Thirds progress in Intermediate Cup

Upritchard Park it wasn't.

On a bone dry pitch more like a day 5 wicket in Pune, the thirds fought out a
decent win against Bangor 2s in the intermediate cup on the 27th of May. 

The stand-in skipper's fast developing reputation as a useless tosser was
enhanced and we were put in to bat on the slow pitch.

McKibbin and Higgins were slow and steady and took the score to 42 before the
first wicket fell.  There then followed a minor collapse when James McCabe
and both Wylies fell cheaply.  A swift rejigging of the batting order
brought in stability in the form of Sam McLarnon who steadied the ship with
Rick.  When bowlers 5and 6 came on, runs came easier and the score
improved with 81 coming off the last 10.  McKibbin perished for 43 (note
to Trevor Walker this is to count double in the runs competition ... per RMcK)
and Cameron Williams for a rapid 21.  Guy Corr notched some enormous sixes
on his way to 28 and James Lambert picked his fielders well to end on 16 not
out.  

173/8 off 35 was always going to be competitive.

Opening up with spin from one end proved to be a good decision and, with
Cameron proving too hot to handle from the other end, we soon had them 44/3.
Adam Wylie's leg spin did the damage with 7 straight overs yielding 3-27.

James McCabe replaced Cameron and was probably the pick of the bowlers once he
quickly found his line.

Stuart McCaughan got his first overs of the year under his belt and Rick was
his usual parsimonious self, bowing 4 overs for 8.  'Straight' Sam
McLarnon also picked up 2 late wickets and, fittingly, Cameron's second spell
off a shorter run up yielded the final two wickets in just three balls, making
him rethink  his entire approach to bowling. Three catches to Ben Beattie
with one bye only in a good display behind the stumps is the only other thing
to mention.

Bangor 2s ended up all out 102. Thirds win by 71.  Woodvale seconds next
in quarter finals.