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Woodvale beat Cliftonville Academy by 48 runs
Ballygomartin Road, 14 July.
Woodvale 192 (49.4 overs; Ludwig Kaestner 92, Ruhan Pretorius 26; Abhishek Raut 2-24, Rory Bessell 2-31)
Cliftonville Academy 144 (45 overs; Varun Chopra 42, Jared Wilson 32; Ruhan Pretorius 3-13, Ludwig Kaestner 3-32, Aditya Adey 3-33)
Woodvale had a morale boosting win after their cup disappointment to draw level on points at the top of the Premiership with Waringstown following a 48-run win at home to Cliftonville Academy. Their total of 192 owed much to overseas professional Ludwig Kaestner who made almost half of their runs, hitting 5 fours and a six in his 92. He shared a third wicket stand of 63 with Ruhan Pretorius (26) but there wasn't much else in the way of support. The chase started slowly for CA, who adopted a cautious approach following the early losses of Neil Cahill and Kian Hilton. Varun Chopra's 42 got them to 83 for 3, before both he and Abhishek Raut fell in quick succession - that man Kaestner (3-32) again right in the thick of the action. Jared Wilson's 32 had the game once again in the balance at 134 for 5, but the end came quickly as they crumbled to 144 all out - three wickets also for Ruhan Pretorius and Aditya Adey.
Lisburn lost to Muckamore by 1 wicket
Wallace Park, 14 July.
Lisburn 214 (48.1 overs; Nigel Jones 57, Glenn Halliday 34, Jonathan Waite 28, Neil Whitworth 27; Shane Henderson 5-39, Sathish Suresh 2-34)
Muckamore 215/9 (48.5 overs; Ben Calitz 51, Mark Cleghorne 48, Jason van der Merwe 37, Luke Allen 37; Ryan Macbeth 4-32, Neil Whitworth 2-43)
Game of the day was at Wallace Park were the two Senior Cup finalists served up a real treat that shows the decider in two weeks' time has all the potential for a real classic. Nigel Jones top-scored for the hosts with 57, while there were runs too for Glenn Halliday (34), Jonathan Waite (28) and Neil Whitworth (27) in their total of 214. Shane Henderson's recent good form continued with a five-wicket haul, while there were two wickets for Sathish Suresh. Ryan Macbeth accounted for both openers cheaply, but a third wicket stand of 69 between Mark Cleghorne (48) and Jason van der Merwe (37) put Muckamore on top. Indeed, the Moylena side looked set for a comfortable win when Ben Caltiz (51) and Luke Allen (37) shared a 5th wicket stand of 75. At 189 for 4 it seemed a formality, but Lisburn fought back with Macbeth getting Calitz, and when he bowled skipper Neil Gill, two were still needed with the last pair at the crease. Amidst incredible pressure and tension, Shane Henderson and Pavan Karthik each got a single, to complete a Carlsberg weekend. Never mind the cup, anyone fancy the double for the Moylena side in their 150th year?
North Down lost to Waringstown by 140 runs
Comber, 13 July.
Waringstown 282/9 (50 overs; Sam Topping 97, Greg Thompson 36, Adam Dennison 33, Morgan Topping 25, James Cameron-Dow 23, Graham Hume 22; Ali Shields 3-51, Craig Young 2-58, Peter Davison 2-74)
North Down 142 (36.1 overs; Mohamed Aahil 42, Ali Shields 26; James Cameron-Dow 5-29), Graham Hume 2-18)
Sam Topping's 97 and five wickets for James Cameron-Dow ensured an emphatic 140-run win for Waringstown at North Down. Topping - on the books of Sussex - hit 9 fours and two sixes in his knock, laying the perfect platform in an opening stand of 84 with Adam Dennison. Skipper Greg Thompson added 36, while there were 20s for Morgan Topping, JCD, and Graham Hume in a total of 282 for 9 - three wickets for Ali Shields. Mohammed Aahil (42) and Shields (26) got the Comber side to 67 for 1 in the chase, but Cameron-Dow's five wicket haul saw them dismissed for 142. The win takes Waringstown four points clear at the top, although Woodvale will have the chance to draw level as they take on Cliftonville Academy on Sunday.
CSNI beat CIYMS by 5 wickets (DLS)
Stormont, 6 July.
CIYMS 126/8 (25 overs: Ross Adair 54; Harry Dyer 4-12, James West 2-29)
CSNI 124/5 (23.4 overs: Marc Ellison 32, Ryan Hunter 28, Stuart Thompson 21*; John Matchett 3-20) (CSN Target 122 in 24 overs)
Teenage spinners Harry Dyer (4-12) and James West (2-29) bowled CSNI to victory in the only Premiership action of the day. Ross Adair's 54 the best of their 126 for 8 in 25 overs. Marc Ellison (32) and Ryan Hunter (28) gave the solid base required as they chased their adjusted 122 in 24 overs to win with two balls left - Adam Leckey striking a four to seal the win.
Muckamore beat Woodvale by 3 wickets
Moylena, 29 June.
