Ladies team progress to the next round of the Cup.

On a very hot Sunday 25th July at the Lawns, Lurgan Ladies met local team Waringstown in what was set to be another thrilling match between the two sides. After meeting twice already in two very tight games in the Premier League, it was all set to play for with both sides eager to make it into the next round of the Women’s Challenge Cup.

With the toss decided, Waringstown chose to bowl first. Starting strong, a well organised Waringstown team took 2 early wickets with captain Charlotte Lyons taking both a wicket and a catch in the field also. Waringstown continued to put the pressure on with some good performances all round, however, it was Lurgan’s Hannah Grieve who set the pace with a superb individual batting performance scoring a fine total of 109 in the end with S Hinds scoring 23 also.

After the half time break, again Waringstown came out strong. Some good batting performances were on display with Abbie Harrison scoring 42 and A Cunningham 21* however this was countered with some excellent bowling displays by Lurgan. Highlights included S Todd 2-16 and S McCollum 2-36. The match continued tight throughout the game with all of the Lurgan team continuing to work very hard in the field. This fine fielding brought the game to a close with Lurgan winning by 29 runs.

The ladies would like to take the time to thank the Gallagher’s representative who came to watch and as a team congratulate Hannah Grieve on the man of the match performance.

All support is welcome for the Ladies as they progress into the next round.



There was Junior Cup success for the 1sts against Downpatrick on Saturday while there was double success for the 2nds with wins against Carrick 3rds on Friday evening and Instonians 4ths on Saturday morning.

A second successive century for Stephen Johnston paved the way for the 1sts to post a huge 386 for 6 in their 50 over Junior Cup quarter final against Downpatrick at Pollock Park on Saturday. Following on from his 133no last Saturday, Stephen’s innings of 179 included 25 fours and 2 sixes. With temperatures hovering around 80deg F for the second week running, it proved a good toss to win for the home side as they quickly moved to 77 in just 10 overs, though losing 2 wickets in the process, Jack Hutchinson for 1 and Stephen Chambers for 21. A superb third wicket stand of 194 between Johnston and Jack Maxwell (63) took the game away from Downpatrick and a quick 46 from Callum Gibson saw the home side’s total past the 350 mark. Derek Wilson (14no) and Scott Wilson (5no) saw the home side through to the 50th over and 387 to win looked an extremely tough call for the visitors.

It was Callum Gibson with 5 for 45 in his 10 overs who ripped through the top of the Downpatrick batting order but an undefeated century from Hutton (106) and a well-supported innings from Ferguson (70), in a 7th wicket partnership of 116, kept the home side out in the sun until Peter Maxwell bowled Ferguson with the total on 188. Peter went on to take two more wickets as the visitors were eventually bowled out for 264.  In addition to Gibson’s 5 for 45, Maxwell finished on 3 wkts for 34 in 6.4 overs while Adam Johnson took 1 for 42 in 8.

For photos of the game go to Maynard Collins Photography at the following link

Lurgan will now play Laurelvale at Pollock Park next Saturday in the semi-final of the competition.  

There were 2 emphatic wins for the 2nds at the weekend starting with a 10 wicket triumph over Carrick 3rds at Pollock Park on Friday evening. Batting first, Carrick set Lurgan a target of 147 to win after their 20 overs, losing only one wicket in the process. A second wicket partnership of 131 between Hutton (63no) and Murdoch (51ret’d) set the home side a challenging total. Peter Hutchinson claimed the only wicket to fall for 28 runs in his 4 overs while Vaibhav Sawant’s 4 overs cost only 19 runs.
In reply the 2nds were always ahead of the run rate with Marvin van Niekirk playing some classic shots in an innings of 88no, and Jack Hutchinson also in fine form being undefeated on 41 to see the town side claim a vital 4 points. On the Saturday morning it was almost a copy of the night before with Marvin van Niekirk continuing on from where he left off, this time hitting an unbeaten 61. John Woods was unlucky to be dismissed for an attacking 49 as the Lurgan opening partnership passed 100 for the second game in a row. Mark McShane (14no) helped the home side over the winning line with 8 balls remaining. Earlier Manav Tygani took 2 for 25 in 3 overs and Vaibhav Sawant 1 for 18 in 4 overs as the visitors scored 140 for 3 wkts in their 20 overs.
The two wins take the 2nds up to third place in the league with 24 points and 2 games.

Stephen Johnston on his way to 179 at Pollock Park on Saturday


1sts beat BISC, 2nds lose at Donacloney

A record breaking sensational 267 run partnership **between Stephen Johnston and Stephen Chambers at a sizzling Pollock Park on Saturday saw the 1sts go joint top of the Robinson’s Services League Section 2 as they defeated BISC by nine wickets.

