Wins for the 1sts and 2nds
There were wins for the 1sts and 2nds at the weekend with the 2nds having a comfortable 7 wicket win at Donaghadee on Friday evening and the 1sts beating Holywood at Seapark by 3 wickets on Saturday.
It took a 49 run 8th wkt partnership between Derek Wilson (45no) and Scott Wilson (11no) to steer the 1sts home at Holywood in what was a contrasting innings of two halves. Turning round at the 20 over drinks interval and looking in trouble at 97 for 6 chasing 165 to win, Lurgan lost only one more wicket in the second 20 overs to clinch an exciting game with 9 balls to spare. It was Derek Wilson who dominated the 2nd half of the innings, his undefeated 45 included two huge sixes over long off after James Hemmings seemed to have put Holywood into a winning position, taking the first 4 Lurgan wickets to fall for 26 runs in his 8 overs.
Earlier it was opening bowler Adam Johnson who took the bowling honours for the visitors, also taking 4 wkts for just 24 runs in his 8 overs, conceding only 8 runs in his first four over spell. He was well supported by opening partner Callum Gibson who claimed 3 wkts for 34 in 8 while Peter Maxwell took 2 for 29 in 8 and Stephen Johnston 1 for 24 off 6 as the home side were never able to accelerate above 4 an over throughout their innings.
Meanwhile at Donaghadee the previous evening, the 2nds restricted the home side to 97 for 5 wkts in their 20 overs. Harry McDowell returned the best figures for the visitors including a double wicket maiden in his 3rd over. Skipper Peter Hutchinson bowled tightly taking a wicket and conceding only 11 runs in his 4 overs. Junior Nelson had 1 for 13 in 4 and Vaibhav Sawant taking 1 for 25 again in 4.
In reply, Lurgan were always well ahead of the required run rate with opener Marvin van Niekirk always in control hitting 36 no, while there were good knocks from John Woods (20) and Manav Tyagi who finished on 22 not out as Lurgan cruised home for the 4 points in the 15th over.
For photos of Saturday’s game at Donaghadee, go to Maynard Collins Photography at the following link