Woodvale 213/9 (50 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 67, Harry Warke 64; Pavan Karthik 3-16, Sathish Suresh 3-49, Sam Magee 2-33)
Muckamore 214/7 (48.4 overs: Jason vd Merwe 44, Ben Calitz 42, Jamie Magowan 28, Luke Allen 24, Kyllin Vardhan 22; Aditya Adey 3-32)
Muckamore got their fourth league win of what has been a successful season for the Moylena side as they chased 214 to beat league leaders Woodvale by three wickets. A third wicket partnership of 101 between top-scorer Ruhan Pretorius (67) and Harry Warke (64) helped the Ballygomartin Road side to 213 for 9 - three wickets for Pavan Karthik and Sathish Suresh. The chase was a successful one with the pivotal partnership being 71 for the fourth wicket between Jason van der Merwe (44) and Ben Calitz (42). There were also vital runs in the closing stages for Jamie Magowan (28), Luke Allen (24) and skipper Neil Gill (15*).
CIYMS beat Instonians by 8 wickets
Belmont, 29 June.
Instonians 130 (21.4 overs: Neil Rock 30; Bamanye Xenxe 4-44, Mark Best 3-12, Tyron Koen 2-27)
CIYMS 132/2 (36 overs: Tyron Koen 57*, Chris Dougherty 51*)
Tyron Koen (CricketEurope)
CIYMS picked up a welcome win as they eased past an out of sorts Instonians by 8 wickets at Belmont. The visitors innings never really got going with Neil Rock's 30 the best of a modest 132. Bamanye Xenxe claimed four wickets, while there were three for left-armer Mark Best and two for Tyron Koen. John Matchett fell in the first over of the reply, before Chris Dougherty and Max Burton dug in to grind out a 39-run stand for the second wicket. The arrival of Koen to the middle sparked an increase in tempo with the big left-hander thumping 10 fours in an unbeaten 57, adding 93 for the third wicket with Dougherty, whose 51 not out included 7 fours.
Carrickfergus lost to North Down by 7 wickets
Middle Road, 29 June.
Carrickfergus 175 (34 overs: Sam Gordon 40, Prince Sharma 38*, CJ van der Walt 30, Ruan Haasbroek 24; Craig Young 4-49, Josh Corbett 3-27)
North Down 180/3 (36.4 overs: Ani Chore 106*, Mohammad Aahil 27, James Shannon 26*; CJ van der Walt 2-41)
Ani Chore (CricketEurope)
Ani Chore's unbeaten century led North Down to a comfortable 7-wickets win at bottom of the table Carrick. The inclusion of Craig Young in the Comber side's ranks gave the bowling unit a boost, with the paceman claiming four wickets and Josh Corbett three as the home side were dismissed for 175. Sam Gordin top-scored with 40, while Prince Sharma hit a breezy unbeaten 38 (6 fours, 1 four) as wickets tumbled around him. The chase was dominated by Chore, whose unbeaten 106 from 111 balls included 11 boundaries, sharing stands of 77 for the first wicket with Mo Aahil (27), and 60 for the second with Ali Shields. James Shannon brought matters to a hasty conclusion hitting 3 sixes in his 26 not out.
Cliftonville Academy lost to CSNI by 4 wickets
Castle Grounds, 29 June.
Cliftonville Academy 245/9 (50 overs: Jared Wilson 85, Varun Chopra 36, Francis Collins 30; Adam Leckey 3-65, Harry Dyer 2-30, Colin Archibald 2-37)
CSNI 246/6 (47.5 overs: Ryan Hunter 74, Marc Ellison 46, Adam Leckey 43*, Paddy Beverland 27; Abhishek Raut 3-50)
Colin Archibald (CricketEurope)
CSNI's young guns helped them to a four-wicket win over Cliftonville Academy in an entertaining game at the Castle Grounds. Jared Wilson top-scored with 85 for the home side (9 fours, 4 sixes) sharing a 7th wicket stand of 71 with Varun Chopra (36) in a total of 245. Ryan Hunter hit a fluent 74 (9 fours, 1 six) as he and Marc Ellison (46) added 93 for the second wicket. Adam Leckey's unbeaten 43 ensured the win, adding 56 for the 5th wicket with Paddy Beverland (27) - the four wicket win achieved in the 48th over.
Waringstown beat Lisburn by 8 wickets
The Lawn, 29 June.
Lisburn 265 (50 overs: Faiz Fazal 94, David Miller 64, Nigel Jones 26; James Cameron-Dow 2-36, Bilawal Bhatti 2-46, Josh Froggatt 2-57)
Waringstown 266/2 (38.3 overs: Morgan Topping 102*, Adam Dennison 79*, Sam Topping 66)
Morgan and Sam Topping with Adam Dennison (CricketEurope)
Waringstown's top order flexed their muscles in a dominant batting display as they chased down Lisburn's 265 to win by 8 wickets at The Lawn. Faiz Fazal hit 11 fours in a top score of 94 for the visitors, while David Miller's powerful 49-ball 64 included 7 fours and 3 sixes, dominating a 7th wicket stand of 78 with Josh Manley. Any nerves about a chase were quickly dispelled by a blitzkrieg of boundaries from Sam Topping who tore apart the Lisburn attack. The young left-hander - who is on the books of Sussex - hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in a 30-ball 66 as he and Adam Dennison added 100 runs in the powerplay. Two quick wickets may have offered Lisburn hope, but a third wicket stand of 155 in 26 overs between Dennison and Morgan Topping saw the home side power to the win in the 39th over. Topping's 81-ball unbeaten 102 included 13 fours and 3 sixes, while 'Denny' hit 10 fours and a six in his unbeaten 79. The victory draws Waringstown level on points with leaders Woodvale, and puts them in good spirits ahead of their irish Cup trip to Merrion.
