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NCU T20 Cup 2022
CIYMS beat CSNI by 16 runs (DLS).
The Lawn, Waringstown, 16 July.
 CIYMS 175-7 (17 overs; C Dougherty 40, J Matchett 39, J van der Merwe 38, R Adair 31; J West 2-33, L Georgeson 2-57)
 CSNI 84-6 (8 overs; L Georgeson 27; G Kennedy 2-27) (Target 101 in 8 overs.)
The winning CIYMS team
A powerful batting display by CIYMS saw them beat CSNI by 16 runs to clinch the T20 Cup and go forward to represent the NCU in the All-Ireland T20 semi-finals next month. A rain affected final saw the Belmont side’s top four all play remarkably similar innings, with the temp set by Ross Adair and Chris Dougherty in an opening stand of 74 in 6.5 overs. Adair hit 4 fours and a six in his 19-ball 31, while ‘Doc’ top-scored with 40 in 24 balls (5 fours, 1 six). The boundary blitz continued as John Matchett and Jason van der Merwe added 80 in 8 overs, with Matchett clearing the ropes four times in his 39 from 25 balls. Van Der Merwe was no slouch either, hitting 2 sixes and fours in his 38 from only 22 balls. CIYMS ended on 175 for 7 in 17 overs, with Luke Georgeson (2-57) and James West (2-33) each taking two wickets. DLS adjusted the target to 185 in 17 overs, which was then revised to a daunting 101 off 8 with more rain. Despite the best efforts of Georgeson, who hit 3 sixes in his 27, and Marc Ellison’s 24 from 15 balls, CSNI were always struggling to get near the required rate, ending on 84 for 6. Graham Kennedy (2-27) picked up two wickets, while there was one apiece for Keith Dudgeon, Jacob Mulder, John Matchett, and Ross Adair in a deserved victory.
CIYMS captain Nigel Jones after capturing the trophy
CSNI beat Carrickfergus by 6 wickets.
The Lawn, Waringstown, 16 July.
 Carrickfergus 148-9 (20 overs; J Snyman 43; B Adair 2-30, L Georgeson 2-35)
 CSNI 152-4 (19 overs; S Thompson 67*, L Georgeson 36; C van der Walt 4-30)
Stuart Thompson led CSNI into the T20 final as his brilliant half century ensured the Stormont side beat defending champions Carrickfergus by six wickets at The Lawn. Chasing 149 for victory, skipper Thompson hit 6 fours and 3 sixes as he top-scored with 67 from 49 balls, sharing an opening stand of 92 in 10 overs with Luke Georgeson. The Kiwi fell for 36 (4 fours, 2 sixes) to the first ball of the 11th over, one of four wickets for CJ van der Walt (4-30), but it was just delaying the inevitable, as Ryan Hunter (17*) and Chris McMorran (8*) guided their side home in the penultimate over. Earlier, Jacques Snyman had got Carrick off to a flyer, hitting 7 fours in 43 from 21 balls, adding 61 in 5.4 overs with Michael Gilmour. However, once he was dismissed by Georgeson (2035), the tempo slowed considerably, with Ben Adair taking 2 for 30, and teenager Finn Lutton (1-18) conceding just 18 and taking the wicket of Gilmour. Craig Averill and Van Der Walt both made 21, but a final total of 148 for 9 felt under par, and that was indeed the case as CSNI sealed the final berth.
CSNI captain Stuart Thompson steered his side into the T20 Cup final
CIYMS beat Waringstown by 19 runs.
Wallace Park, Lisburn, 16 July.
 CIYMS 156-7 (20 overs; N Jones 46*, J van der Merwe 46; G Hume 3-22, G Thompson 2-25)
 Waringstown 137-8 (20 overs; M Topping 38, J Matchett 5-27, G Kennedy 2-30)
Five wickets for John Matchett
John Matchett was the unlikely bowling hero for CIYMS as his five wicket haul ensured the Belmont side beat Waringstown by 19 runs in the T20 semi-final at Wallace Park. Chasing 157, the villagers looked to be well in contention at 69 for 1, despite the loss of James McCollum for 17. Matchett though ripped through the top-order claiming the scalps of Jamie Gibson, top-scorer Morgan Topping (38), Greg Thompson, Adam Dennison, and Rory Bessell on his way to a Man-of-the-Match 5 for 26. Graham Kennedy (2-30) had made the initial breakthrough of McCollum and also took the wicket of Ireland’s newest international, Graham Hume as Waringstown ended on 137 for 8. Earlier, Jason van der Merwe had hit 4 fours and 3 sixes in a quickfire 46 from 24 balls, adding 64 for the 3rd wicket with Chris Dougherty (24). That stand was vital, after Graham Hume (3-22) had made early inroads, taking the prize wicket of Ross Adair (1) in the first over, and also dismissing Matchett. Skipper Nigel Jones cleared the ropes three times in his unbeaten 46, adding 42 for the 6th wicket with Graham Kennedy (22) to take the Belmont side to 156 for 7, which with their attack was always going to be a tough chase.
John Matchett was the CIYMS bowling hero
Group A
North Down411118-0.32
Scorecard Woodvale lost to Carrickfergus by 8 wickets (DLS), 1 July.
