MUCKAMORE Firsts travelled to Middle Road to play Carrickfergus in their next league match on Saturday.
Heavy overnight rain affected the conditions and delayed the start by an hour and a half to reduce the game to a 34 over match.
Muckamore captain Neil Gill won the toss and sent Aditya Adey and Arnold Oduvelil to open the batting against the Carrick pacemen R Hood and M McCord.
Then there was almost instant success for Carrick when Oduvelil gloved McCord’s fourth delivery into slip fielder D Poulton’s hands after scoring only four runs.
Luke Allen joined Adey and they confidently took the score to 58 runs into the 15 over before the latter’s mistimed shot was caught by long on fielder M Gilmour off a McCord delivery after he had scored 32 runs.
Sam Gordon was next in but his visit to the wicket was short lived when he hung his bat out, a couple of McCord’s deliveries later, to give point fielder J Burton the easiest of catches to take his little duck back to the pavilion.
Club professional Fahad Iqbal, playing his last game before he returns home was the new batsman and with Allen they took the score to 83 runs into the 22nd over.
Obviously struggling against the heavy underfoot and cold condition and probably thinking of home Iqbal had scored nine runs before he skied a delivery from P Botha who was able to run around into the ‘point’ position to make it a caught and bowled catch.
Craig Drummond followed and with Allen scoring freely, another 26 runs was added in the next four overs before the former top edged a delivery back into bowler Hood’s hands after scoring only two runs.
Jamie Magowan was the new batsman and with only eight overs remaining the race was on to get as many runs as possible.
The score progressed to 125 runs into the 31st over until going for a second run Allen was just run out.
Luke had faced 93 deliveries; hit five fours and two sixes in his good 56 run innings.
Neil Gill came to the wicket and he hit a quick 20 runs off just 11 deliveries before he was caught by ‘point’ fielder Botha off a Poulton delivery in the last over.
Aswan Shetty came in and scored one run before he was caught by mid on fielder Burton.
Then Magowan hit a big six of the last ball to leave Muckamore with a final total of 158 runs off their allocated 34 overs.
Best of the Carrick bowlers was D Poulton who took four wickets for 23 runs.
M Gilmour and I Parkhill opened the Carrick innings against Muckamore bowler’s Neil Gill and Aswan Shetty and they took the score to six runs into the third over before Gilmour mistimed his shot off a Shetty delivery to be confidently caught by teenage ‘cover fielder’ Oduvelil to be dismissed for only five runs.
M Burton joined Parkhill and they struggled to take the score to 12 runs into the seventh over until the latter edged a Shetty delivery into the safe gloves of wicketkeeper Magowan after scoring six runs.
J Holmes was the next man in and with Burton the run rate increased as they took the score to 44 runs into the 12th over before the latter lost his patience and he skied the ball into the safe hands of mid off fielder Gill to end his 18 run innings.
Now at 44 runs for three wickets, things were looking good for Muckamore as the Carrick professional P Botha came to the wicket.
But that quickly changed and with Holmes they exposed the weakness in the Muckamore bowling, adding 64 runs in the next ten overs taking the score to 108 runs before Botha’s boundary shot was well caught by ‘point’ fielder Gordon to bring his dangerous 37 run innings to an end.
J Burton was next and 21 runs were added in the next three overs before the over confident Holmes stepped forward to miss a Shetty delivery and was expertly stumped by wicketkeeper Magowan to terminate his 52 run innings.
Now 129 runs for five wickets the new batsman was A Haggan and with Burton they quickly took the score to 145 runs into the 28th over before Drummond trapped the former lbw after he had scored seven runs.
Batsman number eight was D Poulton and with Burton they brought the score to within two runs from victory.
Young John Semple who had stepped in at the last minute to replace Adam McDaid was rewarded by captain Neil Gill who asked him to bowl the next over.
A single run was hit off his first delivery to level the scores but from the next one batsman Burton was well caught by ‘cover’ fielder Oduvelil much to the delight of all the Muckamore players.
The next ball was promptly despatched to the boundary to clinch this three wicket win for Carrick.
Best of the Muckamore bowlers were Craig Drummond who took two wickets for 28 runs, Fahad Iqbal who took two wickets for 47 runs and John Semple who took one wicket for seven runs.
The Sunday match at Waringstown was washed out and will have to be rearranged.
As Waringstown are playing in the final of the All Ireland Cup this week’s home league has also been postponed with the hope that it and the away match can be played sometime in September.