Waringstown beat Carrickfergus by 9 wickets
The Lawn, 22 June.
Carrickfergus 229/9 (50 overs: Ruan Haasbroek 71, Sam Gordon 52, Michael Gilmour 43; Josh Froggett 4-25, Adam Dennison 2-27, Graham Hume 2-30)
Waringstown 232/1 (40.4 overs: Adam Dennison 105*, Sam Topping 57, James McCollum 50*)
Adam Dennison scored another century as Waringstown made light work of a 230-run target to reignite their title challenge. Dennison hit 12 fours in his unbeaten 105, sharing stands of 120 for the first and 112 for the second wickets with Sam Topping (57) and James McCollum (50*) - both hitting seven boundaries in their half centuries. Carrick's innings also featured a century stand, with Ruan Hassbroek adding 104 for the third wicket with Sam Gordon (52). While the home side had a Test new-ball pairing in Bilawal Bhatti and Graham Hume, it was Josh Froggatt (4-25) who took the bowling honours.
North Down beat CSNI by 6 wickets
Comber, 22 June.
CSNI 179 (36.2 overs: Colin Archibald 45, Harry Dyer 44, Adam Leckey 37; Peter Davison 4-41, Kerwin Mungroo 4-41)
North Down 184/4 (38.4 overs: Ani Chore 70*, Stephen Saul 57*, James Shannon 22; James West 3-31)
North Down were convincing six-wicket winners against CSNI thanks to a fine all-round display at Comber. Kerwin Mungroo and Peter Davison had identical figures of 4-41 as CSNI were in early trouble at 51 for 5, but they rallied thanks to a 69-run stand between Harry Dyer (44) and Adam leckey (37). Colin Archibald thumped four sixes in a top score of 45, but 179 looked very light. James West took three wickets as the visitors battled, but an unbroken 5th wicket stand of 91 in just 13 overs saw North Down race to the win in the 39th over - half centuries for Ani Chore (70*) and Stephen Saul (57*).
Muckamore beat CIYMS by 1 wicket
Moylena, 22 June.
CIYMS 148 (48.4 overs: Tyron Koen 39, Bamanye Xenxe 24, Adam Heasley 20; Pavan Karthik 3-25, Jason vd Mewe 3-26, Sathish Suresh 3-41)
Muckamore 152/9 (47.3 overs: Shane Henderson 24, Curtis Moorhead 22*, Pavan Karthik 20*, Kyllin Vardhan 21; Jacob Mulder 3-15, Bamanye Xenxe 2-34, John Matchett 2-36)
Muckamore pulled off a thrilling 1-wicket win at home to CIYMS in the game of the day. Chasing 149, they looked dead and buried at 85 for 8 and 112 for 9, but firstly Shane Henderson (24) gave them hope, followed by a last wicket stand of 40 between Curtis Moorehead (22*) and Pavan Karthik (20*) that clinched an amazing win.
Lisburn beat Cliftonville Academy by 54 runs
Wallace Park, 22 June.
Lisburn 258 (49.2 overs: Faiz Fazal 84, Nigel Jones 32, Mark Adair 30, James Hunter 33; Rory Bessell 3-64, Abhishek Raut 2-41, Matty McCord 2-46)
Cliftonville Academy 204 (48.1 overs: Abhishek Raut 60, Rory Bessell 34; Ryan Macbeth 3-23, Neil Whitworth 3-50, Faiz Fazal 2-15)
Thumbs up from Faiz Fazal (Dean Simpson)
Lisburn are in second place after a 54-run win over Cliftonville Academy at Wallace Park. Faiz Fazal hit 13 fours and a six in a top score of 84, while, there were 30's for Nigel Jones, Mark Adair (3 sixes), and James Hunter in their 258. Abhishek Raut made 60 in the chase, but they were always well off the pace - three wickets for Ryan Macbeth and Neil Whitworth.
Woodvale beat Instonians by 3 wickets
Ballygomartin Road, 22 June.
Instonians 282 (48.5 overs: Neil Rock 108, Nikolai Smith 67*, Ollie Metcalfe 20; Aditya Adey 5-69, Ludwig Kaestner 2-61)
Woodvale 285/7 (49.1 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 167*, James Rose 44, Ronan Restieaux 24; Cian Robertson 4-25)
Ruhan Pretorius, all smiles, wouldn't you be? - 167 not out (Robert Wills)
The Ruhan Pretorius show rolled on as he almost single-handedly beat Instonians with another incredible innings that keeps Woodvale top of the table. Neil Rock had crunched 13 fours and 5 sixes in his 72-ball 108, adding 140 in 22 overs for the fourth wicket with skipper Nikolai Smith (67*) but from 212 for 3 in the 36th over, Inst lost their way with Aditya Adey's five wickets keeping them to 282. It still looked more than enough as the home side slumped to 26 for 3 in the chase, but Pretorius produced another innings for the ages as he hit 14 fours and 10 sixes in his unbeaten 167 from 134 balls - the crucial stand 119 for the 5th wicket with James Rose (44). Too early or can Woodvale dare to dream?
Muckamore beat North Down by 3 wickets
Moylena, 8 June.
