Weekend Review: 21st/22nd May
Carrick progress in Irish Senior Cup
Carrick’s 1st XI continued their good early season form with a comfortable 7 wicket victory over North West Premier League side Drummond in the 1st Round of the Irish Senior Cup at Middle Road on Sunday.
After a delayed start due to a wet outfield, Carrick won the toss and with the weather always threatening, skipper Iain Parkhill had no hesitation in asking the Limavady side to bat first. His decision was vindicated when opening bowlers Anthony Martin and Michael Armstrong ripped through their top order to leave them in disarray at 23 for 7 after 9 overs. Martin, bowling with real hostility, recorded his best figures for Carrick, taking 5 for 19 from 6 overs, with four of his victims caught behind by wicketkeeper Gordon Browne. With the introduction of the spinners, Drummond’s number 9 batsman Damien Carlin went on the attack and saved his side’s embarrassment by scoring 49 off 47 balls. This enabled them to reach a more respectable total of 107, with Ryan Eagleson picking up the last three wickets.
After Carrick openers Michael Gilmour and Iain Parkhill had shared in a 53 run partnership in the first 11 overs, the result was never in doubt. Gilmour hit 6 boundaries in his 26 before he became the first wicket to fall, and Jamie Holmes followed soon afterwards. With the score on 81 Parkhill too was back in the pavilion, but Pat Botha and Alex Haggan saw their side safely home to victory in the 24th over.
Due to the wet weather on Saturday, only 13 overs were possible in Carrick’s Premier League match at Shaw’s Bridge,with the home side scoring 27 for 2 before the match was eventually abandoned.
This Saturday, Carrick entertain CIYMS at Middle Road (1 pm), while on Sunday they will play in the 2nd Round of the Irish Senior Cup.
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