Scorecard CIYMS v North Down - match abandoned - no result, 30 June.
Cregagh lost to CIYMS by 136 runs.
Cregagh Memorial, 24 June.
CIYMS 261-2 (20 overs; R Adair 134, C Dougherty 53, K Dudgeon 52*; A Johnston 2-42)
Cregagh 125 (17.5 overs; J Moore 27; A Kennedy 3-20, C McCullough 2-22)
It was the Ross Adair show once again as the CIYMS opener made his second century of the week, hitting 13 sixes and 11 fours in a brilliant 134 from only 53 balls as the Belmont side piled on the agony at Cregagh. Adair shared an opening stand of 175 in 12 overs with Chris Dougherty, who was no slouch either as he hit 5 sixes and 2 fours in 53 from27 balls. There was no respite for the home side as Keith Dudgeon continued the barrage, hitting 6 sixes and 2 fours in an unbeaten 52. In total CIYMS hit 24 sixes and 16 fours in their huge score of 261 for 2. Not surprisingly, Cregagh never got close, 125 all out, with teenagers Adam Kennedy (3/20) and Carson McCullough (2/22) doing the bulk of the damage. The huge win and the boost to the NRR means they are almost certain to join Carrickfergus in the semi-finals.
North Down tied with Woodvale (DLS).
Comber, 24 June.
North Down 148-7 (20 overs; A Chore 68*, T Mayes 29; S Bunting 3-15, P Robinson 2-21)
Woodvale 130-6 (18 overs; J Hall 35, H Warke 29, R Pretorius 28; N Brand 2-7, A Shields 2-30)
North Down still have a mathematical chance, albeit a slim one after they and Woodvale tied in a DLS affected match. Ani Chore's unbeaten 68 helped the Comber side to 148 for 7 - three wickets for left-armer Stephen Bunting (3/15). The top three Woodvale batters all got runs with James Hall top-scoring with 35, while Harry Warke (29) and Ruhan Pretorius (28) all chipped in. Neil Brand's 2 for 7 ensured parity as Woodvale ended on 130 for 6 in 18 overs - the par score.
Carrickfergus beat North Down by 69 runs.
Middle Road, 10 June.
Carrickfergus 199-3 (20.0 overs, M Gilmour 75, J Snyman 59, CJ van der Walt 25*, P Eakin 2-40)
North Down 130 (15.4 overs, A Haggan 4-12, J Snyman 3-12)
Michael Gilmour
Half centuries from Michael Gilmour and Jacques Snyman powered holders Carrickfergus to a 69-run win over North Down at Middle Road. Skipper Gilmour top-scored with 75 from 47 balls, as he and overseas professional Jacques Snyman both hit 4 fours and 5 sixes in their half centuries. Gilmour and Snyman (59 from 27) shared an opening stand of 80 in 8 overs as they raced out of the traps, and they kept the momentum going throughout. The captain added a further 50 in five overs with Jeremy Lawlor (17), while a late flourish from CJ van der Walt (25*) and Alex Haggan (13*) ensured Carrick ended on an imposing 199 for 3. North Down captain Ally Shields reduced the daunting nature of the chase as he hit 3 sixes and 2 fours off Ashwin Shetty's first over of the chase. That was to be as good as it got for North Down with Shields the first wicket of three for Snyman (3-12). Alex Haggan then ripped out the middle and late-order in taking four wickets for 12 runs to clinch a convincing 69-run win.
Michael Gilmour of Carrickfergus after the match
Woodvale lost to Cregagh by 7 wickets.
Ballygomartin Road, 9 June.
Woodvale 144-6 (20 overs; C Robinson 35*, R Restieaux 27, A McCormick 3-16)
Cregagh 145-3 (19 overs; J Hunter 61*, A McCormick 54, C Robinson 2-30)
Cregagh's Jay Hunter during his unbeaten 61 against Woodvale (© CricketEurope)
Woodvale's hopes of making the finals day are over following a seven wickets loss at home to Cregagh. Carl Robinson top scored for the Ballygomartin Road side, making an unbeaten 35 in their total of 144 for 6. There were also 20s for Ruhan Pretorius, Ronan Restieaux, and Jack Burton. Adam McCormick (3-16) was the pick of the Cregagh attack and he too would play a pivotal role with the bat. McCormick (54) and Jay Hunter (61*) both made half centuries as they closed out the impressive win with an over to spare despite two wickets for Carl Robinson (2-30). Despite the victory, Cregagh's chances of progressing are slim, with two from holders Carrickfergus, North Down and CIYMS the most likely to emerge.
Scorecard Cregagh (0) lost to Carrickfergus (4) by 81 runs, 27 May.
CIYMS beat Woodvale by 6 runs.
Belmont, 26 May.
CIYMS 144-7 (C Dougherty 40, K Dudgeon 29, J Hall 3-20)
Woodvale 138-5 (R Pretorius 52, A Adey 52, N Jones 2-31)
Carrickfergus (2) v CIYMS (2) - no result.
Middle Road, 20 May.
North Down (4) beat Cregagh (0) by 53 runs.
