NCU T20 Cup 2023
Final: Waringstown beat CIYMS by six wickets
The Lawn, 10 September.
CIYMS 117/8 (20 overs; Ross Adair 32; Seby Best 3-24, Greg Thompson 2-14)
Waringstown 118/4 (19.5 overs; Adam Dennison 26, Graham Hume 22*, Greg Thompson 22; Tyron Koen 2-28)
The winning Waringstown squad (Pacemaker Press)
Waringstown claimed the T20 Cup in dramatic fashion when Graham Hume launched a six off the game's penultimate delivery earning his side the trophy and himself a MOM award. CIYMS had posted what seemed like a below par total of 117 but they defended tigerishly to leave the home side needing 11 off the final over. A two followed by three singles left them needing 6 off the final two balls, but Hume needed only one as he hit Tyron Koen back over his head and the rope.
Final: CIYMS v Waringstown: no play.
Waringstown, 30 July.
Heavy rain prevented any play. The final will be replayed at a later date. A bowl-out was held to determine the team to progress to the All Ireland finals. CIYMS won the bowl-out 1-0.
Semi-final: Waringstown beat Lisburn by 13 runs (DLS)
Comber, 2 July.
Waringstown 146/8 (20 overs: Greg Thompson 43, Morgan Topping 34, Adam Dennison 30, James CameronDow 23; Matthew Humphreys 2-23, Josh Manley 2-30, Callum Atkinson 2-30)
Lisburn 69/6 (10.1 overs: Faiz Fazal 33*, Chris Burns 21*; Greg Thompson 3-18) (Match reduced between innings - Target 107 in 13 overs. Innings ended after 10.1 overs when the Target was 83.)
A five wicket burst in 11 balls saw Waringstown claim a sensational 13 run (DLS) to claim a place in the T20 Final. A 49 run partnership between Greg Thompson and James Cameron-Dow was as good as it got for Waringstown who were unable to push on in the final few overs of their innings when a late spell from Josh Manley claimed two wickets while he also effected two run outs. After Fazal and Burns had added 59 for the first wicket - Greg Thompson had Fazal stumped before 2 in 2 by James Cameron-Dow stalled Lisburn's progress. Another double strike from Thompson in his next bowling Adam Berry and Matthew Humphreys. Five wickets had fallen in 11 balls when Phil Eaglestone removed David Millar with his first delivery before further rain ended play.
Semi-final: CIYMS beat Instonians by 6 wickets (DLS)
Comber, 2 July.
Instonians 116/7 (16 overs: Shane Getkate 72; Allen Coulter 2-18, Tyron Koen 2-22)
CIYMS 117/4 (14.5 overs: Ross Adair 59*, Tyron Koen 29; Daniel Rose 2-16) (Reduced to 19 overs pre-start and further to 16 during first innings - Target 117.)
Instonians top scorer Shane Getkate's 40 ball innings contained 7x4s & 5x6s as they posted a vulnerable looking 116 in an innings that was reduced by rain before the start and again mid innings. With Ross Adair setting off at his usual blistering start it was odds on for a quick finish but Instonians hauled the rate back and in the end it was a sedate Adair who finished unbeaten and a swift injection of runs from Tyron Koen that saw CIYMS into the Final.
Group A

Group B
North Down4200180.78
Cliftonville Academy410034-2.01

Group A: Instonians v Woodvale - match off
Shaw's Bridge, 23 June.
Points shared means Instonians finish 2nd in Group A to Waringstown and qualify for Semi-Finals Day.
Group A: Derriaghy v Carrickfergus - match off
Queensway, 23 June.
Points shared means that Derriaghy finish 3rd in Group A ahead of Carrickfergus on NRR.
Group B: Lisburn v CSNI - no result.
Wallace Park, 23 June.
CSNI 96/1 (7 overs: Paddy Beverland 67*)
Lisburn (Match reduced to 7 overs pre-start.)
A share of the points in an abandoned match was enough for Lisburn to jump above North Down into second place in Group B and join Group winners CIYMS in Semi-Finals Day. Their hopes of a win were dented initially by a Paddy Beverland blitz (67* off 24 - 5x4, 6x6) and finally rain at the change of innings which forced an abandonment. No matter - Semi-Finals Day awaits.
Group B: CIYMS beat North Down by 6 wickets
Belmont, 22 June.
