Ards Cricket Club 1st XI v PSNI on Sat 18 Jun 2011 at 1.00pm
Ards Cricket Club Won by 8 wickets

Match report Ards continued their league campaign with a home match against PSNI. After winning the toss, Peter Devlin and Paul Cox sought to make inroads into the PSNI batting lineup. However, the PSNI openers laid a good foundation with I Smyth batting very patiently and PJ Whyte proving as difficult as ever to remove. Ryan Patterson broke the partnership by bowling PJ Whyte with a good delivery. David McCullough, in his first match of the season completed an excellent spell at the other end including 3 maidens and ensured the run rate was kept in check. Smyth eventually fell for 74 playing on the backfoot against the slow bowling of Andrew Savage. The PSNI middle order was unable to accelerate the scoring in the final overs with Gareth Rodgers bowling a tidy spell. With interruptions for rain, the PSNI innings was reduced to 48 overs, finishing on 182-5.

With a rain shower never too far away, 20 overs needed to be bowled in the Ards innings to ensure a ‘match’. Andrew Savage continued his good form with the bat and shared an opening stand of 48 before Ronnie Balfour was caught behind. The next rain delay came at 20 overs with Ards around 10 runs ahead of the target (76) at that stage. At the resumption of play, a revised target was set of 134 from 35 overs. J Keenan and Stewart ensured that Ards remained ahead of the run rate throughout and with a partnership of 79 comfortably reached the target with the loss of only 2 wickets. These were difficult conditions for both sides to play in but Garry Stewart effectively combined attack and defence to finish on 40 not out.

Ards remain unbeaten in the league and can take a lot of confidence from this performance into next week’s double header against early pace-setters Cregagh and Clogher.

PSNI Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 5 wickets
182 (0.0 overs)
I Smyth b  b Savage 74
PJ Whyte b  b Patterson 23
K Singh ct  Stewart b Patterson 8
S Shah lbw  b Cox 15
D McCausland Not Out  18
A Hussein b  b Rodgers 9
D Bakshi Not Out  15
J Fleming  
C Shields  
A Lunney  
A Stevenson  

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Peter Devlin8.002100.002.63
Paul Cox10.0036136.003.60
David McCullough10.032700.002.70
Ryan Patterson8.0038219.004.75
Andrew Savage3.0015115.005.00
Gareth Rodgers9.0231131.003.44

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 2 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Ronnie Balfour ct  Smyth b Singh 18
Andrew Savage b  b Singh 28
Jonathan Keenan Not Out  24
Garry Stewart Not Out  40 1
Paul Cox  
Paul Mawhinney  
Jonny Calvin  
Ryan Patterson  
Peter Devlin  
Gareth Rodgers  
David McCullough  

PSNI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
S Shah5.002100.004.20
K Singh10.0044222.004.40
D McCausland7.003000.004.29
D Bakshi5.001500.003.00
A Hussein4.101900.004.56