North Down 188/9 (50 overs: Stephen Saul 50, Kerwin Mungroo 22, Ryan Haire 21; Curtis Moorhead 2-33, Neil Gill 2-35)
Muckamore 189/7 (45,3 overs: Mark Gleghorne 59, Luke Allen 42, Neil Gill 24*; Kerwin Mungroo 2-24, Josh Corbett 2-30)
Muckamore skipper Neil Gill and Luke Allen were the match winners for the Moylena side as they chased 189 to beat North Down. It was another 7th wicket partnership that proved decisive as Allen hit 42 and Gill 24 not out as they took their side from a precarious 115 for 6 to the brink of victory with a stand of 70, eventually sealing a 3-wicket win in the 46th over. Earlier, Stephen Saul's half century was the best of the Comber side's 188 for 9, with two wickets apiece for Neil Gill and Curtis Moorhead in a disciplined bowling effort that ultimately laid the foundations for the win.
Carrickfergus lost to CSNI by 4 wickets
Middle Road, 8 June.
Carrickfergus 235 (49.4 overs: CJ van der Walt 67, Sam Gordon 46, Alex Haggan 32, Michael Gilmour 21; Colin Archibald 4-49, Adam Leckey 3-47, Matthew Foster 2-26)
CSNI 238/6 (47 overs: Marc Ellison 70, Adam Leckey 58*, James Kennedy 48*; Alex Haggan 3-42, Prince Sharma 2-52
Marko Bates took five catches for CSNI (CricketEurope)
CSNI were another side who chased to win - all five sides did so in the Premiership. Carrickfergus made 235 thanks to a fine half century from skipper CJ van der Walt, and runs from Sam Gordon (46) and Alex Haggan (32). Colin Archibald picke dup four wickets, with three for teenager Adam Leckey, and two for Ireland-contracted Matthew Foster. A feature of the game was five catches for young wicket-keeper Marko Bates. Marc Ellison (70) held together the CSNI chase in the early stages, but Alex Haggan (3-42) and Prince Sharma (2-52) looked to be winning the game for the Middle Road side as the Stormont side slipped to 132 for 6 in the 33rd over. But, yet again it was a lower order stand that won the day, with Adam Leckey and the experienced James Kennedy adding a match winning 101 for the 7th wicket, Leckey collecting a half century before a Kennedy boundary sealed a four wicket win with three overs remaining.
Lisburn beat Woodvale by 3 wickets
Wallace Park, 8 June.
Woodvale 284/4 (50 overs: Ludwig Kaestner 134*, Ronan Restieaux 57, Ruhan Pretorius 30, James Rose 29*; Faiz Fazal 2-46)
Lisburn 285/7 (49.4 overs: Nigel Jones 88, James Hunter 79*, Josh Manley 29, David Miller 22*; Ronan Restieaux 4-70, Carl Robinson 2-36)
Lisburn batting heroes Nigel Jones and James Hunter (CricketEurope)
Woodvale lost for the first time in the Premiership, missing out on the chance to extend their lead at the top away at Lisburn, who moved into second place thanks to a superb chase of a tough 285-run target. Ludwig Kaestner's brilliant 134 not out from 130 balls (12 fours, 4 sixes) led the Ballygomartin side to 284 for 4, sharing stands of 98 in 18 overs with Ronan Restieaux (57), and a further 95 in the last ten with James Rose who scored a run-a-ball 29. The home side looked in a little trouble at 204 for 6 in the 41st over, despite a fine 88 from Nigel Jones (8 fours, 1 six). However, James Hunter was the hero of the hour, a she thumped 6 sixes and 4 fours in a superb undefeated 79 from just 58 balls, adding 76 in 46 balls for the 7th wicket with Josh Manley (29) to get the Wallace Park side almost to the finishing line - Ryan Macbeth applying the coup de grace with two balls left. A game you feel that Woodvale will reflect back on and Lisburn will use as a launching pad even at this early stage of the season.
CIYMS lost to Cliftonville Academy by 6 wickets
Belmont, 8 June.
CIYMS 211/9 (50 overs: Max Burton 51, Allen Coulter 43, Chris Dougherty 41, Bamanye Xenxe 34*, Adam Heasley 23; Jared Wilson 2-34, Matty McCord 2-41, Ben Kane 2-49)
Cliftonville Academy 212/4 (45.3 overs: Kian Hilton 67, Abhishek Raut 55*, Varun Chopra 35*, Jared Wilson 21; Tyron Koen 2-16, Carson McCullough 2-43)
CIYMS.find themselves in the unusual position at the foot of the table after a six wicket loss at home to CIYMS. Max Burton top-scored with 51 against his old club, while there were runs too for Allen Coulter (43), Chris Dougherty and Bamanye Xenxe (34*). Irish U19 international Kian Hilton raced out of the traps with a blsitering 54-ball 67 (11 fours, 2 sixes) and the win was sealed by an unbroken 5th wicket partnership of 98 between professional Abhishek Raut (55*) and Varun Chopra (35*), clinching a comfortable six-wicket win in the 46th over.
Waringstown beat Instonians by 8 wickets
The Lawn, 8 June.
