13 May 2013
Another weekend of cricket ruined by the dreadful weather. No play for any of the club’s fixtures at all. The decision of the 2s and 3s not to arrange any league games until later in the month looks particularly prescient now with the benefit of hindsight!
Hopefully things will improve for this weekend, with the 1s in league action at Lurgan, the 2s commencing their campaign with Junior Cup and Ulster Plate first round ties, and the 3s and 4s also having matches.
ANOTHER POOR WEEKEND FOR 1ST xi
The first XI has yet to really move out of 2nd this season and the poor start to the season contined with a woeful performance against Ballymena, followed up by a fairly average effort (bar Nathan Waller’s cameo) against Strabane. The side is now out of the Ulster Cup, faces a very difficult test this weekend against YMCA (minus Craig and Nathan) and if they do not find their form soon, this season could all too quickly begin to mirror last season, in which we found ourselves around the bottom of the league and out of all the cups before May had ended.
Saturday’s effort against Ballymena was simply not good enough, albeit they faced the worst of the conditions after losing the toss. Michael Bowden’s match report will be available shortly.
On Sunday, the side was weakened with skipper Davy Simpson not available and it showed in the bowling as Strabane amassed an imposing total in excess of 240. Only Nathan with a blitzkrieg 68, and to a lesser extent Craig and Darryl with 20s showed any real fight with the bat and we were never in the hunt. Observers will be casting a critical eye over the batting order in the weeks to come unless some grit and form are found soon.
On a brighter note, the 4th XI registered the first Lisburn win of the campaign with what was presumably a ball-tightener at Donaghcloney, prevailing by just 2 runs. Batting first they amassed 150-9 with Matty Lightbody shining with a half centurry and they just held on for the win. Well done to Joe Hardial and his troops.