The final weekend of NCU Premier matches had that ‘lets just get it over with’ feel about it and that was certainly reflected in some of the performances on display.

Conditions at The Lawn were ruled unfit for the Waringstown v CSNI clash, the game was ‘abandoned’, and then immediately played as a Match 2 Twenty overs fixture.

Adam Dennison scored exactly half of the Waringstown total of 158/6, his 79 coming off only 56 deliveries containing 6x4 and 3x6.
He added 107 with Morgan Topping who scored 50 off 35 balls (3x4, 3x6).
Harry Dyer with 2-30 and Luke Georgeson 2-41 the best of the CSNI bowlers.

In the chase only three of the CSNI batters managed double figures, with Stuart Thompson’s 20 the highest as they were bowled out in the final over for just 93, losing by 65 runs.

Three wickets for Graham Hume and two each for James Mitchell and Ben Snell sealed the win before Waringstown were ‘presented’ with the Premier League trophy for the second time in a week.

The Instonians versus Carrickfergus match at Shaw’s Bridge was another that was wrapped up quickly with the home side winning by 10 wickets.

While Carrickfergus laboured to 73 all out in 37 overs, the Instonians openers Nikolai Smith and Ollie Metcalfe required less than 9 to secure the win!

Slow left-armer Cian Robertson added another five wickets to his already impressive season’s haul, his final figures 5-18 off 9 overs, while skipper Andrew White finished with 2-8 off 8.

The chase lasted little more than half an hour as Nikolai Smith 53* off 35 balls (8x4, 3x6) and Ollie Metcalfe 21* off 17, (3x4) delivered the coup de grâce.

Woodvale have been piling up the runs recently, but they too had that end of season look, as they slumped to 129 all out against CIYMS at Belmont.

Skipper Stephen Bunting top scoring for the visitors with 23, but there were a number of acts of generosity by the Woodvale batters as they provided catching practice to the fielders in the deep.
Nigel Jones the beneficiary as his ‘short of a length’ deliveries secured 4-27. John Matchett and Jacob Mulder each claiming two wickets and Carson McCullough one.

CIYMS were untroubled chasing down the runs required with James Cameron-Dow and Nigel Jones finishing with unbeaten forties, as they added 85 in an unbroken third wicket partnership.

Highest total of the day was posted at Wallace Park by North Down who set the home side a daunting 271 for victory in a rain affected game reduced to 47 overs.

Three of the visitors recorded half centuries, Gayan Maneeshan 79, Anirhudda Chore 76, and Peter Eakin 58 while David Simpson was the pick of the Lisburn attack with two wickets in his ten overs, but they came at a cost of 62 runs.

Lisburn reached 81 before the loss of Faiz Fazal for 43 but from there the only resistance was from Robert Rankin whose 59 included 5x4s and 3x6s.

North Down skipper Ally Shields may have failed with the bat today but he struck with the ball, 3-27 off 7 overs, while there were 2 wickets each for Stuart Nelson and Peter Eakin.

So the final table sees Waringstown finish the season with only a single defeat, three wins ahead of North Down with CIYMS and Woodvale filling the other top four places.


Waringstown beat CSNI by 65 runs.
The Lawn, 11 September.
Waringstown 158/6 (20 overs: A Dennison 79, M Topping 50; H Dyer 2-30, L Georgeson 2-41)
CSNI 93 (19.1 overs: S Thompson 20; G Hume 3-10, J Mitchell 2-17, B Snell 2-18)

Instonians beat Carrickfergus by 10 wickets.
Shaw’s Bridge, 11 September.
Carrickfergus 73 (37.0 overs: C Robertson 5-18, A White 2-8)
Instonians 74/0 (8.4 overs: N Smith 53*, O Metcalfe 21*)

CIYMS beat Woodvale by 8 wickets.
Belmont, 11 September.
Woodvale 129 (43.2 overs: S Bunting 23; N Jones 4-27, J Matchett 2-15, J Mulder 2-17)
CIYMS 131/2 (23.1 overs: J Cameron-Dow 43*, N Jones 42*, J Matchett 26)

Lisburn lost to North Down by 97 runs (DLS)
Wallace Park, 11 September.
North Down 270/5 (47 overs: G Maneeshan 79, A Chore 76, P Eakin 58; D Simpson 2-62)
Lisburn 176 (38.2 overs: R Rankin 59, F Fazal 43; A Shields 3-27, S Nelson 2-14, P Eakin 2-16)