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Comfortable Win for 1sts away to Dungannon

by Keith Martin on June 13th, 2010

Donaghcloney made the trip to Dungannon Park to take on Dungannon on Saturday past (12th June 2010). Once again the weather and conditions were perfect, and on winning the toss skipper Keith Martin took first use of a track that looked conducive for scoring runs.

The skipper opened the batting along with his brother Colin Martin. Colin seemed to be in fine form racing to 14 before he misread the line of the ball and was bowled.

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Classy 54 for Neil Carson

Neil Carson arrived at the wicket and signalled his intentions early, taking the game to the bowlers as he sought to intimidate the Dungannon attack. The pair brought the score up to 52 before Keith was out for only 4 as he had played support to Neil.

Carson was joined at the wicket by young Matthew Lyttle and they put together a decent looking partnership with Carson passing the 50 mark just before the 25 over drinks interval with the score moving onto 102 for 2.

The break seemed to disturb the Donacloney concentration as Carson was adjudged leg before for a classy 54 first ball after the recess. Lyttle too followed in quick succession for 15, and from such a strong position Donacloney started to wobble slightly.

Lyness Topping showed some steel as he scored he stroked the ball around nicely, but he too fell to an LBW decision for a fluent 25. Cloney stuttered along after this as Dungannon opening bowler Lucas returned and claimed match figures of 5 for 48.

Only Gary Knox (18) and Phil Derby (12) managed to get into double figures as the tailed tried to wag with the innings closing with Knox the last to fall with the score on 189 in only the 46th over. The Donacloney score was boosted by the fact extras yielded 41 runs.

After the tea break Donacloney opening attack of Jonny Stevenson and David ‘Red Bull’ Marshall, come out fire up and determined to make their mark. Stevenson’s intentions were clearly shown from his first delivery rattling into the helmet of the opening batsman Adrain.

Stevenson struck the first blow as he trapped Adrain in front of the timber. As Dungannon settled the evergreen Marshall struck removing the dangerous Dungannon skipper Forsythe for 29 thanks to a great take by glove man and skipper Keith Martin.

Spin was then introduced to the attack with Gary Knox and Colin Martin bowling in tandem. This swung the game in Donacloneys favour as between them they claimed 7 wickets Martin taking 3 for 11 of 5 overs and Knox 4 for 9 in a 6 over spell, although Knox was fortunate to a couple of victims with somewhat rank long hops.

Stevenson returned to action to wrap up the innings claiming the last wicket to finish with figures of 2 for 27 for 7.3 overs, as Dungannon crumbled to 77 all out in the 27th over. One thing to note is that the Donacloney attack only conceded 1 extra to that total.

Skipper Martin was delighted with getting another victory under his belt, ‘we are starting to display a lot of confidence in our performances, we are strong and have options in our bowling attack, while our fielding and support is superb so far, although it was disappointing not to bat 50 overs we seem to have more depth to our batting line up this season. He continued, ‘I would like to congratulate Neil Carson on his first 50 since his return, and his arrival seems to increased the determination in the application to the game by all the lads’.

Donaghcloney would like to thank Tom Armstrong for sponsoring the Match Ball for Saturday’s game.

From → Match Reports

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