Newforge v Ards Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 29 Jul 2017 at 12.00
Ards Cricket Club Won By 46 runs

Match report Ards batted first but the in-form Andrew Savage was the first wicket to fall caught behind for a duck this was to become a theme for the Ards batsman as skipper Garry Stewart and number 3 Sam Ingham suffered the same fate, edging behind to be out for 10 and 17 respectively and when big hitting Paul Nihell and Jonny Harris also fell quickly, Ards were in trouble at 52/5 in the 15th over. Matt Hulbert joined Benji Cathcart at the crease, who had been watching on helplessly from the non striker's end as wickets tumbled. In the next five overs they managed to add 20 runs taking the score at drinks to 72/5, still well short of a competitive total. A good partnership was needed so these two batted with great control and responsibility milking the bowling for singles and punishing the bad balls on offer. When Hulbert was next man out for 32 the score had moved on to 124/6 in the 32nd over. Cathcart reached a well-deserved fifty, his second against newforge this season, as Ards managed to post a competitive 150 all out.
Ards took the field after tea and got the perfect start when Conor Balfour produced a double wicket maiden in the first over to put the hosts immediately on the back foot. Jonny Harris picked up the third wicket in the fourth over and when next over Balfour once again struck a great quick delivery edged behind and keeper Robbie Ingham taking a stunning diving one handed low catch, Newforge were really struggling at 17/4, Arafat Khan replaced Jonny Harris in the attack and got in on the action taking a wicket early on. The home team were five wickets down and in real trouble as Balfour continued to bowl with pace and accuracy and was unlucky to only take 3 wickets, finishing with 3-28 from 8 overs bowled straight through. Skipper Stewart turned to Hulbert and he struck in his second over getting the dangerous home batsman lbw and then spinners Stewart and Cathcart wrapped up the victory for Ards. A feature of the display was excellent bowling from Balfour and Arafat and good fielding and catching with keeper Ingham outstanding behind the stumps.

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
14w 2b 1lb 
for 10 wickets

(38.2 overs)
Garry Stewart Caught  10
Andrew Savage Caught  0
Sam Ingham Caught  17
Benjamin Cathcart Caught  52
Paul Nihell Caught  13
Jonny Harris Caught  0
Matt Hulbert Bowled  32
Arafat Khan Caught  5
Ethan Davies Bowled  4
Robbie Ingham Bowled  0
Conor Balfour Not Out  0

Newforge Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Newforge Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 18w 1lb 
for 9 wickets
104 (28.0 overs)

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Conor Balfour8.032839.333.50
Jonny Harris3.0016116.005.33
Arafat Khan8.0321210.502.63
Matt Hulbert4.0016116.004.00
Benjamin Cathcart3.0011111.003.67
Garry Stewart2.0010110.005.00