Instonians 278/5 (50 overs: Cade Carmichael 100, Rob McKinley 85, Andrew White 27*, Ollie Metcalfe 22; Greg Thompson 2-43, Josh Froggatt 2-52)
Waringstown 280/2 (44 overs: Adam Dennison 150*, Morgan Topping 63*, Sam Topping 32, James McCollum 22; Andrew White 2-33)
Adam Dennison scored 150 sharing a 3rd wicket stand of 156 with Morgan Topping (CricketEurope)
Adam Dennison scored a magnificent unbeaten 150 as Waringstown made light work of what looked a challenging target of 279 set by Instonians. The 27 year-old hit 20 boundaries in his superb knock, laying the platform with an opening stand of 96 in 16 overs with Sam Topping (32). James McCollum made 22, before a match winning winning partnership of 156 for the third wicket between Dennison and Morgan Topping, whose unbeaten 63 included 7 fours and a six. Earlier Cade Carmichael had made exactly 100 (7 fours, 2 sixes), reaching the landmark in the final over before being run out. He added 104 for the third wicket with Robert McKinley, who stroked seven boundaries in his 85 as the Shaw's Bridge side posted 278 for 5 - it wasn't enough as Waringstown romped home with six overs to spare.
CIYMS lost to Lisburn by 24 runs
Belmont, 2 June.
Lisburn 252/8 (50 overs: Jonathan Waite 67, Neil Whitworth 62, Nigel Jones 35, David Miller 27; Mark Best 3-45)
CIYMS 228 (48.1 overs: Tyron Koen 55, Jacob Mulder 37, John Matchett 29, Carson McCullough 25; Josh Manley 5-27, Adam Kennedy 3-50)
Josh Manley took five wickets (CricketEurope)
CIYMS's woes continue as they lost to Lisburn in an entertaining game at Belmont. Jonathan Waite hit an enterprising 67 (8 fours, 2 sixes), while skipper Neil Whitworth also got a half century, hitting six boundaries in his 62. Nigel Jones (35) and David Miller (27) chipped in as Lisburn posted 252 for 8. Tyron Koen hit 7 fours in a 53-ball top score of 55, but Josh Manley's five-wicket haul ensured the second Premiership win of the campaign for the Wallace Park side.
Waringstown lost to Woodvale by 6 wickets
The Lawn, 2 June.
Waringstown 230 (49.4 overs: James McCollum 68, Greg Thompson 48, Lee Nelson 25, Bilawal Bhatti 25; Ruhan Pretorius 3-33, Ronan Restieaux 2-31, Aditya Adey 2-39, Ludwig Kaestner 2-49)
Woodvale 233/6 (48.2 overs: Ludwig Kaestner 102*, Aditya Adey 48, Harry Warke 30; Seby Best 3-32, Tom Mayes 2-55)
Ludwig Kaestner scored an unbeaten 102 in Woodvale's win (CricketEurope)
Woodvale continue to set the pace and are the surprise leaders in the NCU Premiership making it four wins from four thanks to a six-wicket win at Waringstown. Batting first James McCollum hit 9 fours in his 68, while there were runs too for skipper Greg Thompson (48), Bilawal Bhatti and Lee Nelson - playing his 400th game - who both made 25 in a total of 230. Ruhan Pretorius picked up three wickets, while there were two apiece for Ronan Restieaux, Aditya Adey and Ludwig Kaestner. Adey (48) and Harry Warke (30) got the chase off to a good start with an opening stand of 61. Kaestner then controlled the pace of the target hitting a brilliant unbeaten 102 (9 fours) as the four-wicket win was sealed with ten balls to spare despite the best efforts of Seby Best (3-32).
CSNI lost to Instonians by 3 wickets
Stormont, 26 May.
CSNI 146 (40.5 overs: Stuart Thompson 35, Harry Dyer 23; Ben Rose 4-24, Cian Robertson 3-32)
Instonians 147/7 (42.5 overs: Andrew White 63*, Cade Carmichael 26; James West 3-21, Colin Archibald 2-24, Matthew Foster 2-38) (Delayed start - Match reduced to 45 overs)
Andrew White and Ben Rose were the Instonians heroes (CricketEurope)
CSNI made little headway after being asked to bat first struggling to 87/4 at the half way stage with the top four all back in the pavilion. Cian Robertson with three wickets and Ben Rose four ensuring that there would be no late heroics from the tail although there was a last wicket partnership of 27 between youngsters Luka and Marko Bates broken by Ben Walsh in his first and only over. Two early wickets for Matthew Foster when Instonians started their reply including skipper Nikolai Smith first ball, Andrew White and Cade Carmichael rebuilding with a partnership of 60. Carmichael gone and it is now all on Andrew White it seems. White may be scoring the runs but Adam Ly is playing a vital roll here with 14 off 49 balls in what looks like a match winning half century partnership. Twist in the tail? James West has two in the over ending Adam Ly's resistance and then having Sully Gould lbw second ball. A third wicket for West having Ben Rose caught first ball of his next but in the end Andrew White got his side across the line in the company of Cian Robertson. Adam Ly as much the hero as White in Inst's win as no doubt Whitey would acknowledge.
Carrickfergus beat Muckamore by 35 runs
Middle Road, 26 May.
