TEMPLEPATRICK First XI had no league game on Saturday (August 4) as their scheduled opponents, Cooke Collegians, were involved in the final of the Junior Cup.
So David McWilliams’ Second XI took centre stage at The Cloughan against Donacloney Seconds, with the home side strong favourites as they currently sit near the top of Junior League Three, whereas the County Armagh side occupy a mid-table position.
As this was a rearranged game from earlier in the season, it had to be played as a 20-over match.
Templepatrick batted first, with Jordi Fettis (29), Jordan Carlisle (18), David McWilliams (15), and Jack Magee (14) contributing to a total of 109 for 8 after 20 overs.
When the visitors started their innings they faced some accurate and hostile bowling from Rhydian Davies and Steven Boyd. After eight overs they were reduced to 30 for 4 and looked in real trouble. But the Donacloney middle order began to steady the innings and added another 30 runs to make for a closer than expected finish.
Following some more steady bowling from Nathan Brien, the visitors went into the final over still needing 14 runs to win. Amazingly, one of their batsmen hit two consecutive sixes to seal victory by two wickets with one ball to spare - a bitterly disappointing result for McWilliams and a serious blow to his team’s push for promotion.
Meanwhile, Peter Shepherd’s Third XI were due to play Muckamore on Sunday afternoon, but again the wet weather forced this one to be called off. And on Thursday night the Ballyclare club’s Under 15 XI were beaten away at Middle Road, Carrickfergus in the East Antrim League.
This Saturday (August 11), Templepatrick First XI are at home to Drumaness and will probably also have a rearranged match on Sunday. The Seconds have no game scheduled for this weekend, while the Third XI will play two home games, against C.I.Y.M.S Fourths on Saturday and Ards Thirds on Sunday.