Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team v Donacloney on Tue 28 Aug 2012 at 5.30pm
Ards Cricket Club Lost by 11 runs


Shaw's Bridge was the venue for Ards Under 15's league final match against Donacloney who had finished top of Section B. Ards won the toss and asked Donacloney to bat first in the 20 over game on what was a fine sunny evening. Ards made the perfect start with Ross Martin having Joy caught behind by Robbie Ingham without scoring off the 3rd ball of the innings. Ben Daly and Robert Lyttle, Donacloney's most accomplished batsmen and regulars in the senior 2nds team, were now at the crease and much would depend on how they performed. Unfortunately during the early overs and perhaps with big match nerves and slightly damp underfoot conditions a factor, the Ards bowlers struggled to find their line and length and Donacloney punished any wayward deliveries racing to 57 for 1 after 7 overs. However, when their heads could easily have dropped the Ards' boys battled their way back into the game when firstly Warren Martin had Lyttle (25) caught behind by Ingham and Conor Balfour caught and bowled McNamara (12). Balfour followed this up with more success in his final over dismissing Daly, who made an accomplished 58, well caught by Crenshaw and bowling Weir (3) with the next delivery as the Donacloney innings faltered. Kane Stewart also bowled well at the end of the innings and got deserved reward taking the wickets of Thompson (2) caught by Hughes and Houston (0) bowled as the Donacloney innings finished on 114 which was still a good score but a lot less than they might have been hoping for. Ards' ground fielding was reasonably good throughout but unfortunately 3 takeable catches were put down with top scorer Daly getting 2 extra lives.

Ards faced a challenging but achievable run chase against Donacloney's usually disciplined bowling attack but received an early setback when Lyttle bowled Warren Martin (0) in his opening over. However, Ards recovered well with Ross Martin and Conn Crawford batting well taking the score to 51 in the 11th over when Martin was caught at mid-wicket for a patient 12. Ards' total had reached 62 when Conn Crawford, who top scored with a hard hitting 29, was caught behind. Crooks and Hughes kept the score moving as Ards tried to keep up with the run rate (8 an over) but Crooks (10) was caught just inside the boundary going for a maximum. Cairns (2) fell shortly after adjudged caught at the wicket and with the pressure building Balfour (2) and skipper Hughes, who played well for 16, were run out going for risky extra runs. After the loss of Stewart (0), Marc Lyons (5 no) and Robbie Ingham (3 no) tried valiantly to up the run rate but to no avail as the Ards innings closed on 103 just 11 runs short of their target.

Despite the disappointment of the outcome, the Ards boys can take a lot of heart from a battling display which contained some promising individual performances. With a number of the players still eligible for this age group, there is a solid foundation to build upon for next year.

Donacloney Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 7 wickets
114 (2.0 overs)
Ju Joy ct  Ross Martin 0
R Lyttle ct  Warren Martin 25
B Daly ct  C Balfour 58
L McNamara ct  C Balfour 12
G Weir b  C Balfour 3
B Thompson ct  K Stewart 2
D Houston b  K Stewart 1
N Matthews Not Out  0
J Mount Not Out  0
M Young  
Jo Joy  

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ross Martin4.0020120.005.00
Conor Balfour4.012438.006.00
Warren Martin4.0020120.005.00
Graham Cairns4.002900.007.25
Kane Stewart4.0021210.505.25

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
21w 2b 1lb 
for 8 wickets

(2.0 overs)
Ross Martin ct  Ju Joy 12
Warren Martin b  R Lyttle 0
Conn Crawford ct  Jo Joy 29
Michael Crooks ct  Jo Joy 10
Russell Hughes Run out  16
Graham Cairns ct  G Weir 3
Conor Balfour Run out  2
Marc Lyons Not Out  5
Kane Stewart b  Jo Joy 0
Robbie Ingham Not Out  3
Micah Crenshaw  

Donacloney Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
R Lyttle4.0017117.004.25
G Weir4.0018118.004.50
Ju Joy4.0019119.004.75
L McNamara4.002500.006.25
Jo Joy4.002036.675.00