North Down v Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team on Wed 03 Jun 2015 at 6.30
Ards Cricket Club Won by 4 wickets

Match report Ards Under 15's opened their league campaign with an away 'derby' game against North Down on a fine and dry evening at Comber. Ards put North Down into bat and openers, Magee and Eakin, build a good platform for the innings taking the score to 34 in the 8th over when Eakin (15 including 2 boundaries) was bowled by Aaron Grimshaw with the ball unfortunately keeping a bit low. Another good partnership between Magee and Mitchell, who was next to fall for 10 caught off Callum McDaid, took the score to 74. McDaid bagged his second wicket 2 balls later by bowling Morgan. But, Magee who played very well showing a good combination of patience and aggression to reach 47 not out, just short off what would have been a well-deserved 50, and Copeland (6) who fell to skipper Smith, brought the North Down innings to a close on 98 for 4 off the allotted 20 overs. McDaid (4-2-11-2), Smith (4-0-11-1) and Grimshaw (4-0-13-1) were the successful Ards bowlers.

With the game fairly evenly poised at the halfway stage, Ards were looking for a solid start to their innings but North Down made early breakthroughs having Jack Smith (3) caught behind off Gibson and Robbie Sinclair (3) playing on to Magee to tilt the balance towards the Comber side. But Harry Jackson and Aaron Grimshaw steadied things for Ards taking the score into the 50's before Jackson (18 with 2 boundaries) was next to fall, caught off Morgan, followed shortly after by Cain Thompson (2) bowled by Eakin. But Aaron Grimshaw, with a number of powerful legside shots, and Chris Murray settled things down and brought Ards in sight of victory before Grimshaw (36 including 4 boundaries) was caught and bowled by Macrory to give North Down some late hope. Despite Dean Parke's dismissal, Murray (9no) and Cameron Quinn (3no) saw Ards over the finishing line in the 19th over to secure a 4 wicket victory. Magee (4-0-17-2), Gibson (4-0-16-1), Morgan (2-0-17-1), Eakin (3-0-13-1) and Macrory (1.2-0-8-1) were the successful North Down bowlers

Both teams can take a lot of positives from the game, which was played in good spirit throughout. Ards' confidence will be boosted by the victory and positive performances from a number of players, especially Aaron Grimshaw, Harry Jackson and Chris Murray on the batting side and McDaid, Smith and Grimshaw's bowling. For North Down Magee put in a very impressive performance and didn't deserve to finish on the losing side and lots of promise was shown by Eakin, Gibson and younger players such as Mitchell and Macrory who were playing above their age group.

North Down Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
6nb 5w 7b 2lb 
for 4 wickets
98 (20.0 overs)
E Magee Not Out  47
D Eakin b  A Grimshaw 15
L Mitchell ct  McDaid 10
J Morgan b  McDaid 0
R Copeland b  J Smith 6
J Manderson Not Out  0
M Gibson  
A Macrory  
F Keenan  
R O'Brien  
T Corr  

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Jack Smith4.0011111.002.75
Aaron Grimshaw4.0013113.003.25
Robbie Sinclair4.002100.005.25
Callum McDaid4.021125.502.75
Cain Thompson1.001000.0010.00
Ben Mckee3.001900.006.33

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2nb 19w 2b 2lb 
for 6 wickets

(18.2 overs)
Jack Smith ct  M Gibson 3
Harry Jackson ct  J Morgan 18
Robbie Sinclair b  E Magee 5
Aaron Grimshaw ct  Macrory 36
Cain Thompson b  D Eakin 1
Chris Murray Not Out  9
Dean Parke ct  E Magee 0
Cameron Quinn Not Out  3
Callum McDaid  
Ben Thompson  
Ben Mckee  

North Down Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
E Magee4.001728.504.25
M Gibson4.0016116.004.00
J Morgan2.0016116.008.00
D Eakin3.0013113.004.33
F Keenan2.001700.008.50
A Macrory1.20818.006.00
L Mitchell1.00700.007.00