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Pro-less Woodvale take second spot

Sunday 24th September 2017

In an era where money is (allegedly) being thrown at any player with a modicum of talent, it is refreshing to see Pro-less Woodvale sit securely in second spot of section one of the NCU. But for a couple of silly slip ups, it could have been Premier League cricket at one of the best equipped dedicated cricket stadia in the country next season.

Anyway, back to the match report. In let’s say, Moist conditions at Uprichard Park, the fixture having been swapped as Woodvale was even ‘moister’!, Bangor won the toss and elected to field, thinking, as everyone did, the wet pitch might have a bit in it. So when the twenty overs had been completed and Woodvales’ openers had helped themselves to a 143 run unbroken partnership, the effort and cost of covering pitches seemed frivolous. Mark Irwin again showed his pedigree with a patient, classy 78* and after a ‘slippy’ start, Sam Fleming got off his bum to score a mature 51*.

When Woodvale took the field the conditions had improved slightly and on the odd occasion the sun even peeped through the grey blanket of clouds. Still the fielding side couldn’t make a breakthrough, although Paul Robinson, 4 overs 0 for 10, had one of the two ‘English’ openers dropped at square leg. Tim Browne preferring self preservation over taking the chance . Indeed it took at least 30 overs of this match before the first wicket fell. Enter Bangors’ Timar Khan, who came out and played aggressively and had them well in the hunt when he attempted to pull a decent length ball from Tim and was bowled, but some well timed middle order hitting seen Bangor still in the hunt right up to the last over. Needing 11 to win, Ferhan Saeed held his nerve and bowled a good tight line as Bangor fell 7 runs short giving Woodvale their twelfth win of the season. Well done skipper, Jamie Gibson.

Tucker Hill ended the season tantalisingly close to a superb milestone, finishing with 49 wickets for the season, a sterling effort.