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

Defeat to Donacloney

Donacloney completed a league double over Lurgan at Pollock Park on Saturday completing a 61 run win in a low scoring game.

Lurgan’s opening bowler Ollie McCollum got the Town side away to a tremendous start taking the wickets of Leckey and Little in the first over of the game. Andrew Bingham then chipped in with the wicket of Warren in his first over and Paul Stafford then took the wickets of professional Desai and Harland to leave the visitors struggling at 60 for 5 wickets and Lurgan were in a strong position. However a crucial 6th wicket partnership of 60 runs between Philip Derby and Mark Campbell brought Donacloney back into the match, both batting sensibly taking ones and twos and punishing the occasional bad ball. They were eventually dismissed off the bowling of Peter Maxwell, Campbell bowled for 30 and Derby caught by Derek Wilson at point for 39. A three wicket burst from Niranjan Godbole managed to curtail the Donacloney score to 140 all out in the 48th over. Godbole finished with 3 wkts for 28 off 9.2 overs while Paul Stafford also took 3 wkts for28 off 10, Ollie McCollum 2 for 11 off 5, Peter Maxwell 2 for 31 off 9 and Andrew Bingham 1 for 26 off 10.

Vital win for 1sts

Lurgan pulled off their second T20 Ulster Bank Section 1 league win in a week with a 10 run win over Downpatrick at Pollock Park.

Batting first, a half century partnership between Stephen Johnston and professional Niranjan Godbole set up the platform for a challenging total against the top of the table visitors. Having lost Jack Harrison with the total on 8, Johnston and Godbole had taken the score to 63 when Johnston was caught out off the bowling of Dale Mullan for 32, his innings including one maximum and four 4’s. Mullan also claimed the wicket of Godbole for 24 while Teddy Tully’s innings of 23 included two sixes, one of which landed on the Clubhouse roof. Lurgan’s innings finished on the fourth ball of the 20th over when Jack Maxwell was bowled for 4 leaving the home side on 115 all out.

Ladies suffer title setback

Lurgan Ladies Premier League title hopes took a setback on Sunday when they lost at North Down by 44 runs.

A prolific opening partnership between North Down’s Harrison and Benson gave the home side a solid base for a good score. Harrison retired on 50 and Benson was eventually bowled by Emma McMurray for 44. The Lurgan girls fought back towards the end of the North Down innings with Emma McMurray claiming 3 more wickets in one over to finish with the excellent figures of 4 for 26 in 5 overs. Lois Lyttle and Jane Kilpatrick also took a wicket each as the North Down Ladies set a daunting total of 159 for 6 wkts in their 25 overs.

1sts out of relegation zone

Lurgan experienced both ends of the cricket spectrum last week with an 8 wicket win over Saintfield followed up by an 8 wicket trouncing by Muckamore. The win did however lift them out of the Section 1 relegation zone with one win more than Ballymena and Saintfield and with a match in hand.

In the T20 game against Saintfield at Pollock Park, a good bowling and fielding display saw the Town side restrict Saintfield to 103 for 6 wickets in their 20 overs. There were 2 wickets for Paul Stafford and a wicket each for Callum Grieve and John Guy while there was a very economical bowling performance from Callum Gibson, his 4 overs conceding only 10 runs.