Weekend Review: 25th/26th July
1st XI defeated by Waringstown
Carrickfergus Cricket Club 1st XI travelled to The Lawn on Saturday hoping to build on the previous weeks vital win. Unfortunately it was not to be as they lost by 5 wickets, to the current table-toppers Waringstown.
In bright conditions, and on what looked to be a flat pitch, stand-in skipper Ryan Eagleson won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. Openers Michael Gilmour and Jon Ring both fell early as the Waringstown openers of Phil Eaglestone and James Mitchell ran through the Carrick top order, and at 42-4 things looked bleak. Ryan Eagleson and Alex Haggan started to re-build before the latter was adjudged LBW for 21, another wicket fell soon after and, at drinks, Carrick were struggling on 118-6. Richard Hood and Eagleson continued to build the innings before a stunning caught and bowled removed Hood for 14. Eagleson continued to lead the way with his batting and brought up his 2nd half century of the season, before being dismissed for a vital 56. A breezy 28 from number 9, Ashwin Shetty, helped Carrick to a respectable total, of 204 all out, 4 balls short of their 50 overs.
Waringstown openers James McCollum and James Hall got their side off to the perfect start, feasting on some wayward bowling, before Shetty removed the dangerous Hall for 21, McCollum followed soon after for 23, well caught by Stephen Grant off the bowling of Ring. An impressive partnership of 74 between Waringstown skipper Lee Nelson and, Irish U19 international, Adam Dennison moved the home side to 132-2 from 20 overs. Jamie Holmes was then brought into the attack and struck instantly bowling Dennison. Dawson and Thompson followed soon after, both well caught by Haggan off the bowling of leg-spinner Holmes. However Nelson remained steady at the other end and ensured no other chances were given. He finished on 74 not out, with Waringstown reaching the target of 205-5 in the 38th over.
3rd XI the victors vs Victoria
An excellent batting display from Carrick III's saw them post 209 in 30 overs against Victoria II's at Middle Road. Connor McDermott top scored with a quick-fire 67 not out, he was ably supported by Kyle Hutton who continued his fine recent form, narrowly missing out on a second consecutive half century. In reply Victoria were never in contention, in the end 91 all out. Skipper Tommie Humphries, Lee Murdock and Jack Buchanan-Rolleston all chipped in with 2 wickets a piece.