Eaton Park, 1st July 2017
Ballymena continue winning run against BISC
Ballymena’s strong run of form continued with a convincing victory against the Belfast International Sports Club.
Bowling first in fairly constant light rain, the Braidmen restricted BISC to 113 off 28 overs.
Veteran opening bowler Michael Glass bowled with typical control as he finished with figures of 10-3-3-25, and was unlucky not to have had more.
Glass was ably supported by his son Sam (3-1-2-24) and by Jack Gibson (5-1-1-20). However it was Simon McDowell’s spell of 4-0-4-12 – well supported by wicketkeeper James McClean, who claimed two fantastic stumpings – that really finished off the away team.
McDowell, who captained the side in previous years, is now shinning with ball in hand and his experience in coming weeks will no doubt be vital as the team pushes for promotion.
Chasing a low total (revised down to 101 off 38 overs, due to some rain) Ballymena openers went cheaply. However, a strong partnership between in-form batsmen William Montgomery (who finished with 54) and John Glass (23*) saw the Braidmen home.
Vice-captain Montgomery showed his class yet again in an innings that consisted of 2 sixes and 4 fours.
It was another pleasing result for captain Colgan, whose team now sits third in NCU Senior 2.
Both Glass boys continued an impressive season, while their father Michael demonstrated his enduring quality. Colgan will also be pleased with the performance of Simon McDowell, who claimed his best figures of the season so far.
However, he will also know that the team needs to do better in weeks to come.
At no stage during the match did Ballymena play with the intensity of which they are capable. While the result was, in the end, fairly straightforward, the team will want to lift their game in coming weeks, if they are to push for promotion.
Ballymena next face Cooke Collegians at home on 8 July.