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Top 6
PWTNRLPts NRR
Instonians1412002481.92
CIYMS149005361.48
Lisburn149005360.56
Waringstown149005360.11
North Down14600824-0.53
CSN14600824-0.69
CSN lost to Waringstown by 10 runs
Stormont, 8 September.
Waringstown 115/6 (20 overs: James McCollum 32, Rory Bessell 24; Ollie Dyer 3-15)
CSN 105/5 (20 overs: Ryan Hunter 25, Matthew Foster 23, Adam Leckey 22; Rory Bessell 2-18, Greg Thompson 2-22)
CIYMS beat Waringstown by 8 wickets
Belmont, 3 September.
Waringstown 154/7 (20 overs: Morgan Topping 55, Greg Thompson 39, Graeme Hume 21; Allen Coulter 2-14, Theo van Woerkom 2-22, Ross Adair 2-29)
CIYMS 155/2 (12.4 overs: Ross Adair 60*, Jason vd Merwe 57*, Chris Dougherty 20)
CIYMS once again showed their T20 prowess as they powered to a thumping 8 wicket win at home to Waringstown. Morgan Topping top-scored with 55 (4 fours, 3 sixes) as he and Greg Thompson (39) shared a third wicket stand of 66 in 6 overs as they posted what appeared a competitive 154 for 7 - two wickets apiece for Allen Coulter, Theo van Woerkom and Ross Adair. That total was blew out of the water by Adair who hit 7 of his side's 15 sixes on his way to a 31-ball unbeaten 60, sharing an unbroken third wicket stand of 106 in 46 deliveries with Jason van der Merwe - who hit 57 not out from 27 balls (4 fours, 5 sixes). The pairs boundary blitz saw the win achieved in just the 13th over.
Waringstown beat North Down by 7 wickets
The Lawn, 2 September.
North Down 134/4 (20 overs: Ani Chore 35, Peter Davison 33*, Tom Mayes 26*; Rory Bessell 2-37)
Waringstown 136/3 (15.4 overs: James McCollum 58*, Graeme Hume 39*; Jacob Mulder 2-14)
Waringstown had little trouble accounting for North Down in a 20 over game at The Lawn. The Comber side posted 134 for 4 with runs for Ani Chore (35), skipper Peter Davison (33*) and Tom Mayes (26*) - the latter pair sharing a 5th wicket stand of 57. Skipper Greg Thompson (18) passed the magical 1000-run marker for the season, but it was James McCollum - back from his game with Gloucester Seconds - and Graeme Hume who ensured the win. McCollum top-scored with 58 not out from 42 balls (6 fours, 1 six) as he and Hume (39* - 5 fours) added 90 in 11 overs for the fourth wicket to seal the 7 wicket win.
Instonians beat CSNI by 8 wickets
Shaw's Bridge, 2 September.
CSNI 225 (48.4 overs: Stuart Thompson 69, Marc Ellison 68, James West 23; Andrew White 4-22, Daniel Rose 2-45)
Instonians 226/2 (30.4 overs: Jack Dickson 101*, Shane Getkate 79*; James West 2-88)
Premier League champions Instonians (CricketEurope)
Champions Instonians signed off their season in style with an 8-wicket win over CSNI at Shaw's Bridge. The visitors innings was going along sedately before Stuart Thompson took it from first to fifth gear with a top-score of 69 in 36 balls (3 fours, 7 sixes) as he and Marc Ellison (68) added 75 in 40 balls for the 6th wicket. Andrew White (4-22) increased his lead at the top of the wicket taking charts as CSNI finished on 225. James West dismissed Rob McKinley (15) and Cade Carmichael (19) but there was never any danger of them upsetting the party mood. Jack Dickson hit an unbeaten 101 from 84 balls (6 fours, 7 sixes) as he and Shane Getkate - whose unbeaten 79 from 56 balls included 4 fours and 5 sixes - shared an unbroken third wicket stand of 158 in 18 overs as the win was secured in the 31sst over. Congratulations to Instonians - thoroughly deserved Premiership winners.
Lisburn lost to CIYMS by 75 runs
Wallace Park, 2 September.
CIYMS 276/7 (45 overs: Mark Adair 104, Jason vd Merwe 70, John Matchett 44, Chris Dougherty 38; Josh Manley 2-21, Faiz Fazal 2-42, Matthew Humphreys 2-46)
Lisburn 201 (40.4 overs: Faiz Fazal 94, Nigel Jones 26, David Miller 24*; Tyron Koen 4-47, Theo van Woerkom 3-25, Carson McCullough 2-24)
Mark Adair's powerful century was the catalyst for CIYMS's emphatic 75-run over Lisburn at Wallace Park. The Belmont side recovered from the loss of Ross Adair to the first ball of the match to power to 276 for 7 in a game reduced to 45 overs. 'Sparky' cleared the ropes 9 times in his 104 from just 55 balls - CIYMS hitting 21 sixes and 15 fours in their innings. Jason van der Merwe hit 6 sixes in his 70, and skipper John Matchett 4 more in his 44. LIsburn's Faiz Fazal top-scored with 94 (6 fours, 5 sixes) in the chase, but didn't get the support needed to threaten the total. Tyron Koen claimed 4 for 47, while there were three wickets for Theo van Woerkom and two for Carson McCullough in a convincing victory.
Waringstown beat Lisburn by 61 runs
The Lawn, 28 August.
Waringstown 134/5 (20 overs: Graeme Hume 49*, Morgan Topping 26; David Simpson 2-27)
Lisburn 73 (15.1 overs: Adam Berry 20; James Mitchell 2-13, Greg Thompson 2-10, Ben Snell 2-17)
Lisburn's loss meant that Instonians are Premier League champions. Batting first, Waringstown posted 134 for 5 in tough conditions, with Graeme Hume making an unbeaten 49 from 47 balls (5 fours, 2 sixes). Morgan Topping chipped in with 26, while Adam Dennison made 19. David Simpson took 2 for 27, while there was one wicket apiece for Matthew Humphreys, Neil Whitworth and Callum Atkinson. The chase never got going with Faiz Fazal dismissed in the first over by Ben Snell (2-17). There were two wickets also for James Mitchell - including Nigel Jones. Adam Berry made 20, but wickets kept falling with skipper Greg Thompson also picking up a brace as Lisburn were bowled out for just 73.
CSN v Waringstown - Abandoned
Stormont, 27 August.
CSN 22/2 (7 overs)
Waringstown
CSNI lost to CIYMS by 21 runs (DLS)
Stormont, 26 August.
CIYMS 207/9 (46 overs: Ross Adair 41, Chris Dougherty 41, Jason vd Merwe 30, Chris Robinson 20*; Connor de Wet 3-42, Marc Ellison 2-21, James West 2-58)
CSNI 107 (20 overs: Harry Dyer 25; John Matchett 4-23, Theo van Woerkom 3-16, Allen Coulter 2-23) (Rain affected - CSNI target 129 in 20 overs.)
CIYMS warmed up for their All-Ireland final with a 21-run DLS win over CSNI at Stormont. Ross Adair hit 7 boundaries in a joint-top score of 41 with Chris Dougherty as the pair added 76 for the first wicket. They lost their way after that, including Mark Adair for a first ball duck - one of three wickets fr Connor De Wet. Still, Jason van der Merwe (30) and Chris Robinson (20*) steered them to 207 for 9. The hosts were set 129 in 20 overs, but managed only 107 with Ireland U19 international Harry Dyer (25) managing to make it up the motorway from Dublin Airport in time, Skipper John Matchett took the bowling honours with four wickets, while Theo van Woerkom took three and Allen Coulter two.
Waringstown lost to Instonians by 7 wickets (DLS)
The Lawn, 26 August.
Waringstown 92/6 (32.4 overs: Shane Dadswell 3-22, Cade Carmichael 2-17)
Instonians 77/3 (9.4 overs: Cade Carmichael 39*, Shane Getkate 29) (Rain affected - Instonians target 77 off 20 overs.)
Instonians are Premiership champions in all but name after another win in a rain-affected game. Waringstown were kept to to 92 for 6 in their reduced overs innings with Shane Dadswell and Cade Carmichael doing the bulk of the damage. Carmichael has been a pivotal figure in their relentless march to the crown and he was in the runs again as they raced to their 20 overs target of 77 in less than 10. Carmichael was unbeaten on 39, adding 58 in 6 overs with Shane Getkate (29).
North Down lost to Lisburn by 7 wickets
Comber, 26 August.
