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Weekend Review - 29 & 30 July

Monday 07th August 2017

1st XI in 2nd spot after damp defeat, however success for 3rd XI!

Woodvales victory over Academy at Ballygomartin rd on Saturday was cancelled out when they lost in the second of the wet weekends fixtures to Cliftonville at Mallusk.

On a damp pitch at Woodvale Jamie eventually won a toss and unsurprisingly elected to field. Three maidens in the first four overs were a sign of things to come as the Academy batsmen toiled throughout the innings, especially when the slower bowlers were operating. Indeed when ...opening bat Collins was out in the 33rd over he had managed only 25 runs. All the main bowlers had miserly figures but it was the ever improving Lewis Adair (4-19) and Tucker Hill (5-24) who had the stand out figures. Good job well done even, though it cost the club 2 new balls for the one innings when the umpires insisted on a new replacement for a lost ball in the sixth over of the innings. (sure we’ve money to burn).

In reply Woodvales openers put on 43 for no loss in 9 overs before the heavens opened and with over an hours play lost the DLS left Woodvale needing 109 in 42 overs. Academy were struggling in the conditions and with 32 from Connelly, 24 from Ma Irwin and 21 from brother Michael the game was over within 20 overs.

With numerous key players unavailable on Sunday and an ol’ fart like me having to turn out for the 3rds I thankfully missed the 1st XIs’ defeat at glorious Mallusk to a Struggling Cliftonville. There is no doubt if we had a club of gun slingers we’d shoot ourselves in the foot every time. With 2 out of 4 defeats this season coming from teams loitering just above the relegation zone.

In the rain effected game Cliftonville set a useful 173 which was then reduced to 125 in 28 overs after the DLS calculation. T Hill again getting in the wickets with 4-29, Ma Irwin (3-25) and S Fleming 2-45. Woodvale fell 9 runs short with F Saeed being the main contributor yet again with 42.

In the 3rd XI game at home Ian Cleland (72) and Stephen Gourley (49) bashed a youthful Lisburn side into submission setting a daunting 164 which was never under any threat in the soggy conditions.