Bad time to deliver poor performance

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Donacloney Seconds dropped out at the semi-final stage of the Intermediate cup on Saturday in what must surely go down as one of their worst team performances in recent years.

A huge victory in the quarter final over Muckamore left them travelling to Woodvale’s Ballygomartin Road with a degree of confidence on Saturday morning.

Skipper Keith Martin won the toss, and elected to field on a patchy pitch with some interesting damp spots for the bowlers to target.

However after a season full of reasonable decent performances with the ball, the villagers bowlers chose a cup semi-final to all have a day off.

They weren’t helped by some very unusual poor fielding throughout the team, with a number of catches going to ground that would have been backed to take any other day, and what started off promising turned into a nightmare as Woodvale racked up 226 for 6 in their allotted 40 overs.

Luke Allison and Alan Thompson took two wickets apiece, while Daniel Casey and Stuart Copeland each took one.

A huge batting performance was needed to dig the lads out of the hole produced by their fielding performance.

However this never materialised and Donacloney were always well off the pace in chasing almost 6 an over. Father and son Steven and Robert Lyttle showed some fight in the middle order, with Steven crashing a quick fire 59 in 31 balls that included five sixes, and Robert making two maximums in a quickfire four ball innings.

In the end everything died down without much of a whimper, the last five batters putting on just six singles between them as the Cloney crashed to 90 run defeat.

Woodvale beat Donaghcloney Firsts by 117 runs.