Cooke Collegians v Ards Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 18 Jul 2015 at 12.00
Ards Cricket Club Lost by 59 runs

Match report On Saturday 18th July the 1st XI under new skipper Conor Sims travelled to face Cooke-Collegians at Shaw’s Bridge in Belfast, in an Ulster Bank Section 3 match. Winning the toss, Sims inserted Cooke-Collegians on a damp pitch hoping that his bowlers could take advantage of the surface. Unfortunately, the weather deteriorated soon after the start with Ards finding themselves fielding for the entire innings in a drizzle which at times was quite heavy and which led to the ball quickly becoming difficult to control. It was Matt Hulbert who made the first two dismissals for Ards as Cooke-Collegians posted 45-2 after the first ten overs, but some wayward bowling led Cooke-Collegians to 107-3 at the halfway stage despite some really good ground fielding. A measure of control was re-exerted by Nathan Murray whose first spell for several years was an excellent 1-26 off his eight overs, and by Paul Cox who was unlucky to remain wicketless in his spell, but a devastating final burst of 5-15 by former captain Peter Devlin enabled Ards to bowl Cooke-Collegians out for 197 with two overs of the innings unused.

Although the side contained only five regular 1st team players, the mood was positive as Sims and Fitzsimmons began the run chase on a by now very wet and sticky pitch. The two saw off the two opening bowlers to put on 34 for the first wicket in ten overs before Sims departed, quickly followed by Hulbert and Crawford. At 39-4, and then 58-5, the run chase seemed dead in the water until Owen Roberts and debutant Gary Niblock put on 48 for the sixth wicket in nine overs to give Ards some hope of respectability. Niblock fell for a creditable 16 and Roberts advanced to an excellent 56 (6 x 4s and 2 x 6s) but, after their departure, the innings subsided to 138 all out leaving Cooke-Collegians victorious by fifty-nine runs, with four overs remaining. Although a defeat, this was a gutsy performance with plenty of endeavour and determination from a depleted team, boding well for the remainder of the season.

Cooke Collegians Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
4nb 30w 1b 3lb 
for 10 wickets
159 (38.0 overs)
C. Logan b  Peter Devlin 61
S. Harkin ct  Matt Hulbert 18
K. Willmott ct  Matt Hulbert 6
M. Robinson b  Paul Cox 28
P. Kava ct  Nathan Murray 21
F. Cuttle ct  Peter Devlin 18
M. Grimason lbw  Peter Devlin 0
J. Brennan lbw  Matt Hulbert 0
W. Dale ct  Peter Devlin 8
I. McFaul Not Out  1
G. Pollock lbw  Peter Devlin 0

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Peter Devlin8.013456.804.25
Matt Hulbert8.0144314.675.50
Paul Cox7.0032132.004.57
Andrew Savage2.003100.0015.50
Nathan Murray8.0126126.003.25
Conor Sims6.002600.004.33

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
11w 6b 4lb 
for 10 wickets

(35.4 overs)
Conor Sims ct  I. McFall 9
Richard Fitzsimmons ct  W. Dale 18
Matt Hulbert b  I. McFall 0
Conn Crawford b  I. McFall 0
Owen Roberts b  P. Kava 56
Paul Cox ct  G. Pollock 6
Gary Niblock ct  G. Pollock 16
Peter Devlin ct  S. Harkin 1
Andrew Savage ct  G. Pollock 1
Paul Craig Not Out  2
Nathan Murray b  P. Kava 8

Cooke Collegians Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
S. Harkin8.0028128.003.50
I. McFall8.021334.331.62
W. Dale8.0227127.003.38
G. Pollock8.0034311.334.25
P. Kava4.4125212.505.36