North Down 116 (36.3 overs: Ani Chore 49, Tom Mayes 24; Callum Atkinson 3-7, David Simpson 3-20, Matthew Humphreys 2-31, Josh Manley 2-37)
Lisburn 120/3 (15 overs: Faiz Fazal 66)
Jacob Mulder pops up a return catch to David Simpson. (CricketEurope)
Lisburn ensured the Premiership race went to the final match of the season with an easy 7 wickets win over North Down. Ani Chore's 49 was the best of the home side's 116 all out - Tom Mayes making 24 too. There were three wickets apiece for the old firm of skipper Callum Atkinson and David Simpson, while Josh Manley and Matthew Humphreys picked up a brace each. The chase was all about Faiz Fazal who hit 8 fours and 3 sixes in his 66 from only 50 balls, sharing a third wicket stand of 61 for the third wicket with Neil Whitworth (16*), while Adam Berry hit a few lusty blows in his 19 not out - the win done and dusted in 15 overs before the rains fell.
CIYMS lost to Instonians by 8 wickets (DLS)
Belmont, 24 August.
CIYMS 145/8 (20 overs: Allen Coulter 34, Theo van Woerkom 23*, Ross Adair 22; Cade Carmichael 3-32, Ben Rose 2-24, Daniel Rose 2-37)
Instonians 95/2 (8.1 overs: Cade Carmichael 56*, Shane Getkate 21) (Target 92 off 11 overs.)
14 year-old Ben Walsh receives his debut cap from Andrew White (Instonians CC)
Instonians moved a step closer to the Premier League title with an 8 wickets DLS win over CIYMS at Belmont. The home side were kept to 145 for 8 in their 20 overs - 44 of which came from the last three overs, courtesy of Allen Coulter's 18-ball 34 that included four sixes. A heavy shower meant an 11 over target of 92, which proved little trouble for the visitors. Cade Carmichael had taken three wickets, and he was the match winner with the bat, making 56 not out from 27 balls (7 fours, 3 sixes). Shane Getkate's 21 from 7 balls (2 fours, 2 sixes) also ensured the result was never in doubt. Instonians play Waringstown at The Lawn on Saturday, followed by a home clash with CSNI - one win may be enough to lift the crown.
North Down lost to CSN by 9 wickets (DLS)
Comber, 13 August.
North Down 72/6 (8 overs; R Haire 43*; C De Wet 4-8)
CSN 73-1 (7.1 overs, R Harrison 27*, R Hunter 23*) (Target 73 in 8 overs)
Connor de Wet took four wickets (CricketEurope)
CSNI got the better of North Down in a game that was shortened to just 8 overs. Connor de Wet took 4 for 8 to leave the home side reeling on 17 for 5, but Ryan Haire cleared the ropes four times in a 16-ball unbeaten 43 to get them up to 72 for 6. What could have been a tough chase turned into a calm one as Ryan Harrison (27*) and Ryan Hunter (23*) timed it to perfection, easing to a 9-wicket win with five balls remaining.
Lisburn beat CSNI by 2 wickets (DLS)
Wallace Park, 12 August.
CSNI 211/8 (32 overs: Ryan Harrison 115, Sturat Thompson 31, Harry Dyer 31; Josh Manley 2-23, Callum Atkinson 2-35)
Lisburn 208/8 (31.4 overs: Nigel Jones 53, Adam Berry 38, Matthew Humphreys 33; Connor de Wet 2-20, Ryan Harrison 2-52) (Lisburn target 208 in 32 overs.)
Matthew Humphreys hit 4 sixes in a rapid 33 (Dean Simpson)
Defending champions Lisburn stay second after a nervy two-wicket win over CSNI at Wallace Park. The Stormont side made a challenging 211 for 8 in a game gradually reduced to 32 overs. New Zealander Ryan Harrison hit 115 in 95 balls (9 fours, 4 sixes), sharing stands of 109 in 13 overs with Stuart Thompson (31), and 58 in 6 with Harry Dyer (19). The chase ebbed and flowed with Nigel Jones' 53 from 51 balls (5 fours, 1 six), and an even time 38 from Adam Berry keeping Lisburn in the hunt. The decisive intervention though came from Matthew Humphreys who clubbed four sixes in a match winning 33 from 19 balls, before being dismissed for obstructing the field! That could have proved a turning point, but Mark Berry struck a crucial last over boundary, while David Simpson got the winning two from the fourth ball of Ryan Harrison's over to seal victory to the unbridled joy of the home support.
Instonians beat North Down by 9 wickets (DLS)
Shaw's Bridge, 12 August.
North Down 166/9 (31 overs: Ryan Haire 48, Jacob Mulder 27; Andrew White 4-36, Daniel Rose 2-35, Cade Carmichael 2-42)
Instonians 173/1 (24.5 overs: Shane Dadswell 113*, Jack Dickson 59*) (Instonians target 173 in 31 overs)
Instonians moved a step closer to the Premier League title with a thumping 9-wickets win over a North Down side that included Irish internationals Paul Stirling and Craig Young. Cade Carmichael (2-42) git the big scalp of Stirling for just 7, and it took a hard-hit 48 from just 29 balls (4 fours, 3 sixes) by Ryan Haire and 27 from Jacob Mulder to get the Comber side to 166 for 9 in a game reduced by rain to 31 overs. Andrew White was best with the ball taking 4 for 36, while there was two wickets also for Daniel Rose. Tom Mayes bowled Robert McKinley first ball of the reply, but after that it was one-way traffic. Shane Dadswell hit 8 fours and thumped 7 sixes in an unbeaten 113 from only 78 deliveries. He shared an unbroken ssecond wicket stand of 173 with Jack Dickson, whose 59 not out included 4 fours and 2 sixes.
North Down v CSN - abandoned.
Comber, 6 August.
CSN 148/4 (36 overs, Paddy Beverland 41, Ryan Hunter 35, Marc Ellison 31)
North Down
Lisburn lost to Instonians by 7 wickets (DLS)
Wallace Park, 29 July.
Lisburn 120 (38.2 overs, Jonny Waite 30, Josh Manley 24, Daniel Rose 4-22, Andy White 2-21, Cian Robertson 2-26, Shane Dadswell 2-42)
Instonians 113-3 (25 overs, Cade Carmichael 60*; Josh Manley 2-28) (Rain affected - Instonians target 111 in 41 overs)
Instonians won the top of the table clash as they easily overcame defending champions Lisburn by 7 wickets at Wallace Park. The home side never really recovered from the loss of Faiz Fazal in the first over - the first of four wickets for Daniel Rose (4-22) who blew away the top order. Jonny Waite made 30 and Josh Manley a dogged 24 down the order, but a total of 130 was never likely to challenge. So it proved, with Cade Carmichael's unbeaten 60 from 65 balls (6 four, 2 sixes) ensuring the win - adding an unbroken 70 for the fourth wicket with Shane Getkate (17*).
North Down beat CIYMS by 33 runs (DLS)
Comber, 29 July.
North Down 176/6 (36 overs; Peter Eakin 41, Tom Mayes 31*, Nathan Burns 31 , Ani Chore 25; Tyron Koen 3-23, Theo van Woerkom 2-57)
CIYMS 173 (33.3 overs; Jason vd Merwe 50, Theo van Woerkom 43, Chris Dougherty 25; Peter Eakin 4-45, Peter Davison 3-25, Tom Mayes 2-19) (Rain affected. CIYMS target 207 in 36 overs. )
Peter Eakin may be Australia bound but CIYMS will wish he had gone a few weeks earlier after his all-round display put a serious dent in their title aspirations. Eakin top-scored with 41 as North Down posted 176 for 6, with runs too for Tom Mayes and Nathan Burns - both scoring 31 - and Ani Chore (25). DLS adjusted the CIYMS target to 207 in 36, and they were given a brisk start by Theo van Woerkom (43) and Chris Dougherty (25). Jason van der Merwe then clubbed a 36-ball half century before becoming one of Peter Eakin's four wickets. Skipper Peter Davison (3-25) and Tom Mayes (2-19) also in the wickets as the Comber side closed out a 33-run win.
Bottom 4
PWTNRLPts NRR
Cliftonville Academy157008280.05
Carrickfergus15701728-1.07
Woodvale15402916-0.63
Derriaghy15101134-1.41
Carrickfergus beat Cliftonville Academy by 7 wickets
Middle Road, 10 September.
Cliftonville Academy 162/5 (20 overs: Varun Chopra 58*, Max Burton 52, Ben Kane 22; Michael Armstrong 2-35)
Carrickfergus 167/3 (17.1 overs: Craig Averill 45, CJ van der Walt 33*, Jake Egan 27, Ben Cave 25; Andrew Forbes 3-42)
Woodvale v Derriaghy - void
Ballygomartin Road, 7 September.
Woodvale
Derriaghy
No play possible.
Carrickfergus lost to Cliftonville Academy by 22 runs
Middle Road, 3 September.
