Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team v N. Down on Fri 13 May 2016 at 6.00
Ards Cricket Club Lost by 7 wickets

Match report Ards U15's opened their 2016 season with a home Graham Cup tie and local derby against North Down. Ards skipper Calum McDaid won the toss and opted to bat first on a sunny but breezy evening at Londonderry Park. Ards made a steady start but lost their 1st wicket with the total on 20 when skipper McDaid (7) was run out having backed up too far and failing to get back into his crease. Ards consolidated and Harry Jackson and Ethan Davies had taken the score to 51 in the 10th over, establishing a good platform, when Davies (11) missed a full toss from Mitchell and was bowled. Much was then resting on Jackson but he fell soon after slightly unfortunately when caught just inside the boundary off another full toss this time from Macrory for a top score of 24, including 3 boundaries. Macrory (3-11) was the pick of the N Down bowlers with his well-flighted leg spin bamboozling some of the inexperienced Ards batsmen. With Dean Parke (13) and Glen Warwick (4) the only other scores of note as Eddie Hawkins, Alex Miller and Dominic Allen failed to trouble the scorers, the Ards innings closed on 86 for 8 off their 20 overs with Boobyer 1no and Burrowes 0no.

North Down started their chase steadily with Ethan Davies in particular bowling tidely and had reached 38 when Dean Parke made the breakthrough having Mitchell (9) caught at point. Davies dismissed tope scorer Magee (26) in the 8th over to give Ards renewed hope and Glen Warwick had Eakin (7) stumped but Matchett (24no) and Mackay (11no) took North Down comfortably past the target score in the 16th over to secure a 7 wicket victory and away tie against Donacloney in the next round.

Ards tried hard but probably didn't make enough runs and so disappointingly bow out of the Graham Cup at the first round stage. The league campaign starts at the end of May with a home game against Bangor.

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 20w 5b  
for 8 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Harry Jackson ct Eakin 24
Callum McDaid Run out  7
Ethan Davies b Mitchell 11
Glen Warwick b Macrory 4
Dean Parke ct Keenan 13
Eddie Hawkins b Keenan 0
Craig Boobyer Not Out  1
Miller Alex b Macrory 0
Dominic l Allen b Macrory 0
Ewan Burrowes Not Out  0
Dharesh McCarthy  

N. Down Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
E Magee3.001000.003.33
M Gibson3.001200.004.00
D Eakin3.001300.004.33
L Mitchell3.0022122.007.33
A Macrory4.001133.672.75
F Keenan3.001226.004.00
M 1.00212.002.00

N. Down Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
4w 5b  
for 3 wickets
88 (15.2 overs)
E Magee ct D Parke 26
L Mitchell ct E Davies 9
D Eakin st G Warwick 7
A Matchett Not Out  24
C Mackay Not Out  11
M Gibson  
A Macrory  
F Keenan  

Ards Cricket Club Under 15 XI and Graham Cup team Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Callum McDaid4.002300.005.75
Ethan Davies4.0017117.004.25
Dean Parke4.0019119.004.75
Glen Warwick3.0020120.006.67
Eddie Hawkins0.20400.0012.00