TEMPLEPATRICK Cricket Club’s first match in the higher echelons of NCU cricket ended in a cup defeat to Dundrum.
In the Challenge Cup first-round tie, skipper Richard Greer opted to take first knock, but his side managed only 110 runs in 38 overs, and consequently lost by six wickets.
Jay Hunter top-scored with 25, but the only significant support came from coach, Andy McCrea (inset), with 16.
Dundrum advanced to the next round by scoring 111 in 38 overs, but they will face a stern challenge in round two when they clash with one of the top teams, Waringstown.
Paceman Jordi Fettis (two for 25 off seven) and off-spin overseas professional Warren Clunes (two for 14 off 10) shared the wickets, but Rhydian Davies was very economical, conceding only nine runs off his seven overs.
“It might well have been a different game if we had held our catches,” said Greer. “We put down three or four, and also we batted poorly. I thought that if we had put another 30 runs on the board we would have made a game of it.
“However, we put that defeat behind us and look forward to this weekend’s trip by coach to Dublin to play Rush in the first round of the National Cup.
“This will be new territory for us, but it is good to be competing at the higher level in an All-Ireland competition.”
The 2nd XI were scheduled to travel to Lurgan II to fulfil a Junior League Section 2 fixture, but because of school cricket and football commitments there was difficulty in fielding a team, so the points were conceded.
This weekend’s fixtures: 1st XI v Rush, away; 2nd XI v Ballymena |II, home; 3rd XI v CSNI VI, away.