Portadown v Ards Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 26 Jun 2010 at
Ards Cricket Club Won by 4 runs

Match report Ards win by 3 runs in closely fought match with Portadown showing good grit and determination.

Ards won the toss and elected to bat with Ronnie Balfour and Jason Boobyer opening their innings. However with the score on 10 they lost their first wicket, Boobyer for 7. This brought Johnny Osborne to the crease and Ards progressed to 33 before Balfour was out for 11 to a very good catch in the slips. Paul Cox then joined Osborne and with the score on 65 Cox was dismissed for 18. Brian Burgess was next in to bat, and with the score at 78 Osborne was next out for 30. Nathan Murray, on his debut for Ards 1sts, then joined Burgess and together they added an excellent 41 runs before Murray was out for very good 24, Burgess lost his wicket having scored 20 with the score on 126. This brought together Roy Keenan and Peter Ritchie who with some fine stroke play added a further 31 runs before Ritchie was out for 12. Keenan continued to bat well for Ards and with good assistance coming from Gareth Rodgers he was eventually dismissed for 20 with the Ards score on 159. The last two wickets added a further 18 runs before Ards were eventually all out for 177, Rodgers ending with 9 not out. This was a solid score for Ards against one of the top teams in the league and it was very pleasing that all players contributed to the overall score achieved, especially as there were a number of the regular 1st team players unavailable for this match.

After tea, the match resumed and Ards had chances to have both Portadown openers out within the first few overs with missed catches however Rodgers eventually dismissed D. Brown for 16 with the score on 25. R. Whithead then joined P. Edbar at the crease and Portadown then started to bat with confidence and their score progressed to 85 before David McCullough bowled Whithead for 7. Portadown then lost three more wickets to McCullough and Maxwell with only adding 17 runs to their total. This brought the experienced pair of R Jose and G Harris to the crease and together they pushed the Portadown the score to 130 before Jose was bowled by Murray for 12. With six wickets down and Portadown still requiring 48 runs the Ards bowlers, Cox, Murray and Maxwell stuck to their challenge taking wickets at key times. With Portadown needing only 5 runs to win, Maxwell eventually trapped the Portadown captain A Hammond LBW for 11 to dismiss Portadown for 173 and thus giving Ards the win by 4 runs.

This was an excellent result for Ards and one which will bring confidence going into their next league match which is home to local rivals Donaghadee, however the Ards bowlers will still need to continue to reduce the number of Wides (47) being conceded. Hopefully the bowlers will continue to work on this in the weekly practice sessions.

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Ronnie Balfour ct b Whitfield 11
Jason Boobyer ct b Haire 7
Jonathan Osborne b b Jose 30
Paul Cox b b Haire 18
Brian Burgess b b Harris 20 1 1
Nathan Murray st b Hammond 24 2
Roy Keenan b b Harris 20
Peter Ritchie ct and bld b Harris 12
Gareth Rodgers Not Out  9
Brian Maxwell b b Brown 1
David McCullough b b Harris 5

Portadown Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
J Haire10.0330215.003.00
R Whitfield6.0034134.005.67
R Jose10.0144144.004.40
A Hammond10.0123123.002.30
G Harris8.113548.754.29
D Brown5.0211111.002.20

Portadown Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
173 (0.0 overs)
D Brown ct b Rodgers 16
P Edgar b b McCullough 43
R Whitfield lbw b McCullough 7
A Harland b b Maxwell 12
D Whitfield st b McCullough 1
R Jose b b Murray 12
G Harris ct b Cox 10
A Hammond lbw b Maxwell 11
R McCann ct and bld b Murray 1
S Hawthorne ct b Rodgers 10
J Haire Not Out  1

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gareth Rodgers10.0049224.504.90
Paul Cox10.0146146.004.60
David McCullough10.022237.332.20
Brian Maxwell9.1031215.503.38
Nathan Murray5.0023211.504.60