Lurgan v Ards Cricket Club Under 13 XI and Banogue Cup on Mon 06 Jun 2011 at 6pm
Ards Cricket Club Lost by 4 wickets

Match report Ards U13's began their 2011 season with a very tough Banoge Cup fixture away to a Lurgan side containing the majority of last year's All-Ireland U11 final team. Put into bat in a reduced 15 over game due to the uncertain weather conditions, Ards found it tough going and the early loss of Warren Martin (2) and Conor Balfour (2), to accurate opening bowler Gibson, added to their woes. Ross Martin batted patiently until he tried for a risky second run and was run out for 6. Unfortunately, Sean Francis departed failing to trouble to the scorers but Matthew McLawrence (3), Cameron Adams, who batted well to top score on 8 not out - including the only boundary of the Ards innings and Marc Lyons (1 not out) saw the Ards innings finish on 40 thanks to the addition of 18 extras.

The Ards boys knew they would have to bowl very well to have any chance of victory and their hopes received an early boost when Conor Balfour took 2 wickets in his opening over dismissing Gibson and Hunter with some good swing bowling. After consolidating for the next couple of overs, Lurgan lost another wicket when Ross Martin dismissed Hutchinson for 2 but opener, Jonny Hunter, was proving to be the main obstacle batting patiently and punishing any loose deliveries as Lurgan moved gradually towards the victory target. Cameron Adams produced a very tight 3 over spell conceding only 4 runs and Ards got themselves back into contention when some excellent deliveries from U11 player, Sean Francis, accounted for Wilson (2), opener Hunter (15) and Allen (4). With the weather conditions deteriorating and the tension visibly increasing among the Lurgan players, they finally reached the victory target of 41 in the 12th over after the loss of 6 wickets to deny Ards what would have been a major 'giant-killing' victory. In what turned out to be a low scoring game another 10 runs for Ards might have made all the difference but the boys can take great encouragement from this performance, which hopefully they can build upon in the league campaign which begins later in the week against local rivals, North Down.

Ards Cricket Club Under 13 XI and Banogue Cup Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 4 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Ross Martin Run out  6
Warren Martin b C Gibson 2
Conor Balfour b C Gibson 2
Sean Francis ct Maxwell 3
Matthew McLawrence not out Jonny Hunter 0
Cameron Adams Not Out  8
Marc Lyons Not Out  1
Kane Stewart  
Luke Agnew  
Adam Lawther  
Joshua Dougan  

Lurgan Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Jamie Hunter3.001100.003.67
C Gibson3.00321.501.00
N Allen3.01400.001.33
Jonny Hunter3.00818.002.67
J Maxwell3.00919.003.00

Lurgan Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 6 wickets
41 (0.0 overs)
Jonny Hunter b Francis 15
C Gibson ct Balfour 0
Jamie Hunter b Balfour 0
J Hutchinson b R Martin 2
S Wilson b Francis 2
N Allen b Francis 4
J Maxwell Not Out  0
B Hunter Not Out  0

Ards Cricket Club Under 13 XI and Banogue Cup Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ross Martin3.0015115.005.00
Conor Balfour3.00824.002.67
Cameron Adams3.01400.001.33
Sean Francis2.201133.674.71

  • Umpire :
    Ronnie Balfour
  • Scorer :