Cliftonville Academy 121/6 (13 overs: Abhishek Raut 66, Max Burton 24*; Jake Egan 3-20, CJ van der Walt 2-11)
Carrickfergus 99/7 (13 overs: Alex Haggan 26, Craig Averill 25; David Reid 2-5, Matty McCord 2-18, Jared Wilson 2-22)
Abhishek Raut scored a match winning 66 off just 33 deliveries. (CricketEurope)
Cliftonville Academy finished their campaign on a winning note as they beat Carrickfergus by 22-runs in a shortened 13-over bash at Middle Road. Abhishek Raut hit 4 fours and 4 sixes in a top-score of 66 from only 33 balls, adding 62 in 6 overs with Jared Wilson (14). Skipper Max Burton cleared the ropes three times in a 9-ball unbeaten 24 as CA posted 121/6 - three wickets for Jake Egan and two for CJ van der Walt. Craig Averill (25) and a feisty 26 from Alex Haggan (3 sixes) were the best efforts in the home side's 99 for 7 - two wickets for Matty McCord, Wilson and David Reid.
Carrickfergus v Cliftonville Academy - Match off
Middle Road, 2 September.
Carrickfergus
Cliftonville Academy
Derriaghy lost to Woodvale by 106 runs
Queensway, 2 September.
Woodvale 295/5 (45 overs: James Hall 122, Ruhan Pretorius 62, Stephen Bunting 57; Craig Lewis 3-37)
Derriaghy 189 (34.5 overs: Craig Lewis 58, Matthew Halliday 33, Jamie Magowan 28, Rudi Second 23; James Rose 3-17, Lewis Adair 3-21, Aditya Adey 3-46)
A dominant display with the bat from Woodvale ensured their place in the top flight next season as they ran out winners by 106 runs. There were half centuries from Stephen Bunting and Ruhan Pretorius, but it was James Hall's day, as he scored 122 (5x4 & 9x6) in a daunting Woodvale total of 295. Craig Lewis had been the leading bowler for the home side, and as so often before, weighed in with quick runs as well, threatening an unlikey chase. But when he was fifth out out with the score 157, a collapse against the spin of Lewis Adair and James Rose, saw 5 wickets fall for the addition of just 22 runs.
Woodvale v Carrickfergus - Match off - now void
Ballygomartin Road, 31 August.
Woodvale
Carrickfergus
Derriaghy lost to Cliftonville Academy by 3 wickets (DLS)
Queensway, 29 August.
Derriaghy 133/5 (19 overs: Matthew Halliday 38, Rudi Second 29, Craig Lewis 25*; Jared Wilson 2-19)
Cliftonville Academy 140/7 (18.4 overs: Abhishek Raut 72*, Matty McCord 24; Ivan Sinovich 3-35, Criag Lewis 2-19) (Rain affected - target 137 off 19 overs.)
Abhishek Raut's unbeaten 72 came off 45 deliveries and included 3x4 and 7x6.
Cliftonville Academy v Carrickfergus - abandoned
Middle Road, 26 August.
Cliftonville Academy 181 (49.3 overs: Jared Wilson 78*, Max Burton 25, Abhishek Raut 23, Varun Chopra 20; Michael Rippon 4-51, Ashwin Shetty 2-19, Craig Averill 2-26)
Carrickfergus 12/0 (4 overs)
Max Burton lofts a chance to long-off. (CricketEurope)
The clash between Cliftonville Academy and Carrickfergus was another game to fall victim to the weather, making it just past half-way. Head Coach Jared Wilson held the CA innings together with 78 not out from their 181. Max Burton, Abhishek Raut and Varun Chopra all got 20s but didn't kick on. Michael Rippon has been in prolific form recently and it was with the ball this time as he took four wickets, while there was two apiece for Ashwin Shetty and Craig Averill. Carrick had reached 12 without loss when the heavens opened.
Woodvale v Derriaghy - abandoned
Ballygomartin Road, 26 August.
Derriaghy 221/6 (50 overs: Rudi Second 64, Sam Gordon 59*, Ross Bailey 48; Ruhan Pretorius 2-19, Stephen Bunting 2-57)
Woodvale 0/0 (0 overs)
Rudi Second top-scored for Derriaghy with 64. (CricketEurope)
Woodvale's clash with Derriaghy was abandoned at the halfway stage after the Queensway side had posted a competitive 221 for 6. Replacement professional Rudi Second 64) shared stands of 66 for the second wicket with Ross Bailey (48) and 76 for the third with Sam Gordon - who hit 4 fours and 3 sixes in a breezy unbeaten 59. Ruhan Pretorius and left-armer Stephen Bunting each took two wickets for the hosts.
Carrickfergus lost to Woodvale by 9 runs
Middle Road, 25 August.
Woodvale 146/6 (20 overs: L Kaestner 59, Wayne Horwood 22*; Alex Armstrong 3-13)
Carrickfergus 137/5 (20 overs: Michael Rippon 79, CJ van der Walt 21; Aditya Adey 2-17, Carl Robinson 2-29)
Woodvale seemed well placed to post a sizeable total at 96/2 after 11 overs with Ludwig Kaestner unbeaten on 50. But the next six overs saw them lose 4 wickets while adding only 21 runs. Carrick keeper Michael Gilmour added two more to his stumping tally for the week, claiming James Hall and Aditya Adey off left-arm spinner Alex Armstrong and it took a few blows from veteran Wayne Horwood in the final overs to get the visitors to their final total of 146. With Aditya Adey removing Jake Egan and then Michael Gilmour first ball things were looking good for Woodvale, with Carrick struggling to 38/3 after 8 overs. But as has often been the case this year, it was Michael Rippon to the rescue. With CJ van der Walt he added 78 for the fourth wicket, before van der Walt became Carl Robinson’s second victim. With Robinson’s 18th over only conceding 5 runs and Pretorius’ 19th only 6, it was Rippon who faced the last over needing 20 for an unlikely win, and when he holed out to Harry Warke at long on off the first ball the game was Woodvale’s.
Woodvale beat Cliftonville Academy by 9 wickets (DLS)
Ballygomartin Road, 24 August.
Cliftonville Academy 114/3 (18 overs: Abhishek Raut 77*, Varun Chopra 22*; Ruhan Pretorius 2-24)
Woodvale 58/1 (4.5 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 33, Ludwig Kaestner 22*) (Rain affected - Target 56 off 7 overs.)
Cliftonville Academy got the worst possible start to their innings losing Francis Collins and Jared Wilson in Ruhan Pretorius’ opening over and with Max Burton falling for only 8 the visitors found themselves 12 for the loss of 3 wickets. An unbroken partnership of 102 between Abhishek Raut (77* off 54 with 4x4, 6x6) and Varun Chopra (22*) was ended by rain which curtailed the innings to 18 overs. Set a target of 56 of 7 overs it was Pretorius who led the way with 33 off just 14 deliveries (1x4, 4x6). Raut’s single over went for 20 runs, Pretorius hitting 3 consecutive sixes before offering a return catch off the next, His opening partner Ludwig Kaestner batted through the shortened case and finished the game inside 5 overs with his fourth boundary. A precious four points for Woodvale in the first of a three match weekend.
Carrickfergus beat Derriaghy by 5 wickets (DLS)
Middle Road, 22 August.
Derriaghy 122/6 (16 overs: Matthew Halliday 49, Sam Gordon 41, Rudi Second 16; Craig Averill 3-4)
Carrickfergus 131/5 (15.5 overs: Michael Rippon 64*, CJ van der Walt 26, Craig Averill 25) (Carrickfergus target 131 off 16 overs.)
Matthew Halliday top-scored for Derriaghy with 49. (CricketEurope)
A delayed start meant this was a 19 overs match with a rain interruption causing a further reduction down to 16 overs. For the visitors Matthew Halliday and Sam Gordon added 87 for the second wicket after the loss of Pat Kruger’s replacement Rudi Second, before a bizarre final over of the innings in which Derriaghy lost 5 wickets, 3 to stumpings and 2 to run outs, with only a single by Ross Bailey off the final delivery, to show for it! But seemingly that run was missed, by both the umpires and scorers, who at the change of innings signed off on 122 as the total, and 131 as the Carrickfergus DLS Target. Derriaghy looked favourites for a large part of the chase but in the end Michael Rippon saw the Cowboys home with an unbeaten 64 and even had a delivery to spare!
Cliftonville Academy beat Derriaghy by 45 runs
Castle Grounds, 17 August.
Cliftonville Academy 169/4 (20 overs: Abhishek Raut 78, Jared Wilson 64; Craig Lewis 2-42)
Derriaghy 124 (18.4 overs: Curtis Moorhead 32*, Craig Lewis 30; Matty McCord 5-27, Richard Hood 2-20)
Cliftonville Academy gained revenge for their National Cup loss with a 45-run win over Derriaghy at the Castle Grounds. Abhishek Raut and Jared Wilson both cleared the ropes five times in a third wicket stand of 126 in 13 overs, with Raut's 78 coming from 47 balls - also hitting 8 fours - while Wilson also hit 3 fours in hiss 64 from 42 deliveries. A total of 169 for 4 was always going to be tough, and a fired up Matty McCord took five wickets to derail any chance the Queensway side had. Curtis Moorhead (32*) and Craig Lewis (30) tried their best but came up well short. The loss increases the pressure on Derriaghy who stay bottom of the Premiership table with games running out.
