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NCU Challenge Cup 2022
Final
CIYMS v CSNI
The Green, Comber, 5 August.
 CSNI 161 (40.5 overs: S Thompson 32, M Ellison 30; J Mulder 4-15, G Kennedy 3-29, K Dudgeon 3-33)
 CIYMS 162/0 (24.2 overs: R Adair 103*, C Dougherty 51*.
The winning CIYMS squad
Ross Adair smashed CIYMS to victory with a 78 ball unbeaten century as the Belmont side saw off their near neighbours by 10 wickets. Graham Kennedy made the initial breakthrough disposing of the top three CSNI batters, Georgeson, Hunter and Johnson, before Keith Dudgeon returned to claim three more before Jacob Mulder's four cleaned up the tail. With Ross Adair showing again what he can do at the top of the order it was one-way traffic, his quickfire 103* included 11x4 and 6x6, making Chris Dougherty's excellent half-century look pedestrian by comparison.
CIYMS Captain Nigel Jones on their Cup Final victory
Semi-finals
Derriaghy lost to Civil Service North by 70 runs.
Queensway, 9 July.
 Civil Service North 206 (45 overs; S Thompson 69, M Ellison 37, L Georgeson 25; M Venter 3-22, C Lewis 2-36, W Hughes 2-41, C Moorhead 2-44)
 Derriaghy 136 (35.1 overs; M Venter 44, J Wade 30, C Lewis 27; M Foster 3-27, T Johnston 2-21, L Georgeson 2-22, B Adair 2-40)
Marc Ellison of CSNI sweeps
CSNI ended Derriaghy’s dream of a first Challenge Cup final with a 70-runs win at Queensway. Luke Georgeson (25) and Ryan Hunter (20) gave CSNI a solid start with an opening stand of 44, but when both fell in quick succession along with overseas professional Troy Johnson, the vocal home support was in full cry. However a rapid stand of 72 in 8 overs between skipper Stuart Thompson and Marc Ellison (37) shifted the equilibrium. Thompson top-scored with 69 from 66 balls (7 fours, 3 sixes), but the Stormont side went from 170 for 4 to 206 all out. Morne Venter claimed 3 for 22, while there were two wickets apiece for Craig Lewis, Curtis Moorhead and Wayne Hughes. Johnson made up for his failure with the bat by bowling Ross Bailey the first ball of the chase, and then trapped Matthew Halliday shortly after. The middle order stabilized the innings, with Venter (44), Jordan Wade (30) and Craig Lewis (27) all in the runs. At 91 for 3, it was very much game on, but Lewis perished attempting a fifth six, and the lower order crumbled to 136 all out, with three wickets for Matthew Foster, and two apiece for Johnson, Luke Georgeson, and Ben Adair.
CSNI captain Stuart Thompson on reaching the Cup Final
Lisburn lost to CIYMS by 6 wickets.
Wallace Park, 9 July.
 Lisburn 188-9 (50 overs; F Fazal 114; G Kennedy 3-29, K Dudgeon 2-28, J Matchett 2-44)
 CIYMS 189-4 (44.3 overs; G Kennedy 59, N Jones 42*, R Adair 41)
First wicket of the match as Jonathan Waite edges Keith Dudgeon into the slips
Holders CIYMS produced a clinical all-round display to easily brush aside the challenge of Lisburn with a six wicket win at Wallace Park. Batting first Lisburn’s total of 188 for 9 was almost single-handedly down to the efforts of Indian professional Faiz Fazal, who all but carried his bat with a brilliant century. He hit 8 fours and 4 sixes in his 114 from 118 balls, but received little meaningful support aside from a half century stand for the fifth wicket with David Simpson (23). CIYMS were able to chip away at the other end, with three wickets for Graham Kennedy (3-29) and two apiece for Keith Dudgeon (2-28) and John Matchett (2-44). Ross Adair clubbed four fours and three sixes in a rapid 41 from just 28 balls. There was a hint of an opening after he, Chris Dougherty and John Matchett all went in quick succession, but the door was firmly closed by Man-of-the-Match Kenendy, who scored a watchful 59 (6 fours, 1 six), adding 102 in 30 overs with Nigel Jones (42*), as the pair’s safety-first approach ensured a six wickets win in the 45th over.
