Ards Cricket Club 1st XI v Monaghan on Sat 13 Aug 2016 at 12.00
Ards Cricket Club Lost by 134 runs

Match report On Saturday, Ards CC 1st XI sponsored by Mash Direct, entertained Monaghan in their penultimate home match in the Ulster Bank Senior League. With hopes of promotion ended earlier in the week, Ards were looking to consolidate their league position. In the end, Monaghan were to triumph by 134 runs, as the Ards batsmen, in what was the poorest display of the season, never really got going.

In the field first, the Ards bowlers got off to a sloppy start conceding a number of extras as Monaghan raced to 48 off the first 10 overs, when Balfour took the first wicket. It took the introduction of Arafat Khan (2-28) to the attack before the second wicket fell at 107 as the Monaghan batsmen became increasingly confident against the spinners. Ryan Patterson (2-17), making a welcome return to Ards colours, was the pick of the quicker bowlers, and it was he who removed the dangerous Yasar for a hard hitting 78, bringing the Ards side back into the game, and denying the lower order quick late runs. However, with the bowlers once again conceding 50 runs in wides and other extras, Monaghan was able to total 212-8 off their 40 overs.

In reply, the Ards openers put on 25 in four overs before the first wicket fell to a rash shot when both players were well set. Last week’s centurion and Ulster Bank Award winner Shamu Khan was dismissed cheaply and Owen Roberts followed him quickly back to the hutch, all with the total on 25. A hard-hitting cameo from Paul Nihell (20) offered brief hope of a recovery but, with the loss of Sims, Nihell himself, then Arafat Khan in quick succession, it was only a question of time before the Monaghan spinners could work their way through the lower order. Another pugnacious innings from Peter Devlin (22) only delayed the inevitable slightly as Ards were bowled out in the 19th over for a paltry 78. For Monaghan, Bernard took 3-27 and Yasar 4-18.

Monaghan Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
35w 9b 5lb 
for 8 wickets
212 (40.0 overs)
Yasar ct  Ryan Patterson 78
Mohan ct  Conor Balfour 13
Chirag ct  Arafat Khan 19
Kashif b  Conor Sims 32
Sandhu ct  Conor Balfour 3
Dhana Run out  0
Bernard b  Arafat Khan 4
Husnain Not Out  7
Saji Paul lbw  Ryan Patterson 0
Jay Jumar Not Out  3

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Peter Devlin8.004700.005.88
Conor Balfour8.0040220.005.00
Ryan Patterson8.011728.502.13
Sean Francis7.006700.009.57
Arafat Khan8.0028214.003.50
Conor Sims1.00313.003.00

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
9w 1b  
for 10 wickets

(19.2 overs)
Richard Fitzsimmons ct  Kashif 9
Shamu Khan lbw  Bernard 17
Paul Nihell ct  Yasar 20
Owen Roberts b  Bernard 0
Conor Sims b  Bernard 0
Peter Devlin b  Yasar 22
Arafat Khan b  Yasar 3
Harry Jackson b  Sandhu 0
Sean Francis b  Sandhu 3
Conor Balfour ct  Yasar 0
Ryan Patterson  

Monaghan Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy