Bangor 2’s returned to winning ways with a close fought victory at Donaghcloney Mill. A few weeks previously these two sides had met at Upritchard in a nail biter, Bangor winning off the last ball in a memorable run chase. Would this be repeated?
On a scorched dry track the host won the toss and batted. Two early wickets from excellent field placing in the second over gave the visitors the perfect start (both caught Escott, bowled Pyper). Mill then built some steady partnerships, and aided by a rash of extras, reached 103-3 off 17. Then the “senior” bowlers demonstrated their guile in slowing the run rate, taking regular wickets (Stewart 3-31 and Cumper 2-35), before Cox (3-33) returned to mop up the tail aided by some terrific catching by Kerr. So, the hosts finished on 182 from their 30 overs. A decent, but surely chaseable total.
Bangor’s run chase began with some big hitting from Kerr and Simpson. Partnerships around Boyd of 64 (Simpson 33) and Houstoun (30) led a steady chase with many scampered runs. Boyd’s impressive innings ended on 79, a mix of big hitting and clever shots all around the ground. As the run chase entered the nervy last few overs Pyper and the skipper combined to calmly finish off with four balls to spare.
Well done team on a hot day, everyone contributed with bat, ball or in the field.