On a super batting strip with a fast outfield, BISC had threw the gauntlet down to the Lurgan batsmen as they posted a tough looking 274 for 7 wickets in their 40 overs. An excellent opening 59 run partnership between Rekhi and Daptari got the visitors off to a good start before Jack Maxwell took 2 wickets in his 3rd over to bring the home team into the game, but a 100 partnership between Daptari (89) and Krishali (57) pushed the score to over 200 and a long run chase was on. Adam Johnson then dismissed both with successive deliveries to put the brakes on the run rate but a third league win looked a long way off at the interval. There were 2 wickets each for Jack Maxwell (2 for 28 off 6), Stephen Johnston (2 for 51 off 8) and Adam Johnson (2 for 57 off 7) while Peter Maxwell took the other wicket to fall (1 for 39 off 8).

It looked further away when Callum Grieve was bowled by Krashali for 2 with the total on just 8. With the mercury at Pollock Park reading 29 deg C (84F), Stephen Chambers then joined Stephen Johnston in the middle and a square cut for four off his first ball set the tone for the rest of the innings. Both batsmen settled quickly and the runs began to flow and by the half way stage Lurgan were well up with the 7 per over run rate. It was Stephen Johnston who reached his century first, in an innings that included 2 sixes and 15 fours to finish on 133no, while Stephen Chambers 119no included 17 fours as Lurgan cruised past the 274 required off the first ball of the 35th over. The 267 run partnership was a tremendous achievement by the two players in the toughest of conditions and is the highest recorded in the club’s history. Next week Lurgan are at home to Downpatrick in the quarter final of the Junior Cup.

**Although the biggest partnership in the club’s history, Stephen Johnston and Stephen Chambers are not the first to share a 200 run wicket stand for the club. In the early 1970’s, Bob Matier and Paddy Kavanagh each scored a hundred in an opening partnership while in 1986 Graeme Hunter (122no) and Rahul Mankad (80no) shared a first wicket stand of 212. A few years later it was the turn of Charlie McCrum and Subash Kshirsagar each to score centuries in a 200 run opening stand in a close game against Ballymena for whom Alan Neill hit 120 no. The highest run chase by a Lurgan side was in 1999, when Abhijit Kale hit a century, Ross McCollum 90, Graeme Hunter 50 and Francois Viljoen 30no as Lurgan chased down 320 to beat North Down at Pollock Park after Taimur Khan had scored 160 for the visitors.  

At Donacloney, the 2nds were looking to keep their good run of wins going but unfortunately fell short of victory by 26 runs. It was Donacloney’s opening batsman Clydsdale who was the backbone of the home sides innings, hitting 64 as the ‘cloney set Lurgan a target of 147 for victory after 20 overs. Matt Jess took 2wkts for 22 off 3 overs, Fraser Cunningham 2 wkts for 25 runs in 4 overs while Vaibhav Sawant took 1 for 20 off his 4 overs.

In reply, despite good knocks from Manav Tyagi (31), skipper Peter Hutchinson (29) and Neil Hinds (20no), the 2nds couldn’t keep up with the required run rate and finished short of the target on 120 for 5 wkts.    

Stephen Chambers in action at Pollock Park on Saturday
Stephen Johnston drives at pollock Park on Saturday
Record breakers Stephen Chambers and Stephen Johnston

For more photos go to Maynard Collins Photography at

Ladies lose local derby

On Sunday past the Ladies Team played Waringstown at Pollock Park. Like any game with two local teams, both teams came out raring to go with Lurgan bowling first. Lurgan started strong and worked hard as a team throughout the game. Bowling highlights included E McMurray 1-16, S Todd 1-24 with some great bowling by S McCollum also. However, Waringstown continued throughout the game to bat well and take their chances with C Lyons 66no and Waringstown finishing 142-3. 
The next innings was Lurgan batting. Again, some fine batting was displayed with Lurgan putting the pressure on by the half-way point. A good steady partnership was formed in the batting with E McMurray 41no and S Hinds scoring 17. Lurgan continued to score well however a few quick wickets and catches by Waringstown sealed their victory over the line with Lurgan finishing 122-7.
Lurgan will meet Waringstown again on Sunday 25th July in the first round of the Women’s Challenge Cup at the Lawns in which will no doubt be another entertaining game between the two sides. All support is welcome for the girls. 

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

Adam Johnson in action at Holywood on Saturday