unbeaten with 32 runs and D Kamboj with 16 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were J George who took two wickets for eight runs and Sanu George who took two wickets for 20 runs. After a slow start Muckamore recovered to pass that total with five wickets to spare and win the game. Their top scorers were Aaron Gill who scored 29 runs, Steve Wilson who scored 27 runs and Benny George who scored 22 runs. Best of the BISC bowlers were S Sreekanth who took two wickets for 17 runs and S Daya who took two wickets for 28 runs, This week the two Muckamore teams meet and the A team will be battling to keep their unbeaten record to stay top of the league.
Friday evening saw history being made at Moylena when the newly formed Bluebelles Seconds entertained an Instonians Ladies team in the first round of the Gallagher Plate competition. Instonians batted first and were bowled out for 88 runs, losing their first three wickets to run outs from the fine Bluebelles fielding. The only Instonians player to get into double figures was A Toland who scored ten runs. Best of the Bluebelles bowlers was Sarah Keates who took two wickets for 16 runs, B McCrea who took one wicket for 12 runs and Helen Breet and Jessica King who both took one wicket for 14 runs. The Bluebelles replied to pass the 88 run Instonians total in just 12.4 overs. Their top scorers were B McCrea who was unbeaten with 25 runs and Becky Simpson who was unbeaten with 23 runs.

MUCKAMORE CRICKET REPORT 4

Muckamore travelled to Ballyclare on Saturday to play Templepatrick in their next Senior League 20/20 game. M Thompson and R Greer opened the batting for Templepatrick against Muckamore bowlers Aaron McKinley and David Steen. Ten runs were scored off McKinley’s first over, which included four wides before, from Steen’s third delivery, he had Greer caught by mid off fielder Ewan Wilson to give Muckamore the early breakthrough. A Campbell joined Thompson and from the next 10 overs they added 51 runs taking the score to 61 runs until, from a mix up between the batsmen, the latter was easily run out after scoring 20 runs. R Bryans was the new batsman and with Campbell they advanced the score to 105 runs into the 16th over before Richard Keates bowled the latter for 46 runs. M Stewart was next man to the wicket and with just nineteen deliveries remaining and seven wickets in hand the Templepatrick batsmen then set out to score as many more runs as possible, which they did against one particular unfortunate bowler. Another 26 runs were added in just eight deliveries before Bryans, who had scored 45 runs, went out in a blaze of glory when he was well caught by Jamie Jackson on the square leg boundary off a disconsolate Arnold Oduvelil delivery. D Gibson was the new batsman but he was bowled by Keates off the last ball of the 19th over. N Kane then came to the wicket and with Stewart they took their teams total to 143 runs at the end of their allocated 20 overs; a total which included eight wides and five no balls. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was Richard Keates who took 2 wickets for 19 runs. A short stoppage for rain brought a surprising recalculated Duckworth Lewis target down to 121 runs off a reduced 16 overs. Ewan Wilson and Chris Keenan opened the batting for Muckamore against Templepatrick pace bowlers R Bryans and M Stewart. The score progressed to 15 runs into the third over before Keenan edged an R Greer delivery into the hands of ‘point’ fielder Bryans after scoring just one run. Jamie Magowan was the new batsman and in the next 10 overs they took the score to 77 runs before Wilson mistimed his shot off a Greer delivery to be easily caught by ‘mid off’ fielder J Busby for a useful 28 runs. Richard Keates joined Magowan and needing 44 runs off the last 4.2 overs they had to try and speed up the run rate whatever the cost. But by now the damage was done and another seven runs were added into the next over until Magowan, going for a big six hit, was caught on the deep square leg boundary by Kane off a Bryans delivery for a gallant 42 runs. Luke Allen was Keates new partner and from the remaining 13 deliveries they could only score 13 runs to finish with 97 runs in their allocated 16 overs to lose the game by 23 runs. Best of the Templepatrick bowlers were R Bryans who took 2 wickets for 19 runs and A Greer who took 1 wicket for 21 runs. This week Muckamore have Cliftonville/Academy as the visitors to Moylena where it is certain that changes will be made in order to boost the overall performance to try and lift the team off the bottom of the table.
