Causeway Chronicle

Coleraine blow away the Foxies to progress in Senior Cup 

Superb bowling spells from Craig Averill (4-20), Stephen Hutchinson (3-39) and Scott Campbell (2-18) saw Coleraine complete a fantastic turnaround to defeat Fox Lodge and progress to the Quarter Final of the Senior Cup where they will take on Brigade.

Their spells allowed Coleraine to defend a seemingly paltry total of 111, with Gareth Burns (1-23) bowling a peach to castle Fox Lodge progressional Gayan Maneeshan, and open up the door for an extraordinary comeback as the Foxies ended up folding for 100.

The match came to a dramatic conclusion when Adam Bell, who initially ran in from long on before back-tracking, showed his chutzpah by clinging on to a catch above his head that for a second looked set for the boundary and bringing Fox Lodge two hits from the Coleraine total.

Earlier it looked like Coleraine’s Senior Cup campaign might end before it really begun as the Bannsiders were inserted to bat and slid to 70-8 inside 15 overs despite a typically aggressive 43 from 36 balls by Marcus Poskitt, which included five fours and two maximums.

Stubborn support then came from James Bell (18 off 52) and Gareth Burns (17 off 33) – with support from Adam Bell (6 off 18) – who blunted the Fox Lodge attack, took time out of the game and ultimately took Coleraine to what would end up being a match winning total and a memorable victory.

Newbuildings and rain put paid to ‘Tarr-ing’ display by Coleraine debutant

Thunder and lightning put paid to six of seven rearranged Premiership fixtures however, Newbuildings’ journey to Coleraine was to prove very worthwhile as they secured a valuable win while the rest could only look on.

Ryan Hunter has looked in good touch in the opening weeks of the season and the former Warrior hit 8 fours and 2 sixes on his way to an impressive 93 as the visitors batted first.

Hunter shared in a century stand with his skipper, Gareth McKeegan (58) and then one worth 73 runs with Samarth Seth, who looks to be a real find for Newbuildings.

A final total of 269-7 from their 40 overs looked a bit of a mountain for Coleraine, especially with the weather really closing in, and it could have been worse had it not been for the efforts of Matty Smyth (4-56) and Lee Ritchie who returned excellent figures of 2-29 from his set of eight.

The rain duly arrived and after a lengthy delay, the hosts were set a target of 203 runs from just short of 30 overs.

By that stage, Coleraine’s interim overseas man Garrett Tarr had started to find his range and the South African ‘keeper/batsman took it upon himself to see if he could claw it back on his own.

He managed to go very close too- 7 fours and 7 sixes in his 74-ball 116 not out wasn’t quite enough as Newbuildings held on to win by 15 runs (DLS).

Ross Hunter bowled very well for his 3-18 as Newbuildings claimed very valuable points and despite looking like they could be a threat this year themselves, the north coast side is probably wishing Tarr wasn’t contracted to play the summer in the Lancashire league.

With all other League fixtures rained off, the win is particularly beneficial for Newbuildings while Coleraine will be relieved the elements ensured they did not lose ground on others in the league.

Woman’s Division One Cup

The only other game to be completed on Saturday was at Strabane Park where the Red Caps Women’s team came from nowhere to beat Coleraine in the senior cup first round.

Aimee-Lee Finlay top scored with 22 as Strabane made 100 batting first, with Kia McCartney (3-12) and Hannah Skinner (3-13) faring best of Coleraine’s bowlers.

The Bannsiders looked to have matters in hand in reply- Kia and Amelia Guy both scoring 19 as they reached 89-5, needing 12 more to win.

The Strabane girls certainly seem to be enjoying their cricket at the minute and they stuck at it and were rewarded for their attitude as Emma Doherty (5-18) and Nicola Mullen (3-22) combined to remove the last five batters for the addition of just two runs.

A nine-run win for the home side, but a game played in the best of spirit with both sides determined to get a result before the rain arrived.

Women’s Div 1 League (Monday 6th May): Bready beat Coleraine by 7 wickets

Coleraine 82 (18.2 overs; Connie Block 16, Kia McCartney 15, Hannah Skinner 13; Millie Spence 3-14, Jodie Spence 2-13, Sophie Hamilton 2-7)
Bready 83/3 (14.4 overs; Kaylee Barnard 27*, Lucy McGranaghan 18, Jodie Spence 14*; Connie Block 2-18)

Defending champions Bready got their Premiership campaign off to a winning start as they beat Coleraine. 

Three wickets for Millie Spence, plus two apiece for Sophie Hamilton and Jodie Spence saw the Bannsiders dismissed for 82.

Connie Block made 16, while there were also double figure contributions from Kia McCartney (15) and Hannah Skinner (15).

There were early runs for Lucy McGranaghan (18), but two wickets for Connie Block (2-18) had the contest in the balance at 36 for 3.