Carrickfergus 188/7 (40 overs: Alex Haggan 39, Ashwin Shetty 31, Michael Gilmour 31, Sam Gordon 22; Pavan Karthik 2-22, Jason vd Merwe 2-22)
Muckamore 153 (36.2 overs: Neil Gill 42, Ben Calitz 35; Ashwin Shetty 3-30, Ruan Haansbroek 3-31, CJ van der Walt 2-34)
Ashwin Shetty starred with bat and ball for Carrickfergus (CricketEurope)
Delayed start - Match reduced to 40 overs. After being put in to bat by Muckamore it took a 56 run partnership for the sixth wicket between Alex Haggan and Ashwin Shetty to lift winless Carrick to a respectable188 in their reduced 40 overs. Three wickets for Ashwin Shetty has stalled the Muckamore chase including that of inform Jason vd Merwe for only 2. A lot depending on Ben Calitz with100 required off the second twenty overs and the rquired rate climbing. Calitz bowled by young Alex Armstrong in his first over and it's surely only a matter of time before the Cowboys register their first win of the campaign. But Neil Gill isn't making it easy for them 5x4 and 1x6 in his 40 not out as he goes on the attack. But it couldn't last and when he became Haasbroek's third victim all that was left was for Cowboy's skipper CJ van der Walt to take the final two to claim his sides first league points.
Cliftonville Academy beat Carrickfergus by 51 runs
Castle Grounds, 25 May.
Cliftonville Academy 211 (48.5 overs: Abhishek Raut 80, Kian Hilton 51; Jake Egan 4-48, Ashwin Shetty 2-28, Ruan Haasbroek 2-29)
Carrickfergus 160 (47.1 overs: Ruan Haasbroek 45, Jake Egan 35, CJ van der Walt 25; Ben Kane 4-44, Andrew Forbes 2-26)
A second wicket partnership of exctly 50 between Kian Hilton and Johnny Terrett set Cliftonville Academy on their way before Abhishek Raut took advantage of a lacklustre Carrick attack rattling up 80 off 61 balls, 9x4 3x6. He dominated the later stages of the innings adding 42 for the 9th wicket with Andrew Forbes whose contribution to the partnership was 2 singles. Wiith Alex Haggan still recovering from a knee injury and unable to bowl it was Carrick's seventh bowler Jake Egan who returned the best figures of the day claiming 4-48. Carrick only managed three scores in double figures from Jake Egan, Ruan Haasbroek and skipper CJ van der Walt as spinner Ben Kane claimed 4 wickets as Carrick never challenged the home total.
CSNI beat Waringstown by 121 runs
Stormont, 25 May.
CSNI 271/9 (50 overs: Ryan Hunter 57, Marc Ellison 47, Colin Archibald 39, Stuart Thompson 22, Paddy Beverland 20; Bilawal Bhatti 3-36, Tom Mayes 3-55)
Waringstown 150 (33.4 overs: Adam Dennison 50, Morgan Topping 32; Jordan Neill 3-38, Matthew Foster 2-17, Adam Leckey 2-28)
A bad day at the office for the visitors who saw CSNI plunder runs all down the order at Stormont. Ireland U19 keeper Ryan Hunter and former NZ U19 captain Marc Ellison added 80 together or the second wicket after the loss of Jordan Neill. Three wickets each for Bilawal Bhatti and Tom Mayes for Waringstown but CSNI content with their total at the change of innings. Matthew Forster straight into the action for CSNI removing both Sam Topping for just a single and James McCollum without scoring. Adam Leckey had Adam Dennison caught behind to make it 68/3, Dennison with 50 of those. With 6 wickets down before the hundred was reached it was always going to be a home win, Jordan Neill making up for a lack of runs today by claiming the best bowling figures, 3-38 in his allocation of 10.
Woodvale beat CIYMS by 3 runs
Ballygomartin Road, 25 May.
Woodvale 191 (46.1 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 100, James Rose 22; Carson McCullough 3-67, Allen Coulter 2-7)
CIYMS 188 (42.2 overs: Tyron Koen 36, John Matchett 35, Adam Heasley 32, Jack Beattie 24*; Aditya Adey 4-56, Paul Robinson 2-28, Ruhan Pretorius 2-48)
Ruhan Pretorius celebrates his century (CricketEurope)
It was slow going early on for Woodvale having been asked to bat by CIYMS, as they were reduced to 30/4 with Warke, Adey, Kaestner and Restieaux all back in the paviliion. But James Rose joined the inform Ruhan Pretorius at the crease and together they added 55 before Rose was bowled by Carson McCullough. A further partnership of 39 with Carl Robinson was steering Woodvale towards respectability if not a winning position before Pretorious monopolised a stand with Jamie Gibson scoring 40 to Gibson's 1 as he moved to his century. The visitors batted steadily in the chase and had reached 139/4 before four wickets fell for just 11 runs, 42 required with only 2 wickets left. Four boundaries in a better than a run-a-ball 26 from Jack Beattie looked like getting CI home but one shot away from the win, Allen Coulter swept at Ludwig Kaestner, missed, and Woodvale were victorious.
Instonians beat Muckamore by 53 runs
Shaw's Bridge, 25 May.
Instonians 236/6 (50 overs: Ollie Metcalfe 86, Ben Rose 35, Cade Carmichael 28, Jack Dickson 25, Adam Ly 25; Jason van der Merwe 2-24)
Muckamore 183 (38.5 overs: Jason van der Merwe 72*, Kyllin Vardhan 42, Ben Calitz 21; Cian Robertson 4-41, Ben Walsh 3-30)
Instonians carried their Friday night T20 form into the Premier League rattling up 236 for the loss of only 5 wickets at Shaw's Bridge. Ollie Metcalfe top-scored for the hosts with 86 sharing two half century partnerships with Cade Carmichael and Adam Ly, while for Muckamore Jason van der Merwe was the only bowler to take more than one wicket. Van der Merwe has been in good form with the bat since his return from CIYMS and it was him again who provided some resistance to the Instonians attack, losing eight partners as wickets tumbled and finishing 72 not out. Cian Robertson continues his good form since returning from a shoulder injury claiming four wickets, while teenage off-spinner Ben Walsh picked up three.
