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Weekend Review - 19 August

Monday 21st August 2017

1st XI Batting, Pathetic!

I think it’s only fair when I made a similar remark a few weeks ago about a poor Downpatrick second XI that the same word is used about the effort of a Woodvale 1st XI chasing 101 in 50 overs.

On a weekend were numerous games were called off due to the volume of wet stuff from the heavens, Downpatrick was playable and although the pitch was once again a very used one, at least it was dry and some level of play was possible.

Woodvale won the toss and ...decided to bowl first which, after a few gems from Ferhan Saeed (2-16) seemed to be a great decision, indeed when Tim Browne took 2-24 and Tucker yet again helped himself to 4 more wickets for 20, the total of 100 all out in 41ish overs never seemed enough.

But as I told Mr Boultwood senior when Downpatrick were 66-6. “On this pitch that’s not a bad score”. to be honest I never really believed that a team sitting joint 2nd in Senior League One would not be able to score at 2 an over, but hey what do I know.

When Dave Connelly left the first 5 balls, the last of which cartwheeled his off stump out of the ground, the writing was on the wall. Not long after, last weeks top scorer, Mike Irwin, nicked off. Ferhan holed out to mid off and Mark Irwin slashed one up to point. From the top 5 only Paul Robinson got a real snorter which popped from a length and had him caught at gully. Ugly runs were what were required not big shots. The conditions were difficult and the bowlers bowled to the conditions.

Skipper Jamie and Big Marty Mckeown dug in and the scoring ground to a halt. When Jamie was adjudged lbw for the top score of 15 Downpatrick were firmly in the driving seat and although Tim Browne and the rest of the lower order got us close, the home win for the struggling Co. Down side was inevitable.

9 wins from 15 so far this season is respectable but yet again we lose to a team struggling. It’s just not good enough.

To Sunday and the 2nds played a Downpatrick twos at home. Woodvale fielded first and found themselves chasing 190 after two fantastic innings from DPs’ stalwarts Dale Mullan 90ish and Gavin Ringland 60ish. With the home side needing 11+ an over from the last 9, victory seemed a distance away but a sparkling 50+ from Ammed Hussien and a gutsy 25+ from the ever young Joe Campbell sealed an unexpected win