The Seconds travelled to play Carrick Seconds in their next 20/20 Bowl match on Saturday.  Stuart Dempster and Ravi Shanbhogue opened the Muckamore innings and in the first 11 overs they created a Muckamore opening 20/20 match partnership record, scoring 102 unbeaten runs before the former was caught by P Aston for a hard hitting no nonsense 54 runs to set his team up for an eventual win. Chris Masekesa joined Shanbhogue and in the next 4 overs they took the score to 132 runs before the latter was bowled by B Martin after scoring 44 runs. Jude Keates was the new batsman and with just 4 overs remaining they went in search of as many more runs they could get Masekesa was trapped lbw for 30 runs and batsmen Shane Henderson, Philip Skillen, Chinmay Dakhane and Moonson Stevenson  all contributed to bring the final score to 174 runs. The Carrick openers N Heron and C Styles got things off to a brisk start taking the score to 40 runs to the end of the sixth over.  Moonson Stevenson replaced Shane Henderson and off his second delivery he bowled Styles for 18 runs and off the last ball of the over he bowled the other opener Heron who had scored 19 runs. This stopped the Carrick batsmen in their tracks and they struggled to take their score to 54 runs into the 11th over until Stephenson claimed his fourth wicket bowling J Charlton for only two runs. With the exception of P Aston who finished not out with 18 runs, the remaining batsmen collapsed and Carrick finished with 100 runs to give Muckamore the 74 run victory to stay top of their group with full points.  Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Moonson Stephenson who took 4 wickets for 9 runs, Aaron Gill who took 1 wicket for 5 runs and Jude Keates who took 1 wicket for 12 runs. Already qualified for the semi final, this week the team travel to the Lawn to play Waringstown Seconds to try and maintain their unbeaten record.
Muckamore Thirds had Laurelvale Seconds as visitors to Moylena for a 10.30am start on Saturday and batting first scored 143 runs in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were S Shaikh who was not out on 58 runs, B Cathcart who was not out on 38 runs and S Magee who scored 34 runs. Best of the Laurelvale bowlers was S Caddell who took 2 wickets for 31 runs. In reply Laurelvale could only reply with 135 runs to give Muckamore the narrow 8 run victory. Their top scorers were S Caddell who scored 48 runs and L Flannigan who scored 30 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were C Stewart who took 3 wickets for 14 runs and C Rane who took 2 wickets for 26 runs.
A quick turnaround saw the Thirds entertain near neighbours Templepatrick Seconds on Sunday afternoon and batting first scored 145 runs in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were Rees Hemphill who scored 40 runs, Jude Keates who scored 30 runs, C Rane who scored 28 runs and J Jose who was not out with 17 runs. Best of the Templepatrick bowlers were C Morrow who took 2 wickets for 16 runs and N Crooks who took 2 wickets for 27 runs. In reply Templepatrick scored 123 runs in their allocated 20 overs to give Muckamore the 22 run victory. But only for a few minutes of panic when they lost four players without scoring the result might have been a little closer. The top Templepatrick batsmen were P Lutton who scored 30 runs and G Lutton who scored 18 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Jude Keates who took 3 wickets for 13 runs, Pavan Pawar who took 1 wicket for 6 runs and S Shakeel who took 1 wicket for 16 as well as two run outs off his bowling in the same over. This week the Thirds play Templepatrick Seconds again in the quick return game this time in Ballyclare with a 10.30am start.
Muckamore Fifths had CIYMS Fifths as visitors to Moylena on Sunday morning for their Junior 7 League match. Muckamore batted first and scored 158 runs for 5 wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were Chris Wilson who was not out on 52 runs and S Magee with P Pawar both with 28 runs. Best of the CIYMS bowler was R Trigg who took 3 wickets for 16 runs. In reply CIYMS could only score 137 runs for 6 wickets to give Muckamore the 21 run victory. Their top scorers were R Trigg with 49 runs, F McKane with 30 runs not out and J McKane with 20 runs. Best of the Muckamore bowlers was C Stewart who took 3 wickets for 37 runs.
Muckamore Sixths travelled to Belfast to play Cooke/Collegians Fourths in a Junior 8 League match. The home team batted first and scored 144 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Their top scorers were S Appukuttan who scored 71 runs and M Shukla who scored 41 runs. Muckamore could only score 68 runs in reply to lose the game by 73 runs. Best of the Cooke/Collegians bowlers were P Murphy who took 3 wickets for 12 runs, E Taggart who took 2 wickets for 5 runs and M Shukla who took 2 wickets for 10 runs. This week the Sixths are at home to CSNI Sixths in a Cup match.
The Muckamore Bluebelles travelled to play Lurgan Ladies on Sunday morning but heavy rain forced the game to be abandoned and will have to be rearranged for a later date.
