Ballymena v Ards Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 05 May 2018 at 1.00
Ards Cricket Club Lost By 9 wickets

Match report An under-strength Ards travelled to Ballymena, in what was always going to be a difficult start to their Robinson's Services League 2 campaign, against a club of Premier League status 3 years ago.
Though the wicket was fine, the outfield left a lot to be desired given the continuing damp weather.
Batting first, Ards struggled to score runs against a very disciplined and accurate Ballymena attack, which hardly bowled a bad ball.
Openers Ronnie Balfour and Benji Cathcart batted with patience to take the score to 20 when Ronnie, attempting a big shot, was caught. This started a collapse, as skipper Andrew Savage was bowled shortly after to a ball which nipped back. Debutant William Mayne suffered the same fate, being bowled two balls later. Teenager Ethan Davies, next in, didn’t last long either. There was a ray of hope in Cathcart still unbeaten at the other end and for the most part he looked untroubled as the wickets tumbled around him. However he was run out with a lack of communication with Jonny Harris and Ards were now in deep trouble at 34/5, with still over half the overs remaining. When Harris was cleaned bowled it was only a partnership between numbers 7 and 8, Matt Hulbert and Conor Balfour, which took the total past 50, but the Ballymena change bowlers were as tight as the openers and scoring was still difficult. When Conor was out for 13, the last three wickets fell quickly: with Eddie Hawkins making 3; and Jonny Alexander being out to an excellent caught and bowled diving effort. Last man out was Hulbert for 9 leaving Ards with a score 62.
Ballymena lost an early wicket as the Ards opening pair of Conor Balfour and Jonny Harris started well: Harris trapping his man leg before with his third ball. This was to prove the only success for Ards as Ballymena cruised home by nine wickets.

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 8w 1b  
for 10 wickets

(33.0 overs)
Benjamin Cathcart Run out  13
Ronnie Balfour Caught  5
Andrew Savage Bowled  7
William Mayne Bowled  0
Ethan Davies Bowled  0
Jonny Harris Bowled  1
Matt Hulbert Caught  9
Conor Balfour Bowled  13
Eddie Hawkins Caught  3
Jonathan Alexander Caught  0
Jonah Ditty Not Out  1

Ballymena Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Ballymena Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 1 wickets
63 (11.0 overs)

Ards Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Conor Balfour6.002300.003.83
Jonny Harris5.0037137.007.40