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1sts into Shield Final

Lurgan qualified for the Lagan Valley Steels Shield final in the fading light at Pollock Park on Monday night with an excellent 5 wicket victory over Dundrum in their semi-final clash. As the clock moved towards 9.15 it was Jack Hutchinson and Peter Maxwell who saw the home side over the line with just 3 balls to spare.

Dundrum started the game in aggressive fashion with openers Campbell and Martin rattling along at around 9/10 an over for the first 7 overs. It was Callum Grieve who got the breakthrough having Campbell caught by Stephen Johnston for 40 with the total on 74. Slowly the Lurgan bowlers started to play the town side back into the game and wickets started to fall at regular intervals with the run rate being pegged back during the 2nd half of the innings. Two excellent overs at the end of the Dundrum innings bowled by Iqbal Khan and Jack Maxwell conceded only 6 runs and with a lightning fast outfield, 147 to win was a total well within Lurgan’s grasp. Six wickets fell in the innings with Callum Gibson taking 2 for 25 off 4 overs, Callum Grieve 2 for 29 off 4, Peter Maxwell 1 for 28 off 4 and Iqbal Khan 1 for 29 off 4.

Lurgan’s reply had started well but with 21 on the board they lost skipper for the evening Stephen Johnston off the last ball of the 3rd over for 14. Jack Maxwell joined Callum Grieve at the crease and maintained the 7/8 run rate required with some excellent scoring shots. They had put on 56 for the 2nd wicket when Grieve advanced to a delivery off Shilliday only to be stumped by Hutley for 18. Callum Gibson hit a brisk 14 and then Jack Maxwell was bowled by Martin for an excellent 48, an innings that include 4 sixes. Jack Hutchinson and Derek Wilson took the score from 113 to 140 before Derek was stumped off Shilliday for 10, but by then Dundrum’s fate looked sealed as Jack Hutchinson (14no) and Peter Maxwell (4no) ran the winning single off the 3rd ball of the last over.

Defeat for 2nds and Ladies teams

There was double disappointment for the cricketers at the weekend with defeats for both the 2nds and Ladies teams.

At Upritchard Park, the 2nds were edged out by just 7 runs against Bangor 3rds. An early breakthrough by Vaibhav in the first over of the Bangor innings brought Sam McMillan out to partner his father Patrick, and both scored freely putting on 134 for the 2nd wicket before Patrick was bowled by Peter Hutchinson for 79. Sam went on to make 52 before he was bowled by Manav Tygani with the last ball of the innings as the home side finished their 25 overs on 180 for 4 wkts.

In reply, Marvin Van Nekirk (31)and Manav Tygani (26) got Lurgan away to  a great start putting on 59 for the first wicket in just under 7 overs before both fell to Sam McMillan. The visitors were always up with the required run rate with Jack Hutchinson(14), John Woods (24) and Peter Hutchinson (24no) all scoring quickly. Nine runs were needed off the last 2 overs but Matthew Pitts struck twice in the penultimate over for the home side to take the points for Bangor.

The Ladies team were at home to CSNI and lost by 57 runs. CSNI posted a formidable target of 176 for the loss of 5 wkts with the foundation for the score being a century second wicket partnership between Sophie Thomas (73) and Ali Cowan (54). Evie Browes returned the best bowling figures for Lurgan taking 3 for 35 in her 4 overs. It was always going to be a tough total to chase and losing 4 middle order batters to run outs didn’t help the cause. Top scorer was Sam Todd with an excellent 40 while there was good support from Sophie Hinds(18) and Emma McMurray (13) as the Lurgan innings ended on 119 for 8 wkts.       

Sponsored Walk

  

  

                 7+7@70

To mark his 70th Birthday, current Lurgan RF&CC Cricket Co-Chairman Denis Johnston, wants to do something positive to give thanks for reaching those three score years and ten.

Two organisations which have meant a great deal to him over the years are Macmillan Cancer Support and the South American Mission Society Ireland (SAMS).  

His wife Hilary died from Cancer 23 years ago at the age of forty and more recently his younger brother Alan an Irish cricket international and his close friend Archdeacon Philip Patterson also passed away to that same disease and he wants to remember them at this time.

His involvement with SAMS and mission in South America goes back over forty years. A current priority project is the provision of a toilet block , kitchen facilities and a shelter for the indigenous community in Paraguay.

Denis has been involved in sport most of his life and captained both the Lisnagarvey Hockey Club and Lurgan Cricket Club. To this end he has decided to do a sponsored walk on Saturday the 19th June 2021  from Lisnagarvey’s  ground in Hillsborough to Lurgan’s ground at Pollock Park in Lurgan a total of 14 miles. (7+7 @70). He will be joined by his two sons, Philip and Stephen, his late brother Alan’s wife Moira and the late Philip Patterson’s wife Eleanor.

 Lurgan RF&CC ambassador and Ireland rugby international Jacob Stockdale says, “ I am delighted to see Denis retaining his sporting links and congratulate him on marking his 70th birthday in this unique manner. I wish him well in this endeavour and trust you will support his chosen charities.”

To sponsor Denis and raise funds equally for both Macmillan and SAMS please go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DenisJohnston or search for “Denis Johnston” on the main virgin money giving homepage.

U13’S play first game

Well done to our U13 boys and girls team who enjoyed playing their first game of cricket this evening in a friendly match against Lisburn U13(b). A big thank you also to Jonny Waite for bringing his players along to Pollock Park.

Cricket Ball Sponsorship

Many thanks to Denis Johnston and Gary McCullough for sponsoring the balls used in last weekend’s games