Cliftonville Academy beat Woodvale by 6 wickets
Castle Grounds, 4 August.
Woodvale 156/5 (20 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 39, Carl Robinson 29, Ludwig Kaestner 25, Harry Warke 23; Jared Wilson 2-28, Matty McCord 2-33)
Cliftonville Academy 157/4 (20 overs: Max Burton 53, Jared Wilson 34, Abhishek Raut 25, Varun Chopra 25*)
Cliftonville Academy v Woodvale - match postponed
Castle Grounds, 29 July.
Cliftonville Academy
Woodvale
No play was possible at the Castle Grounds between Cliftonville Academy and Woodvale and it will be replayed at a later date.
Derriaghy lost to Carrickfergus by 15 runs (DLS)
Queensway, 29 July.
Carrickfergus 133/3 (32 overs, Michael Rippon 45*, CJ van der Walt 39*, Craig Averill 28; Chris Lewis 2-19)
Derriaghy 171 (30.1 overs: Pat Kruger 48, Ross Bailey 36, Sam Gordon 21; Michael Rippon 4-40, Alex Haggan 2-15) (Rain affected ; Derriaghy target 187 in 32 overs )
Carrick managed to beat Derriaghy by 15 runs in another game badly affected by the showers sweeping across Ireland. A fourth wicket stand of 78 between Michael Rippon (45*) and skipper CJ van der Walt (39*) had Carrick well placed at 133 for 3 in 32 overs when their innings was brought to a premature conclusion. Derriaghy required 187 in 32 overs and looked odds on to achieve the win as Pat Kruger (48) and Ross Bailey (36) took them to 144 for 2. Rippon however took three wickets in an over, including Kruger and the Queensway side lost 8 wickets for 27 to be bowled out for 171.
First Phase
PWTNRLPts NRR
Instonians1412002481.92
CIYMS149005361.48
Lisburn149005360.56
Waringstown149005360.11
Cliftonville Academy157008280.00
Carrickfergus15701728-0.98
North Down14600824-0.53
CSN14600824-0.69
Woodvale15402916-0.63
Derriaghy15101134-1.41
Derriaghy lost to Cliftonville Academy by 24 runs
Queensway, 8 July.
Cliftonville Academy 217 (49.5 overs; Abhishek Raut 122, Francis Collins 20; Curtis Moorhead 5-26, Patrick Kruger 2-19, Craig Lewis 2-33)
Derriaghy 193 (45.3 overs; Jordan Wade 45, Sam Gordon 29, Ross Bailey 22; Craig Lewis 22, Jared Wilson 6-40, Ben Kane 2-29)
Two incredible individual performances helped Cliftonville Academy beat Derriaghy in the relegation battle. Curtis Moorehead's five wickets looked to have CA in all sorts of trouble at 88 for 8, but Abhishek Raut cleared the ropes 9 times and hit 7 fours on his way to 122 from 114 balls - dominatinga 9th wicket stand of 119 with Andrew Forbes (15). A total of 217 gave the visitors bowlers something to aim at and Jared Wilson's six wickets haul ensured a vital 24-run win despite a breezy 45 from Jordan Wade.
Lisburn beat CSN by 8 wickets
Wallace Park, 8 July.
CSN 158 (44.5 overs; Stuart Thompson 59, Ryan Hunter 27, Ryan Harrison 22; David Simpson 3-20, Matthew Humphreys 3-35, Neil Whitworth 3-43)
Lisburn 161/2 (34.4 overs; Faiz Fazal 70*, Neil Whitworth 56*; Connor De Wet 2-31)
Half centuries from Faiz Fazal and Neil Whitworth helped Lisburn to a comfortable win (Dean Simpson)
Defending champions Lisburn made short work of CSN at Wallace Park, thanks to a very impressive all-round display. The Stormont side were restricted to 158, with only skipper Stuart Thompson's 59 (7 fours, 1 six) really concerning them. There were three wickets apiece for the ever-reliable David Simpson, Neil Whitworth and Matthew Humphreys. Connor de Wet struck twice early in the chase, but a third wicket stand of 118 in 25 overs between Faiz Fazal and Whitworth ensured a routine win. Fazal top scored with an unbeaten 70, while Whitworth made 56 not out - both hitting 6 fours and a maximum.
North Down lost to Instonians by 168 runs
Comber, 8 July.
Instonians 381/5 (50 overs; Shane Dadswell 157, Robert McKinley 70, Cade Carmichael 61, Shane Getkate 54, Jack Dickson 20)
North Down 213 (44.4 overs; Peter Eakin 76, Peter Davison 36, Ally Shields 27, Jacob Mulder 22; Ben Rose 3-47, Cian Robertson 2-22, Danny Rose 2-30, Andrew White 2-38)
Shane Dadswell 157 12 x 4 , 12 x 6 (CricketEurope)
Leaders Instonians piled on the runs at Comber as they beat North Down by a whopping 168-run margin. The result was never in doubt after a boundary barrage from Shane Dadswell who hit 12 sixes and fours in a brutal 157 from just 77 balls, sharing a second wicket stand of 203 with Robert McKinley (70). There were also half centuries for Cade Carmichael (61) and Shane Getkate (54) as the Shaw's Bridge side piled up 381 for 5. The hosts never threatened, with Peter Eakin's 76 (5 fours, 3 sixes) the best of their 213 - three wickets for Ben Rose, and two apiece for Cian Robertson, Danny Rose, and Andrew White.
Waringstown beat CIYMS by 6 wickets
The Lawn, 8 July.
CIYMS 183 (46.3 overs; Theo van Woerkom 54*, Mark Adair 28, Chris Dougherty 21; Greg Thompson 2-22, Ben Snell 2-27, Pat Botha 2-27)
Waringstown 184-4 (30.3 overs; Greg Thompson 71*, Pat Botha 64*, Morgan Topping 32, John Matchett 2-43)
Match winning stand between Greg Thompson and Pat Botha (Alan Waite)
A fifth wicket stand of 99 in just 13 overs between Greg Thompson and Pat Botha powered Waringstown to a six-wicket win over CIYMS that sees then join the Belmont side on 24pts, four behind leaders Instonians and Lisburn. Thompson's form has been red-hot of late, and the skipper thumped 10 fours and 3 sixes in a whirlwind unbeaten 71 from only 48 deliveries. Botha was no slouch either, with his 64 not out containing 7 fours and 1 six. Morgan Topping made 32 too, as the hosts recovered from the loss of both openers for 0 to win at a canter. CIYMS had been in trouble batting as early wickets - including Ross Adair first ball - meant they were always playing catch-uo. Theo van Woerkom's unbeaten 54 and 28 from Mark Adair got them to 183 - it didn't look and wasn't enough.
Woodvale lost to Carrickfergus by 8 wickets
Ballygomartin Road, 8 July.
Woodvale 295/5 (50 overs; Ludwig Kaestner 120*, Ruhan Pretorius 69, Aditya Adet 25, Harry Warke 24; Ashwin Shetty 2-60)
Carrickfergus 297/2 47.2 overs; Michael Rippon 121*, Craig Averill 88*, Michael Gilmour 36, 51 extras)
An unbroken third wicket stand of 229 between Michael Rippon and Craig Averill led Carrick to an ultimately straightforward chase of 296 at Woodvale. Dual New Zealand/Dutch international Rippon hit 16 fours and 2 sixes in an unbeaten 121 from 107 balls, while Averill proved the perfect foil, making an unbeaten 88 (10 fours, 1 six). Woodvale's 295 for 5 was dominated by a second wicket stand of 153 in 27 overs between Ludwig Kaestner, who made an unbeaten 120 (10 fours, 3 sixes), and Ruhan Pretorius (69), on a day when the bowlers on both sides toiled.
Cliftonville Academy lost to CIYMS by 114 runs (DLS)
Castle Grounds, 1 July.
CIYMS 285/8 (49 overs; Jason van der Merwe 84, Tyron Koen 45, Chris Dougherty 42, John Matchett 33, Ross Adair 32; Jared Wilson 3-44, Ben Kane 2-69)
Cliftonville Academy 172 (44.2 overs: Jared Wilson 67, Francis Collins 26, Jonnathan Terrett 22: C McCullough 5-31, Theo van Woerkom 3-13) (Clitonville Academy target 287 in 49 overs)
Carson McCullough took five wickets (John Matchett)
A fourth wicket stand of 110 in 80 balls between Jason van der Merwe and Tyron Koen helped CIYMS to a comprehensive 114-run win over Cliftonville Academy. Van Der Merwe thumped 7 fours and 5 sixes in a top-score of 84 in only 73 balls, while Koen made 45. There were runs too from Chris Dougherty (42), skipper John Matchett (33), and Ross Adair (32) in their 285 for 8. Jared Wilson took three wickets and was the best with the bat, making 67 (8 fours, 1 six), in a chase that never threatened. Carson McCullough's five wickets ensuring a routine win that keeps the Belmont side at the top of the table.