North Down beat Lisburn by 94 runs
Comber, 25 May.
North Down 255 (50 overs: Liam Hayman 90, Mohamad Aahil 76, Alistair Shields 27*; Matthew Humphreys 3-41)
Lisburn 161 (39.5 overs: Neil Whitworth 42, James Hunter 39, Adam Berry 25; Kerwin Mungroo 4-39, Liam Hayman 3-36, Mohamed Aahil 2-26)
All-round performance by Liam Hayman who added 90 runs to his 3-36 (Don Shields)
North Down chose to bat and piled on the runs despite the early loss of Ani Chore for only 2, run out by Matthew Humphreys. His opening partner Mohamed Aahil added 132 for the third wicket with Liam Hayman (90 off 102, 6x4, 2x6) before he fell to Ryan Macbeth, Humphreys claiming the other 3 wickets to fall. The Lisburn chase never got going with Kerwin Mungroo removing both openers, Faiz Fazal and David Miller before Hayman and Aahil added wickets to the runs they scored earlier in excellent all-round performances.
Instonians lost to Cliftonville Academy by 52 runs
Shaw's Bridge, 16 May.
Cliftonville Academy 190/8 (20 overs: Francis Collins 83; Varun Chopra 46*; Andrew White 2-15, Ben Rose 2-25, James Magee 2-36)
Instonians 138 (18.2 overs: Cian Robertson 22, Adam Ly 22, Nikolai Smith 21; Abhishek Raut 4-20, Rory Bessell 3-32, Matty McCord 2-32)
Francis Collins hit 4x4 and 8x6 in his 46 ball innings scoring 83 (CricketEurope)
Cliftonville Academy were in Six-hitting mood at Shaw's Bridge as Francis Collins blasted all comers for 83 off 46 balls, an innings that contained 4x4 and 8x6. Varun Chopra entered the fray and he too wasted no time in his unbeaten 46 off 26, clearing the ropes five times. Two wickets each for Andrew White, Ben Rose and James Magee but no luck for Cian Robertson, working his way back from injury whose four overs cost 56.
Muckamore lost to Waringstown by 6 wickets
Moylena, 16 May.
Muckamore 114/5 (20 overs: Kyllin Vardhan 51, Jamie Magowan 22; Graham Hume 2-17)
Waringstown 118/4 (17 overs: James McCollum 44; Jason vd Merwe 2-25)
Woodvale beat CSNI by 8 wickets
Ballygomartin Road, 16 May.
CSNI 127/8 (20 overs: Marc Ellison 34, Ryan Hunter 23, Stuart Thompson 20; Paul Robinson 2-19, Ruhan Pretorius 2-22)
Woodvale 129/2 (16.3 overs: Aditya Adey 52*, Ruhan Pretorius 44*)
Aditya Adey with a quickfire half century off 29 balls (3x4, 5x6) (CricketEurope)
Lisburn v Carrickfergus - no play, match void
Wallace Park, 13 May.
North Down lost to CIYMS by 8 runs
Comber, 12 May.
CIYMS 137/9 (20 overs: Chris Dougherty 45, Allen Coulter 21; Peter Davison 3-39, Liam Hayman 2-22)
North Down 129/7 (20 overs: Ani Chore 83*, Liam Hayman 21; Bamanye Xenxe 2-26)
Chris Dougherty again leading the way for CIYMS hoping to bounce back after yesterday's 1 run defeat to Waringstown but it took a few blows down the order from Allen Coulter to take them to what they hope is a defendable total. Bamanye Xenxe into the action straight away with the wicket of Ally Shields for just 6 and that of Stevie Saul without scoring. Ani Chore holding firm on 33* at the half way stage but 84 still needed in the second half for a home win. All on Chore now with 39 required off 4 overs. Tyron Koen bowls the 17th over for just 3 with Nelson struggling to get Chore back on strike and a single off the final ball means that Chore is off strike for the 18th. Nelson runs past the first ball from Mulder and is stumped for 3 off 9. Just 2 runs off the 18th but at least Chore is on strike - he's faced only 2 of the last 12 deliveries. 34 off 12 the target! And now 22 of the final over to be bowled by Xenxe - 6 is a good start! Dot, 6, Dot - that makes it 10 off 2. DOT! 1. And CIYMS are winners by 8 runs. Valiant effort from Chore whose 83* came off 58 balls (6x4, 3x6) but he was starved of the strike in the final few overs and that in the end proved decisive.
Carrickfergus lost to Woodvale by 84 runs
Middle Road, 11 May.