The Green, 20 May.
North Down 138-4 (16.0 overs, A Chore 52, A Shields 42, M Shannon 2-35)
Cregagh 83-7 (15.0 overs, S Suresh 34, P Eakin 2-10)
DLS Method: par score 136 in 15 overs.
Group B
Cliftonville Academy400040
Scorecard Cliftonville Academy lost to Lisburn by 2 wickets, 7 July.
Scorecard Waringstown v CSNI - match abandoned - no result, 1 July.
Scorecard Lisburn lost to Instonians by 8 wickets (DLS), 1 July.
Instonians lost to Waringstown by 91 runs.
Shaw's Bridge, 23 June.
Waringstown 143-4 (20 overs; A Dennison 61*, G Thompson 44; A White 2-8, J Magee 2-31)
Instonians 52 (15.4 overs; B Snell 3-4, J Gibson 2-9, R Bessell 2-9, J Mitchell 2-11)
Adam Dennison
Waringstown joined CSNI in the semi-finals of the T20 Cup with a convincing 91-run win over a shell-shocked Instonians at Shaw's Bridge. Chasing 144, the home side collapsed to 24 for 9, and it took a last wicket stand of 28 between James Magee (14) and Ben Beattie (13) to give the scoreline a semblance of respectability. Jamie Gibson removed openers Dickson and Rose, James Mitchell accounted for Andy White while Rory Bessell dismissed Shane Getkate and Robert McKinley. Three wickets for Ben Snell and a first senior scalp for Josh Froggatt had the innings in tatters, and the contest effectively over. Earlier, after Andy White (2/8) had dismissed Lee Nelson and Jamie Gibson cheaply, a third wicket stand of 77 in 8 overs between Adam Dennison and Greg Thompson got the visitors on top. 'Denny' top-scored with 61, while Greg Thompson made 44 - both hitting 6 fours and a six as Waringstown posted 143 for 4. It proved 91 too many for the hosts on a night to forget for them.
CSNI beat Instonians by 6 wickets.
Stormont, 9 June.
Instonians 101-8 (20 overs; A White 45; M Foster 3-19)
CSNI 105-4 (15 overs; T Johnson 34, S Thompson 31)
CSNI made it three wins out of three in the T20 Cup after a routine six wickets victory against Instonians at Stormont. The Inst batters struggled against the home side's attack with the exception of former Irish international Andrew White who made 45 of their modest total of 101 for 8. James Hunter (15) was the only other batsmen to reach double figures. Matthew Foster took three wickets in a much happier time back on his home ground after losing two teeth there last week during the Knights loss. Luke Georgeson was dismissed third ball of the reply by James Magee, but any hopes Inst harboured of making the chase a tough one were soon wiped out by CSNI. Troy Johnson hit five fours as he top-scored with 34 from just 22 balls, sharing a second wicket stand of 68 in seven overs with skipper Stuart Thompson, who hit 4 fours and a six his 23-ball 31. Both departed with the finishing line in sight, with Marc Ellison (22*) closing out the win with five overs to spare.
Waringstown beat Cliftonville Academy by 7 wickets.
The Lawn, 9 June.
Cliftonville Academy 114-9 (20 overs; J Kane 25; J Mitchell 4-20, Snell 2-35)
Waringstown 115-3 (14.2 overs; G Thompson 37*, M McCord 2-22)
Waringstown made it two wins out of two as they eased to a seven wickets win at The Lawn against Cliftonville Academy. James Mitchell's four wickets haul restricted CA to 114 for 9 as their innings never really got going despite a fine 25 from Jack Kane. Ben Snell also picked up two wickets for the home side. The chase was a routine one for Waringstown who had plenty to spare as they reached their target in the 15th over. Greg Thompson's unbeaten 37 hastened them to the win, with double figures contributions too from Morgan Topping (19), Graham Hume (17*), James McCollum (14) and Jamie Gibson (12). Waringstown look well placed then to make finals day, with their clash against CSNI later in the month likely to determine who tops the group.
Scorecard Lisburn (0) lost to Waringstown (4) by 5 wickets, 27 May.
CSNI beat Cliftonville Academy by 7 wickets.
Castle Grounds, 26 May.
Cliftonville Academy 95-7 (S O'Leary 29, M MCCord 28, B Adair 3-19, J West 3-25)
CSNI 96-3 (10.4 overs, L Georgeson 59*, C McMorran 26, A Forbes 2-31)
CSNI (4) beat Lisburn (0) by 3 wickets.
Stormont, 19 May.
Lisburn 122-9 (20.0 overs, Faiz Fazal 51, M Foster 4-17, A Cowden 2-30)
CSNI 123-7 (19.4 overs, T Johnston 37, Faiz Fzal 2-12, D Simpson 2-23 , C Atkinson 2-21)
Instonians (4) beat Cliftonville Academy (0) by 103 runs.
Shaw's Bridge, 19 May.
Instonians 203-6 (20.0 overs, C Carmichael 73, J Dickson 55, J Forbes 3-51, M McCord 2-40)
Cliftonville Academy 100-7 (20.0 overs, D Hendricks 27, J Magee 2-17, J Rose 2-23)
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