CSN beat Carrickfergus by 6 wickets
Stormont, 1 July.
Carrickfergus 242/4 (50 overs; Michael Rippon 107*, CJ van der Walt 58*, Jake Egan 20; Matty Foster 2-43)
CSN 243-4 (41.5 overs; Ryan Hunter 91, Marc Ellison 75*, Paddy Beverland 23)
Ryan Hunter scored 91 for Civil Service (CricketEurope)
Ryan Hunter and Marc Ellison ensured CSN made the top half of the cut-off and condemned Carrickfergus to the relegation struggle. Michael Rippon hit an unbeaten 107 from 115 balls (10 fours, 2 sixes), sharing an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 156 with skipper CJ van der Walt (58*) in Carrick's 242 for 4. Teenage prodigy Hunter dominated an opening stand of 88 in 15 overs with Paddy Beverland (23), and a further 81 with Ellison. Hunter probably deserved a century, but had to settle for 91 (10 fours, 1 six). The form of Ellison too is a boost for the Stormont side as the former New Zealand U19 international hit 6 fours and 2 sixes in his unbeaten 75 from 70 balls, sealing the six-wickets win in the 42nd over.
Instonians beat Waringstown by 45 runs
Shaw's Bridge, 1 July.
Instonians 246/7 (50 overs; Shane Dadswell 53, Andy White 44, Nikolai Smith 41*, Daniel Rose 39, Shane Getkate 25; Ben Snell 2-32, Greg Thompson 2-47, James Cameron-Dow 2-50)
Waringstown 201 (42 overs; Pat Botha 78, Greg Thompson 61; Ben Rose 3-39, Shane Dadswell 2-29, Cian Robertson 2-43, Andy White 2-47)
Shane Dadswell top scored for Instonians with 53 runs. (Pacemaker Press)
Instonians delivered a blow to Waringstown's title hopes and reignited their own hopes of the crown with a 45-run win at Shaw's Bridge. Shane Dadswell top-scored with 53, sharing a furth wicket stand of 70 with Shane Getkate (25) after they had been 47 for 3. Andy White made 44, adding what turned out to be a decisive 6th wicket stand of 58 with Nikolai Smith - who his 4 sixes in his 21-ball 41 not out - in just 38 balls, having also shared a partnership of 56 with Daniel Rose (39). Waringstown looked favourites after a 5th wicket stand of 101 in 16 overs between Pat Botha - who top-scored with 78 (8 fours, 3 sixes) - and in-form skipper Greg Thompson, who made 61 (5 fours, 3 sixes). However, once it was broken, Inst' chipped away to get the win with Ben Rose taking three wickets and two each for Shane Dadswell, Andy White, and Cian Robertson.
North Down beat Derriaghy by 9 wickets
Comber, 1 July.
Derriaghy 121 (37.2 overs: David Scott 32, Patrick Kruger 26, Jamie Magowan 25; Dale Phillips 3-15, Jacob Mulder 3-33, Tom Mayes 2-18)
North Down 122-1 (22 overs; Ally Shields 62*, Ani Chore 32, Dale Phillips 27*)
Dale Phillips enjoyed a fine all-round display for North Down (CricketEurope)
North Down romped to an emphatic 9-wickets win over Derriaghy at Comber. Tom Mayes (2-18) struck two early blows, while Dale Phillips and Jacob Mulder then took three wickets apiece as the visitors were dismissed for just 121. David Scott top-scored with 32, while there were contributions from Patrick Kruger (26) and Jamie Magowan (25). The modest target was quickly knocked off with Ally Shields hitting 9 fours in an unbeaten 62, sharing an opening stand of 54 with Ani Chore (32) and an unbroken 68 for the second with Dale Phillips (27*).
Woodvale lost to Lisburn by 28 runs (DLS)
Ballygomartin Road, 1 July.
Lisburn 246 (48.3 overs; Nigel Jones 61, Adam Berry 51, David Miller 30, Faiz Fazal 26, Matthew Humphreys 25; Kyle Walsh 3-25, Ruhan Pretorius 3-27)
Woodvale 221 (47.4 overs; Ludwig Kaestner 71, Ruhan Pretorius 40, James Rose 36, Harry Warke 33; Mark Berry 4-36, Matthew Humphreys 3-33) (Match reduced to 49 overs during Lisburn innings - Target 250 off 49 overs)
Kyle Walsh took 3-25 in today's game. (CricketEurope)
Lisburn won the closest match of the day with a 28-run DLS victory over Woodvale at Ballygomartin Road. Nigel Jones hit 5 fours and cleared the ropes four times in a top-score of 61 at better than even time, while Adam Berry made a run-a-ball 51 (3 fours, 1 six). There were also runs for David Miller (30), Faiz Fazal (26) and Matthew Humphreys (25) in a total of 246 - 3 wickets apiece for Kyle Walsh and Ruhan Pretorius. Woodvale threatened the chase at times, with Ludwig Kaestner hitting 6 fours and 4 sixes in his 71 - sharing a partnership of 78 for the second wicket with Ruhan Pretorius. James Rose (36) and Harry Warke (33) looked to be wrestling control back with a 5th wicket stand of 63, but from 189 for 4, Lisburn got the vital breakthrough, going on to win by 28 runs - four wickets for Mark Berry and three for Matthew Humphreys.
CIYMS beat Woodvale by 8 wickets
Belmont, 17 June.
Woodvale 118 (32.4 overs: Paul Robinson 35*, Ludwig Kaestner 25; Tyron Koen 3-17, Theo van Woerkom 2-20, Allen Coulter 2-27)
CIYMS 123/2 (14 overs: Ross Adair 54, John Matchett 53*)
CIYMS had little trouble accounting for Woodvale, as the Ballygomartin side were dismissed for just 118 - Paul Robinson top-scoring with 35 not out down the order. Tyron Koen picked up two wickets, while there were two apiece for Theo van Woerkom and Allen Coulter. Chris Dougherty went early in the reply, but a second wicket stand of 84 in 9 overs between Ross Adair and John Matchett sped the Belmont side to an 8-wicket win. Adair hit 5 sixes and 4 fours in his 54 from 33 balls, while skipper Matchett was also in a hurry, hitting 6 fours and 2 sixes in an undefeated 53 from only 37 deliveries.
Derriaghy lost to Instonians by 126 runs (DLS)
Queensway, 17 June.
Instonians 319 (47.1 overs; Shane Dadswell 96, Shane Getkate 77, Jack Dickson 60*; Curtis Moorhead 3-55, Ivan Sinovich 3-84, Ross Bailey 2-45)
Derriaghy 172 (38.3 overs: Jamie Magowan 35, Jordan Wade 33, Matthew Halliday 29; Andrew White 4-39, Cade Carmichael 2-22, Cian Robertson 2-32) (Match reduced to 44 overs - Target 299)
Curtis Moorhead to Shane Getkate
Instonians outgunned Derriaghy to record a 126-run verdict at Queensway. Shane Dadswell cleared the ropes 10 times in a top-score of 96, adding 154 for the 4th wicket with Shane Getkate, who made 77 (9 fours, 3 sixes). If the hosts thought the worst was over with their dismissals, they were wrong as former Ireland U19 opener Jack Dickson unleashed further carnage. He hit 7 sixes and 4 fours in a 19-ball unbeaten 60 - 48 of which came from him alone in the 46th and 47th over. A final total of 319 was always out of sight for Derriaghy, with Jamie Magowan (35) and Jordan Wade (33) the best of their 172. Andy White picked up four wickets to keep their title ambitions firmly on course.
Lisburn beat North Down by 166 runs (DLS)
Wallace Park, 17 June.
Lisburn 317 (49.3 overs; Nigel Jones 82, Faiz Fazal 78, Chris Burns 51, James Hunter 47; Peter Eakin 5-62, Peter Davison 2-81)
North Down 131 (36.3 overs: Alistair Shields 38, Jacob Mulder 21; Nigel Jones 2-11, David Simpson 2-18, Mark Berry 2-50) (Match reduced to 45 overs - Target 298)
Defending champions Lisburn delivered a statement 166-run win over North Down with their powerful batting line-up firing them to 317. They never looked backed after an opening stand of 107 between Faiz Fazal (78) and new partner Chris Burns (51) - rewarded with a call-up after his double-hundred and century for the seconds last week. Nigel Jones hit 6 sixes in his 82 from 75 balls, adding 85 in 8 overs with James Hunter, whose 47 from only 28 deliveries included 5 fours and 3 sixes. Peter Eakin claimed five wickets but by then the damage was done. North Down's chase never got going, with Ally Shieldss (38) their top scorer in 131 all out. Jones completed a fine day with two wickets, while there were also a brace for David Simpson and Mark Berry on a day when everything went right for the Wallace Park side.
