Millpark beat Monaghan to keep title dream alive

Davy Glover took two for 15 in an impressive bowling display. INBL1530-232PB
Davy Glover took two for 15 in an impressive bowling display. INBL1530-232PB

Millpark beat Monaghan by six wickets at Banford Green, in what was Monaghan’s first ever visit to the picturesque County Down ground.

Monaghan were hoping to do the double over Millpark, having defeated them in a low scoring affair earlier in the season.

On the other hand, Millpark were desperate to return to winning ways following back-to-back defeats.

After winning the toss Monaghan had no hesitation in batting first.

Davy Glover and, David Maxwell, taking the new ball for the first time, were extracting away swing from the overhead conditions and were proving difficult to score from. It was Glover who struck first removing Prasanna.

The following over Maxwell had Scott well caught by the skipper and in Glover’s next over the number 3 was on his way without scoring. Monaghan were 12-3 and in trouble on an excellent surface.

Glover completed his spell for excellent figures of 2-15 and was replaced by Harry Lockhart.

Monaghan had begun to counter attack led by Todd and it was Lockhart who removed him, spectacularly caught one handed by Jason Maxwell, for an excellent 43.

The partnership of Ashok and Yasar took the attack to Millpark.

They ran aggressively between the wickets and struck the ball hard, assisted by some dropped catches and mis-fields. Despite rotating the bowlers, Millpark could find no answer the problems the pair posed, with Yasar finishing on 77 not out and Ashok out in the penultimate over for 57.

Millpark opened the batting with the aggressive Tahir and the more watchful Glover. Tahir was the first to go for a quick 17 and this brought the even more aggressive Ryan McCart to the pitch.

McCart immediately played his natural game and Monaghan were to rue several missed opportunities with both McCart and now Glover batting with intent.

Glover was next to exit for 26 but Millpark were well ahead of the rate and Ben Talbot continued where Glover had left off. McCart continued to find boundaries at will and a century looked a possibility until he was unfortunately cleaned bowled for a superb 82.

John Simpson promoted to 6 had the pleasure of hitting the winning boundary to leave Millpark victorious by 6 wickets with 10 overs to spare.

Captain Paul McCart said: “A really pleasing victory which I didn’t think would be as comfortable at the half way stage. Ryan McCart is just a top quality player and his scores this season show that.”