Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team v CSNIB on Fri 08 Jul 2011 at 6.15pm
Ards Cricket Club Lost by 1 wickets

Match report Londonderry Park was the venue for this rearranged match between the U15's and CSNI B's. CSNI won the toss and asked Ards to bat first. The CSNI opening bowlers bowled tightly and Owen Roberts (0) was first out caught off G Thompson in the covers trying to force the pace. Warren Martin joined his brother, Ross, at the crease and they took the score to 13 when Ross unfortunately was run out for 3 trying to complete a very risky single. Russell Hughes and Warren Martin then put together the best partnership of the Ards innings taking the score to 38 when Hughes, who has scored very consistently this season, was dismissed for 16 including 3 4's. However, Ards were scoring quite slowly and had particular difficulty handling left-arm spinner Smith who bowled 3 maidens in the middle of the innings. Graham Cairns (0) also departed run out and the score had reached 54 when Warren Martin was caught at point for a patient and well-made 16 that had helped to give a measure of creditability to the Ards total. With Robbie Ingham adding a valuable 7 runs and Conn Crawford departing for 2 after yet another run out, the Ards innings concluded on 59 which included 13 extras. CSNI's bowling was generally solid and accurate and seemed to have left them with a very straight-forward run chase to achieve victory.

Ards knew they needed to make early in-roads into the CSNI line-up but openers Corry, an NCU U13 selection, and Hill made a solid start reaching 15 when Owen Roberts bowled Hill for 9. Ards quickly struck again when Thallon, who had played an excellent knock in the postponed game, found himself at the same end of the pitch as Corry and departed failing to trouble the scorers. When Ross (0) departed soon after caught off Roberts with the total on 25 Ards sensed there was a glimmer of hope. In the 7th over, Ross Martin in his final over then picked up the valuable wicket of Corry (7) with a super delivery from around the wicket that pitched on middle and hit the top of the off-stump and A Thompson (5) was well caught by Warren Martin 2 balls later s Ards sniffed the possibility of victory. Despite losing wickets, the CSNI batsmen maintained an aggressive approach hitting any loose balls for 4 and it looked ominous for Ards as the score entered the 40's. But to their credit the Ards boys kept pegging away and Owen Roberts collected his third wicket when Hamilton (8) was caught by Kane Stewart. With the tension rising by the minute amongst the CSNI players and supporters, Thompson (2) ran himself out and Conor Balfour picked up 2 wickets bowling Lammey (10) and having Smith (5) caught by Conn Crawford to leave the outcome of the match very much in the balance. However, the CSNI Nos 10 and 11 batted very sensibly picking off the singles and Lennox (5no) hit the winning shot through the covers to seal a win.

Defending such a low total was always going to represent a very tough challenge for the Ards boys but they deserve a lot of credit for a battling performance that very nearly snatched an unlikely victory. Russell Hughes and Warren Martin again proved to be the best performers with the bat and are showing very good levels of consistency. Also with many of the boys playing at a higher age group, the experience gained this season should prove very valuable and help their future development. Perhaps one valuable lesson to be gained from this game is the need, when faced with accurate bowling, to be more alert to opportunities for picking up quick singles by picking out gaps in the field and quick running between the wickets.

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 7 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Ross Martin Run out  3
Owen Roberts ct G Thompson 0
Warren Martin ct M Vincent 16
Russell Hughes b A Hamilton 16
Graham Cairns Run out  0
Robbie Ingham b G Thompson 7
Conn Crawford Run out  2
C Weir Not Out  0
Conor Balfour Not Out  1
Marc Lyons  
Kane Stewart  

CSNIB Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
M Vincent4.0114114.003.50
G Thompson4.001125.502.75
M Smth3.03000.000.00
C Lennox3.00700.002.33
A Hamilton3.0112112.004.00
M Corry3.001000.003.33

CSNIB Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
61 (0.0 overs)
M Corry b R Martin 7
C Hill b O Roberts 9
M Thallon Run out  0
C Ross ct O Roberts 0
A Thompson ct R Martin 5
G Lammey b C Balfour 10
A Hamilton ct O Roberts 8
G Thompson Run out  2
M Smith ct C Balfour 5
C Lennox Not Out  5
M Vincent Not Out  2

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ross Martin4.021427.003.50
Owen Roberts4.001735.674.25
Warren Martin4.01500.001.25
Conor Balfour4.001628.004.00
Graham Cairns0.20200.006.00