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Thriller at Middle Road
Sunday 19th August 2012
If Carrick had played with this enthusiasm on a match levelling wicket such as this, there is no way that they would have failed to register a win this season.
North Down's wayward early attack, with the exception of David Kennedy who turned in 1 for 23 off his 10 overs, was punished with some hard hitting especially from Taiaroa and Holmes who scored a fine 71 and 92 respectively. At 167 for 2 with 10 overs to spare the total looked to be in excess of 220, formidable given the state of the wicket.North Down stuck to the task and restricted Carrick to 208 for 5 with the wickets being shared.
The North Down openers played well with Jonny Terrett (44) and Andrew Sutherland (45) looking to give the side a comfortable evening's viewing.Not to be, Terrett holed out at cover to a full toss and Sutherland playing on. Ryan Haire and Peter Eakin both played good shots and looked in control when a calling mix up led to Haire being run out for 27. Eakin found the boundary on a couple of occasions before he fell playing too ealy and giving a simple chance. Neil Russell was well caught and bowled and Danny Graham had little chance to stop a 'shooter'. Still 29 runs were required from 5 overs. Andrew Haire played an extravagant shot first ball and was caught and in the meantime, Peter Shields held the innings together. With 17 runs needed from the last 3 overs North Down found themselves 7 wickets down. Enter Danny Evans and he planted the firt ball over long on for six. A couple of balls later his big hit towards the long off boundary was very well caught. Meanwhile Peter Shields had struck a fine four through mid wicket and the game was on a knife edge.
Match Winning Performance from Peter Shields
A fourth ball wide aided the visitors cause and with 2 to win and 2 balls, left Shields whipped a short delivery past the square leg fielder to give the Champions the hard earned win and himself the unofficial MOM for a match winning unbeaten 26.
Everyone at North Down hopes that David Kennedy Senior makes a speedy recovery and looks forward to seeing him at The Green next Saturday.