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Bouncebackability as 2nds beat CIYMS for second time in week

by Gary Knox on June 20th, 2010

Stevie Lyttle had a match winning 46 not out

On Saturday Donaghcloney 2nds travelled to Belmont to take on CIYMS who they had defeated on the previous Saturday. With the 1st XI having no fixture Raymie Matthews was able to include experienced Tim McClure and the promising Matthew Lyttle in his squad. As of last week CIYMS won the toss and elected to bat. The decision seemed to backfire as McClure and Lyttle opened the attack, with young Matthew claiming 2 wickets in is first over including the vastly experienced Alan Sleith thanks to a stunning gully catch by skipper Matthews.

CIYMS try to re-establish themselves but lost wickets at regular intervals. In total they did manage to post a respectable 143 as they were dismissed in the 40th over. Lyttle was the chief destroyer with 4 for 19, while McClure claimed steady figures of 1 for 18. The pair were backed up by regular 2nd XI performers Willie Fisher and Raymie Matthews who claimed a wicket apiece while young Alan Thompson fresh from a midweek debut for the 1st XI claimed 2 for 18 in what were his first senior victims.

After tea Matthews had implored his batsmen to make best use of the overs and that victory was there for the taking. Phil Derby and ‘Mr Dependable’ Richie Clydesdale opened the innings and scored a solid partnership of 41, when Clydesdale fell for 18.

Derby was joined by Jim Warren and added a further 33 runs before Derby was dismissed for a competent 24. Something of a mini collapse followed as 3 further wickets fell for 14 runs. Warren went for 22, while Matthew and Brian Lyttle both departed cheaply adding only 1 run each.

Stevie Lyttle who has been showing good run scoring form all season was joined by young Peter Moates who displayed great maturity as they took the score through to 123, before Moates was dismissed for 19.

McClure came and went out for 2 leaving it up to skipper Matthews to steady the ship, he played an anchor role allowing Stevie Lyttle to knock the remaining runs off as they saw the game through in the 39th over. Lyttle finished undefeated with a superb 46 not out while Matthews chipped in with an undefeated 4, for a 3 wicket victory.

Matthews was elated with the performance, ‘we have showed our bouncebackability, after defeat by Lurgan it was important to put in a performance’. He added we called on experience which helped immensely, but the regulars put in a near flawless display in the field while it was them that knocked of the required runs’. He finished ‘I must praise youngsters Matt Lyttle, Alan Thompson and Peter Moates for mature performances, but once again Stevie Lyttle has stepped up to the plate with his runs’.

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