Twenty20 Cup: First win helps Brian Millar accentuate the positive
Bangor claimed their first win of the season on Wednesday night. It may only have been a Twenty20 Cup tie against CIYMS but as captain Brian Millar says "we have to start somewhere".
The team that was everyone's tip to finish bottom of the Ulster Bank Premier League have duly lost their first three games but with a double header coming up at the weekend and, now, a victory under their belts there is a more positive mood at Upritchard Park.
Not that Millar will be able to help his side on the field until next month! The skipper was on course to take part in the midweek match after recovering from the head injury sustained in the second match of the season but on Monday night he broke a finger in his first training session back and is out for another six weeks.
Millar actually scored 31 after being hit in the head by a swinging bat, when keeping wicket in the game against Ballymena. But since then it has been a watching brief for the veteran Ireland wicket-keeper who was playing for Ireland (in 1992) before some of his current team-mates were born.
"I thought we were unlucky in the first two games of the season, but we were very poor last weekend, against Carrickfergus and Glendermott," said Millar.
"But it was an excellent win on Wednesday and it is a case of now putting in that consistency we can show for 20 overs, over 50 overs."
Back-to-back league games against champions North Down and Carrick, who knocked them out of the Challenge Cup last weekend, would not be the games of choice for Bangor to kick-on from that victory but Millar is hopeful for his side's prospects of staying in the top flight.
Today: Ulster Bank Premier League (2.30pm) Instonians v Ballymena.
Tomorrow: Ulster Bank Challenge Cup (12.30pm): Ballymena v CIYMS, Civil Service North v Downpatrick
Ulster Bank Premier League (1pm): Bangor v North Down, Carrickfergus v Instonians, Muckamore v Lisburn. Section One: Donacloney v Dundrum, Holywood v Woodvale, Lurgan v Cliftonville, Saintfield v Derriaghy. Section Two: Academy v Cooke Collegians, BISC v Larne, Drumaness v Dunmurry, Laurelvale v Armagh
Goldblatt McGuigan Junior Cup (1pm): North Down II v Ballymena II, Portadown v Templepatrick.
Sunday: Bob Kerr Irish Cup 1st round (12.30pm): Civil Service North v Bonds Glen, North Down v Brigade, Pembroke v Lisburn
Premier League: Bangor v Carrickfergus. Section Two: Academy v Larne, Armagh v BISC
Junior Cup: Waringstown II v Cooke Collegians. Ulster Shield (1pm): Derriaghy v Burndennett, Saintfield v Ardmore, Woodvale v Creevedonnell (at Templepatrick), Cliftonville v Killyclooney, St Johnston v Millpark, Sion Mills v Templepatrick, The Nedd v Holywood.