CRICKET REVIEW: Academy left kicking their heels

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Academy senior cricketers were disappointed at the weekend when league and cup matches were victims of waterlogged grounds.

However, Matthew Palmer’s lads did manage to get a result in their Ulster Shield clash on Sunday when Fox Lodge won the remote bowl-out 1-0.

“A bowl-out is not the ideal way to get a result,” said secretary Jack Quinn, “but the remote version obviates unnecessary travelling especially across the border. Fox Lodge managed to hit the stumps once, while we registered a duck, so they advance to the next round,” he added.

Overnight rain left Castle Grounds unplayable on Saturday so the Senior League Section 1 fixture against Saintfield had to be postponed.

ACC 3rd XI picked up Junior League Section 5 points when they saw off Bangor III at Upritchard Park.

The hosts posted a respectable 158 in 35 overs, with K King top scoring with 40, while the bowling honours went to Adam Montgomery with 4-25 including a hat-trick with the three final deliveries, all clean bowled.

Danny Morgan 41 and David Reid 41 led the reply along with A Bell (20), as Academy reached 159 in 25 overs. A Beech (3-20) was the Seasiders’ most successful bowler.

The win keeps Adam Sloan’s side in 3rd spot, while Derriaghy III continue in pole position with five wins from five.

Fixtures: 1st XV v D’patrick; 2nd XI v Carrick II, (Sun); 3rd XI v Collegians III; 4th XI v Ballymena IV, (Mon).