Clean Sweep means a great weekend!

As many of you know already the weekend’s fixtures started on Friday night which saw the Lisburn 1’st XI take on CIYMS in the park in the first round of the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup. A tremendous evening was had by all and thank you to everyone who made it down to watch a wonderful performance by the guys who held CIYMS to 156 for 4 in their 20 overs with Richard McConkey the pick of the bowlers having figures of 2 wickets for 32 runs.  Lisburn chased the total down in just 18 overs with Vice-Captain Richard Simpson top scoring on 62 not Out and very well backed up the Lisburn Pro Codey Chetty scoring 34 and Captain Adam Berry on 45 not Out. This sees Lisburn top of group B. Great work by all involved and huge congratulations from everyone.

Moving onto Saturday where the first XI traveled to Lurgan for the first round of the Arthur J Gallagher Senior Challenge Cup. Another wonderful performance by the guys saw them bowl out the opposition for just 83. An incredible bowling performance by Mark Berry with figures of 5 wickets for just 18 runs, excellent work Mark who was very well backed up by Callam Atkinson with figures of 2 wickets for 4 runs. With only a small total to chase the Lisburn chased the runs comfortable only losing 2 wickets to see them home with an 8 wicket margin of victory. Vice-Captain Richard Simpson once again in the runs with 27 not Out backed up by Lisburn new comer Steve Lazars with a swashbuckling 29. We are now looking forward to the draw to see who the next opponents are in the quarter finals.

Sunday saw both the 2’nd and 3’rdXI teams in action, both away from home. The seconds, playing their re-arranged first round Junior Cup fixture away to Holywood. The bowlers doing well holding the home side to 165 all out with mark Berry once again the pick of the bowlers with figures of 6 wickets for 46 runs, very well done Mark and long may the good run of form continue. Also in the wickets where stand in captain Richard Booth, 2 wickets for 33 runs and Derick Suffern with 2 wickets for just 15 runs. A tricky run chase saw Mark Berry, in the runs tis time, top score with 35 and a very impressive last wicket stand between Richard Booth (26 not Out) and Jonny Richie (30 not Out) to see the 2’s home beating Holywood by 1 wicket. The Seconds will now take on Instonians in the park on the 28th May. Well done fellas.

The 3’rd XI travelled to Bangor on Sunday for just their second league game of the season. Batting first Lisburn put on a huge 229 for none in 35 overs. Both opening batsmen making centuries (Dave Kelly 108 not Out and another Lisburn new boy Dave Cleary 105 not Out, massive congratulations to both) A good effort in the field saw the 3’s to victory restricting Bangor to 215 for 7 in reply Nathan Cartmill the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 wickets for 25 runs seeing Lisburn to hard fought 14 run victory and more importantly the first league points secured, thank you to all involved.

Looking forward to the next round of fixtures then will see Lisburn 1’st XI do battle away from home against local rivals and newly promoted Derriaghy. Lisburn 2’nd XI will be playing in the park against Ballymena in a league game and the 3’rd XI will be traveling to Ballymena in the opening round of the Minor (Lindsay) Cup.

I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say a huge congratulations to all the players involved in the action this weekend which saw a Lisburn clean sweep for all 3 teams taking part in the action and also good luck for all the up and coming fixtures this weekend, keep up the hard work fellas and let’s keep the good results coming our way.

Comfortable win for the U15s in the Cup

Lisburn’s strong U15 team hammered Saintfield in the first round of the Graham Cup on Monday night. Opening bowlers Jude Holohan (3 for 8 ) and Jude Postlethwaite (0 for 7) bowled with tremendous pace and aggression and simply blew a strong Saintfield top-order away. They were supported by some excellent fielding with Nathan Doak, Joel Dundas and Zach Croskery taking sharp catches. Eddy Kyle (2 for 1) and Matt Thornton (2 for 1) mopped up the tail as Saintfield limped to 24 all out. Joel Dundas smashed 17 not out as Lisburn chased the total in only 11 balls to win by 10 wickets. The team now play CSNI in the next round.

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