Bangor III’s fourth league match of the season saw old foes, Muckamore IV, visit Upritchard on Sunday in perfect conditions for cricket where they put Bangor in to bat in this 30 over league match.
Bangor got off to a spritely start with a couple of wayward deliveries despatched to the boundary in the first over by Stephen Hamilton confirming the outfield would reward shot making over the course of the day. Muckamore struck back immediately dismissing fellow opener, Matthew Wilson, in the second over.
The innings continued in a similar vein with the scoreboard ticking along at just above five runs an over and batting partners being dismissed periodically, as the partnerships faltered upon reaching a maximum of 31 runs, until the fourth wicket fell in the 15th over with the score at 83 that saw Ross Millar join Stephen, then on 41 runs, in the middle.
The pair played controlled cricket taking quick singles and penetrating the field for boundaries when the bowling allowed, that quickly saw Stephen pass the 50 run mark. With both players getting their eye in the run rate started to accelerate as the pair looked to punish the bowling with the knowledge that Bangor still had six remaining wickets and a diminishing number of overs to go. The final over of the innings saw Ross first get to 50 (51 not out), quickly followed by Stephen bringing up both his century (101 not out) and the double century for the innings, with a well-timed pull shot for six to clear an increasingly well patrolled boundary. The Bangor innings finished on 201 for four with an undefeated fifth wicket partnership of 118 in 15 overs that saw Stephen carry his bat to the end of the innings.
Muckamore’s response to the challenging, but achievable, target followed a similar pattern to the Bangor innings with a couple of boundaries to their captain, Benny George, in the first over reinforcing the need to keep the bowling tight. Matt Pitts heeded this warning and applied pressure to the batting side by restricting them to 10 runs off his first four overs that included one 6 and the opening wicket (final figures 6-0-19-2). Fellow opening bowler Patrick Boyd offered real threat in his opening spell passing the outside edge on numerous occasions with no success but combined with Matt saw Muckamore reach 35 for 1 after 8 overs. The check on run rate was maintained by Stephen Cumper (6-0-27-1) and the introduction of left arm spin from Owen Aicken proved too much temptation for the middle order as Owen took three quick wickets, aided by two catches by Matt Pitts. With the run rate steadily building the Muckamore challenge ended 31 runs short of the target but did see opening batsman, Benny George, become the second man to carry his bat on the day for 76 not out.