North Down 129/7 (20 overs: Ani Chore 43, Ryan Haire 25*, Peter Davison 22*; Allen Coulter 3-24, John Matchett 2-19)
CIYMS 131/4 (15.3 overs; Tyron Koen 52*, John Matchett 31*, Ross Adair 20; Peter Davison 2-37)
Defending champions CIYMS are assured of a place in Semi-Finals Day as they made it four wins from four to top Group B with a relatively comfortable 6-wicket win over North Down at Belmont. The Comber side have been missing professional Naushad Shaikh in recent weeks as he is at a tournament in India, so drafted in Dale Phillips - South African born, but who plays his cricket in New Zealand having represented the Black Caps in two U19 World Cups. His debut innings lasted two balls, so things can only get better. Ani Chore hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in a top-score of 43, while Ryan Haire (25*) and skipper Peter Davison (22*) shared an 8th wicket stand of 46 to get them to 129 for 7 - three wickets for Allen Coulter and two for John Matchett. Ross Adair (20) raced out of the blocks but two wickets for Davison stalled the momentum. The depth of the Belmont side is all too evident and Tyron Koen's unbeaten 52 from 37 balls (5 fours, 3 sixes) saw him add an unbroken 69 in 50 balls with captain John Matchett (31*) as victory was achieved in the 16th over.
Group B: Cliftonville Academy lost to CIYMS by 9 wickets (DLS).
Castle Grounds, 16 June.
Cliftonville Academy 88 (19.4 overs; Abhishek Raut 45; Angus Farrell 2-9, Carson McCullough 2-11, Allen Coulter 2-14)
CIYMS 77/1 (8.4 overs; John Matchett 36*, Chris Dougherty 19*) (Target 72 off 15 overs.)
Ross Adair loses his off stump to Andrew Forbes (CricketEurope)
CIYMS took full advantage of a severely depleted Cliftonville Academy side to record a 9 wickets win at the Castle Grounds. Batting first, the hosts were in dire straits at 44 for 9 in the 13th over, with two wickets apiece for Angus Farrell, Carson McCullough and Allen Coulter. Professional Abhishek Raut farmed the strike to double the score with number 11 Peter Richardson. Raut hit 6 fours and 2 sixes in his 45 from 39 balls, before being bowled by Ed Nutall with two balls remaining. A shower meant a DLS adjusted target of 72 off 15 overs which proved little trouble for the powerful CIYMS batting line-up, although there was one success when Andrew Forbes bowled Irish international Ross Adair for a run-a-ball 10. Skipper John Matchett hit 7 fours and finished the match with a 6 as he made an unbeaten 36 from just 19 balls, adding an unbroken 48 with Chris Dougherty (19*). The holders sit on top of their group with three wins from three, ahead of Lisburn and North Down.
Carrickfergus lost to Instonians by 9 wickets
Middle Road, 15 June.
Carrickfergus 67 (18 overs: Ben Rose 5-14, Andrew White 2-14)
Instonians 68/1 (6.1 overs: Shane Dadswell 31, Cade Carmichael 21*)
Only 3 of the Carrick side managed to reach double figures in a calamitous batting display that saw them bowled out in eighteen overs for only 67. The destroyer in chief was off-spinner Ben Rose who claimed a five-fer in his four overs. And Instonians didn't waste any time knocking off the runs required with a rapid 31 from Shane Dadswell off 17 balls (1x4, 3x6) and 21 not out off 12 from his opening partner Cade Carmichael (3x4).
Group A: Derriaghy v Carrickfergus
Queensway, 12 June.
Group A: Waringstown beat Derriaghy by 8 wickets
The Lawn, 9 June.
Derriaghy 151/5 (20 overs; Sam Gordon 49, Matthew Halliday 24*, Craig Lewis 21; James Mitchell 2-29)
Waringstown 152/2 (18.1 overs; Greg Thompson 78*, Adam Dennison 30 ret*, Pat Botha 20*)
Greg Thompson (CricketEurope)
Greg Thompson played a captain's innings to lead Waringsstown to an 8-wickets win over Derriaghy at The Lawn. Chasing 152, the home side were well behind the rate at the mid-way point of their reply, having reached 46 for 1, in effect 46 for 2 with Adam Dennison retiring on 30. Thompson though crunched 10 fours and 4 sixes in a typically belligerent and inventive display of controlled aggression, to finish unbeaten on 78 from just 31 balls. He shared a third wicket stand of 98 with professional Pat Botha (20*) who was content to play second fiddle. Sam Gordon's 48 was the highlight of Derriaghy's 151 for 5, with James Mitchell taking two wickets - one of which was Patrick Kruger in the opening over.
Greg Thompson after his match winning innings
Group A: Carrickfergus beat Woodvale by 6 wickets
Middle Road, 9 June.