Despite the cold showery weather conditions both the Muckamore Midweek teams managed to play their first match of the season last Wednesday evening. Ballymena were the visitors to Moylena to play the Muckamore A team and batting first scored 88 runs for 8 wickets in their allocated 20 overs which included the run outs of their first three batsmen. T. Brown was their top scorer with 16 runs and David Cardwell took two wickets for 18 runs to be Muckamore’s best bowler. Muckamore replied to score 89 runs in just 12.4 overs for the loss of only two wickets to win the game by 8 wickets. Shaka Shakeel with 32 runs not out and Sam Magee with 15 runs were Muckamore’s top scorers. Ballymena’s best bowler was A Wilkins took 2 wickets for 23 runs. This Wednesday the A team travel to play Carrickfergus for their next game.
The Muckamore B team travelled to Belfast to play Cliftonville/Academy and batting first scored 139 runs for 8 wickets in their allocated 20 overs. Top scorers for Muckamore were Jogin George with 24 runs with Dileep Jose and Peter Kane both scoring 19 runs. Best of the Cliftonville/Academy bowlers were R. Bolton who took 2 wickets for 23 runs and R. McKnight who took 1 wicket for 7 runs. Cliftonville/Academy could only score 95 runs for 7 wickets in reply to give Muckamore the 44 run victory. Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Arne Krishna who took 3 wickets for 18 runs, Sanu John who took 2 wickets for 1 run and Aaron Gill who took 2 wickets for 15 runs. This Wednesday evening the B team have a home game against BISC.

MUCKAMORE CRICKET REPORT 1

With the cricket season finally getting government approval to resume under strict COVID restrictions the Northern Cricket Union has released the fixtures for their eager Clubs in the higher divisions starting on the 8th of May. The Muckamore teams have been warming up with practise sessions since the middle of April and taking advantage of the lovely sunny weather were able to arrange friendly games against Saintfield and Cliftonville / Academy at Moylena last weekend. Unfortunately Club Captain Sam Gordon dislocated his thumb in an accident last Friday and will miss the excitement of the start of the new season and playing again for at least a month. Vice Captain Jamie Magowan is a capable deputy and after winning the toss and deciding to bat first he sent Chris Keenan and teenager Ewan Wilson in to open the innings against Saintfield’s pace bowlers T McCavera and Z Ali. In this 20 over game these two hard hitting batsmen went for the runs from the start and took the score to 94 runs into the 8th over before Wilson was bowled by new bowler A Sofley off the fourth delivery of his first over.  Wilson faced 24 deliveries hitting 6x4s and 1x6 in his 38 run innings. Jamie Jackson was the new batsman but in the next over he mistimed his shot and was caught and bowled by a P Telford delivery to take his first little duck of the season back to the pavilion. Jamie Magowan joined Keenan and they took the score to 107 runs before the latter faced Sofley again to hit 18 runs off his first five deliveries, then he top edged the next one up into the sky to be easily caught by mid off fielder B Woodruff to end his 65 minute at the wicket. In his 56 run innings Keenan had hit 8x4s and 2x6s off just 31 deliveries. Luke Allen was the next man in and with Magowan they added 45 more runs taking the score to 152 runs into the 17th over before the former was caught on the long on boundary by Telford off an E Hanna delivery. Teenager Jude Keates was batsman number six and with Magowan they remained unbeaten taking the score to 189 runs in their allocated 20 overs. In his 51 run not out innings Magowan hit 7x4’s and 2x6’s off just 30 deliveries. Jude batted for 14 minutes for his 19 run not out innings finishing it off in style by hitting 2x6’s off the last two deliveries. Saintfield’s opening batsmen M Hamill and R Smyth faced Muckamore’s much more hostile opening bowlers, Aaron McKinley and Callum Weir and struggled to keep up with the run rate. Then with the score on 15 runs Weir struck first when he bowled Smyth with the last ball of his second over. The new batsman was P. Telford and with Hamill they took the score to 37 runs into the 7th over before he top edged an Arnold Oduvelil delivery to be easily caught by wicketkeeper Magowan to end his 7 run innings. B. Woodruff joined Hamill and in his six ball innings he hit a towering six before he was struck on the elbow by the ball and had to retire hurt. J Telford was the next man in and with Hamill they took the score to 70 runs into the 13th over before Jude Keates bowled the latter to end his 41 run innings.  A Sofley was the next batsman and with Telford the score progressed to 88 runs into the16th over until the returning Weir bowled Sofley who had scored 13 runs. T McCavera briefly came to the wicket but going for a quick single he was run out when a brilliant return throw from Luke Allen left him stranded well short of the crease. A McCavera was next man in but he only survived for two deliveries when the returning Wilson bowled him in the next over. Needing 100 runs to win off the last 20 deliveries Saintfield’s cause was lost but new batsman E Ali was determined to play his part and with partner A Carville looking on he finished not out with 23 runs when their allocated overs were used up to finish with a total of 117 runs to give Muckamore the 72 run victory. Man of the Match was Jamie Magowan who finished with 51 runs not out and his excellent performance behind the stumps was a confidence booster to all his team mates.
