Ards Cricket Club 1st XI v Newforge on Sat 27 May 2017 at 1.00
Ards Cricket Club Won By 25 runs

Match report An under-strength Ards team batted first and lost opener Harry Jackson in the third over for 1. Next man in was skipper Matt Hulbert and knowing that the team was a little under-strength, he batted patiently along with Benji Cathcart, taking the score along to 46/1 at the half way stage. Not long after the drinks break, skipper Hulbert was bowled for 12 bringing Arafat Khan to the crease joining the well-set Cathcart. These two then accelerated the scoring and put the pressure on the bowlers, taking advantage of the bad balls on offer (and at this stage there was plenty. Unfortunately a mix-up saw Cathcart run out for an excellent 52. James Millar-Hogg didn't last long and was caught for a duck, bringing Conor Balfour into bat in the unfamiliar position of number 6. He remained not out as wickets tumbled at the other end: Arafat Khan was run out for a quick 25; and the Newforge opening bowler returned to mop up the tail, picking up two wickets in two balls, as Ards ended up with 134 from 30 overs.
Ards took to the field and bowled tightly. Both Conor Balfour and Arafat Khan bowled well up front and Balfour got the deserved breakthrough in the 7th over clean bowling the opener. Benji Cathcart entered the attack and took a wicket with his fourth ball and then picked up two more in his fourth over with some clever slow bowling, inviting the Newforge batsmen to hit out and taking the bait to leave the visitors struggling four wickets down. When Arafat returned to the attack he took three wickets in an over to really swing the game in Ards' favour, as Newforge were now 68/8. A good partnership added 30 runs but Ards were not to be denied as James Millar Hogg and Matt Hulbert took the remaining two wickets to give the home team an unexpected but definitely well- deserved win, with some great catching and 100% effort in the field.

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
25w 9b 3lb 
for 9 wickets

(29.4 overs)
Benjamin Cathcart Run out  52 5 1
Harry Jackson Caught  1
Matt Hulbert Bowled  12 1
Arafat Khan Run out  25 3 1
Jamie Millar-Hogg Caught  0
Conor Balfour Not Out  5
Jonathan Alexander Run out  0
Eddie Hawkins Bowled  0
Philip Ferguson Bowled  0
Jim Jackson Run out  2
A.N. Other  

Newforge Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Newforge Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2nb 12w 5b  
for 10 wickets
109 (26.1 overs)
  ct B Cathcart 11
  b C Balfour 3
  ct B Cathcart 23
  lbw B Cathcart 8
  ct B Cathcart 6
  ct Arafat Khan 1
  ct Arafat Khan 1
  Not Out  20
  lbw Arafat Khan 0
  ct J Millar Hogg 14
  lbw M Hulbert 2

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Conor Balfour6.0011111.001.83
Arafat Khan6.002739.004.50
Benjamin Cathcart6.003047.505.00
Jamie Millar-Hogg5.0022122.004.40
Matt Hulbert3.1016116.005.05