Final league positions

With just one match left to play in this seasons Ulster Bank Section 1, the following are the league positions for the 2016 season

                    P    W    T    L  NR/V  Pts     NRR
Muckamore          18   16    0    2    0   64    2.08770   C
Woodvale           18   15    0    3    0   60    1.04810
Downpatrick        17   13    0    4    0   52    1.37084
Armagh             17    9    0    7    1   36    0.43574
Donaghcloney       18    9    0    8    1   36   -0.07719
Bangor             18    9    0    8    1   36   -0.49478
Lurgan             18    5    1   11    1   22   -1.37010
Academy            18    4    1   13    0   18   -1.09672
Saintfield         18    3    0   14    1   12   -1.10833   R
Ballymena          18    2    0   15    1    8   -0.98208   R

1sts retain Section 1 status

A clinical nine wicket win over Ballymena at Eaton Park saw Lurgan ensure they would be playing in the Ulster Bank Section 1 league next season.

In a re-arranged 20 over game, Ballymena were skittled out for just 44 runs in the 18th over with the home side’s batsmen being unable to score runs against Lurgans excellent slow bowling attack. However, paving the way for the Town’s bowlers was a superb piece of fielding from John Guy, as a direct hit from mid-off saw the dangerous James Kennedy run out for 5 with the score on 16. After that it was a virtual procession of Ballymena batsmen going back and forth to the pavilion. Peter Maxwell claimed 3 wickets for just 5 runs in just 2.3 overs while Paul Stafford took 3 for 9 runs off 4, Niranjan Godbole 2 for4 in 4 while Andrew Bingham conceded just 10 runs from his 4 overs.

Benefit night for Niranjan

There will be a benefit night for Niranjan in the Clubhouse this Saturday night 3rd Sept at 7.00pm. Please make every effort to come along and show your support for our professional. See attached link

Benefit Night 2016 Proof

Last ball drama as match is tied

Lurgan kept themselves clear of the relegation places after a dramatic last ball tie in their Section 1 league clash with Academy at Pollock Park on Saturday.

With the scores tied at 166 each and one ball to bowl, Lurgan’s Andrew Bingham stopped a blistering straight drive off his own bowling and then scrambled to his feet to run out Academy’s last batsman and earn the home side a share of the points.

Ballymena game abandoned

Lurgan and Ballymena will have to replay their crunch Ulster Bank Section 1 gamed after a deluge at the Eaton Park ground forced the umpires into abandoning the game on Saturday.

Lurgan had set the home side a target of 150 to win on a wicket where the ball was not coming through on to the bat and had a tendency to keep low. Niranjan Godbole top scored with 32 and Peter Maxwell 21. There had already been three interruptions for rain in the Ballymena innings when a deluge flooded the square and part of the outfield with the home side in a strong position on 69 for 1 wkt after 17 overs. A valiant effort by Ballymena to dry out the ground proved to no avail as the umpires ruled the wicket unsafe for play to resume.

The state of the wicket at Ballymena after the deluge on Saturday

The state of the wicket at Ballymena after the deluge on Saturday