Cliftonville v Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team on Fri 20 Jul 2012 at 6.30
Ards Cricket Club Won by 7 wickets

Match report Ards travelled to Mallusk to play Cliftonville, a new team in the U15 B section, and an unknown quantity as this was their first league fixture of the season. Cliftonville won the toss and chose to bat first but they made a disastrous start losing both openers Allen and Creighton in the opening over with Ross Martin bowling both batsmen. Warren Martin joined the party picking up a wicket from his first delivery (Gregg for 1) in the 5th over followed by another 2 in the same over (McKnight for 0 and Duddy for 6) as Cliftonville's batsmen found the going tough. A decent partnership by Hill and McClean helped give some respectability to the Cliftonville innings before Kane Stewart had Hill caught behind by Robbie Ingham for 20. He also picked up the wicket of Munro (2) in a good 4 over spell. U13 player Sean Francis picked up the important wicket of McClean (19) and the Cliftonville innings closed on 65 in the 18th over with Conor Balfour taking the last wicket clean bowling Sharma (0).

Ards felt reasonably confident at the interval in the knowledge just over 3 runs an over were required but they received an early setback when this season's top run scorer, Ross Martin (0), was dismissed by the second ball of the innings. Top scorer in the previous match, Conn Crawford (2), quickly followed well caught off a skied top edge to fine leg. Warren Martin was batting well but he was next to fall caught for 11 as Ards' innings wobbled. But initial concerns were soon allayed as Conor Balfour (25 no) and Marc Lyons (15 no) firstly 'steadied the ship' and then put together a match winning partnership, characterised by very good running between the wickets, to take Ards over the finishing line on a total of 66 for 4 in the 16th over.

So Ards collect their first points of this season's league campaign with a decent performance. On the batting front, it was especially pleasing to see Conor Balfour and Marc Lyons step up when required illustrating the importance of a good team ethos which hopefully bodes well for the rest of the season.

Cliftonville Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
2nb 16w 1b  
for 8 wickets
65 (18.3 overs)
T Allen b  R Martin 0
J Creighton b  R Martin 0
M Gregg b  W Martin 1
J Hill ct  K Stewart 20
R McKnight b  W Martin 0
R Duddy b  W Martin 6
K McClean ct  S Francis 19
C Munro b  K Stewart 2
G Sharma b  C Balfour 0
A Conn Not Out  0

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ross Martin3.01221.000.67
Conor Balfour3.30717.002.00
Warren Martin4.001836.004.50
Joel Ferguson1.001200.0012.00
Kane Stewart4.001326.503.25
Sean Francis2.0011111.005.50

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 7w 4b 1lb 
for 3 wickets

(15.2 overs)
Ross Martin b  J Hill 0
Warren Martin ct  K McClean 11
Conn Crawford ct  R McKnight 2
Conor Balfour Not Out  25
Marc Lyons Not Out  15
Robbie Ingham  
Joel Ferguson  
Kane Stewart  
Sean Francis  
Micah Crenshaw  
A.N. Other  

Cliftonville Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
J Hill2.01212.001.00
R McKnight3.2012112.003.60
K McClean2.0010110.005.00
R Duddy2.00900.004.50
T Allen2.00600.003.00
G Sharma2.001300.006.50
C Munro2.00700.003.50