Bangor III’s took on Woodvale III’s on Sunday at Upritchard Park where, somewhat controversially, Woodvale were put into bat on a wicket that had seen over 300 runs scored by Bangor II’s on Saturday when they defeated Ballymena II’s by 171 runs.
Bangor started well with opening bowlers Paddy Boyd (6-0-24-1) and Matt Pitts (6-0-20-0) restricting Woodvale to 24 runs off the first 8 of the allotted 30 overs. The restriction on runs was maintained by Ben Escott (6-0-28-1) and Stephen Cumper (6-0-27-0) who only relinquished a further 34 runs in the next 8 overs with Ben taking the first wicket, aided by a sharp diving catch by Matt Pitts.
Woodvale started to pick up the pace with captain Les Irwin (51 runs) and opener John Campbell (60 not out) starting to take singles, that had been refused so far, with interspersed boundaries to add a further 97 runs in the remaining 14 overs bringing the target for Bangor to 156, having lost only one further wicket.
Bangor’s response was led by Stephen Hamilton and Ben Escott who ensured that Bangor kept up with the required run rate in the early part of the innings before Ben fell for 22 with the score at 37 in the 7th over. Skipper Paul Houstoun joined Stephen in the middle where the pair added 64 in 13 overs before Stephen fell for 44 with the score on a Nelson (111).
Woodvale then looked to apply pressure to the incoming batsmen, crowding the bat in the knowledge they needed to take a few quick wickets to curb the scoring. This tactic combined with a good display of leg spin by the upcoming Ewan Scott (6-0-15-2) saw success as two wickets fell for 8 runs. The fall of the fourth wicket saw Ian Fletcher join Paul (54 not out) in the middle to close the game out with a quick fire 26, including 3 sixes, with 5 overs and 6 wickets remaining.