Saintfield v Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team on Wed 17 Jun 2015 at 6.30
Ards Cricket Club Lost by 4 wickets

Match report Unbeaten Ards U15's travelled to Saintfield for their first away fixture of the 2015 campaign looking to continue their winning run. Ards won the toss and chose to bat on a bright sunny evening. Openers Jack Smith and Harry Jackson began cautiously against some tight bowling by Saintfield's opening bowlers and the total had reached 10 in the 4th over when Harry Jackson (4) was caught at cover off McGuire. Ards received a further setback when Jack Smith (6) fell to the first ball of the 5th over caught on the mid wicket boundary off Scott to leave Ards 10 for 2. Despite a couple of quick boundaries, the situation worsened when Aaron Grimshaw (4) was stumped off Cara Murray to leave Ards 25 for 3 after 7 overs. Robbie Sinclair and Calum McDaid then took the score into the 40's when Sinclair (14 with 3 boundaries) was also stumped off Scott. Chris Murray (9) was next to be dismissed also stumped off Cara Murray with Cain Thompson (4) and Dean Parke (0) following soon after to leave Ards in deep trouble. However, under 13 player Calum McDaid, who batted through to the end of the innings making 34no (including 5 boundaries) supported by Ben McKee (4), who was run out, and Campbell Brown (4) and Daniel Grimshaw (0) both bowled by Murray took the Ards score to 88 after 18.3 overs. A disappointing total on a ground with short boundaries and a fast outfield with only McDaid's outstanding knock and Sinclair making meaningful contributions.

So at the halfway stage Ards knew they would have to bowl exceptionally to get a positive result. After a tight opening over by Smith, Saintfield hit a couple of boundaries but Lockhart (0) was very well caught by Cain Thompson running back at extra cover off Aaron Grimshaw to give Ards the early breathrough they were looking for. In the 3rd over skipper Smith bowled Saintfield captain Murray with a 'jaffa' to put Ards right back into the game. But Reid with a quickfire 52 (with 5 maximums and 4 boundaries), when he had to retire, appeared to have taken the game away from Ards. However, Ards responded to Reid's departure with McDaid dismissing McGuire (9) after a brilliant diving catch by Jack Smith and Cara Murray (0) to another super catch by Cain Thompson,and Robbie Sinclair bowling Kirk (1) and having Carson (0) caught to give them a glimmer of hope. But after a few scares and growing anxiety on the sidelines, Scott (8no) and Hanna (2no) eventually saw Saintfield safely across the line to a winning total of 89 for 6 in the 17th over.

While the Ards boys deserve credit for battling away to the end, unfortunately a below par total left the bowlers with too much to do and Saintfield claimed a deserved victory. A number of the Ards batsmen will reflect on how they were dismissed and hopefully learn some lessons they can take forward to the next games. With Jack Smith the best of the bowlers, hopefully the others will have learnt that if you serve up deliveries to an in-form batsmen's strong areas you will usually get punished as was the case tonight when Reid hit virtually every delivery on leg for a 6 or 4. Also worth of mention were 3 excellent catches by Cain Thompson (2) and Jack Smith.

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
4w 1b 1lb 
for 10 wickets

(18.3 overs)
Jack Smith ct E Scott 6
Harry Jackson ct C McGuire 4
Robbie Sinclair st E Scott 14
Aaron Grimshaw st C Murray 4
Chris Murray st C Murray 9
Callum McDaid Not Out  34
Cain Thompson lbw C Murray 4
Dean Parke Caught  0
Ben Mckee Run out  4
Campbell Brown b R Murray 4
Daniel Grimshaw b R Murray 0

Saintfield Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
R Murray3.30000.000.00
C McGuire2.00000.000.00
E Scott4.00000.000.00
C Murray4.00000.000.00
J Carson2.00000.000.00
J Davenport3.00000.000.00

Saintfield Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
9w 1b  
for 6 wickets
89 (17.4 overs)
R Murray b J Smith 3
R Lockhart ct A Grimshaw 0
A Reid Retired Not Out  52
C McGuire  C McDaid
E Scott Not Out  8
S Kirk b R Sinclair 1
C Murray ct C McDaid 0
J Carson ct R Sinclair 0
E Hanna Not Out  2
J Davenport  

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Jack Smith4.00717.001.75
Aaron Grimshaw4.0027213.506.75
Callum McDaid4.0030215.007.50
Robbie Sinclair4.001929.504.75
Harry Jackson0.40300.004.50