Carrickfergus beat Cliftonville Academy by 11 runs (DLS)
Middle Road, 17 June.
Carrickfergus 208 (46.3 overs; Jake Egan 104, Iain Parkhill 36, Alex Haggan 21; Matthew McCord 4-34, Jared Wilson 3-51, Abhishek Raut 2-61)
Cliftonville Academy 201 (46.2 overs: Jared Wilson 94, Francis Collins 27, Matty McCord 22; Alex Haggan 5-32, Michael Rippon 2-53) (Match reduced to 47 overs - Target 213)
Jake Egan on his way to a century today. (CricketEurope)
Jake Egan's century and a five-wicket haul for Alex Haggan helped Carrick to a crucial win over Cliftonville Academy. Egan hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in his 104 - half of the home side's 208. He added 70 for the second wicket with Iain Parkhill (36), before CA hit back. Matty McCord took four wickets - finishing the innings with a hat-trick, while Jared Wilson also picked up three scalps. The pair then looked to steering CA to victory as they added 78 for the 6th wicket, but Haggan's heroics stalled the chase. The wicket of Wilson was the decisive one - out for 94 from 81 balls (10 fours, 4 sixes) - as his side fell 11 runs short.
Waringstown beat CSN by 1 wicket (DLS)
The Lawn, 17 June.
CSN 223/5 (40 overs; Stuart Thompson 60*, Ryan Harrison 56, Paddy Beverland 43, Marc Ellison 37*)
Waringstown 242/9 (40 overs: Pat Botha 80, Morgan Topping 41, James Cameron-Dow 32*, Adam Dennison 27, Greg Thompson 23; Matthew Foster 4-46, James West 3-42) (Match reduced to 40 overs - Target 238)
Marc Ellison batting for CSNI against Waringstown (Pacemaker Press)
James Cameron-Dow was the Waringstown hero as he sealed a last ball one-wicket win against CSNI. In a game that ebbed and flowed throughout, two were needed for victory with the last pair at the wicket, and having missed the chance with the previous three balls, JCD held his nerve to dispatch Finn Lutton over the ropes. Chasing a DLS 238 in 40 overs, Pat Botha's 80 from 64 balls (8 fours, 3 sixes) put the hosts on track as he and Morgan Topping (41) added 93 in 14 overs for the third wicket. Four wickets then fell for just 12 runs with James West (3-42) getting the Stormont side back into contention. Cameron-Dow then added 33 for the 8th wicket with Ben Snell before Matty Foster (4-46) struck twice in the penultimate over to set up the thrilling finale. Earlier, half centuries from skipper Stuart Thompson (60*) and Ryan Harrison (56) saw the pair add 114 in 15 overs, while there were runs too for Paddy Beverland (43) and Marc Ellison (37) in a game that will live long in the memory.
Carrickfergus beat Lisburn by 6 wickets
Middle Road, 10 June.
Lisburn 294/6 (50 overs: Neil Whitworth 114*, Faiz Fazal 92, Matthew Humphreys 57; CJ van der Walt 2-55)
Carrickfergus 296/4 (48.5 overs: Michael Rippon 112*, CJ van der Walt 71*, Craig Averill 58)
Carrick appeal successfully (Pacemaker Press)
Lisburn may have been thinking they were on safe ground after posting 294 at Middle Road but an often asked question is - 'Just what is a safe score at Carrickfergus?' Not 294 today as Michael Rippon and Carrick skipper CJ van der Walt added an unbeaten 137 for the fifth wicket to see the Cowboys home with seven balls to spare.
CIYMS beat North Down by 6 wickets
Belmont, 10 June.
North Down 253 (49.1 overs: Ani Chore 104, Peter Davison 46*, Jacob Mulder 38; Ed Nuttall 3-30, John Matchett 2-45)
CIYMS 259/4 (33.1 overs: Jason vd Merwe 104, Tyron Koen 54*, Chris Dougherty 37, Ross Adair 28; Peter Eakin 2-42, Peter Davison 2-58)
Century for Aniruddha Chore not enough at Belmont (CricketEurope)
Another century for Ani Chore and runs at the tail end of the innings from Peter Davison meant that North Down posted a challenging 253 at Belmont. CIYMS might light of the chase winning inside 34 overs - Jason vd Merwe racing to a century off just 64 deliveries in his innings of 104 that contained 9x4s & 8x6s.
Cliftonville Academy beat Instonians by 56 runs
Castle Grounds, 10 June.
Cliftonville Academy 280/8 (50 overs: Abhishek Raut 121, Jared Wilson 95; Shane Dadswell 4-60, Andrew White 3-51)
Instonians 224 (37 overs: Daniel Rose 56, Shane Dadswell 37, Nikolai Smith 35, Cade Carmichael 20; Ben Kane 4-57, Abhishek Raut 3-37, Jared Wilson 3-45)
Shane Dadwell added another four wickets to his tally today (CricketEurope)
Cliftonville Academy were without their captain Max Burton who picked up a hand injury last week and quickly found themselves two wickets down in the first two overs. Abhishek Raut and Jared Wilson to the rescue adding 198 for the fourth wicket. That proved to be the difference in the two sides as left arm spinner Ben Kane knocked the heart out of the reply having Cade Carmichael stumped and bowling Shane Getkate next ball. Shane Dadswell was going well but when he became Kane's third victim two overs later Instonians had a mountain to climb.
Stand-in captain Richard Hood after an impressive win for Cliftonville Academy
CSN beat Woodvale by 1 wicket
Stormont, 10 June.
Woodvale 323/6 (50 overs: Ludwig Kaestner 101, James Hall 94, Ruhan Pretorius 66, Aditya Adey 20; Ryan Harrison 3-69, Matthew Foster 2-63)
CSN 324/9 (49.5 overs: Ryan Harrison 101, Stuart Thompson 35, Paddy Beverland 34, James West 33*, Adam Lecky 27; Ruhan Pretorius 3-52, Paul Robinson 2-44, Aditya Adey 2-58)
A 180 run opening partnership between Ludwig Kaestner and James Hall set Woodvale on their way to another big total this week. Another century for Kaestner, and James Hall falling within one hit of one also. It was 240 before the second wicket fell with CSNI pulling things back somewhat in the closing overs, with Harrison and Foster picking up wickets when the slog was on. Ryan Harrison led the way as he blasted a century in the reply, his 101 containing 9x4s & 4x6s dominating a 72 run seventh wicket partnership with Adam Leckey whose contribution was 18. But it was the youthful pairing of James West and Finn Lutton, who added an unbeaten 43 for the tenth wicket that broke Woodvale hearts, as they crossed the line with a ball to spare. Thirty nine extras in that Woodvale bowling effort, including 29 wides is surely something that they should be taking a long hard look at?
Waringstown lost to Derriaghy by 57 runs
The Lawn, 10 June.
Derriaghy 289 (49.2 overs: Patrick Kruger 90, Sam Gordon 43, Matthew Halliday 38, Curtis Moorhead 30, Ross Bailey 22; Seby Best 2-24, Phil Eaglestone 2-51)
Waringstown 232 (45.5 overs: Jack Snell 69, Greg Thompson 69, Morgan Topping 43; Craig Lewis 3-26, Curtis Moorhead 3-46, Wayne Hughes 3-53)
Patrick Kruger's brutal assault on the Waringstown attack led Derriaghy to a famous win at The Lawn. The South African top-scored with 90 from just 55 balls (12 fours, 4 sixes) as the Queensway side racked up 289 - runs too for Sam Gordon (43), Matthew Halliday (38) and Curtis Moorhead - who hit five boundaries in a late flurry with a vital 30. The hosts lost early wickets but rallied strongly with Greg Thompson looking as if he was going to deny the visitors for the second time in two days. Thompson raced to 69 in 40 balls (11 fours, 1 six) adding 92 with Jack Snell who also made 69. With 72 needed from 9 overs it was game on, but Thompson's dismissal sparked a collapse, with six wickets tumbling for 15 runs - for once their availability and injury issues couldn't be hidden as Derriaghy celebrated a deserved win in some style - three wickets apiece for the old firm of Craig Lewis, Wayne Hughes and Curtis Moorhead.
CSN beat Cliftonville Academy by 15 runs
Stormont, 3 June.
CSN 275/5 (50 overs: Marc Ellison 91*, Harry Dyer 66*, Ryan Hunter 46, Stuart Thompson 21; Abhishek Raut 2-41, Max Burton 2-46)
Cliftonville Academy 260/9 (50 overs: Abhishek Raut 95, Francis Collins 66, Jared Wilson 44; Finn Lutton 3-46, Ryan Harrison 3-62, Connor De Wet 2-31)
Cliftonville Academy came up short again not able to maintain the early momentum from Francis Collins and Abhishek Raut. Needing just over a run-a-ball from the fianl six overs, the last five batters managed only 14 runs off 34 deliveries against tight bowling from Finn Lutton and Ryan Harrison.
