Lisburn undone by brilliant effort

A busy August has seen the 6th XI catch up on postponed fixtures.

Beaten by Muckamore, the boys and dads responded well with wins away over Templepatrick and Waringstown.

Of these matches, Lisburn IVs at Shaws looked a big ask with many talented U15s in the opponent's squad.

The 6s opened the batting, with The Kennedys opening well. Good contributions throughout brought 117 before a sparkling boundary from Owen Lambert off the last ball gave a total of 121.

The boys' knew that the total was well within Lisburn's capabilities.

Loose bowling and fielding could not be allowed.

Every member of the team responded in a superb display.

Opening the bowling, Adam Kennedy and James Lambert kept Lisburn pinned down and the run rate rose, but the game was never safe. Paddy Carson and James Rose kept things tight.

Fielding brought some memorable moments. Paddy Carson chasing two lost causes to save five runs on the boundary; whilst some older players defied common sense, time and gravity to save boundaries.

Runs continued to come with batsmen keeping pressure on the field, but the effort never waivered.

Up until the last ball the match was in the balance. Lisburn needed a six, but a four saw them fall two short.

Maintaining the 6s system, five of the team were pushing over 200 years between them; the other six averaged 12.8 years. A lot of talent is coming through and this match showed how a fielding side wins games with every run saved.