However, Kaylee Barnard (27*) and Jodie Spence (14*) sealed the 7 wickets win with an unbroken stand of 47 for the fourth wicket.

Kaylee Barnard (27*) and Jodie Spence (14*) sealed the 7 wickets win with an unbroken stand of 47 for the fourth wicket.

Coleraine cricket club are delighted and grateful that Complete Window Systems sponsored the match ball the Coleraine Men’s First XI took to Ballymagorry as they took on Fox Lodge in the NWCU Senior Cup.

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Coleraine 1st XI beat Fox Lodge 1st XI by 17 runs in the NWCU Senior Cup:

Coleraine 117 all out (M.Poskitt 43, J.Bell 18, G.Burns 17)

Fox Lodge: 100 all out (C.Averil 4-20, S.Hutchinson 3-39, S.Campbell 2-18)

Coleraine 1st XI –  Marcus David Poskitt†, Matthew Smyth*, Matthew Hutchinson, C Averill, James Robert Bell, AJH Bell, Gareth Burns, Dawood Khan, Stephen Hutchinson, Scott Campbell, Brian Acheson

Coleraine host North Fermanagh

Coleraine hosted North Fermanagh on North West 200 Saturday. In what can only be described as great cricketing weather, Sandel Lodge was some setup for a game of cricket and Coleraine skipper Ali Handforth was quick to bat first when he won the toss.

Stephen McCartney and Peter Wallace made a decent start before McCartney was caught behind for 7. Bob Millar joined Wallace at the crease and looked in great touch, smoking a four and six before lofting a return catch to Fermanagh bowler Wasif for 10. Vishal Chopra and Wallace started to rebuild, running well between the wickets before applying the accelerator. Chopra (46) rolled back the years with some imperious cover drives. Wallace at the other end was also in good touch and starting to move through the gears, clipping a number of nice sixes through the leg side before eventually falling to a good catch for 55. Contributions from F.Abbas (17) A.Handforth (21) and B.Abraham (20) saw Coleraine amass a very strong total of 209 from their 30 overs.

With an imposing total to chase it was imperative that North Fermanagh got off to a good start. Galloway and Rashid did just that, racing to 22 off 3 overs. Coleraine fought back well and gained control of the match with a fine all round bowling display. Bob Millar (2-29) and Cameron Block (1-29) took crucial wickets at the top of the innings. It was captain Handforth however who did the real damage with a slow bowling masterclass, finishing with 4-23 from his 6 overs.  Excellent support from Rhodri Gabe, Sachin Vargese and Binny Abraham meant that the visitors never looked like getting near Coleraines total and were bowled out for 123, leaving Coleraine victors by 86 runs.

Captain, Ali Handforth commented after the game, ‘It was a great day for cricket, winning the toss was crucial as I knew slow bowling would be key in the second innings. I’m very, very pleased with the all round performance. Our newly aquired squad members are really impressing and competition for places in the starting eleven is starting to hot up. With strength and depth in the spin bowling department and with the likes of club veteran David Doey and Dawood Khan still to return to the team, everyone will be kept on their toes.

Back row, L-R: F.Abbas, B.Abraham, S.McCartney, A.Handforth, R.Millar, V.Chopra, J.Block. Front row, L-R: S.Varghese, R.Gabe, C.Block, D.Feeney, P.Wallace

Peter Wallace and Vishal Chopra who combined for a sparkling partnership with the bat

Ali Handforth who took out the North Fermanagh top order, claiming 4 victims.

Top row from left: Justin Block, Sachin Varghese, Adam Bell*, Jamie Smith, Brian Acheson, Mark Smyth. Bottom row from left: Hannah Skinner, David Hodges, Connie Block, Harry Nutt, James O’Brien

It wasn’t to be for our 3rd XI last Sunday who lost to Ardmore 3rds by 69 runs. We have a great balance of players in our 3rd XI, with young and upcoming players benefiting greatly from yesterday’s game, playing alongside more seasoned cricketers with plenty experience. Onwards and upwards!

Ardmore 3rds: 164-5 (B.Acheson 2/13, H.Nutt 1/14, J.Block 1/42)
Coleraine 3rds: 95 all out (J.O’Brien 22)

Top row from left: James O’Brien*, Lewis Alcock, James Foster, Daniel Brown, Connie Block, Mollie Brown, Luke Croxford, Timothy Hamilton. Bottom row from left: Abe Johnston, Harry Nutt, Alfie Boyd+, Oscar McMichael.

U15 mixed league 9th May 

Eglinton 104 – Timothy Hamilton (2-7), Connie Block (1-7), James O’Brien* (1-16)

Coleraine 69 – James O’Brien* (15), Connie Block (13), Harry Nutt (12)

Eglinton win by 35 runs. 


Maurice Bradley