The U12 and U13 cricket teams from Strabane Academy booked their places in the quarter final of the Centenary and Moyallen shields with crushing victories over Ballymena Academy and Foyle College respectively.
The U12’s visit to Ballymena was truly a one-sided affair played in beautiful sunshine. Captain DJ Dougherty won the toss and opted to have a bat on a good dry wicket. What proceeded was a fantastic display of power batting by DJ and Raymond Curry who immediately set about the Ballymena bowling attack scoring a number of fours and sixes. Both players were in cruise control until a running mix up resulted in DJ (32 runs) making the long walk to the pavilion.
The team however, continued to push hard and Raymond eventually fell for an accomplished 80 runs.
The Strabane batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking over at a steady rate and finished their innings on a very competitive 151 from the full 20 overs with the loss of seven wickets.
After the interval the Strabane fielding machine kicked into gear. There was a devastating spell of bowling from Brooke Crumley that destroyed any hopes of a Ballymena fight back. Brooke finished with four wickets in his first over and a hat-trick to boot!
DY Dougherty continued in the field where he left off with the bat with a masterclass in wicket keeping.
He took two great catches and two lightening stumpings that the left the opposition spinning. The other bowlers all took wickets including Jamie McGonigle, Jordan McIntyre and Matthew Campbell leaving the home side skittled for only 14 runs.
The fielding was equally sharp with Oisin Robinson, Dylan Hampton, Mark Miller and Adam Wallace all ensuring the immense pressure never relented.
The U13s followed suit in a rare home draw against Foyle. The visitors lost the toss and the Academy has no hesitation in taking first use of the facilities.
Strabane got off to a worse possible start, with Harpur dismissed LBW first ball of the game. Curry joined skipper Dougherty and the pair set about rebuilding the home side’s innings.
Scoring at a good rate Curry was bowled by a good deliveryto leave the score 30/2 as the captain was joined by Crumley.
A thirty run partnership followed with Strabane looking on top before Dougherty fell to a ball, which kept low leaving the game in the balance at 60/3.
From here on in it was the Crumley show, as the young Bready man displayed good tactical awareness, manipulating the field and hitting boundaries when needed. He passed 50 to gracious appalause and was dismissed by a good catch going for a big hit off the penultimate ball. The hosts amassed 131 runs in the allotted 15 overs.
After a very tight four overs from Boyd and Curry, the scoreboard read 13/3, however that man Crumley was to completely steal the headlines. His leg spin claiming three wickets in his first over left Foyle’s reply in tatters.
There were also wickets for McGonigle, Campbell, McIntyre and Harpur as well as an excellent catch by Hall as Strabane wrapped up a convincing victory by a margin of 80 runs.
Posted: 11:22 am June 3, 2016
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