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Men’s First XI fall short against Brigade in Senior Cup

Coleraine bowed out of the Sports Hub NWCU Senior Cup in the Quarter Finals as they lost by six wickets to Brigade at Beechgrove on Saturday.

After winning the toss, Coleraine skipper Matthew Smyth opted to bat first under blue skies, and got off to a rollicking start as Marcus Poskitt hit four fours during his 20-ball stay before the left hander edged one firstly onto his pad before it rebounded onto the stumps to depart for 21 off the bowling of Marcello Piedt.

That wicket brought Scott Campbell to the crease, who along with Averill batted beautifully
during a 117-run partnership off 138 balls that looked to have Coleraine up for a big score.
Averill scored 76, including ten fours and two sixes. He soaked up pressure initially – reaching
27 off 49 balls – before hitting a huge six off his pads and unfurling an array of cover drives and cut shots as he went on to his fifty off 69 balls.

Campbell hit the ground running at the other, putting aside a shoulder injury from the week
before and peppering the cover boundary throughout his 67-ball stay for an even 50.
The pair would take the total to 153 before Averill was caught and bowled off Iftikhar Hussain (2- 30) and when Campbell was adjudged LBW the following over to give David Barr the first of his five wickets, the wheels began to come off for the Bannsiders.
Along with Hussain, the Brigade all rounder would tie the remaining Coleraine batters in knots, with several players perishing trying to bludgeon the bowling when perhaps they should have taken a more accumulative approach.
It would mark the second week in a row where the Coleraine’s top order would set a wonderful platform, before a dramatic and damaging collapse with the Bannsiders’ closing out their innings on 191.
Brigade would get off to the best possible start in response, with Hussain taking the attack to the bowlers during his 42 off 40 balls. David Barr (38) once again dug in, and while Coleraine would apply some pressure, they never really threatened to cause an upset as Brigade won by six wickets with 79 balls to spare thanks to 64 from Scott Macbeth and 30* from Cameron Melly.

Brigade also beat Coleraine by six wickets in Thursday’s BW White Horse Hotel T20 at Sandel
Lodge despite a scrappy, fighting display from a Bannsiders team missing its captain, Matthew
Smyth, and several other key players.
Opening for the Coleraine Men’s First XI for the first time, James Panek batted really well for his 32 ball 28, which included three fours and a massive six over long off. Craig Averill would hold the innings together for his 38, while Cephas Zhuwao (16 off 8) and Rory Knox (25 off 15) edged the Bannsiders to 116 from their 20 overs.
Zhuwao (2-9) and Stephen Hutchinson (2-13) reduced Brigade to 18-4 after six overs, but Scott Macbeth (78 off 44) and David Barr (25 off 38) would ensure there would be no upset as they turned the match on its head and eventually secured a comfortable win.

With little to play for in their two remaining T20 matches, the focus of the Coleraine Men’s First XI can now return to the Longs Supervalu Premier League where there is all to play for after three rounds of fixtures, and 11 rounds still to contest. Next up is a trip to Killyclooney on
Saturday where the Bannsiders will need to be at their best to return to winning ways.

Coleraine’s Eva Gaston top scorer with 37 against Fox Lodge

Coleraine’s captain Kia McCartney* batting against Fox Lodge.

Coleraine Thirds outgunned by ‘Foxies’

Coleraine Third XI fell to an 8-wicket defeat to Fox Lodge on Sunday afternoon.

It turned out to be a paradigmatic ‘game of two halves’ as Coleraine posted what looked to be a very
competitive total of 196 from their 30 overs only for Fox Lodge to chase down the target at a canter. Looking to take advantage of a lightning-fast outfield, Coleraine elected to bat first and had decent contributions from right throughout the order. Opener Adam Bell raced to 10 before being bowled by a fine delivery which jagged back sharply. Number 3 Jamie Smyth was in fine touch and was particularly severe on anything short before being bowled for a-run-a-ball 34.

Coleraine accelerated further with Hannah Skinner joining Neil Morrison at the crease an
the two put pressure on the Fox Lodge fielders with some aggressive running. The pair put
on 64 for the fourth wicket inside 8 overs. Hannah Skinner took the attack to Fox Lodge and raced to 33 from only 26 deliveries including 5 fours. She looked well set to reach fifty but fell in unfortunate circumstances when she clipped her own stumps as she was forced onto the back foot by Mark Mooney. With wickets in hand the incoming James O’Brien was given license to play his natural attacking game.

