2nd XI Match Report v CSN

Wednesday 28th May 2014

2nd XI Match Report v CSN


Saturday 24/05 saw North Down 2XI drive the short distance to Civil Service and upon arrival there were a number of factors to consider: Playing on the bottom pitch + rain all week (with more forecast throughout the day) + no covers all week. This inevitably made for mouth watering conditions for both sides in the 'warm-ups?’ 
North down lost the toss and were shockingly inserted to bat on a somewhat questionable pitch, which upon closer inspection didn't promise much in the line of pace and bounce. After the first ball was bowled these questionable opinions were confirmed to be correct - Ball pitching on a length only to bounce like a tennis ball over McKenna's shoulder at sub 60 mph. However, the CSNI opening bowlers certainly won the first 10 overs with A.Graham picking McKenna's wicket up (3) caught behind and only 20 runs on the board. Graham was next to fall for 37 in the 18th over to a ball that should have ended up on the football pitches over the bowlers head.... but instead ended up in the hands of Dalzell at Mid-On and Anderson fell shortly after playing a similarly false shot to mid off. Thanks for coming lads... 50-3.
The middle section was controlled by Irvine and Haire who after some 'big' hitting (according to Haire's own admission) got the score to somewhere in the vicinity of around 110 before both fell for 40 and 45 respectively in relatively close succession. However, after contributions from S.Scott, G.Ouldifeld and J.Halliday the boys managed to scrap together a score of 177-7 after 50 overs. CSNI in fairness bowled a tight line and exploited the lack of pace and variable bounce in the wicket and must have walked off fairly pleased with the total they were set to chase.
Half time tea report
Commendable platter of sandwiches on parade ranging from coronation chicken to tikka and chicken caesar wraps
Could have been a few more buns to be fair.
Tea, coffee AND juice also available. A.Haire struggling with concept of how to make instant coffee at one stage. 
All in all a solid performance and a good yardstick for the rest of the season.
Dungannon yet to be beaten for the worst teas (sorry boys.... poor)
SO with full stomachs the gentlemen took the field (BALTIC!!) just after 16:25. Gavin McKenna familiarly opened the bowling with some military mediums along with Josh Halliday and the two started well. CSNI in their first ten overs made a fairly similar start to the North Down men albeit with no loss of wickets and it took Gavin Mckenna's short, slow and wide half track delivery to outwit Dalzell and force R.Johnston to take a good catch at Mid-off. 
Tim Carson and Craig Irvine bowled well in the middle overs until the 35th, going for few runs and picking up a couple of wickets each between them. Another mature bowling performance from the two teenagers in conditions that did not lend itself to bowling spin with the ball picking up more and more moisture throughout the innings. The only real batsman from CSNI, until this point, to offer any resistance was Paddy Beverland. The NCU youth player played with a degree of patience and maturity however, fell immediately after bringing up a well deserved 50.

Then the rain came down (hardly surprising,) causing a delay of only twenty minutes or so… conditions getting worse… JOY!
This meant that when the sides took up the field again Civil needed some 80 runs to win off the final 35 overs. Most of the time the batting side were able to go at the run rate picking up a boundary or two along the way (S.Irvine even helped the CSNI men by gifting 10 runs in his final over) but also losing steady wickets. The task of closing the game out in the final 6 overs was left to McKenna and A-Haire whose combined age and experience guided the final result into the visitors hands with the latter picking up 4-27 from his 10 overs and CSNI being bowled out for 162.

This was yet another example of a great N.D. 2XI team performance with contributions from all individuals that played in some form or another. The men will be hoping to use this momentum going into next weeks double header against Laurelvale in the Junior Cup and Donemanna in the Ulster Plate. Your support would be most welcome as would contributions in the bar thereafter. 


M.O.M:- A.Haire (probably fair)

Worst Shot:- G.Anderson 

Biggest Six:- J.Halliday (Haire raging now)

Thanks for coming:- G.Ouldfield (poor hitting at the end mate - nearly slipped a disk). 

Best Supporters:- Tim Carson’s Family (week in, week out!)
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