Instonians beat CIYMS by 5 wickets
Shaw's Bridge, 3 June.
CIYMS 263 (50 overs: Chris Dougherty 69, Tyron Koen 66, Jason vd Merwe 22; Ben Rose 2-51, Daniel Rose 2-52, Shane Dadswell 2-59)
Instonians 265/5 (47.5 overs: Robert McKinley 101*, Shane Dadswell 82, Daniel Rose 38*; John Matchett 3-40)
Lisburn beat Waringstown by 91 runs
Wallace Park, 3 June.
Lisburn 302/5 (50 overs: Faiz Fazal 147*, Adam Berry 58*, James Hunter 22; Pat Botha 2-56)
Waringstown 211/9 closed (38.2 overs: Greg Thompson 76, Patrick Botha 53, Adam Dennison 37; Matthew Humphreys 3-47, Neil Whitworth 2-25)
An unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 139 between Adam Berry and Faiz Fazal carried the hosts past 300 against previously unbeaten Waringstown. A shakey start to the reply from the Villagers saw them reduced to 40/4 before Greg Thompson added 76 with Pat Botha for the fifth, and 72 with Rory Bessell for the sixth wickets but Thompson's departure with just over 100 still required signalled the end of the challenge.
North Down beat Carrickfergus by 181 runs
Comber, 3 June.
North Down 280/5 (50 overs: Ani Chore 137, Alistair Shields 77, Peter Eakin 31)
Carrickfergus 99 (25.1 overs: Michael Rippon 39, CJ van der Walt 28; Ryan Haire 3-9, Tom Crothers 2-7, Jacob Mulder 2-8, Peter Davison 2-15)
Another impressive opening partnership from the League's most consistent pairing saw Ani Chore and Ally Shields add 172 to steer North Down back on track after last week's shock Cup exit. With Craig Averill out first ball of the reply, and his partner Michael Gilmour following quickly after, the contrast in the two innings could not have been starker. After those opening strikes by skipper Peter Davison it was left to the spin department to wrap things up, three wickets for Ryan Haire and two each for Tom Crothwrs and Jacob Mulder. The only hint of defiance from Carrick coming in a mid innings in the shape of a 48 run partnership between Michael Rippon and CJ van der Walt.
Woodvale beat Derriaghy by 27 runs
Ballygomartin Road, 3 June.
Woodvale 422/6 (50 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 230, Ludwig Kaestner 151; Chris Lewis 4-71, Curtis Moorhead 2-89)
Derriaghy 395/8 (50 overs: Patrick Kruger 114, Sam Gordon 94, Jamie Magowan 51, Ivan Sinovich 42*, Ross Bailey 31*, Matthew Halliday 22; Stephen Bunting 3-68, Carl Robonson 3-83)
Ruhan Pretorius (230) and Ludwig Kaestner (151) added 382 in their partnership (CricketEurope)
One for the record books as Woodvale posted a mammoth 422 and Derriaghy answering with 395. A 382 run second wicket partnership between Ruhan Pretorius and Ludwid Kaestner sent the statistcians scrambling through their record books. But Derriaghy produced some fireworks of their own in reply, Sam Gordon fell just short of becoming the third centurion of the day, an honour claimed in spectacular style by Patrick Kruger. No words for this runfest, the figures speak for themselves. Ruhan Pretorius 230 off 145 balls (28x4, 9x6), Ludwig Kaestner 151 off 133 balls (9x4, 8x6), Sam Gordon 94 off 83 balls (13x4, 2x6) and Patrick Kruger 114 off 46 balls (8x4, 11x6).
Woodvale lost to Waringstown by 7 wickets
Ballygomartin Road, 1 June.
Woodvale 128/7 (20 overs: Carl Robinson 32, Ludwig Kaestner 22; Greg Thompson 3-23, James Mitchell 2-26)
Waringstown 129/3 (15 overs: Adam Dennison 44, Pat Botha 41*)
Greg Thompson took 3-23 in Waringstown's win. (CricketEurope)
Woodvale had fifty on the board by the time they lost their third wicket at the start of the seventh over but that was as good as it got as Greg Thompson and Pat Botha pulled back the scoring rate to leave the hosts with a below par 128 in their allotted overs. No problems for Waringstown in knocking off the 129 required with Adam Dennison and Pat Botha both posting forties to take the Villagers to the top of the Premier League table with four wins out of four.
Carrickfergus lost to Instonians by 238 runs
Middle Road, 13 May.
Instonians 316/8 (50 overs: Cade Carmichael 79, Shane Dadswell 65, Shane Getkate 51, Andrew White 29, Daniel Rose 24*; Craig Averill 3-66, Michael Rippon 2-39)
Carrickfergus 78 (25.3 overs: Alex Haggan 21; Andew White 3-5, Ben Rose 2-1, James Magee 2-19, Shane Dadswell 2-21)
One way traffic at Middle Road as Instonians topped 300 in their 50 overs. Cade Carmichael has been blasting away at the top of the order in the rearranged 20 over games and kept that form going today. There were Half centuries from Shane Dadswell (65) and Shane Getkate (51) as the visitors piled on the agony. A day with the bat that Carrick will want to forget as they capitulated first to seam and then to the spin pairing of Andrew White and Ben Rose whose combined figures were 5 wickets for only 6 runs.
CIYMS lost to CSN by 6 wickets
Belmont, 13 May.
CIYMS 278 (46.5 overs: Jason vd Merwe 129, John Matchett 59, Allen Coulter 30*; Matthew Foster 2-36, Ryan Harrison 2-46, Harry Dyer 2-69)
CSN 280/4 (47.1 overs: Ryan Harrison 89, Stuart Thompson 68*, Marc Ellison 47, Paddy Beverland 44)
Ryan Harrison who scored 89 in the win over CIYMS. (CricketEurope)
A century from Jason vd Merwe (96b 17x4, 5x6) was the highlight of an imposing CIYMS total that got off to a faltering start with Ross Adair and Chris Dougherty both out without scoring within the first two overs. But it was to be in a losing cause as Ryan Harrison and Stuart Thompson added 141 for the fourth CSNI wicket to carry the visitors home with almost 3 overs to spare.
Cliftonville Academy beat Woodvale by 88 runs
Castle Grounds, 13 May.
Cliftonville Academy 261/5 (50 overs: Abhishek Raut 67, Francis Collins 56, Max Burton 44, Jared Wilson 37; Aditya Adey 2-30)
Woodvale 173 (34.5 overs: Ludwig Kaestner 85; Ben Kane 4-43, Richard Hood 2-25, Jared Wilson 2-29, Matty McCord 2-41)
Francis Collins hits one out of the Castle Grounds (CricketEurope)
The signs were ominous for Woodvale right from the off as Max Burton and Francis Collins added 90 in an opening partnership. Their good work was carried on by Jared Wilson and Abhishek Raut who pushed the total out of reach of a struggling Woodvale side. Ludwig Kaestner in the runs again but the visitors were never in the hunt spun out by Ben Kane who claimed four wickets.
Derriaghy lost to Lisburn by 69 runs
Queensway, 13 May.
Lisburn 233 (48.2 overs: David Miller 85, Josh Manley 35, Neil Whitworth 26; Patrick Kruger 3-25, Ross Bailey 3-39, Craig Lewis 2-40, Wayne Hughes 2-59)
Derriaghy 164 (34.5 overs: Matthew Halliday 27; Neil Whitworth 4-48, Nigel Jones 2-22, Josh Manley 2-25)
David Miller top scored with 85 against Derriaghy (CricketEurope)
Lisburn recovered from a poor start that saw Derriaghy professional Pat Kruger remove the Lisburn top three, Fazal, Waite and Hunter in a blast that left the visitors 26/3 in the sixth over. David Miller set about the rebuilding and with runs late on from Josh Manley pushed the total past 200 and relative safety. The Derriaghy chase never really got going as Lisburn chipped away taking wickets at regular intervals to claim the points in the local 'derby'.
Waringstown beat North Down by 34 runs
The Lawn, 13 May.
Waringstown 273/7 (50 overs: James McCollum 87, Greg Thompson 42, Adam Dennison 33, Morgan Topping 31; Jacob Mulder 3-53, Naushad Shaikh 2-36, )
North Down 239 (49.2 overs: Ally Shields 55, Ani Chore 55, Peter Davison 26*, Tom Mayes 23; Adam Dennison 4-31, Pat Botha 2-37, Rory Bessell 2-37, Greg Thompson 2-46)
Waringstown celebrated the re-opening of the Roy Harrison pavilion with a 34 run win over North Down. Runs again for James McCollum and partnerships a plenty as Waringstown racked up 273. A century partnership between North Down openers Ally Shields and Ani Chore was ended by Greg Thompson who claimed them both before an unlikely appearance with the ball from Adam Dennison removed the middle order in a 4 wicket burst. More comfortable in the end that that 34 run margin might suggest.
