Weekend Review: 12th - 14th August
Carrick beat Lisburn by 7 wickets
Carrickfergus continue in third place in the Ulster Bank Premier League following a comfortable 7 wicket win over Lisburn on Saturday, in a match sponsored by Alan Clarke Joinery Works Ltd.
The visitors batted first and got off to a steady start with their openers taking 63 runs off the first 20 overs, before Anthony Martin achieved the breakthrough in the final over of his 10 over spell. Wickets then fell at regular intervals, and Lisburn were struggling at 126 for 5 after 38 overs. A 70 run partnership between Waller and Simpson during the course of the last dozen overs enabled them to reach a more respectable 197 for 6 at the end of their 50 overs. Ryan Eagleson, who continues to lead the way in the Premier League wicket takers, picked up two more to take his tally for the season to 34, with Martin, Haggan, Shetty and Botha taking a wicket each.
Michael Gilmour started the Carrick reply with a series of boundaries before he lost his opening partner Iain Parkhill on the 6th over with the score on 25. Schoolboy Jack Burton, promoted in the order gave Gilmour good support as the score raced along to 69 in the 13th over. Gilmour, whose recent good form led to his call-up for the Northern Knights, was then bowled just one run short of his fity, his typically agressive innings coming off 42 balls and containing eight boundaries. Burton followed him in the next over for 14, to reduce Carrick to 73 for 3. This was to be the extent of Lisburn’s success as Pat Botha and Jamie Holmes entertained spectators to a superb display of strokeplay. Carrick’s 4th wicket pair added 125 runs in only 16 overs to take their side home to an emphatic victory in only 29.1 overs. Botha hit an unbeaten 77 off only 46 balls, with twelve 4’s and a six, while Holmes enjoyed a welcome return to form with 47 off 46 deliveries with six fours.
Carrick Under 17’s reach Colts Cup final
Carrickfergus Under 17’s have reached the final of the Colts’ cup following a 7 wicket semi final victory over Derriaghy at Middle Road on Friday.
Derriaghy batted first and made a very respectable 117 for 6 in their 20 overs, with Adam Crook picking up 3 wickets for Carrick. Skipper Jack Burton and younger brother Max led the Carrick reply in style with an opening partnership of 73 runs in 10 overs. Max was the first to go for 34, with 5 boundaries, and Jack soon followed him for 43 including 5 fours and a six. By this time the score had advanced to 89 and with 8 overs still left, the remaining batsmen were left with the relatively simple task of scoring 28 runs. Kyle Hutton, in partnerships with Bradley Luney and Lee Murdock saw Carrick home with almost 3 overs to spare, Murdock ending proceedings with a huge six.