He raced to 12 but fell looking to propel Coleraine to a big finish. Matthew Preston once again impressed with his late cameo. He kept the scoreboard ticking and demonstrated the ability to find the boundary. He powered to 21 not out from only 16 balls. Neil Morrison played the anchor role and brought up his fifty in the penultimate over as Coleraine closed their innings just shy of 200. 

In reply, the Fox Lodge openers made their intentions clear from the outset. They were not going to die wondering if the ball was in their slot. This made it difficult for the Coleraine bowlers to settle into a rhythm. Coleraine thought they had secured a run out early doors after Morrison’s throw from the deep. Keeper Adam Bell whipped off the bails but the square leg umpire adjudged the batsman to have made his ground. James O’Brien drew an edge from the same man shortly after and the catch was well held by Bell.

This brought Fox Lodge veterans Girvan and Jonny Heywood together and there was to be no let up for the Coleraine attack who struggled to maintain their control amidst an onslaught. Bell shuffled his bowlers in search of a breakthrough. With the score on 131 it eventually came from a moment of brilliance from Jamie Smyth on the boundary. Jonny Heywood drilled a ball down to the far end of the ground off the bowling of Adam Bell. While many a fielder would have pulled out of the catch, Jamie Smyth cooly collected the ball over his head and did well to maintain his balance inside the boundary rope. This feat of athleticism was worthy to win any match and opened a way back into the game for Coleraine.
With a new batsman at the crease the Coleraine bowlers did well to stem the flow of runs
and began to assert some control.

Hannah Skinner and Harry Nutt were particularly impressive with the ball as Coleraine tied up an end. In this spell a couple of catches went down which might have ramped up the pressure on the Fox Lodge senior players.
Nevertheless, with Girvan Heywood in imperious form at the other end, Fox Lodge were
able to press onto their target with 8 overs to spare. Garvin Heywood finished up on 112 not out which proved the difference between the two sides.

While disappointed, captain Adam Bell was able to take lots of positives away from the
performance: “I thought we were ahead of the game in the first innings but it proved to be a tough day for our young bowling attack. The margin of the defeat doesn’t reflect the efforts of our lads. We just needed to find one more wicket and suddenly we’re into a different game. The Fox Lodge senior players know their home ground so well and were absolutely ruthless when we offered them any chance to free their arms. It is a tough way to learn but our young bowlers stood up to the challenge well, they kept taking risks and had the Fox Lodge batsmen guessing at times.

Sometimes you have to applaud the batsmen. We had a lot of really good partnerships with the bat ourselves. I loved the intent that Hannah Skinner showed today. If we can keep up the same level of intensity with the bat we will certainly win more matches than we lose this season.”

The fixtures don’t get any easier for Coleraine as they travel to Bready in the league next Sunday

Coleraine’s Neil Morrisson (53) and captain and wicket keeper Adam Bell*+ (1-33 off 31 balls)

Coleraine 3rd XI: top row from left – Richard Moffatt, Matthew Preston, Jamie Smith, Martin Smith, Neil Morrisson, Adam Bell* bottom row from left – Ethan Darragh, Harry Nutt, James O’Brien, Hannah Skinner, David Hodges. (Guest: Tobin Morrisson).

Coleraine’s Under-11 team won their match v Newbuildings by 28 runs

Success for women cricketers

Congratulations to Coleraine Women’s 1st XI and Coleraine U11s who both recorded victories on Monday evening.

Coleraine Women beat Strabane by 140 runs.

Batting first, Coleraine posted a mammoth total of 235-1 which included 103* from Amy Caulfield and 75* from Kia McCartney! Rebecca Tosh, Connie Block, Kia McCartney and Tillie O’Hara all picked up wickets as Strabane finished up 95/9.

The U11s beat Eglinton by 22 runs.

Having restricted Eglinton to 239 after wickets from Jack Jordan, Benjamin McCracken, Dylan Cochrane and James Murdock, Coleraine amassed a total 262 with Freddie Nutt’s 28 being the highlight.

NWCU U15 League 30 May 2024
Coleraine U15 – 127/2
James O’Brien* 53, Ethan Daragh 30
Glendermott U15 – 115/4
James O’Brien (1-14), Oscar McMichael (1-11)
Result: Coleraine U15 won by 12 runs

Coleraine’s top scorers: James O’Brien* (53) and Ethan Darragh (30)

Coleraine’s Under-15 mixed team who won at Glendermott: top row from left – Amelia Guy, Molly Brown, Timothy Hamilton, James Foster+, Oscar McMichael, Luke Croxford, James O’Brien* Bottom row from left: Connie Block, Harry Nutt, Abe Johnston, Ethan Darragh. (Guest Freddie Nutt)

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