Donaghadee Cricket Club and The
Belfast Telegraph contested their 5th annual charity T20 game – this
year in aid of Autism NI.
Winning the toss, Dee skipper
Richard Carson had no hesitation in asking the Tele team to field. Carson had
at his disposal at team that could bat right down to eleven so it was an easy
choice. John Gordon and Mike Girvan were sent out to open the batting and to
put some early runs on the board. However it was the Belfast Telegraph side who
took the early initiative.
Some excellent bowling from Louie
French and Mark Reilly, saw the Dee batsmen start to panic. Runs were at a
premium and regular wickets fell with Patrick Boyd, Colin Maxwell and Lewis
Manley bowling some devastating deliveries.
Donaghadee had to call upon the
services of veterans Greg Cunningham and Trevor Shaw who managed to stay calm
and then produce some fireworks of their own as the ball travelled all over the
Some great catches from the likes
of French, Mark Battisti and Odhran Burke put paid to the big hitting exploits
of the Dee, although a late order renaissance from the likes of Phil McNamara
and Ali Spence meant the Dee would finish all out for 129 off their 20 overs
much to the delight of their supporters.
The Tele team faced a daunting
total which would always prove to be a step too far … in fact a step MILES too
far! The Dee bowlers had too much guile and craftiness for the inexperienced
Tele batting line-up. Skipper Carson regularly changed up his potent bowling
attack resulting in Scott Carson, Freddie Gilroy and Andy McLawrence all
picking up wickets. However there were some notable batting performances from
the Tele team with Jordan McCluskey, Colin O’Hara and Marty Elliman showing
some quick running, and delectable shot selection in at least making the Tele
score respectable. The Elliman innings itself was a glorious one that will
surely go down in Dee folklore, cruelly ended when he hit his own wicket. The
Tele team would finish up all out for 73, well short of their victory target.
The game was played in a fantastic
spirit that is testament to both teams. Pier 36 kindly hosted the post-game
festivities where both teams and all supporters joined together to celebrate
another fantastic match - of course the real winner being charity and Autism NI
as this year’s chosen one. Over the 5 years this charity game has now
raised over £8,000 for local children’s charities. Thanks to all who donated,
supported and were involved in this year’s game.
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