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Ulster Bank League Section 1 Roundup - 16th June 2014

Gordon Scott

Early indications that the League would be a well contested affair were confirmed last weekend and, with six of the 10 teams having lost 2 games, there is all to play for in the coming weeks.

Leaders Woodvale's visit to The Cloughan ended in a crushing defeat when the home side, led by in-form batsmen Jay Hunter (97no) and Bob Homani (83no) in an excellent stand of 187, totalled 243-2. The visitors, in reply, were dismissed for 133 with Robert Smith taking 4-17 giving Ricky Greer's side victory by 110 runs.

Lurgan joined Woodvale at the summit with a hard fought win at Pollock Park over Carrickfergus by 61 runs. The home side were dismissed for 144 with Stephen Johnston top scoring with 48 and Ryan Eagleson taking 3-20. Tight bowling by Niranjan Godbole (4-13) and the evergreen John Guy (3-13) restricted the visitors to a disappointing 88 all out - only Eagleson with 24 made an impact.

Spare a thought for Cliftonville stalwart Neil Cahill whose 133 was a career best against Derriaghy at Queensway in a final total of 258-7 with Colin Lewis taking 3-40 for the home side. Lewis also starred with the bat making 90 as Matthew Jennings's side cruised to victory by 7 wickets. Home professional Kaushik Aphale contributed a stylish unbeaten 112 in a match highlighted by a multitude of "sixes"- over 20 big ones were recorded!!

In the local derby at the Meadow the visitors claimed the bragging rights for now with a comfortable 7 wicket victory. Dundrum's total of 128 with Gavin McNerlin top scoring on 42 and Downpatrick bowlers John Wheeler (3-16) and Daniel Carson (3-10) dominant was little trouble for the visitors with Amit Patel (41) and Ricky Gill (26no) leading the way.

Bangor completed a memorable weekend with 2 wins - on Saturday they comfortably defeated Holywood at Seapark when the home side's 174 (Mandar Dhumke 77) was easy pickings for Kuda Samunderu (79no) and Nicky McCollum (79) in a 9 wicket victory. McCollum continued where he left off on Sunday against Dundrum with 100 in a massive total of 402-7 at Uprichard Park with Evan Fraser (97) and Johnny Parker (54) lending good support. Not surprisingly the visitors fell short in reply with only Andrew Bassett (75) making a major contribution in a final total of 167 leaving Ricky McLarnon's men victorious by 235 runs.

NEXT FIXTURES - SATURDAY 7th JUNE
21st June
Bangor v Lurgan
Carrickfergus v Downpatrick
Cliftonville v Dundrum
Holywood v Woodvale
Templepatrick v Derriaghy

22nd June
Dundrum v Templepatrick

24th/25th June
Derriaghy v Dundrum

                    P    W    T    L  NR/V  Pts
Lurgan              6    4    0    2    0   16
Woodvale            6    4    0    2    0   16
Cliftonville        5    3    0    2    0   12
Derriaghy           5    3    0    2    0   12
Downpatrick         5    3    0    2    0   12
Bangor              6    3    0    3    0   12
Templepatrick       4    2    0    2    0    8
Carrickfergus       5    2    0    3    0    8
Holywood            4    1    0    3    0    4
Dundrum             4    0    0    4    0    0
Senior League Section 1