Woodvale 161/5 (20 overs; Ruhan Pretorius 68, Ludwig Kaestener 29, James Rose 26*)
Carrickfergus 162/4 (17.4 overs; Jake Egan 82*; Stephen Bunting 2-31)
Man of the Match Jake Egan (CricketEurope)
Jake Egan guided Carrickfergus to a six-wickets win over Woodvale at Middle Road with a superb batting display. Chasing 162, Egan hit 7 fours and cleared the ropes four times in a brilliant unbeaten 82 from just 48 deliveries to secure the win with 14 balls left. Earlier, in-form Ruhan Pretorius top-scored with 68 from 44 balls (6 fours, 3 sixes), dominating an opening stand of 82 in 8 overs with Ludwig Kaestner (29). The Ballygomartin Road side lost their way somewhat after that - two wickets each for Alex Haggan and Ryan Armstrong - and it took a hard-hit 26 not out from James Rose to get them up to 161 for 5 - it wasn't enough though.
Ally McCalmont talks with Jake Egan after the game.
Group B: North Down beat CSNI by 8 wickets
Comber, 9 June.
CSNI 171/3 (20 overs; Ryan Harrison 76, Stuart Thompson 51*, Paddy Beverland 29; Peter Davison 2-28)
North Down 172/2 (18.4 overs; Ani Chore 75*, Alistair Shields 67, Peter Eakin 22)
Ani Chore (CricketEurope)
Half centuries from the prolific opening partnership of Ally Shields and Ani Chore ensured North Down coasted to an 8-wickets win at home to CSNI. Chasing 172, the pair shared an opening stand of 113 in 12.5 overs, with Shields hitting 8 fours and 2 sixes in his 67 from just 40 balls. Chore would then add a further 51 with Peter Eakin (22) to end 75 not out from 52 balls (5 fours, 3 sixes). Earlier, Ryan Harrison top-scored with 76 from 56 balls (7 fours, 2 sixes) sharing stands of 54 for the second wicket with Paddy Beverland (29) and 107 for the third with Stuart Thompson, who unbeaten 51 from 39 deliveries included 6 fours and 1 maximum as the Stormont side made 171 for 3. Despite the result, it was a special night for Andrew Cowden who was making his 250th appearance for CSNI.
Opener Ally Shields after his century partnership with Ani Chore helped North Down to victory.
Lisburn beat Cliftonville Academy by 6 wickets
Wallace Park, 2 June.
Cliftonville Academy 164/5 (20 overs: Francis Collins 88, Max Burton 33; Neil Whitworth 2-24)
Lisburn 165/4 (19.1 overs: Neil Whitworth 63*, Faiz Fazal 42, David Miller 24*; Abhishek Raut 2-21)
Neil Whitworth whose 63* saw Lisburn to a hard fought win. (CricketEurope)
Third time unlucky for Cliftonville Academy whose two previous meetings with Lisburn, in the Premier League and the Challenge Cup, both ended in defeats, games they could/should have won. A 79 run opening partnership between Max Burton and Francis Collins set the visitors on their way to a challenging 164 total, Collins top scoring with 88 off 61 deliveries (8x4, 3x6). Lisburn made their customary quick start with Faiz Fazal racing to 42 off 26 (7x4, 1x6) before Abhishek Raut slammed on the brakes with a double wicket maiden, claiming Johnny Waite and James Hunter in his opening over. Neil Whitworth had the task of keeping Lisburn in touch, and he did it in style in an unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 47 with David Miller. Whitworth ended 63* off 47 balls (5x4, 3x6) while Miller's vital contribution was 24* off 14 (3x4). Cliftonville Academy held out into the final over but once again it was a case of what might have been for them.
Group A: Carrickfergus v Instonians - postponed
Middle Road, 26 May.
Group A: Woodvale v Waringstown
Ballygomartin Road, 26 May.
Woodvale 177/7 (20 overs: Ludwig Kaestner 100, Wayne Horwood 42; Rory Bessell 3-37, Ben Snell 2-30)
Waringstown 181/4 (17 overs: Morgan Topping 90, Marcus McClean 28, Ross Waite 21; Aditya Adey 2-34)
Morgan Topping (CricketEurope)
A 54 ball century by Ludwig Kaestner was the highlight of the Woodvale innings in which he and Wayne Horwood added 133 for the second wicket. Kaestner hitt 9x4 & 7x6 in a boundary blitz while veteran Horwood scored his runs at better than a run-a-ball with 3x4 & 3x6. A tough ask for unbeaten Waringstown but it was a case of 'Anything you can do...' as Morgan Topping took the home side's attack to pieces with a deluge of boundaries. He scored 90 at exactly 2 runs-a-ball, with 8x4 & 7x6. From there it was a simple matter for skipper Greg Thompson to seal the win with three overs to spare, finishing 19 not out.
