Victoria Seconds recently took on Derriaghy Thirds in Lurgan Park, Derriaghy won the toss and elected to bat.
Skipper Josh Thornbury opened with Andrew Gray and Craig Marshall and both started well, after 6 overs Derriaghy were 23/2, Gray removing Derriaghy opener Cartmill (5) and Marshall removing Hughes (7).
A change of bowling saw James McVey with Ben Johnston, James followed up the tight spell and he got in on the act, picking up the wicket of Cumins (5), to leave Derriaghy at 24/3. With 13 overs to post a decent total Derriaghy’s H Cartmill went after the bowling of Ben Johnston and dispatched the ball to the boundary in successive deliveries, one for six and another for four. Then Cartmill went after McVey and despite McVey attempting to mix up his bowling, he was sent to the boundary in three successive deliveries.
This silenced the Victoria men as the momentum had swung in Derriaghy’s favour. And after 11 overs Derriaghy were 75/3. Thornbury was forced to turn to John Haddock and his off spin to attempt to try and stem the tide. His first over went for 7. At the other end McVey finally picked up a wicket, removing Cumins (31). Haddock’s second over was expensive, Derriaghy picking up 13 to leave them in command after 15 overs. Haddock’s third over brought chances galore, Cartmill being dropped and the ball going in the air on numerous occasions. Eventually Haddock got the wicket his bowling deserved, taking a difficult caught and bowled. By the end of the 20 overs, Derriaghy had amassed 149, setting Victoria 150 to win.
Victoria opened with Andy Gray and Steven Adair but he departed attempting to smack one back over the bowlers head, instead he pushed it up in the air for the man at cover to run in and catch (2). This brought John Haddock to the crease and he soon departed (0). Adam McCelland came to the crease and he again attempted to build a partnership with Gray, they put on 30 together before McCelland was caught at gully, attempting to guide one down to the third man region (16). This left Victoria at 34 for 3 after 8 and really struggling to make any impact on the Derriaghy score. Jordan Marshall came to the crease and along with Marshall put on 50, that was until Marshall was bowled (19). This Craig Marshall followed to the crease but Gray run himself out, calling Marshall for a unrealistic single and getting run out (38). Marshall and Trevor Archer batted out the remainder of the Victoria innings, getting them to 121 but not enough to deny Derriaghy victory.