Victorious CIYMS captain Nigel Jones
3rd Round
Civil Service North beat Carrickfergus by 142 runs (DLS).
Stormont, 18 June.
CSNI 244-7 (45 overs; T Johnson 78, L Georgeson 63, S Thompson 43; G Snyman 2-40, J Lawlor 2-55)
Carrickfergus 103 (29.3 overs; C van der Walt 32; M Foster 4-23, T Johnson 3-11, B Adair 2-39) (Target: 246 in 45 overs)
Daniel Kearsley gets past the edge of Paddy Beverland's bat (Photo: David Magennis/Pacemaker)
CSNI are safely through after a thumping 142-run (DLS) win over an out of sorts Carrickfergus at Stormont. In a match reduced to 45 overs, the home side's 244 for 7 was built around a second wicket stand of 129 between Kiwis Luke Georgeson (63) and Troy Johnson, who hit 11 boundaries in a top score of 78. Skipper Stuart Thompson upped the ante with a hard-hit 43 from just 27 balls (7 fours) to set the tough target.vCarrick were soon in trouble with Matthew Foster dismissing the big two of Jeremy Lawlor and Jeremy Lawlor and Jacques Snyman cheaply, and despite a half century stand of 50 between CJ van der Walt (32) and Craog Averill (24), they were bundled out for 103. Foster finished with 4 for 23, while Johnson's fine all-round day saw him take 3 for 11 and collect the Man-of-the-Match award.
Cregagh lost to Derriaghy by 2 wickets.
Cregagh Memorial, 18 June.
Cregagh 214 (48.1 overs; S Suresh 58, M Thompson 27; C Lewis 5-34, M Venter 2-47)
Derriaghy 215-8 (M Venter 81*, A Kinnin 43, C Lewis 25; R Boultwood 4-32, S Suresh 2-29)
Driven square by Aaron Johnston
Five wickets for Craig Lewis and an unbeaten 81 from Morne Venter guided Section One side Derriaghy into the semi-finals as they edged out Cregagh by two wickets. The home side posted 214 despite the efforts of Lewis, with a half century for Sathish Suresh (58). Ross Boultwood (4-32) made early inroads, but Venter together with Lewis (25) and then Aaron Kinnin (43) set about chasing down the total. Venter hit 9 fours in his unbeaten 81, shepherding the lower order over the finishing line after his fifth wicket stand with Kinnin doubled the score to 146. He added 29 for the 5th and 7th wickets with Curtis Moorhead and Mark Stinson and was there at the end to defy everything that Cregagh threw at him, to seal the win in the 45th over.
CIYMS beat Instonians by 142 runs.
Belmont, 18 June.
CIYMS 367-6 (50 overs; R Adair 186, J Matchett 67, N Jones 51*; B Rose 3-43, D Rose 2-52)
Instonians 225-9 (50 overs; J Hunter 38, J Rose 38, A White 34, C Carmichael 32, J Dickson 26; G Kennedy 3-33, K Dudgeon 2-39, R Adair 2-49)
Pulled to the boundary by Ross Adair
Ross Adair's boundary blitz propelled holders CIYMS into the semi-finals with a thumping 142-run win against Instonians at Belmont. Adair clubbed an incredible 15 sixes as the holders made light of the absence of his international sibling to rack up a whopping 367 for 6. Adair also hit 14 fours in his brilliant 186, sharing an opening stand of 108 with Chris Dougherty (22), and going on to add 155 in 18 overs with John Matchett (61). There was no respite for the beleaguered Inst attack as Nigel Jones piled on the agony with a quickfire 51 from 34 balls. Facing such a daunting total, it was no surprise that Inst settled for damage limitation, with Cade Carmichael top scoring with a fluent 61 in their 225 for 9. His Ireland Development team-mate Graham Kennedy impressed with the ball, taking 3 for 33 including the wicket of overseas professional Dan Rose, who will have better days. In this sort of ominous form, CIYMS will be the team that most will want to avoid out of the hat.
Lisburn beat Waringstown by 4 wickets.
Wallace Park, 18 June.
