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Poskitt shines with hundred in close defeat

COLERAINEs Longs SuperValu Premiership campaign took a hit on Saturday as the Bannsiders fought valiantly but lost to a strong Brigade side, despite a magnificent 108-ball 107 from wicketkeeper-batter Marcus Poskitt.

Set 229 for victory, the Bannsiders got off to the best possible start as Craig Averill (37 off 39 balls) and Poskitt put on 105 for the first wicket off just 87 balls.

Averill looked at his languid best during his stay, stroking seven boundaries before he was unlucky to see an attempted sweep shot ricochet off his elbow and onto the stumps.

One wicket very quickly became two as Coleraine’s new professional, former Zimbabwe International Cephas Zhuwao – who arrived during the wee hours on Saturday morning following a 30-hour flight – saw the first delivery he faced on Irish soil turn from leg to castle his off stump.

“The Mayor,” as he is affectionately known, earlier bowled a fragile 1-29 off eight overs to show he will quickly adapt to conditions in the weeks to come.

Coleraine were perhaps ruing how unfortunate they were to have seen Scott Campbell get injured while taking an athletic catch on the boundary.

And although Campbell would bravely return from A&E and come out to bat at number 10, the severity of his injury meant he couldn’t do so with his usual panache.

Captain Matthew Smyth tried to take the attack to Brigade but perished, while Rory Knox laboured during his 13 off 33-balls.

Although Lee Ritchie his two sixes and a four during his 9- ball 17, it was Poskitt who did the bulk of the scoring.

His century included 14 fours and three massive sixes, in an innings that combined raw power with innovation as the College Park man used his full array of sweep shots.

He would go on to bring up his century off 101 balls, raising his bat to a standing ovation and reaching the landmark despite wickets falling all around him.

It was on his bat that Coleraine took the game into the 38th over and with a bit of luck the left hander could have taken the Bannsiders to a famous win but in the end he valiantly perished by his own sword attempting to clear deep wicket with the required run rate above ten runs per over.

David Barr was the chief destroyer, claiming 5-43, with several Coleraine batters perishing trying to clear the relatively short midwicket boundary.

Earlier Coleraine produced their most disciplined bowling display of the season, with Stephen Hutchinson (2-31) and Gareth Burns (2-43) restricting Brigade to just 39 runs off 81 balls before Lee Ritchie had Iftikhar Hussain caught at cover by Averill for a 46-ball 25.

David Barr (68) and Adam McDaid (21) batted well but Scott Macbeth would turn out to the trump card for Brigade as the North West Warriors all-rounder flayed six sixes and six fours during his innings of 78 off just 46 balls, allowing Brigade to reach a match winning total despite arriving with Brigade on just 89 in the 25th over.

1st XI team at Brigade: Top row from left – Brian Acheson, Stephen Hutchinson, Gareth Burns, Rory Knox, Alfie Morrison, Binny Abraham, Cephas Zhuwao Bottom row from left: Wilson Torrens, Matthew Smyth*, James O’Brien, Viabhav Dubley

COLERAINE SUPPORT LATE FORMER CLUBMAN

Coleraine turned out a full side in support of Brigade cricket club and the Torrens family who this
weekend unveiled their new electrical scoreboard. The event, which was dedicated to the
memory of the late great Roy Torrens, saw Robin Walsh joining Joan and the family at the
unveiling.

Coleraine 2nd XI win by 7 wickets

Letterkenny 2nd XI 150 all out Coleraine 2nd XI 151-3

Coleraine 2nd XI win by 7 wickets

Coleraine 2nd XI made the journey to Strabane to play the unbeaten Letterkenny 2nd XI and returned victorious after an impressive run chase. Stand in skipper Stephen McCartney won the toss and asked the home team to bat first. This seemed an inspired decision as Letterkenny limped to 17 for 3 after 10 overs with Cameron Block claiming 3 wickets for the paltry sum of 12 runs. Fellow opening bowler Brian Acheson was unlucky to go wicketless as he bowled with his usual guile and pace.

Credit goes to the home batsmen Singh and Dasiri who set about rebuilding the innings and also increasing the run rate. They’d taken the score to 80 when Bob Millar (1 for 30) enticed Dasiri into a loft shot and Acheson held on to a fine catch. Dawood Khan (1 for 45) struck soon after and with Letterkenny on 93-5, Coleraine were hoping to wrap up the innings quickly. It wasn’t to be as the 6th wicket partnership threatened to take the game away from Coleraine. However slow bowling proved to be key as David Doey (3-16) and Binny Abraham (2-12) wrapped up the Letterkenny innings for a competitive score of 150. Credit to McCartney with a number of inspirational field changes that resulted in excellent catches being taken. 

Coleraine’s response could not have got off to a worse start as McCartney was run out trying to complete a second run. Millar joined Acheson and they were watchful against disciplined bowling by the Letterkenny opening attack. Despite not scoring freely it was important that no further wickets were lost and eventually boundaries came with Acheson’s Slazenger V12 launching two big sixes over cow corner. However he was outdone by a fine piece of bowling by Siddanati to leave the score 76 for 2 with 10 overs to go.

Farrukh Abbas joined Millar and showed urgency from the start launching an enormous six out of the ground. Unfortunately he fell for 10 holing out to long off. When new batsman Viabhav Dubley strode to the crease, 53 runs were still needed off seven overs but in the next five overs the target fell to only five runs to win. Dubley was in destructive form as he hit 5 fours and 1 six in an unbeaten 36 off 21 balls but it was fitting that Millar hit the winning runs with a sublime four through the covers to end on 57 not out (5 fours and 1 six). 

