Dungannon v Ards Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 30 Apr 2016 at 1.00
Ards Cricket Club Lost by 9 wickets

Match report Put into bat on a very under prepared surface which was crusty on top, but obviously very wet below, and with a very long outfield (very unlike Londonderry Park) Ards crashed to defeat, away to Dungannon. In the end the toss proved crucial as, in the first innings, the ball frequently stuck in the surface, or kicked (one from the off-spinner took off over Peter Devlin's head)whereas the much quicker Ards bowlers found the pitch had dried significantly with the ball coming on much more quickly for the batsmen to strike through the ball.

However, these are not excuses for a variety of Ards batsmen contributing to their own downfall and playing millionaire shots on a pitch that was not conducive to them. Allied to this was some ordinary running between the sticks and it took a lot of hard work from Matt Hulbert and Peter Devlin to see Ards to the 83 runs they eventually scored off their 20 overs.

The only way Ards could be competitive in this match was to take early wickets. However, Creevy (26) in particular took the attack to the Ards bowlers who found their extra pace a hindrance as the pitch was drying out by the minute. Sean Francis (1-21) was unlucky to have Creevy dropped early on in his spell and Peter Devlin (0-11) bowled without luck in his 4 overs. A few lusty blows from Perry, added to a more measure innings from veteran Chris Adrain, saw Dungannon home in the 15th over.

A second game in two days meant that this was a significantly under strength Ards side that took the field, even though this was a T20 match, and useful practice for the forthcoming T20 Shield match against Holywood. We cannot afford to take these games lightly and regular commitment from players to play would undoubtedly help.

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
16nb 1w 2lb 
for 7 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Conor Sims ct C Adrain 0
Adam Balfour b C Adrain 6
Jack Smith b M Jenkins 5
Dillon Osborne ct M Creevy 5
Arafat Khan ct M Creevy 4
Peter Devlin ct M Jenkins 17
Matt Hulbert Not Out  16
Gary Niblock b M Creevy 2
Conor Balfour Not Out  7
Sean Francis  
Marc Lyons  

Dungannon Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
C Adrain4.011326.503.25
M Jenkins4.001527.503.75
M Creevy4.001234.003.00
A Perry4.001400.003.50
A Harkness4.002700.006.75

Dungannon Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 5w 2b 1lb 
for 1 wickets
84 (14.5 overs)
C Adrain Not Out  30
M Creevy ct Sean Francis 26
A Perry Not Out  19
J Meeke  
M Jenkins  
A Ferguson  
D Kennedy  
M McNamee  
G Stewart  
A Harkness  
L Registe  

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Conor Sims2.001300.006.50
Conor Balfour3.002200.007.33
Peter Devlin4.011100.002.75
Sean Francis4.0021121.005.25
Dillon Osborne1.501400.007.64