Ards Cricket Club 1st XI v PSNI on Sat 10 May 2008 at
Ards Cricket Club Won By 2 Wickets

Match report Ards Secure Opening Victory

Ards 1st XI enjoyed an opening day victory over PSNI in their quest for the Section 4 League Title.

The wicket at Londonderry Park provided the basis for a high scoring, tight contest. PSNI won the toss and elected to bat first in overcast but dry conditions. Their innings was dominated by two players, PJ White who made a stylish 81 and ex-Ards player Cleland McCann who hit a beligerant 87 not out in their total of 208 for 3.

The Ards bowling was not at its best, but they all stuck to their task and the effort later in the innings managed to restrict the PSNI total by 20 odd runs less than what looked likely at the 40 over mark. The 3 wickets to fall went to Gareth Rodgers 92) and David McCullough (1) whilst Brian Maxwell was unlucky not to claim a wicket.

In response to this competitive total, the Ards' batsmen set about their task from the first over as Dillon Osborne crashed the first of his four boundaries to set the tone for the Ards' reply. A quick fire 16 from Dillon was complemented by a steady 20 from his opening partner, whom Ards are delighted to see returning to their ranks, Jonathan Keenan.

Neil Anderson, at No.3, proved the mainstay of the first half of the Ards innings with a classy 43 but when he departed son after Keenan, Ards still had plenty to do despite being well up with the required run rate. Young prodigy, Nathan Burns looked at ease in scoring a useful 21 and with skipper IAN mClean adding a composed 18, Ards looked well on track until once again two wickets in quick succession stalled their progress.

However, up stood two more of the younger members of the team as Regent House players, Paul Mawhinney (35) and Ryan Patterson (19) took Ards to within 20 runs of victory with 5 overs remaining. Having loked set to bring the team home to victory, both then lost their wickets needlessly but Ards were seen home by the calm and assured Roy Keenan and Gareth Rodgers, who hit the winning boundary with more than an over to spare.

Not the most accomplished performance by Ards but an important victory to set their league season off on the right foot. Next up Victoria!

Summary: PSNI 208 FOR 3, ARDS 211 FOR 8 _ ARDS WON BY 2 WICKETS

PSNI Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 3 wickets
208 (0.0 overs)

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Gareth Rodgers10.0148224.004.80
Brian Maxwell10.003900.003.90
David McCullough10.0033133.003.30
Ryan Patterson6.001900.003.17
Neil Anderson10.004100.004.10
Ian McLean4.002400.006.00

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 8 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Jonathan Keenan Caught  20
Dillon Osborne Bowled  16
Neil Anderson Caught  43
Nathan Burns Caught  21
Ian McLean Caught  18
Paul Mawhinney Caught  35
Ryan Patterson Caught  19
Brian Maxwell Caught  2
Roy Keenan Not Out  3
Gareth Rodgers Not Out  5
David McCullough   1

PSNI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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