Skipper McCartney was obviously delighted and commented after, “What a win! Young Block and the ageless Acheson gave us a great start with the ball but credit to Letterkenny for setting a testing target. However I had every confidence in my batsmen to do the job even when the run rate climbed above 8 an over. Bob Millar gets better with age and what an innings by Viabhav. I’m very very pleased. We have a really good 2nd XI squad now and with some established players unavailable for this game there will be competition for selection for next Sunday’s game away to Newbuildings. But that’s a good problem to have. It will give returning skipper Ali Handforth headaches!”

Coleraine’s scoring batsmen

Successful bowling from Coleraine during win over Letterkenney.

Coleraine Seconds win at Letterkenny.

Thirds claim their first win

Coleraine 3rd XI clinched their first league win of the season with a seven-wicket victory over
Eglinton at Sandel Lodge on Sunday. Following defeat to Donemana in their last outing, Coleraine put in a much-improved performance with the ball after Eglinton won the toss and opted to make first use of the track.

James Panek and debutant Ethan Darragh set the tone with the new ball. Both bowlers produced prodigious swing which forced the Eglinton openers onto the back foot. Panek provided the breakthrough when Joe McCreadie could only manage to chop an inswinger onto his own stumps.

At the other end, Ethan Darragh continued to cause problems with his full, swinging deliveries and only for a dropped catch, he would have collected his first wicket for the club. Still, his 6-over spell which included two maidens and conceded only 10 runs was by instrumental in putting Coleraine into the ascendency early on. After a short rain delay, Coleraine turned to Harry Nutt and Adam Bell to take the pace off the ball. Both bowlers displayed their full armoury of variations and proved hard to get away as the scoreboard pressure mounted. Bell combined well with Neil Morrison at cover on two occasions and returned the miserly figures of 2 for 5 from his 3 overs.

Harry Nutt bowled with excellent control and was unlucky not to get among the wicket-takers. With dark clouds on the horizon Coleraine turned to veterans Greg Jordan and Neil Morrison to rattle through the remaining overs as quickly as possible. Morrison picked up a couple of wickets courtesy of catches from Jordan and Panek. Jordan got himself into a good groove bowling a back of a length and became quite unplayable with the pace and bounce he managed to generate. ‘Kiwi’ received his reward with a wicket off the final ball of the innings with Harry Nutt taking a sharp catch at slip

Eglinton’s total of 81 looked below par on a good track but with more rain falling during the tea
interval Coleraine were keen to put the match to bed as quickly as possible.
James Panek continued his fine form with the bat from the previous week. He pounced on anything short to seize the momentum.

Matthew Preston, playing his first game for the club in over two decades, was content to rotate the strike and proved the perfect foil to Panek’s clean hitting. The partnership raced to 52 in less than eight overs to take Coleraine within touching distance of the win. Panek fell for 41 to a beautifully-flighted leg spinner from Kyle Lamrock who then bowled the unfortunate Jamie Smith with a ball which didn’t get up. Preston was then trapped on the crease to give Eglinton a glimmer of hope of getting back in the game.

However, any such hopes were quashed by young pair Hannah Skinner (6) and David Hodges (5) who calmly constructed a partnership of 15 to see Coleraine over the line with nearly half their allotted overs to spare. A premeditated quick single off the final ball was testament to the confidence that the young batters possessed. While Panek’s firepower at the top of the order was pivotal in securing the win, it was the disciplined bowling in the first innings which provided the platform.

Skipper Adam Bell was full of praise for his young stars: “I was so impressed by how comfortable Ethan Darragh looked at this level. He was full of confidence and maintained his line and length throughout his spell even when the Eglinton batsmen went after him. Harry Nutt also bowled really well today and I was delighted that Hannah and David were there to see us over the line at the end. Results are secondary at this level, but those young guys will learn so much from seeing us home and learning from guys like James who has been immense for us the past two weeks.” Coleraine will look to take the confidence gained from this game into their tricky assignment away to Fox Lodge next Sunday.

Coleraine Thirds

Coleraine Women beat Newbuildings by 125 runs

Coleraine ran out convincing 125-run winners against Newbuildings at Sandel Lodge. Amy Caufield hit 14 boundaries in an unbeaten 86, sharing an opening stand of 130 with Amelia Guy who made 37.

There were runs too for Eva Gaston (18*) as the Bannsiders posted an imposing 165 for 1. The visitors were bundled out for 40 in the reply with Kenya McCartney taking 3 for 8, while Caufield completed a fine all-round display to claim 2 for 3.

Coleraine 165/1 (20 overs; Amy Caufield 86*, Amelia Guy 37, Eva Gaston 18*)

(Newbuildings 40 (14.1 overs; Kenya McCartney 3-8, Amy Caufield 2-3)

Amelia Guy and Amy Caufield shared an opening stand of 130 (Stephen McCartney)

Coleraine Women – convincing win over Newbuildings

Under-15s nine wicket win over Brigade

U15 mixed v Brigade on Friday 24th May played at Sandel Lodge, Coleraine.

Brigade 106-2 (Lewis Alcock, Alfie Boyd)

Coleraine 107-1 (James O’Brien* 51, Alfie Boyd 18) – Coleraine win by 9 wickets.

Coleraine’s U15 mixed team who beat brigade on Friday – top row from left: James O’Brien*, Lewis Alcock, Scarlet Hutchinson, Luke Croxford, Daniel Brown+, Alfie Boyd. Bottom row from left: Joseph Alexander, Molly Brown, Emily Finlay, Bonnie Connor-Boyd, Aaron Walsh

Lewis Alcock and Alfie Boyd took a wicket each against Brigade.

Coleraine Cricket wishes to thank No Limits for sponsoring the match ball for Coleraine Men’s Longs Supervalu 40 Over League clash with Brigade at Sandel Lodge!  

Coleraine Under-11s

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