Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team v Saintfield U15 Development Squad on Wed 22 Jun 2011 at 6.15pm
Ards Cricket Club Won by 15 runs

Match report The U15's played a friendly match against Saintfield U15 Development Squad in what turned out to be a close and competitive game. Saintfield won the toss and asked Ards to bat. Ards lost an early wicket when Joel Ferguson (6) was adjudged lbw but progressed steadily until they lost 2 more wickets in the 4th over with Owen Roberts (0) caught in the covers and Ross Martin (8) bowled. In need of a partnership to steady things, Russell Hughes and Michael Crooks batted sensibly scoring off any loose deliveries and took the score to 56 when Crooks was dismissed for 9 including a well-struck 6 over "cow corner". Unfortunately, Cameron Adams followed next ball failing to trouble the scorers but Warren Martin joined Hughes, who by this stage was playing very well, and with another useful partnership took the score into the 80's when Hughes was bowled trying to up the run rate for an excellent 32 including 5 boundaries. Warren Martin who batted solidly for 18no and captain Taylor Nutt (6no) took the Ards score to a commendable 109 for 6 at the close of the innings. After a shaky start, Ards were fairly content with the number of runs on the board thanks mainly to the contributions of Hughes and Warren Martin as well as 30 extras.

The Saintfield innings began dramatically with Ross Martin bowling Gibson (0)with his first ball and he picked up a second wicket with his third ball dismissing Telford (0) well caught by keeper, Robbie Ingham, to leave Saintfield in deep trouble at 0 for 2 after the first over. However, an excellent partnership of 81 from Hamill and Cairns brought Saintfield right back into the game. With both batsmen particularly harsh on anything short or legside, it looked like Saintfield were well on their way to victory but Ards made a vital breakthrough when Hamill was well caught by Crooks off Conor Balfour for a well made 52, including 7 boundaries. In his next over, Balfour reaped the benefits of a "you miss, I hit" approach clean bowling Sandford (1) and Hanna (0) as Saintfield's innings lost some momentum. They received a further setback when Cairns was run out for a good knock of 26 and Conn Crawford caught Graham (0) again off Balfour. The Saintfield innings closed on 94 giving Ards the victory by 14 runs.

This was a close contest and credit must go the boys for a solid bowling and fielding performance. The result could have gone either way but the early wickets by Ross Martin (2-18) and late burst by Conor Balfour (4-14) proved to be vital in the end as was the absence of any dropped catches and the concession of fewer (15) extras than in previous games.

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Ross Martin b Sandford 8
Joel Ferguson lbw Hamill 6
Russell Hughes b Gibson 32
Owen Roberts ct Sandford 0
Michael Crooks ct Telford 9
Warren Martin Not Out  18
Cameron Adams b Gibson 0
Taylor Nutt Not Out  6
Conn Crawford  
Robbie Ingham  
Conor Balfour  

Saintfield U15 Development Squad Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Saintfield U15 Development Squad Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 7 wickets
94 (0.0 overs)
Gibson b R Martin 0
Hamill ct C Balfour 52
Telford ct R Martin 0
Cairns Run out  26
Sandford b C Balfour 1
Hanna b C Balfour 0
Gordon Not Out  0
Graham ct C Balfour 0

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ross Martin4.001829.004.50
Owen Roberts3.001100.003.67
Joel Ferguson3.011300.004.33
Cameron Adams4.001900.004.75
Warren Martin3.001600.005.33
Conor Balfour3.001443.504.67