Ards Cricket Club 1st XI v Larne on Sat 26 May 2012 at 1.00
Ards Cricket Club Lost by 5 runs

Match report Ards played their first home league match of the season against Larne who were hoping to add to their victories over Clogher and Donaghadee and make an immediate return to Section 2. In perfect batting conditions, Larne won the toss and set about posting a total. The Larne opening batsmen rode their luck but reached 50 without loss. Baxter’s luck finally ran out and was caught at square leg off the bowling of Ryan Patterson for 22. G Alexander continued to punish any loose bowling and anchored the innings with wickets hard to come by for the bowlers. Cameos from G Gaw (31) and T Dempsey (27) supported Alexander who finally fell to the spin of Calvin for 67. Patterson returned with 3 late wickets to finish with 4-51 and limit the Larne score to 208. A much higher score did look on the cards earlier in the innings.

With Larne missing some regular bowlers and Ards fielding a strong batting line up, the home team was confident of chasing this down. Conditions for batting remained excellent. The top order batsmen each got starts but failed to make a telling contribution. Andrew Savage returned to the team with 21 before being bowled by the left arm spin of Gaw. Wickets fell at regular intervals with spin operating at both ends and the dismissal of Paul Mawhinney (20) left the score at 127-7 and victory looking unlikely. K Singh, on debut then set about the attack and shared a partnership of 74 with Gareth Rodgers. Singh played the bowling to all parts, being dismissed for a quickfire 79 which included seven boundaries and 4 sixes. At 203-8 the match was finely balanced. Unfortunately Alexander returned to dismiss the tailenders with 3 wickets in an over to leave Ards 5 runs short. G Gaw was the pick of the Larne bowlers with 4 for 8 from his 10 overs. Ards can take many positives from this match despite the narrow defeat. Their next match is at home to Lisburn II in the second round of the Junior Cup next week.

Larne Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
30w 6b 5lb 
for 8 wickets
208 (50.0 overs)
G Alexander b  b Calvin 67
J Baxter ct  J Keenan b Patterson 22
C Dempsey ct  Savage b Rodgers 11
G Moore lbw  b Rodgers 0
G Gaw b  b Singh 31
T Dempsey ct  Cox b Patterson 27
D Stanton b  b Patterson 1
K McKinley Not Out  3
Z Weatherhead b  b Patterson 0
E Wilson Not Out  5

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Paul Cox9.003000.003.33
Ryan Patterson10.0051412.755.10
Gareth Rodgers10.0050225.005.00
David McCullough9.003000.003.33
Jonny Calvin6.0124124.004.00
kulijit singh6.0112112.002.00

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
8nb 21w 3b 5lb 
for 10 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Jonathan Keenan ct  Gaw b Alexander 8 2 1
Garry Stewart lbw  b Gaw 15 2
Andrew Savage b  b Gaw 21 3 1
Ronnie Balfour lbw  b Gaw 16 1
Jonny Calvin lbw  b Gaw 0
Paul Mawhinney b  b Baxter 20 1
Paul Cox lbw  b C Dempsey 1 1
kulijit singh b  b Alexander 79 7 4
Gareth Rodgers Not Out  13 1
Ryan Patterson b  b Alexander 0
David McCullough lbw  b Alexander 0

Larne Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Z Weatherhead6.013500.005.83
G Alexander7.013147.754.43
G Gaw10.03842.000.80
C Dempsey10.0034134.003.40
D Stanton7.003800.005.43
J Baxter5.0048148.009.60