Cricket - Ulster Bank Schools’ Cup victory

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s 1st XI cricket team which dug deep to defeat a talented Sullivan Upper side in the second round of the Ulster Bank Schools’ Cup, held at Holywood Cricket Club on the afternoon of Wednesday 4th May.

Having won the toss and elected to bowl, Grosvenor’s attack set about their task with no little application as they bowled economically to restrict the hosts to an eventual all-out total of 133 off 29 overs. Despite an impressive knock of 66 from Sullivan opener Matchett the Grosvenor bowlers only allowed one other Sullivan batsman to reach double figures as the Holywood side failed to bat out their allotted overs, with opening bowlers Adam Skelton (1-16 off 6 overs) and Jos McConkey (0-19; 6 overs) proving extremely miserly. In addition, Skelton and McConkey were extremely well supported by Craig Irvine, whose 2-21 off 6 overs proved invaluable, as well as Peter McCreery, as a fourth former the youngest player in the team, whose figures were the pick of the attack with his eventual 6-24 helping GGS to rattle through the Sullivan middle and lower order.

Chasing a highly achievable total Grosvenor’s batsmen initially made heavy work of their task and their chances looked bleak when they fell to 93-8 off 24 overs, with five of the top eight falling for single figures. Despite this setback, however, the team had newly appointed Head Boy, and number three batsman, Stuart Nelson to thank as his highly responsible 65 not out, ably supported by Ellis Hanna (21), eventually saw the team home to the narrowest of victories, by two wickets and with just 7 balls to spare.

Despite the narrow nature of the victory Grosvenor’s players and coaches should be extremely happy to have seen off such a strong side, as well as relieved to have made the quarter final draw, following which they have been drawn to face Down High School away from home any time before Saturday 21st May.

Well done to Grosvenor’s players, as well as coaches Mr McCallan, Mr White and Mr Young, on their victory and we wish them the best of luck in their encounter with Down High School in a couple of week’s time.

 

 

 

Grosvenor Head Boy Stuart Nelson following his match-winning 65 not out against Sullivan Upper in the second round of the Ulster Bank Schools' Cup on Wednesday 4th May.

Grosvenor bowler Peter McCreery whose 6-24 was instrumental in helping the team to victory against Sullivan.