Section One Roundup
It’s as you were at the top of Section One, with Saintfield the only losers in the top six, Derriaghy, Cliftonville Academy and Cregagh hold station clear of the pack.
For the second week in a row it’s Craig Lewis who makes the headlines for Derriaghy.
Last week a spectacular Challenge Cup century and this an equally amazing performance with the ball.
Opening the bowling at Queensway against bottom placed Ballymena his first seven overs alternated between ‘wicket-maidens’ and ‘maidens’ during which time he had taken 5 wickets without conceding a run!
A sixth wicket followed in his eighth over but at the cost of a single and a Wide.
His final figures were 10 overs, 7 maidens, 6 wickets for 10 runs.
Those 10 runs included only 3 scoring shots, a boundary and 2 singles, the other 4 runs being wides.
To their credit Ballymena got to a total of 140 and lasted until the 48th over, having been at one stage 22/6.
Opener Michael Glass (34) survived the carnage, seeing six partners depart before he became the first of Wayne Hughes two wickets, and then it was Peter Bristow (37*) and Owen Dick (25) who clawed the visitors to a measure of respectability.
A 59 run opening stand between Jordan Wade (30) and Ross Bailey (26) saw Derriaghy on their way with Aaron Kinnin finishing 30* as the League leaders crossed the line, winning in the 23rd over by 5 wickets.
Cregagh kept their promotion prospects on track with a hard-fought 30-run win against a Templepatrick side that were very much in the contest, but ultimately lost the big moments.
Chasing 206 to win, Ricky Greer with 61 and Artie Campbell (31) added 83 for the second wicket and at 115 for 1 in the 32nd over, it looked very much like they would win.
However, once the partnership was broken by Danny Cooper (2-32) who had Greer well caught by Adam Beattie, Ross Boultwood (2-17) struck twice in quick succession removing Ross Bryans first ball and Campbell in his next over.
Templepatrick's momentum stalled, and they could only add 60 runs in the last 18 overs to finish on 175 for 7 - two wickets also for Adam Beattie (2-42).
Cregagh's total of 205 owed much yet again to the Boultwood brothers who shared a crucial 7th wicket stand of 51, after the game was very much in the balance at 131 for 6. Craig top scored with 55, while Ross made 32 - both hitting five boundaries.
Jay Hunter hit a fluent 40, while Mark Johnston chipped in with 24.
There were three wickets apiece for John Busby (3-27) and Michael Stewart (3-34), while Jonny Ramsey picked up 2 for 44.
At the Castle Grounds Cliftonville Academy kept pace with Cregagh recording a 44 run win over Saintfield.
Matty McCord (87) and Max Burton (68) with the runs as the hosts totalled 216/9.
Patrick Telford 3-34 and TJ McCavera 2-42 with the best figures for the visitors.
In reply Gareth Harrison scored 52 and there were wickets for Richard Hood (3-40), Matty McCord (2-24) and the evergreen Brian Anderson (2-25) as Cliftonville Academy won by 44 runs.
Bangor’s 4 wicket defeat by Armagh leaves them sharing bottom spot with Ballymena and Templepatrick.
Bangor could only manage 159 at Uprichard Park, Chris Walton (39) and Michael Martin (34) the main contributors, while Michael Hoey with 4-19, and a couple of wickets each for Aaron Wright and Harry Doyle saw Bangor bowled out inside forty overs.
When Bangor bowled there were three wickets each for Will Simpson and Chris Walton but Armagh got home inside thirty overs.
Jamie Rogers with 64 and Michael Hoey 28* in a 4 wicket win that sees Armagh move level with Saintfield in joint-fourth place in the table.
Ewan Wilson and Richard Keates have been regular run-scorers for Muckamore this season and they made their mark again in the win over Donacloney Mill.
Wilson with 76 and Keates 48 in the home side’s total of 184.
Aaron Kennedy (2-20), and Josh Cunningham (2-30) the best of the ‘Cloney Mill bowlers.
The Muckamore total proved to be plenty as Sam Gordon (3-15), Callum Weir (3-23) and Shane Harrison (3-27) shared the wickets, Ryan McCart (27) providing the only resistance as Muckamore ran out 81 run winners inside 25 overs.
There is one game today (Sunday) when Templepatrick visit Armagh, hoping to creep off that bottom place that they presently share with Bangor and Ballymena.
Next Saturday sees Cregagh host Cliftonville Academy in a game that will split the current joint-second placed teams - unless it’s a Tie of course.
SECTION ONE RESULTS
Cregagh beat Templepatrick by 30 runs
The Cloughan, 10 July.
Cregagh 205 all out (47.3 overs; C Boultwood 55, J Hunter 40, R Boultwood 32, M Johnston 24; J Busby 3-27, M Stewart 3-34, J Ramsey 2-44)
Templepatrick 175/7 (50 overs; R Greer 61, A Campbell 31, N Kane 22; R Boultwood 2-17, D Cooper 2-32, A Beattie 2-42)
Derriaghy beat Ballymena by 5 wickets
Queensway , 10 July.
Ballymena 140 (47.3 overs, P Bristow 37*, M Glass 35, C Lewis 6-10, W Hughes 2-35)
Derriaghy 141-5 (22.4 overs, A Kinnin 30*, J Wade 30, R Baile 26, O Dick 2-17)
Muckamore beat Donacloney Mill by 81 runs
Moylena, 10 July.
Muckamore 184 (48.5 overs, Ewan Wilson 76, R Keates 48, S Gordon 26, A Kennedy 2-20, J Cunningham 2-30)
Donacloney Mill 103 (24.1 overs, R McCart 27, Sam Gordon 3-15, Callum Weir 3-23, Shane Henderson 3-27)
Bangor lost to Armagh by 4 wickets
Upritchard Park, 10 July.
Bangor 159 (38.3 overs, C Walton 39, M Martin 34, M Hoey 4-19, A Wright 2-42, H Doyle 2-47)
Armagh 161-6 (29.5 overs, J Rogers 64, M Hoey 28*, W Simpson 3-31, C Walton 3-43)
Cliftonville Academy beat Saintfield by 44 runs
Castle Grounds, 10 July.
Cliftonville Academy 216-9 (50.0 overs, M McCord 87, M Burton 68, P Telford 3-24, T McCavera 2-42)
Saintfield 172 (G Harrison 52, R Hood 3-40, M McCord 2-24, B Anderson 2-25)