Waringstown 188-7 (50 overs; G Hume 60, G Thompson 44, J McCollum 39; D Simpson 2-16, C Atkinson 2-31)
Lisburn 190-6 (48.4 overs; F Fazal 77, G Halliday 28*, D Miller 26; G Hume 3-28)
Faiz Fazal won the Man of the Match award at Wallace Park
High flying Lisburn's dream season continued as they beat Waringstown by four wickets at Wallace Park. The visitors were in early trouble as they lost Adam Dennison, Morgan Topping, and Jamie Gibson cheaply. James McCollum made a battling 39 but Lisburn's frugal attack kept a tight grip on proceedings, never letting the run-rate accelerate, and the first ball after drinks, McCollum went to leave them 75 for 4. Graham Hume (60) and Greg Thompson (44) added 84 in 18 overs, but both fell in quick succession to Callum Atkinson. The late surge Waringstown hoped for never materialized as they managed just 30 in the last seven overs and 188 looked to be under-par. However, early wickets for Hume and Neil Whitworth had Lisburn in early trouble at 27 for 3 before they rallied. Faiz Fazal hit 6 fours and 2 sixes as he top-scored with 77, sharing a fourth wicket stand of 73 with David Miller (26), and a further 23 with Glenn Hailiday. There were still 57 needed when Fazal departed, but Halliday (28*), David Simpson (19) and Josh Manley (18*) showed a steely spine to the batting as they didn't panic and clinched victory with eight balls left.
2nd Round
Cliftonville Academy lost to CIYMS by 8 wickets.
Castle Grounds, 4 June.
Cliftonville Academy 115 (37.1 overs; M McCord 41*; J Mulder 2-21, A Coulter 2-24, G Kennedy 2-26)
CIYMS 118-2 (18.3 overs; M Adair 35*, C Dougherty 30*)
Holders CIYMS are safely through to the last eight after a bloodless one-sided win over Cliftonville Academy at the Castle Grounds. Two wickets apiece for Jacob Mulder, Allen Coulter and Graham Kennedy saw CA dismissed for just 115, with the only resistance of note coming from Matty McCord, who hit 3 fours and a six in an even time 41. Only Max Burton (16) and overseas professional Dom Hendricks (10) also reached double figures on a day to forget. The modest target was unlikely to ruffle the feathers of the Belmont Road side, and so it proved as Ross Adair clubbed three sixes, and John Matchett four boundaries as they both made 21. A third wicket unbeaten stand of 71 between Mark Adair (35*) and Chris Dougherty (30*) saw the win assured in just the 19th over, and on this form CIYMS will take some stopping.
Woodvale lost to Carrickfergus by 4 wickets.
Ballygomartin Road, 4 June.
Woodvale 148 (42.3 overs; R Pretorius 30, A Adey 25; J Lawlor 3-25, J Snyman 2-28)
Carrickfergus 149-6 (28.1 overs; A Haggan 55, A Shetty 28; R Restieaux 3-41, R Pretorius 2-33)
Woodvale's Restieaux bowling at Ballygomartin Road
Carrick's quest for a first Challenge Cup success remains on track after a battling four-wicket win at Woodvale on a tricky track. Woodvale struggled after being put in and could only manage 148, with Ruhan Pretorius (30) and Aditya Adey (25) their top scorers. Both were dismissed by the part-time medium pace of Jeremy Lawlor (3-25), while Jacques Snyman also picked up two wickets. When Carrick slumped to 37 for 4 in reply, with Ronan Restieaux (3-41) accounting for Jeremy Lawlor, Michael Gilmour and Jacques Snyman, it seemed as though the Ballygomartin side might have more than enough. However, a counter attacking half century for Man of the Match Alex Haggan (55) soon changed the dynamic of the tie. He hit 9 fours and a six as the home side's bowling faltered, adding a match winning stand of 75 with Ashiwin Shetty (28). A distraught Haggan departed with the finishing line in sight, but an unbeaten 20 from Ben Cave assured the win for the Middle Road side.
Man of the Match Alex Haggan speaks to CricketEurope
Lisburn beat Bangor by 285 runs.
Wallace Park, 4 June.
