Ards Cricket Club 1st XI v Larne on Sat 04 Jun 2016 at 1.00
Ards Cricket Club Lost by 9 wickets

Match report Last Saturday Ards 1st XI, sponsored by the Progressive Building Society, hosted league leaders Larne, hoping to get back to winning ways after two recent defeats but, unfortunately, Ards were without 3 major bowlers for this encounter. Winning the toss, Ards skipper Conor Sims had no hesitation in batting first on an excellent pitch and fast outfield, and he, with Adam Balfour, put on 33 runs in the first ten overs before being bowled by Hunter for 5. The loss of Balfour (17) at 34 precipitated a major collapse as the middle order failed to fire, leaving Ards a sorry 45-5 in the fifteenth over, with much to do to set Larne a competitive total. That Ards eventually totalled 143 was in no small measure due to Ian Farley (47), though he had to wait until Sean Francis (21no) came in at 10, to find a durable partner, with both taking the attack to the Larne spinners, adding 46 runs for the ninth wicket. Both were particularly severe on the short ball and showed the upper order how to build a partnership against this Larne attack. When Farley was out in the last over for a well played 47, Ards finished with 143-9 off its 40 overs. For Larne, the accurate Hunter was the pick of the bowlers with 3-18.

In reply, the Larne batsmen found few difficulties against the Ards attack, shorn of three front line seam bowlers. Sean Francis posed a few questions with his off-spin but Hunter in particular dispatched anything short or too full to the boundary, as the Larne total rattled along. A measure of hope was offered when Wilson (15) charged Sims and was caught at mid-off with the total at 66, but Chris Dempsey (32) joined Hunter (83) and charged to the winning post in the 21st over, with Larne winning by 9 wickets. For Ards, only skipper Sims took a wicket. This was a disappointing loss for Ards but Larne were worthy winners on the day.

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
12w 10b 1lb 
for 9 wickets

(40.0 overs)
Conor Sims b E. Hunter 5
Adam Balfour ct C. Cloke 17
Richard Fitzsimmons st C. Cloke 4
Owen Roberts b E. Hunter 2
Paul Nihell b E. Hunter 0
Ian Farley b C. Dempsey 47
Conn Crawford b J. Campbell 10
Gary Niblock ct J. Campbell 5
Matthew Crooks b G. Gaw 8
Sean Francis Not Out  21
Jamie Millar-Hogg Not Out  1

Larne Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
A. McKinley5.001500.003.00
E. Hunter8.021836.002.25
C. Cloke8.0123211.502.88
J. Campbell6.0028214.004.67
G. Gaw7.0027127.003.86
C. Dempsey6.0021121.003.50

Larne Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2nb 5w 5b 2lb 
for 1 wickets
144 (20.3 overs)
E. Hunter Not Out  83
F. Wilson ct C. Sims 15
C. Dempsey Not Out  32
T. Dempsey  
C. Keenan  
C. Cloke  
N. Campbell  
G. Moore  
G. Gaw  
A. McKinley  
J. Campbell  

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Sean Francis7.014900.007.00
Matthew Crooks7.004200.006.00
Jamie Millar-Hogg3.002300.007.67
Conor Sims2.01717.003.50
Conn Crawford1.00700.007.00
Adam Balfour0.30900.0018.00