Group B: CSNI lost to Cliftonville Academy by 8 wickets
Stormont, 26 May.
CSNI 110/7 (20 overs: Stuart Thompson 53; Matthew McCord 2-21, Abhishek Raut 2-22, Ben Kane 2-26)
Cliftonville Academy 111/2 (16.2 overs: Jared Wilson 56*, Francis Collins 32)
Jared Wilson (CricketEurope)
There was a strange look to the CSNI batting card with skipper Stuart Thompson's 53 the only double figure entry. Both openers Ryan Hunter and Ryan Harrison fell to left-arm spinner Ben Kane in his two opening overs before Matty McCord and Abhishek Raut picked up another two wickets each. No problems for Cliftonville Academy in chasing down the win in the seventeenth over after Francis Collins and Jared Wilson added 66 for the second wicket.
Group B: North Down lost to Lisburn by 7 wickets
Comber, 26 May.
North Down 117/8 (20 overs: Jacob Mulder 36, Stuart Nelson 32, Alistair Shields 20; David Simpson 3-11, Josh Manley 2-18, Matthew Humphreys 2-23)
Lisburn 121/3 (17.2 overs: James Hunter 56*, Faiz Fazal 37)
James Hunter (CricketEurope)
Three quick wickets for David Simpson stalled North Down's progress before a 69 run partnership between Jacob Mulder and Stuart Nelson got them past 100. But that was never going to be enough as James Hunter shared half-century partnerships with Faiz Fazal and Nigel Jones to see the visitors across the line in the eighteenth over.
Group B: Lisburn v Cliftonville Academy - Postponed due to ISC travel.
Wallace Park, 19 May.
Cliftonville Academy
Group A: Instonians lost to Waringstown by 69 runs
Shaw's Bridge, 19 May.
Waringstown 168/6 (20 overs: Greg Thompson 65*, Morgan Topping 52; Cian Robertson 3-23, Andrew White 2-24)
Instonians 99 (15.2 overs: Cade Carmichael 24, Jack Dickson 24; Greg Thompson 3-3, Adam Dennison 2-12, Seby Best 2-15)
A fast start by Morgan Topping, and a fast finish to the Waringstown innings from skipper Greg Thompson, saw the visitors post an impressive 168/6 with all 6 wickets falling to spin. Morgan Topping's 50 came off 27 balls with 5x4, 4x6 and Greg Thompson's off 28 balls with 3x4, 5x6. And when he brought himself on to bowl Thompson followed that up with three wickets in his first over, removing Carmichael, then Shane Getkate and Ben Rose both without scoring. Both sides strangled by spin, but those early runs from Topping and that late injection by Thompson gave the home side an impossible chase on a night where the spinners of both sides dominated proceedings.
Group A: Woodvale lost to Derriaghy by 55 runs
Ballygomartin Road, 19 May.
Derriaghy 145/7 (20 overs: Patrick Kruger 59*, Chris Dempsey 29; Aditya Adey 3-21, Ruhan Pretorius 3-31)
Woodvale 90 (20 overs: Aditya Adey 32, Ludwig Kaestner 21; Craig Lewis 3-14, Wayne Hughes 3-24)
What turned out to be a match-winning 69 run partnership between overseas professional Patrick Kruger and Chris Dempsey rescued Derriaghy from a precarious 39/5, with Kruger going on to complete a half century off 40 deliveries (4x4, 1x6) and finish unbeaten on 59 in a total of 145. Woodvale's reply got off to the worst possible start with James Hall and Ruhan Pretorius both out without scoring. And in the rest of the innings only Kaestner and Adey managed double figures in what was a forgettable display by the home side.
CSNI lost to CIYMS by 8 wickets
Stormont, 18 May.
CSNI 113/8 (19 overs: Stuart Thompson 25; Theo Van Woerkom 2-15, John Matchett 2-36)
CIYMS 118/2 (11 overs: Chris Dougherty 61, Ross Adair 45) (Reduced to 19 overs pre-start.)
CSNI blown away by an 32 ball 61 run assault from Chris Dougherty (6x4, 5x6) with Ross Adair playing the minor roll for once with 45 off 28 (3x4, 4x6). Their 112 run opening blast took CI to the brink of victory but both fell with only 2 runs required. It was left to CI skipper John Matchett to finish the game in style with another maximum. As comprehensive a win as he could have asked for.
Group A: Derriaghy lost to Instonians by 8 wickets
Shaw's Bridge, 12 May.