Lisburn 326-3 (50 overs; F Faizal 106, A Berry 81, J Waite 64, D Miller 38*)
Bangor 41 (15.5 overs; J Manley 5-21, M Humphreys 4-9)
Lisburn were the biggest winners of the day as they thumped a hapless Bangor side by a whopping 285 runs at Wallace Park. Lisburn never looked back after an opening partnership of 120 between Faiz Fazal and Jonathan Waite, which set the tone for the day. Waite hit ten boundaries in his 64, but his dismissal brought no respite for the Seasiders as Adam Berry joined Fazal, and they too found boundaries at will. Fazal completed another century, with the prolific Indian international top-scoring with 106 from 99 balls (11 fours, 3 sixes) as he and Berry added 94 for the second wicket. Former skipper Berry hit 7 fours and cleared the ropes twice in a hard-hit 81 from 72 deliveries, while David Miller's unbeaten 38 took Lisburn over the 300 mark. A final total of 326 for 3 was always going to be daunting, but Bangor went down with a whimper. Five wickets for Josh Manley (5-21) and four for the left-arm spin of Matthew Humphreys (4-9) saw Bangor skittled for 41. There will be more challenging days ahead for Lisburn than this utter rout.
Cregagh beat Muckamore by 7 wickets.
Cregagh Memorial Ground, 4 June.
Muckamore 120 (41.5 overs; l Allen 38; R Boultwood 3-11, C Shannon 3-11, S Suresh 3-12)
Cregagh 121-3 (24.2 overs; J Hunter 37, A Johnston 36*; S Gordon 2-34)
Cregagh put their league woes to one side as they completed a surprising emphatic win against Muckamore. Batting first the Moylena side could only manage 120, and that was due primarily to the efforts of Luke Allen, who made 38. The Creagagh attack never relinquished control of the tie at Sathish Suresh, Ross Boultwood and Charlie Shannon each snared three scalps. The chase initially looked as if it could be a nervy one as Danny Cooper went for 0, but the Belfast side's nerves were eased as Jamie Hunter (37) and Suresh (22) broke the back of the chase. Archie Johnston struck five boundaries in an unbeaten 36 as he and Craig Boultwood (13*) coasted home to seal a very impressive seven wickets victory.
Civil Service North beat Ballymena by 7 wickets.
Stormont, 4 June.
Ballymena 147 (49 overs; L Peters 54, J Kennedy 40; A Leckey 3-11, B Adair 3-30, T Johnson 2-11, H Dyer 2-18)
CSNI 151-3 (27.2 overs; P Beverland 53*, T Johnson 31*)
The CSN team that defeated Ballymena at Stormont (Photo: S Dyer)
Civil Service North are safely in the hat for the next round after an ultimately comfortable seven wickets win over Ballymena at Stormont. South African Liam Peters struck five fours and a six in his 54 from 58 balls, and with James Kennedy making 40, it seemed as if Ballymena would give their attack a sizeable total to defend. However, from 116 for 3, the Eaton Park side stuttered, losing seven wickets for 31 to be 147 all out. There were three wickets apiece for Ben Adair and Adam Leckey, while Troy Johnson and Harry Dyer each claimed two. Luke Georgeson (14) and Harry Dyer (6) both went relatively cheaply in the chase, but Paddy Beverland and Chris McMorran (22) set about ensuring a solid platform with a third wicket stand of 49. From there it was plain sailing as Beverland competed a deserved half-century (6 fours) adding an unbroken 65 for the fourth wicket with New Zealand professional Johnson, who scored an unbeaten 31, as victory was sealed in the 28th over.
Dundrum lost to Derriaghy by 10 wickets.
Dundrum, 4 June.
Dundrum 71 (30 overs; W Hughes 5-14, C Moorhead 3-16, M Venter 2-11
Derriaghy 75-0 (14.3 overs; M Halliday 41*, R Bailey 31*)
Wayne Hughes' five wickets earned him the Man of the Match award (Photo: Derriaghy CC Twitter)
Derriaghy won the battle of the Section 1 sides as they produced a clinical display to trounce Dundrum by ten wickets at The Meadow. There was no sign of the carnage to come as Stuart Campbell (22) and Rodney Hassard (15) added 30 for the home side in their opening stand. However, once the dam broke the wickets tumbled as the hosts crumbled to 71 all out. Man of the Match Wayne Hughes claimed a five wickets haul, while Curtis Moorhead took 3 for 16 and Morne Venter 2 for 11 as Derriaghy were rampant. The chase was routine as Matthew Halliday (41*) and Ross Bailey (31*) passed their modest target in the 15th over without any loss.
