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Lurgan win Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup Final
Lurgan won the Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup Final in a thrilling encounter at Stormont this afternoon, by two wickets. In a low scoring game CSNI were bowled out for 69, with Rachel Thomas top scoring with 16 runs. The pick of the Lurgan bowling attack was Alex Craig who took three wickets for only three runs.
CSNI fought back strongly in the field as they reduced Lurgan to 30 for 5, before a thirty run partnership between Chloe Neville and Suzie McCollum took the County Armagh side to within ten runs of victory. Still CSNI were not finished, taking another three wickets to take the final into the last over. Nikhita Gondhia, Abi Leckey, and Jemma Gillan proved the most effective bowlers for CSNI as they shared seven of the Lurgan wickets. Sophie Hinds hit the winning runs with only two balls to spare, to ensure Lurgan retained the trophy.
Suzie McCollum was named player of the match, top scoring with 14, to add to two wickets in the CSNI innings.
The Northern Cricket Union has selected an Under 17's squad, captained by Abbi Leckey, to play the North West Under 17's, on Tuesday 7th August, at Coleraine Cricket Club (11:30am).
NCU Under 17 Squad
Abbi Leckey - CSNI (Captain)
Jennifer Hanna - Donacloney Mill
Rachel Hanna - Donacloney Mill
Sophie Hinds - Lurgan (Wicket Keeper)
Lois Lyttle - Donacloney Mill
Emma McMurray - Lurgan
Emily Mathers - Donacloney Mill
Molly Mathers - Donacloney Mill
Katie Palin - Instonians
Samantha Todd - Lurgan
Freya Watson - Instonians
Coach, Chris Elliott said, 'The girls are looking forward to playing the North West Under 17's in Coleraine. Both teams play the game in great spirit, and always have close matches against one another. This was shown after the two previous Twenty 20's at Stormont. The Under 17's have trained hard and this has made selection for the game very tough. The side will be Captained by Abbi Leckey from CSNI and we wish her and the girls all the very best for the game'.
Banoge Cup Final U 13 postponed after heavy rain at Belmont.
Gribben & Watt Financail Planning Ltd Quoile Cup Final (Under 11)
Instonians CC and Lisburn CC will contest the Gribben & Watt Financial Planning Ltd Quoile Cup Final (Under 11), on Thursday 2nd August, at Derriaghy Cricket Club, Queensway.
Queensway is located on the main Belfast to Lisburn Road.
The competition is sponsored for the first time by Lisburn based Independent Financial Advisor Gribben & Watt Financial Planning Ltd.
What a pleasure it was to play for the Northern Knights Legends X1 v. Australian touring team at Woodvale today. To play alongside the other 10 Legends was fabulous.
I hope my rousing team talk was inspirational.
The distribution of sandpaper to all the bowlers.
The sheer fun of playing this wonderful game.
Thanks to Uel and Leslie for the organisation.
NCU should organise more of these games.
Perhaps a return fixture in Sydney!!!!!
You were my MOM Bumper!
As some-one who has known him for almost 60 years, it is with deep regret that I learned of Jackie Gaw’s death and with his passing another part of Woodvale ends. From playing against him in the 60s right up to the past couple of years when he wasn’t all that well, I have always enjoyed his company. His dedication to the club was always evident and our more recent conversations where he talked, with feeling, about the issues facing Woodvale showed where his heart lay. Whenever he was around nobody ever left Ballygomartin Road thirsty(!) especially after the club’s awards nights. My sympathy goes to Anton and the family at this sad time.
What a character and lots of memories will follow!
We are knew he has ill for some time but he fought the impossible with courage.
Sincere condolences from Ulster Cricketer.
The final of the NCU Quoile Cup (U11) will be played at Derriaghy CC on Thursday 2 August at 6pm between Lisburn and Instonians.
The competition is sponsored by Gribben & Watt Financial Planning Ltd, Lisburn.
All supporters will be made most welcome.
Re Andy and commentators.
Andy I would suggest 80% of the cricketing playing, watching and indeed umpiring public would make the same mistake.
And like all of the above groups even those who do know it can always make mistakes whatever our gender.
Plenty of worse commentators on telly for valid reasons.
Taverners in action.
CMA V Taverners
@Banford green (Millpark)
Ed may I say a big congrats to Waringston on their double success over the weekend, both chases were serene as at no stage did I think they were in any trouble at all. Adam Dennison and James Hall in different matches guided the men from The Lawn from the front. Excellent coverage from Cricket Europe Ireland through Ian Callendar and even though I am not on twitter 2 men by the names of Johnny Morton and Ollie Thorpe get my congrats for the updates on both finals at The Lawn on Sunday
Also well done to Downpatrick on their success in winning against Holywood and looking at the photos of the two matches it seemed a good crowd gathered for the 2 Finals and well done the groundstaff for getting the matches on after Saturdays downpors but the ground needed it badly
Looking forward now to the Womens Final between Lurgan and CSNI next Sunday at Stormont this will be my 2nd Womens Final following as Merrion play Clontarf on Friday (live streming on Cricket Leinster TV) from my new phone. Good to see the Women getting the attention they deserve after the Women qualified for the West Indies in November
The Final of the Banogue Cup will be contested by CIYMS and Instonians on Friday 3 August 2018 at Belmont.
The game will commence at 6.00pm.
When, oh when are female cricket commentators going to learn the difference between ‘wicket’ & ‘pitch’? If Sky are going to follow this #metoo agenda then please ensure they appear to know what they are talking about.
Dandruff Cricket Club,they must be head and shoulders better than their opponents.
I'll get my coat
A touring Australian cricket team, called the Sydney Classics, will play against the Ulster Grasshoppers, at Dandruff Cricket Club (Sunday 29th July, Noon Start), and the Northern Cricket Union Veterans, at Woodvale Cricket Club (Tuesday 31st July, Noon Start).
Ulster Grasshoppers Team
Michael Turkington (Captain)
Alan Woods (Wicket Keeper)
NCU Veterans Team
Cheers Clarence, yes indeed, thing is as you likely suspect, I picked out this final from so many other exciting senior cup showdowns down through the decades as Roy Harrison was a prolific opening batsmen, notable for countless winning contributions with the bat for Waringstown, yet as skipper he lead by example, took the ball in a death or glory scenario and as fate was to decree, that age old famous adage rang true.....
"Fortune favours the brave!"