Derriaghy 177/5 (20 overs: Patrick Kruger 68*, Jamie Magowan 42, Jordan Wade 26, Craig Lewis 20)
Instonians 179/2 (14.4 overs: Cade Carmichael 84*, Shane Dadswell 51, Danny Rose 33*)
Patrick Kruger (CricketEurope)
There was a real boundary blitz at Shaw's Bridge where Instonians and Derriaghy hit a combined 27 sixes! Derriaghy had reached 65 for 4 in the 13th over batting first before they sparked into life. Patrick Kruger hit 6 fours and 7 sixes in a top score of 68 from 27 balls as he and Jamie Magowan (42) added 96 in jut 40 balls for the fifth wicket. Magowan clearing the ropes four times in a hard-hit 42 from 22 balls as the Queensway side posted 177 for 5. That may have looked impressive at halfway, but a brutal assault by Shane Dadswell saw him thump seven sixes in a 19-baall half century. adding 82 inside the powerplay with Cade Carmichael. Although Dadswell and Shane Getkate went in quick succession, a third wicket partnership of 90 in 8 overs between Carmichael and Daniel Rose (33*) sealed the win in just the 15th over. Carmichael ended unbeaten on 84 from 43 deliveries (8 fours, 5 sixes) in a Man-of-the-Match display.
Group A: Waringstown beat Carrickfergus by 5 wickets
The Lawn, 12 May.
Carrickfergus 165/8 (20 overs: Jake Egan 70*, Michael Gilmour 26, CJ van der Walt 23; Rory Bessell 3-25)
Waringstown 167/5 (19.3 overs: James McCollum 45, Adam Dennison 32*, Greg Thompson 29, Morgan Topping 20); Michael Rippon 2-38)
Jake Egan (CricketEurope)
Closest game of the night came at The Lawn where Waringstown chased down 165 to beat Carrickfergus with three balls to spare. Jake Egan's 70 from 43 balls (5 fours, 5 sixes) power the visitors to 165 for 8 - 20's for Michael Gilmour (26) and CJ van der Walt (23). Rory Bessell (3-25) the most successful of the bowlers. Irish international James McCollum top scored with 45 from 31 balls (3fours, 2 sixes) to lay a platform. It was all very nip and tuck but the decisive stand of 52 in 5 overs between Adam Dennison (32*) and skipper Greg Thompson (29) ensured the home support went home happy.
Group B: CIYMS beat Lisburn by 6 wickets
Belmont, 12 May.
Lisburn 155/4 (20 overs: Faiz Fazal 63, Jonathan Waite 35, James Hunter 23, Nigel Jones 21; Ed Nuttall 2-28)
CIYMS 156/4 (17.2 overs: John Matchett 70*)
A captain's innings by John Matchett got holders' CIYMS T20 defence off to a winning start chasing 155 to beat Lisburn by six wickets. The Belmont side lost talisman Ross Adair (1) in the second over of the chase, but there was no nerves as Matchett's unbeaten 70 from 51 balls (10 fours, 1 six) meant they were always in control. There were cameos trom Chris Dougherty, Tyron Koen, Jason van der Merwe plus Theo van Woerkom as the win was secured with 15 balls left. Earlier, Fai Fazal had top scored with 63 from 44 balls (8 fours, 2 sixes), sharing an opening stand of 73 with Jonathan Waite (35). There were 20's for James Hunter and Nigel Jones, but a total of 155 looked light at halfway and that's how it turned out.
Group B: Cliftonville Academy lost to North Down by 108 runs
Castle Grounds, 12 May.
North Down 219/5 (20 overs: Ally Shields 70, Naushad Shaikh 49, Peter Eakin 33, Ani Chore 21; Abhishek Raut 2-11)
Cliftonville Academy 111 (19.5 overs: Abhishek Raut 33*, Francis Collins 25; Ryan Haire 4-21, Ben Escott 3-15)
North Down's excellent start to the season as they romped to an emphatic 108-run win over Cliftonville Academy. The result was never in doubt after Ally Shields hit 6 fours and 5 sixes in a sparkling 70 from 43 balls - adding 80 for the first wicket with Ani Chore (21) and 60 in four overs for the second with Peter Eakin, whose 30 from 15 balls saw him clearing the ropes four times. Naushad Shaikh kept the accelerator pressed down as he made 49 from just 22 balls (5 fours, 3 sixes) in a final total of 219 for 5. Abhishek Raut (2-11) escaped the carnage, and he top-scored with 33 in a tame reply as the hosts opted for batting practice, ending 111 for 9 - Francis Collins making 25. North Down used nine bowlers with Ryan Haire (4-21) and Ben Escott (3-15) the most successful.
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