Dungannon v Ards Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 08 Aug 2015 at 12.00
Ards Cricket Club Won by 140 runs

Match report On Saturday the 1st XI travelled to Dungannon, with hope and expectation, having beaten them earlier in the season in a high-scoring encounter at Londonderry Park. The side came away from Dungannon Park with a 140 run victory, chiefly due to an outstanding all-round performance from the captain, Conor Sims (123, 3-27), and five wickets from Gary Stewart (5-31).

Winning the toss, Sims decided that Ards would bat first on a pitch that felt soft but which played true, if slow, throughout the match. Paul Nihell (14) was first to fall, followed by Gary Stewart (14), but the lion’s share of the run scoring was due to an excellent partnership between Sims (123) and vice-captain Owen Roberts (52) who put on 146 in nineteen overs. They both batted at a good pace, sensibly taking their singles and dispatching bad balls regularly to the boundary. Sims was to hit 5 sixes and Roberts two as they increased the pace. Following Roberts’ dismissal, two further wickets fell, before Gary Niblock kept the captain company as Sims fell on the last ball of the forty overs, with Ards posting 257-6. At tea, although missing a couple of first choice bowlers, Ards were confident of posting only their second victory of the season.

For Dungannon, Chris Adrain opened up at pace striking a belligerent 34 as his team posted 65-2 off the initial eight overs, but Jeff Meeke fell for 18 and it was only G. Parker (24 no), batting at number six, who offered any real resistance as Sims and Stewart established a stranglehold on the Dungannon innings. Although several catches went down in the innings, Ards’ fielding was generally sound in support of good bowling from Sims and Stewart. The only real disappointment was the number of wides in the innings which again topped twenty. As the rain threatened, it was Matt Hulbert who took the final wicket to dismiss Dungannon for 117, leaving Ards worthy victors and looking forward to their final home match next weekend against Newforge.

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
26w 4b 4lb 
for 6 wickets

(40.0 overs)
Conor Sims ct Green 123
Paul Nihell ct Creevy 14
Garry Stewart ct Perry 14
Owen Roberts b Adrain 52
Richard Fitzsimmons ct Perry 1
Ian Farley b Perry 5
Gary Niblock Not Out  15
Matt Hulbert  
Harry Jackson  
Peter Devlin  
Dean Parke  

Dungannon Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Dungannon Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
24w 1b 2lb 
for 10 wickets
117 (24.5 overs)
C. Adrain b Conor Sims 34
A. Perry ct Peter Devlin 0
J. Meeke b Garry Stewart 18
M. Creevy ct Garry Stewart 3
M. Rogers ct Conor Sims 1
G. Parker Not Out  24
J. Cullen b Conor Sims 6
G. Stewart b Garry Stewart 0
A. Patterson st Garry Stewart 0
C. Green ct Garry Stewart 1
M. Green b Matt Hulbert 3

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Peter Devlin5.0124124.004.80
Matt Hulbert3.5035135.009.13
Conor Sims8.002739.003.38
Garry Stewart8.003156.203.87