Monthly Archives: August 2021

Cricket Ball Sponsorship

The Cricket Section would like to thank Jason McCullough and Lurgan Tyre Centre for kindly sponsoring the cricket balls used in the 1stXI game against Cooke Collegians and the 2ndXI game against CSNI 4ths at Pollock Park over the Bank Holiday weekend . Your support is greatly appreciated.

Gibson hits century as 2nds finish with a win

A superb Callum Gibson century helped the 2nds to record a 53 run win over CSNI 4ths in their final league game of the season on Monday evening at Pollock Park.
Having just returned to the game following a bone fracture to his wrist, Gibson showed little effect from the injury as he powerfully launched into the CSNI bowling, his innings of 116 not out included 5 sixes and 13 fours. He was well supported by Marvin van Niekirk who hit a brisk 40 and Jack Hutchinson who scored 21 as the home side posted a target of 188 in their 20 overs.
9.5 runs an over was going to be a tough rate to chase, and with wickets falling at regular intervals so it proved to be as the visitors finished their 20 overs on 134 for 5 wkts. The 5 wickets to fall all went to different bowlers with Callum Gibson having 1 for 14 off 4, Junior Nelson 1 for 15 off 3, Peter Hutchinson 1 for 17 off 2, Harry McDowell 1 for 24 off 3 and Quasm Mohammed 1 for 27 off 3. Opening bowler Marvin van Niekirk also bowled an economical 4 overs conceding just 14 runs and the win leaves the 2nds third in the table.    

1sts CLINCH PROMOTION

The 1stXI clinched promotion to Section 1 of the Robinson Services Section 1 with a 4 wicket win over Cooke Collegians at sunny Pollock Park on Saturday in a tough nail-biting encounter.

Fielding first, opening left arm bowler Adam Johnson struck in the first over of the game having Gibbons caught behind for a duck. Both Johnson and Jack Maxwell were proving difficult to score off and it was Maxwell who claimed the next wicket having Humphreys caught behind with Scott Wilson taking the first of two superb catches, a diving one-handed catch low to his right with the total on 7. A third wicket partnership of 40 eased the visitors back into the game, but the next 5 wickets fell for just 37 runs and the home side looked in command with Cooke Collegians on 85 for 7 wickets with 24 overs gone. However, a stubborn 8th wicket partnership of 58 between Ayub and Singh again pulled Cooke Collegians back into the match before Callum Gibson had Singh going for one big shot too many with Stephen Chambers taking the catch. Gibson and Jack Maxwell mopped up the last two wickets to dismiss the visitors for 158 in the 37th over. Callum Gibson was the top wicket taker for Lurgan, taking 3 for 42 off 8, Peter Maxwell took 2 crucial middle order wickets for just 22 runs off 8, Jack Maxwell had 2 for 26 off 6.5, Peter Hutchinson also had 2 for 26 off 5 while Adam Johnson conceded just 24 runs in his 7 overs for the first wicket of the innings.

Lurgan’s reply got off to a bad start with skipper Jack Harrison playing on from Kerr in the first over without scoring. Cooke Collegians opening attack off Kerr and Ahmed beat the bat on a number of occasions and it was Kerr who put an end to a promising start by Jack Maxwell, the Lurgan player edging to keeper Wilmot for 15 with the score on 22. Stephen Chambers (5) and Stephen Johnston (10) followed soon after and the home side looked on the rails at 34 for 4 in the 11th over. Derek Wilson joined Callum Gibson in the middle and after a cautious start both players started to put bat to ball and when the 20 over break came, the pair had taken the score to 71 for 3 wkts. A further 20 runs were added when Gibson played onto his stumps with the town side still needing 68 runs to win. Jack Hutchinson joined Wilson and the pair put on another 41 runs before Wilson mis-timed an off drive from the bowling of Kerr for a critical 37 with the total on 132. Peter Hutchinson joined his brother in the middle with still 27 runs needed and immediately took the attack to the bowlers. Some excellent shots and ambitious running soon had the target within sight and it was in the 39th over that Peter Hutchinson hit the winning 2 runs to send the 1sts into Section 1. It was a resolute batting performance by the town’s middle order quartet of Wilson (37), Gibson (26), Jack Hutchinson (21no) and Peter Hutchinson (14no) and the 1sts go into their last game of the season next Saturday away to BISC knowing that a win will make them Section 2 champions.
For photos of Saturday’s game go to Maynard Collins Photography at

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Jack and Peter Hutchinson leave the field after hitting the winning runs
The winning runs

1stXI stay top

The 1sts maintained top position of the Robinson Services Section 2 with a hard fought 5 wicket win against Dundrum at Pollock Park in a re-arranged T20 league game on Monday evening.

Dundrum batted first and some excellent bowling at the top of the innings by Adam Johnson and Callum Grieve made runs for the visitors very hard to come by. Johnson also made a significant dent in the Dundrum top order in taking out their top three batsmen while conceding on 11 runs from his 4 overs and the visitors were sitting with 45 runs on the board after 10 overs. The pressure was maintained by the other bowlers with Peter Maxwell taking the other two wickets to fall for 21 in 4 overs while Peter Hutchinson and Jack Maxwell bowled tightly to conceded 24 runs each and opening bowler Callum Grieve, who beat the bat on numerous occasions, finished with figures of 0 for 17 in 4. Only 5 extras were conceded as the home side were set a target of 99 to win.

Lurgan’s innings got off to a bad start with Stephen Johnston mis-timing a shot to be caught at mid-wicket off just the second ball of the innings to bring an end to an extraordinary run of big scores.  Dundrum’s opening attack of Kearsley and Glover were proving difficult to get away and when Callum Grieve departed with the total on 25 in the 7th over, the town side still seemed a long way from victory. However skipper Jack Harrison was keeping the total ticking over pushing ones and twos, and useful contributions from Stephen Chambers (21) and Jack Maxwell (12) soon had the target in sight. Harrison departed to a blinder of a catch at short mid-off by Kearlsey and it was the experience of Derek Wilson (14no) and Peter Maxwell (3no) to hit the winnings runs with an over to spare.

Lurgan play their penultimate game of the season against Cooke Collegians at Pollock Park on Saturday.    

Cricket Ball Sponsorship

The Cricket Section would like to thank Jackie and Maureen Leatham, Gordon Bell, Malcolmson’s Funeral Directors and George Emerson for kindly sponsoring the cricket balls used in the games played by the men’s and women’s teams during the past week. Your support is greatly appreciated.