The glorious cricket weather held up and the visitors to Moylena on Sunday was the Cliftonville/Academy team. Chris Keenan and Callum Weir weren’t available for this game and were replaced by David Steen and Philip Skillen. The Cliftonville Captain won the toss and sent N Cahill and M Burton in to open the innings against Muckamore pace bowlers Ewan Wilson and Aaron McKinley. The batsmen attacked the poor Muckamore bowling from the start and in 2.3 overs had scored 36 runs before the adventurous Burton was run out when Luke Allen’s return throw hit the stumps. D Reid joined Cahill and they took the score to 45 runs, into the next over before the former mistimed his shot of an Arnold Oduvelil delivery to be well caught by mid on fielder Allen. The new batsman was R Moffett and with Reid they progressed the score to 69 runs into the 9th over before the latter stepped out of his crease to miss a David Steen delivery and was promptly stumped by wicketkeeper Jamie Magowan. R Hall joined Moffett and 12 more runs were added until he was deceived by another Steen delivery and was easily caught by mid off fielder Chinmay Dakhane. The new batsman was M McCord and with Moffett they took the score to 103 runs before the latter was stumped by Magowan off an Oduvelil delivery for a useful 28 runs. McCord’s new partner was A Kelso and they got stuck into the Muckamore bowling taking the score in just three overs to 143 runs with the former retiring when he scored his half century off just 23 deliveries in the 17th over. B Kane was next in and with Kelso they took the score to 166 runs at the end of their allocated 20 overs. The top scorers for Cliftonville were M McCord with 50 runs not out; M Burton with 34 runs and R Moffett with 28 runs. The best bowler for Muckamore was David Steen who took 2 wickets for 21 runs. Ewan Wilson and Richard Keates were Muckamore’s opening batsmen facing Cliftonville bowlers A Forbes and N Greenlees and trying to force the pace against very tight accurate bowling they quickly lost three wickets and were struggling at 23 runs for three wickets. Wilson was caught at mid on by N Greenlees off a Forbes delivery; Jude Keates was caught by slip fielder McCord in the same over and Richard Keates was caught by cover fielder Hall off a Burton delivery. The new batsmen were Jamie Jackson and Luke Allen and they added 40 runs in the next five overs before the latter mistimed his shot off a McCord delivery to be caught by cover fielder Reid. Magowan was the next man in and with Jackson they took the score to 81 runs into the 12th over until the former top edged his shot to be easily caught by mid on fielder Reid off an O Scott delivery. Philip Skillen paid a short visit to the wicket where he was bowled first ball by Scott. Dakhane was Jackson’s new partner and from a little spirited resistance they added 25 runs in the next four overs taking the score to 108 runs until the latter trying to force the pace was stumped by wicketkeeper Kelso. Four overs remaining and needing 58 runs to win the game was as good as over leaving the remaining batsmen to save the damaged pride by scoring as many runs as they could. Oduvelil was next and with the ever improving Jackson they had a go but in the next over the latter edged a Scott delivery to be caught by wicketkeeper Kelso to end his 38 run innings. Steen scored a quick seven runs before he was bowled by Burton and McKinley with Oduvelil stubbornly batted out the remaining over to give their team a respectable score of 131 runs albeit to mark a 34 run defeat. The top scorers for Muckamore were Jamie Jackson with 38 runs and Luke Allen with 15 runs. Best of the Cliftonville bowlers were O Scott who took 3 wickets for 29 runs; M Burton who took 2 wickets for 10 runs and A Forbes who took 2 wickets for 19 runs. Man of the Match was undoubtedly Cliftonville’s Mark McCord whose impressive half century off just 23 deliveries before standing down to give his fellow team mates time at the wicket, boosted his teams moral as they took the field to take on the Muckamore batsmen.
Muckamore’s scheduled matches for the next month are as follows :-  FIRSTS - 8th May – Donaghcloney Mill (A); 15th May Templepatrick (A); 22nd May – Cliftonville/Academy (H); 29th May – Ballymena (A); 5th June – Armagh (H).  
SECONDS 20/20.CUP:- 8th May – CIYMS (H); Thur or Friday 13th or 14th May – North Down (H); 15th May – Carrick (A); Thur or Friday 20th or 21st May – Instonians (H); 22nd May – Waringstown (A); Friday 28th May – Lisburn (A); Sat 29th May – CSNI (A)