Wayne Hughes speaking after the match
Waringstown beat Armagh by 114 runs.
The Lawn, 4 June.
Waringstown 294 (47.5 overs; M Topping 104, J Gibson 73; M Hoey 3-63, B Mackey 2-40, J Strydom 2-66)
Armagh 180 (41.5 overs; A Wright 64, M Steenson 28; G Thompson 3-22, B Snell 2-38, R Allen 2-48)
Morgan Topping scored a century as he won the Man of the Match award to ensure safe passage for Waringstown into the quarter-finals. Topping has been in excellent touch recently and that rich vein of form continued as he made the most of an opportunity at the top of the order. James McCollum and Adam Dennison both went cheaply, falling to the prodigal son of Armagh - Ben Mackey (2-54), but thereafter it was all about the home side. Topping top scored with 104 from 126 balls (6 fours, 1 six) as he added 122 for the third wicket with Jamie Gibson who hit 4 sixes and 4 fours in an even time 73. Michael Hoey picked up three wickets, while there were two also for JJ Strydom, but a total of 294 was always likely to beyond Armagh. To the Mall's side credit, they were far from disgraced as Arnie Wright scored a well-made 64 as they posted 180, but there was a feeling that the home side attack was content to operate in low gears. Greg Thompson claimed three wickets, while there were two apiece for Ben Snell and Ross Allen in a straightforward 114-run victory.
Instonians beat North Down by 50 runs.
Shaw's Bridge, 4 June.
Instonians 231 (47.4 overs; S Getkate 42, A White 37, C Carmichael 35, J Metcalfe 28; P Eakin 3-45, A Shields 3-51, N Brand 2-34)
North Down 181 (43.1 overs; N Brand 72, A Shields 46; S Getkate 3-31, C Carmichael 2-36, C Robertson 2-34)
Instonians' Shane Getkate was the Man of the Match at Shaw's Bridge (Photo: B Walsh)
Shane Getkate inspired Instonians to a 50-run win in a clash of the Premier League heavyweights at Shaw's Bridge, The Irish international top scored with 42 as Inst posted 231 - vital runs too for Andy White (35) and Cade Carmichael (35). For the Comber side there were three wickets for Peter Eakin and skipper Ally Shields, with spinner Neil Brand picking up two. Brand (72) and Shields (46) looked to have batted North Down into control, but Getkate's three wickets, plus two apiece for young South Africans Cian Robertson and Cade Carmichael, ensured Inst made it through in front of a large sun drenched crowd.
1st Round
Scorecard Dundrum beat Lurgan by 7 wickets, 7 May.
Scorecard Ballymena beat Templepatrick by 12 runs, 7 May.
Scorecard Donacloney Mill lost to Bangor by 4 runs, 7 May.
Scorecard Muckamore beat Saintfield by 40 runs, 7 May.
NCU Challenge Cup
Ballymena beat Templepatrick by 12 runs
Eaton Park, 7 May.
Ballymena 132-9 (50.0 overs, J Kennedy 51, J Glass 28, A Greer 4-27, R Bryans 2-5)
Templepatrick 120-0 (R Bryans 35, M Glass (Jnr) 5-32, J Glass 3-12)
NCU Challenge Cup
Donacloney Mill lost to Bangor by 4 runs
Factory Ground, 7 May.
Bangor 175 (W Simpson 28, A Kennedy 3-24, A Bingham 2-36)
Donacloney Mill 171 (A Bingham 37*, W Simpson 3-25, Kuda 3-39, D Kennedy 2-18)
NCU Challenge Cup
Dundrum beat Lurgan by 7 wickets
The Meadow, Dundrum, 7 May.
Lurgan 31 (S Swanepoel 6-17)
Dundrum 32-3 (8.0 overs)
NCU Challenge Cup
Muckamore beat Saintfield by 40 runs
Moylena, 7 May.
Muckamore 182 (44.1 overs, J Magowan 46, L Allen 27, G Harrison 5-16)
Saintfield 142-9 (40.0 overs, Kadeem Alleyne 44, Pavan Karthik 5-23, Donald Dinake 3-20)