Woodvale 219 (49.1 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 70, Aditya Adey 35, Stephen Bunting 26; Alex Armstrong 3-27, Prince Sharma 3-31, CJ van der Walt 2-52)
Carrickfergus 135 (32.5 overs: Sam Gordon 44, Iain Parkhill 20; Ludwig Kaestner 4-40, Ronan Restieaux 3-44,
Aditya Adey scored 35 (CricketEurope)
Ruhan Pretorius capped a prolific week with another half century as Woodvale beat Carrickfergus at Middle Road. He top-scored with 70 from 76 balls (7 fours, 1 six) shepherding the lower order from a precarious 103 for 6 to 219 - three wickets for Alex Armstrong (3-27) and Prince Sharma (3-31). Sam Gordon's 44 had the hosts in the game at 65 for 2, but four wickets for Ludwig Kaestner and three for Ronan Restieaux saw Carrickfergus bowled out for 135.
Instonians lost to North Down by 81 runs
Shaw's Bridge, 11 May.
North Down 196 (46.4 overs: James Shannon 86, Ani Chore 31, Liam Hayman 23; James Magee 3-21, Andrew White 2-31, Rob McKinley 2-39)
Instonians 115 (28.5 overs: Ollie Metcalfe 31; Kerwin Mungroo 5-30, Ally Shields 2-32)
Instonians 'old boy' James Shannon returned to Shaw's Bridge in North Down colours and posted the top score of 86 for his new side, an innings that included 8 maximums. Shannon shared a 5th wicket stand of 71 with Liam Hayman, as the hosts recovered from the loss of Ally Shields to the second ball of the day to post 196. Ani Chore made 31 at the top, while there were three wickets for Jamie Magee and two apiece for Andy White and Rob McKinley. South African paceman Kerwin Mungroo was brought in to take top-order wickets and he certainly delivered with a five wicket haul that had the defending champions all out for 115.
Cliftonville Academy lost to Muckamore by 7 wickets
Castle Grounds, 11 May.
Cliftonville Academy 142 (48 overs: Adam Kelso 29, Kian Hilton 28, Matty McCord 20; Sam Magee 3-24, Raj Biswa 2-25, Sathish Suresh 2-32)
Muckamore 143/3 (29.5 overs: Jason van der Merwe 60*, Jamie Magowan 38*; Andrew Forbes 3-18)
Sathish Suresh bowling (CricketEurope)
Jason van der Merwe's return to Muckamore colours was a successful one as the former Irish youth international top-scored with 60. He shared an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 104 in 22 overs with Jamie Magowan (38*) after the Moylena side had been wobbling at 39 for 4 chasing 164 against Cliftonville Academy at the Castle Grounds - the three wickets falling to Andrew Forbes. In the CA innings, there were starts for Adam Kelso (29), Kian Hilton (28), and Matty McCord (20), while there were wickets for Sam Magee (3-24), Raj Biswa (2-25), and Sathish Suresh (2-32) in a morale boosting victory for Muckamore.
CIYMS lost to Waringstown by 1 run
Belmont, 11 May.
Waringstown 249/8 (50 overs: Greg Thompson 64, James McCollum 53, Tian Koekemoer 34, Adam Dennison 23; Bamanye Xenxe 3-52, Jacob Mulder 2-42, Carson McCullough 2-65)
CIYMS 248 (49.5 overs: Chris Dougherty 107, Tyron Koen 63, John Matchett 27; Tian Koekemoer 4-47, Greg Thompson 2-60)
Closest game of the day was at Belmont where CIYMS lost a last over thriller to Waringstown by one run. CIYMS went into the last over needing 8 runs with three wickets in hand and after losing Jacob Mulder to a run out Allen Coulter got it down to 3 required off 3. Koekemoer bowled a wide to Mark Best then with his next two deliveries bowled Best and last man Angus Farrell. It had looked like all the world a home win as Chris Dougherty made 107 from 115 balls (10 fours, 4 sixes), sharing a 4th wicket stand of 128 in 23 overs with Tyron Koen (63). However from 201 for 3 in the 40th, CIYMS fell just one run short. Earlier, Greg Thompson's hard hit 64 from 47 balls (5 fours, 4 sixes), and a James McCollum half century (53) laid the platform for their 249 for 8 - Tian Koekomoer (34) and Adam Dennison (23) also in the runs.
CSNI lost to Lisburn by 158 runs
Stormont, 11 May.
Lisburn 238/8 (50 overs: Faiz Fazal 138*, Nigel Jones 59; Jordan Neill 4-44, Adam Leckey 2-39)
CSNI 80 (21.4 overs: Harry Dyer 29*; Ryan Macbeth 4-24, Neil Whitworth 2-6, Josh Manley 2-21)
Only two double figures scores in the Lisburn innings but when one of them is 138* it hardly matters! Faiz Fazal carrying his bat throughout 11x4, 4x6 in his marathon effort. He shared a second wicket stand of 119 with Nigel Jones, who hit 7 fours in his 59. There were four wickets for Jordan Neill (4-44) as Lisburn ended on 238 for 8. The CSNI reply never got going with new signing Ryan Macbeth dismissing Neill in the first over on his way to 4 for 24. Josh Manley was also among the early wickets as they reduced the hosts to 17/5. There was only one double figure score in the CSNI innings, Ireland U19 player Harry Dyer who finished unbeaten on 29 (5 fours) - Extras second with 18 on a day to forget for the hosts with a 158-run loss.
Woodvale v CSNI - postponed
Ballygomartin Road, 4 May.
Instonians v Cliftonville Academy - postponed
Shaw's Bridge, 4 May.
Lisburn v Carrickfergus - postponed
Wallace Park, 4 May.
Muckamore v Waringstown - postponed
Moylena, 4 May.
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