Templepatrick v Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team on Fri 31 May 2013 at 6.30
Ards Cricket Club Won by 13 runs

Match report Having got to the final of the 'B' Section in 2012, Ards Under 15's 2013 league campaign in Section A eventually got off the ground against Templepatrick on the last Friday in May on a sunny but chilly evening at Ballyclare. Templepatrick won the toss and asked Ards to bat first but it didn't start well with Ross Martin (1) falling in the 2nd over caught at mid wicket top edging a pull shot to mid wicket. Worse was to follow in the 3rd over when Conor Balfour (0) was bowled by a good in-swinging yorker from A McCalmont to leave Ards tottering on 3 for 2. But an excellent partnership from Warren Martin and Marc Lyons rebuilt the Ards innings and the total had reached 59 when Martin fell after an excellent knock of 33 which included 4 fours and a six, a welcome return to form. Connor Graham, a new addition to the team this year, joined Lyons and Ards continued to make good progress until Graham (12) was caught off spinner Clarke trying to up the run rate. Marc Lyons who batted patiently for 12 was next to fall caught off Ramsey. But useful runs in the last few overs from Sean Francis (7), Micah Crenshaw (1 no) and Ifaz Khan (10 no including 2 boundaries) got the Ards total up to 100 (which included 25 extras) after their allotted 20 overs, a very good outcome after a dodgy start.

The Ards team knew this was a competitive total but Templepatrick got off to a brisk start with Dargan and McIlwaine punishing any loose deliveries and quickly getting into the 30's after only 4 overs. First change bowler, Connor Graham, made the important breakthrough having McIlwaine (14) well caught by Warren Martin at square leg. Gault (2) fell soon after bowled by Graham who was getting some useful out-swing and when Ramsey (4) was run out Ards sensed they were getting on top. Graham picked up his third wicket dismissing Abernethy (0) after a sharp catch by Warren Martin at square leg and Martin took centre stage dismissing A McCalmont (0) caught by Grimshaw and having Branagh (0) stumped by keeper Lyons. Lyons then brilliantly ran out Warke throwing down the stumps at the bowler's end to leave Ards strong favourites at that point. But Dargan had other ideas and went on the attack hitting a number of boundaries as the game swung back in Templepatrick's favour. Warren Martin took his third wicket having S McCalmont caught by brother Ross who then returned to bowl his final 2 overs and bowled Hamill (0). With last man Clarke safely negotiating the rest of Martin's over, Dargan needing 2 for his fifty faced Nathan Grimshaw's first over with Templepatrick needing 14 to win off the last 3 overs. After a dot ball of Grimshaw's first delivery, Dargan mistimed a cover drive and Connor Graham took the all important catch to secure a hard fought and nail biting 13 run victory for Ards.

This was a real team performance from the Ards boys with everyone playing their part but Warren Martin's knock and 3 wickets and Connor Graham's runs in the middle order and 3 wickets were especially important contributions. After his excellent innings Dargan didn't deserve to be on the losing side but the Ards boys will rightly reflect on the positives of achieving this first win after losing out so narrowly in their Graham Cup match. Next up will an even tougher challenge against Graham Cup semi-finalists, CIYMS.

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 19w 4b 1lb 
for 7 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Ross Martin ct S Gault 1
Warren Martin ct J Ramsey 33
Conor Balfour b A McCalmont 0
Marc Lyons ct J Ramsey 11
Conor Graham ct A Clarke 12
Sean Francis b G Dargan 7
Micah Crenshaw Not Out  1
Ifaz Khan Not Out  10
Nathan Grimshaw  
Matthew McLawrence  
A.N. Other  

Templepatrick Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
A McCalmont4.0014114.003.50
S Gault4.0017117.004.25
R McIlwaine3.002900.009.67
J Ramsey4.011728.504.25
G Dargan4.0110110.002.50
A Clarke1.00818.008.00

Templepatrick Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2nb 9w 2lb 
for 10 wickets
87 (17.2 overs)
G Dargan ct N Grimshaw 48
R McIlwaine ct C Graham 14
S Gault b C Graham 2
J Ramsey Run out  4
K Abernethy ct C Graham 0
A McCalmont ct W Martin 0
M Branagh st W Martin 0
H Warke Run out  2
S McCalmont ct W Martin 0
A Hamill b R Martin 4
A Clarke Not Out  0

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ross Martin3.0014114.004.67
Conor Balfour4.011400.003.50
Conor Graham4.001234.003.00
Warren Martin4.002739.006.75
Sean Francis2.001800.009.00
Nathan Grimshaw0.20010.000.00