Templepatrick teenager Adam hits maiden ton

Century maker: Adam Clarke scored 127 not out for Templepatrick Second XI against Muckamore on Saturday. INNT 29-550CON
Century maker: Adam Clarke scored 127 not out for Templepatrick Second XI against Muckamore on Saturday. INNT 29-550CON

Teenager Adam Clarke was Templepatrick’s star performer at the weekend when he scored his maiden century for the Second XI.

Adam, who is captain of the Under 15s, opened the innings against Muckamore Thirds at Moylena on Saturday, and carried his bat for an unbeaten 127, in a grand total of 277 for 3 scored in 40 overs.

Jordan Carlisle and Matthew McClean also joined in the runfest with 69 and 25 respectively.

In reply, Muckamore made a defiant 197 in 38 overs, but still lost by 80 runs. Phil Kernaghan was the most successful bowler with 3-31, followed by Josh Cowan with 2-27, while Peter Shepherd, Charlie Munro, Clarke, and Carlisle chipped in with one wicket each. The run out was caused by Rhys Wallace with a neat return to wicket keeper Stuart Hull.

On Sunday, the Seconds were unable to make it back-to-back Junior League Section 3 wins when they were beaten by nine runs by leaders Derriaghy Seconds.

This was the Junior League Section 3 match of the day involving the two top teams, and both displayed their batting prowess at the compact Queensway ground, with the home side posting a formidable 154 for 5 in their 20 overs.

The wickets were taken by Cowan (2-18), Munro (2-41) and Kernaghan (1-29).

John McCombe top scored with 40 in TCC’s reply of 145 for 4; other major contributors being Carlisle (31), Clarke (28) and Kernaghan (22).

The Thirds also registered a good win by defeating North Down IV by five wickets in a Section 7 fixture at The Cloughan on Sunday.

Ethan Crawford (3-9) and Ollie Parkes (3-11) were mainly responsible for restricting the visitors to 72, with Michael Warwick, Andrew Greer, Matthew Gordon and Nik Kane also claiming a wicket apiece. Crawford led the reply with 22 not out, with significant scores by Park (17 not out) and Adam Campbell (15).

The seniors were scheduled to play Cliftonville in a Senior League Section 2 fixture, but this was postponed owing to Cliftonville being involved in a Junior Cup tie.

Fixtures: Firsts v Cooke Collegians, away; Seconds v Derriaghy Seconds, home; Thirds v Instonians Sixths, home (Sunday).