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Tuesday 23rd May 2017

What a fantastic day for Jamie Gibson's 1st XI with a third successive victory this season this time over Holywood at Seapark in the Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup.

After losing the toss and being invited to bat, Woodvale's top order failed to cash in on what looked like a 'belter ' at Seapark and it took  two gritty innings from stalwart Paul Robinson (73) and 'hop along' Mark Irwin (57) along with a few cameos to post a moderate 239. The thought was that it may not be enough and looked par at the half way point.

The forecast which suggested we were set for heavy showers (wrong again Barra) failed to materialise and an intriguing battle developed. Catching practice might be the order of the day at the next Woodvale net session as no fewer than six were shelled allowing the home side to romp comfortably to 209-4  with still an abundance of overs in hand. The fall of the wicket of Adair for a well constructed (dropped on a few occasions) 93 spelt the beginning of the end for Holywood as one man team syndrome set in. The home side capitulated to a 13 run defeat losing 6 wickets for 16 runs in what could only be described as a panic. Defeat had been grasped from the jaws of victory! The Woodvale celebrations reverberated through Holywood's clubhouse. 

The next round draw which has eight clubs remaining, six Premier League and two Section One, will take place on Tuesday 30th May 2017 at 6.30pm at Newforge.

Photo courtesy of Cricket Europe

Ronnie McAlpine