Drumaness Superkings defeat Victoria in final

Drumaness Superkings defeat Victoria in final

9 June 2021

DRUMANESS Superkings were crowned T20 Bowl champions after securing a four-wicket win over Victoria in an entertaining encounter on Saturday. 

Drumaness Superkings won the toss and asked Victoria to bat. 

Victoria opened with Gray and Vennard but in the third over of the match with the score on 12, Darren Oldroyd struck when he had Vennard caught at mid off by Gary Moore for two.

Oldroyd managed to strike again three balls later with a super delivery that G McClune edged behind to Drumaness Superkings wicket keeper captain Neil Gelston. 

Gilpin joined Gray and the pair aimed to rebuild for Victoria with Gray being the aggressor.

Victoria had reached 76 from twelve overs with Gray passing 50 with a six before Neil Walsh bowled Gilpin for seven. With the score on 80 and Gray having scored 60, Neil Gelston turned to James Cunningham. 

With his fifth delivery, Cunningham had Gray adjudged LBW, ending a fine innings before Neil Walsh had Parks caught and bowled for nine to leave Victoria 86 for five with five overs remaining. 

Babin and J McClune produced a late innings surge for Victoria, punishing any loose deliveries. 

The pair added 54 runs in the final overs before Abid bowled Babin for a well-played 35.

McVey was to follow one run later, withAbid continuing his hot streak off the final delivery of the innings. 

J McClune ended 14 not out, with Neil Walsh having figures of two for 15. Abid also took two wickets for 20 runs with Oldroyd two for 33.

In reply, Drumaness Superkings opened with Shyam and James Cunningham. 

With the score on 13 in the third over, Drumaness Superkings were to lose their first wicket when Cunningham was caught at mid-wicket off the bowling of Greenaway for four. 

Aahil joined Shyam and the pair batted sensibly initially before Shyam started to find the boundary hitting some huge sixes. 

With the score on 60 in the ninth over, Shyam was to fall caught behind off the bowling of J McClune for a fine 38. 

Amit came in at number four for the Drumaness Superkings and he scored a quick 12 before he was caught behind off the bowling off Babin.

Aahil was to fall two runs later, caught behind also for 11 from the bowling off J McClune. 

The score was now 78 for four, leaving Drumaness Superkings needing 63 from the final seven overs. 

Neil Gelston was joined in the middle by Senthil who hit a quick-fire 17 including four boundaries in two overs before he was bowled by J McClune. 

Darren Oldroyd was next in at number seven for Drumaness Superkings and he soon got after the Victoria bowling hitting a four and two sixes, but with the score on 134 and his side needing eight to win, Oldroyd was caught on the long off boundary for a fine 20. 

Gary Moore then joined Gelston who batted with great composure. 

The pair ticked down the final runs and with the final delivery of the nineteenth over, Gelston turned a full toss down to deep square leg to give victory to the Drumaness Superkings by four wickets with Gelston finishing 15 not out.

A great victory for the club with captain Neil Gelston lifting the LVS T20 bowl in front of the home Drumaness Superkings spectators.

Match ball was kindly sponsored by John Hanna.

Drumaness Superkings will play Downpatrick away in a friendly on 

Saturday before they begin their Section 3 league season at home to Larne on June 19.