2nds learn how to “win ugly” at Civil Service North

3rd May 2010

The 2nd XI recorded their opening league win of the 2010 season against CSNI on Bank Holiday Monday on a slow Stormont pitch.  After winning the toss, the team worked hard to bat through all but three balls of their 50 overs and, despite a slow start, amassed a very respectable 210 runs.  Later, some good, old-fashioned straight bowling restricted CSNI to 136 all out in 40.5 overs.


It is always nice to see young cricketers develop technically; but when they develop mentally as well the results are even more pleasing.  That was the case on Monday when many of the same young team that had capitulated so dramatically against Ballymena last week determinedly constructed a total over the psychological 200 barrier and then bowled tightly to ensure a 74 run victory..

Early on, there was precious little off the bat and scoring was dominated by extras before Johnny Bell made a well-constructed 42 in a partnership of 76 with Jeff Wylie which took Instonians to 84 for 1 after 25 overs.  Bell played on just after drinks but Wylie (eventually out lbw for an “O’Donnell-like” 44) then carried on with the Inst middle order before Peter Johnston (28), Peter Bardgett (17) and Jack Hewlett (9 not out) (three of the four to perish in the last four balls at Eaton Park) added very valuable runs to close out the innings.

On paper, we were a bowler light but Jake Mellor (6-2-15-0) and Jack Hewlett (10-1-37-3) again gave us a good start.  Scott Croft (7-2-26-1) benefitted from bowling smoothly rather trying to do too much on a pitch unhelpful to pace but it was our two spinners (regular) Craig Livingstone (10-2-27-2) and (very irregular) Ross Martin (7.5-1-28-2) who really put the breaks on CSNI who were eventually all out for 136.