Cliftonville Academy lost to Lisburn by 5 wickets
Castle Grounds, 14 May.
Cliftonville Academy 127/6 (18 overs: Jared Wilson 31, Matty McCord 23, Francis Collins 22, Max Burton 21; Neil Whitworth 4-15 )
Lisburn 131/5 (17.4 overs: Faiz Fazal 80*, Neil Whitworth 23; Ben Kane 2-35) (Delayed start - Match reduced to 18 overs.)
The Run Out of Nigel Jones led to a tense finish in the match. (CricketEurope)
It took a Faiz Fazal 'special' to secure the win for last year's champions as they chased down the Cliftonville Academy total with just two balls to spare. Lots of starts in the home side's total but no one went on as Neil Whitworth added another 4 wickets to the 4 he took yesterday. In the reply Fazal lost Jonathan Waite and James Hunter inside four overs, left-arm spinner Ben Kane bowling both as they gave him the charge. It took a 64 run partnership between Fazal and Whitworth to get Lisburn back within striking distance. NIgel Jones came to the crease when Whitworth clipped Max Burton to Raut at midwicket, but he was run out before David Miller gloved a reverse sweep to Richard Hood at backward point. Seven required from the last over but a Fazal 6 onto the top of the bank saw Lisburn squeeze home with two balls to spare in a game that Cliftonville Academy felt they had opportunities to win.
Instonians beat Woodvale by 8 wickets
Shaw's Bridge, 11 May.
Woodvale 57/5 (7 overs: Ludwig Kaestner 18, James Rose 14, Ruhan Pretorius 13; Cian Robertson 3-8, James Magee 1-23)
Instonians 62/2 (4.5 overs: Cade Carmichael 50*) (Match reduced to 7 overs pre-start.)
A 17 ball half-century from Cade Carmichael ensured that Instonians emerged victorious in a much reduced game at Shaw's Bridge. Only a seven overs per side match was possible when the umpires deemed conditions were finally fit for play. Woodvale openers Ludwig Kaestner and Ruhan Pretorius added 31 in 3 overs but both fell in consecutive deliveries, Pretorius bowled by James Magee off the final ball of the third over, and Kaestner the first of Cian Robertson's three wickets, off the first ball of the next, and adding a second, Aditya Adey in the same over. Woodvale managed only two more boundaries after Adey's wicket and the innings petered out for a disappointing 57. With a spectacular display of hitting, Instonians chased it down in just 29 balls, Cade Carmichael hitting 3x4s and 5x6s in his short stay - to put his innings in context, the other 3 batters who got to the crease faced a total of 12 balls off which they scored 7 runs!
Carrickfergus lost to Waringstown by 7 wickets
Middle Road, 9 May.
Carrickfergus 94 (20 overs: Alex Haggan 26*; Rory Bessell 3-18, Ben Snell 2-17, Greg Thompson 2-17)
Waringstown 98/3 (14.3 overs: James McCollum 34*, Morgan Topping 29)
CJ vd Walt hits a catch to former Carrick professional Pat Botha at long-on (CricketEurope)
Slow going on a slow pitch for Carrick who could muster only 94 with Alex Haggan again the top scorer, again not out. Five wickets for the seamers Bessell and Snell with Greg Thomson claiming two and Lee Nelson one. With Lee Nelson out in the first over of the chase it was James McCollum and Morgan Topping who added 50 for the second wicket, McCollum going on to an unbeaten 34 as Waringstown won with over five overs to spare.
CSN lost to North Down by 64 runs
Stormont, 9 May.
North Down 170/3 (20 overs: Aniruddha Chore 58, Ally Shields 56, Peter Eakin 27; Ryan Harrison 2-32)
CSN 106/7 (20 overs: Andrew Cowden 27*; Naushad Shaikh 3-13, Peter Eakin 2-8, Peter Davison 2-23)
Naushad Shaikh added another three wickets to his tally tonight. (CricketEurope)
An opening partnership of 108 between Ani Chore and Ally Shields who both posted half-centuries ensured that North Down would have plenty to spare in a one-sided contest at Stormont. Only three wickets fell in their 170 with New Zealander Ryan Harrison claiming two, and Adam Leckey the other. After the two Peters, Davison and Eakin had knocked over the first four in the CSNI order it was the spin of Shaikh who added another three to the five-for he took yesterday. Andrew Cowden and Finn Lutton (19) batted out the overs in an unbroken eighth wicket partnership that took the home side past 100.
Cliftonville Academy lost to Waringstown by 9 wickets
Castle Grounds, 7 May.
Cliftonville Academy 107 (20 overs: Max Burton 52, Varun Chopra 22; Pat Botha 4-21, Lee Nelson 2-19)
Waringstown 108/1 (14.3 overs: James McCollum 57*, Morgan Topping 39*)
James McCollum who scored an unbeaten 57 at the Castle Grounds (CricketEurope)
A first run out of the season for both these sides, and if Cliftonville Academy looked a little rusty, the same could not be said for Waringstown, who wrapped up the win in emphatic style. For the hosts only Max Burton and Varun Chopra, fresh in from Coleraine, reached double figures, Burton in particular making use of the shorter boundaries to register 5 Max-imums in his 38 ball innings. Chopra scored his runs at end of the innings ensuring that the home side at least got past the 100 mark. The early loss of Lee Nelson, chopping on to Richard Hood, proved to be a false dawn for the hosts as McCollum and Topping picked of the bowling at will, in an unbroken second wicket partnership of 80, that saw Waringstown over the line in the fifteenth over.
Woodvale v Waringstown - POSTPONED
Ballygomartin Road, 6 May.
Woodvale
Waringstown
Derriaghy lost to Carrickfergus by 3 wickets
Queensway, 6 May.
Derriaghy 213 (43.5 overs: Sam Gordon 76, Jamie Magowan 41, Jordan Wade 31; Michael Armstrong 3-58, Alex Haggan 2-21, Michael Rippon 2-37)
Carrickfergus 216/7 (45.4 overs: Alex Haggan 55*, Michael Rippon 38, CJ vd Walt 36, Craig Averill 20; Wayne Hughes 3-36, Callum Weir 2-50)
Not for the first time it was Alex Haggan who saved the day for Carrickfergus. As they faltered in the chase at 116/5, he added 48 vital runs with Michael Rippon before completing an unbeaten half century that was a match winning one. Earlier for Derriaghy Sam Gordon and Jamie Magowan had added 58 for the sixth wicket before the fall of Magowan's wicket precipitated a collapse that meant Derriaghy came up a lot shorter than looked likely while the pair were together. Derriaghy pushed Carrick all the way but that first innings falling away cost them dearly today.
Lisburn lost to CIYMS by 6 wickets
Wallace Park, 6 May.
Lisburn 180 (48.5 overs: Faiz Fazal 101; John Matchett 3-26, Theo van Woekrom 3-32, Adam Kennedy 2-36)
CIYMS 181/4 (Overs 24: Ross Adair 60, Jason van der Merwe 48, John Matchett 34, Nigel Jones 2-19)
Faiz Fazal's century was in a losing cause today. (CricketEurope)
A Faiz Fazal century was not enough for champions Lisburn as CIYMS made it three out of three at Wallace Park, Ross Adair replying with a typical high speed half century, his 60 coming off only 47 balls, containing 6x4s & 5x6s. That set things up for in form Jason van der Merwe and John Matchett to carry CI to the line in only 24 overs. Earlier there were three wickets each for Matchett and Theo van Wokrom in an Lisburn innings where the next highest score to Fazal's century was 14 from Neil Whitworth.
Instonians beat Civil Service North by 139 runs
Shaw's Bridge, 6 May.
Instonians 218 (49.3 overs: Cade Carmichael 49, Adam Ly 45, Shane Dadswell 39, Andrew White 23; Finn Lutton 2-33, Adam Leckey 2-37, Ryan Harrison 2-46)
Civil Service North 79 (25.5 overs: Chris McMorran 23, Harry Dyer 20; Shane Dadswell 4-12, Cian Robertson 3-33, Daniel Rose 2-15)
CSNI could only muster 79 as they were blown away by Inst's overseas professional Shane Dadswell going down to a 139 run defeat inside 26 overs. Earlier Inst's top scorer was Cade Carmichael who added 81 with Adam Ly to carry the home side's total past 200. Early wickets for James Magee and Daniel Rose in the CSNI chase but it was Dadswell who settled the issue with a four wicket burst that removed the middle order. With Cian Robertson mopping up the tail it was all over before the Drinks break, a massive 139 run margin on a day to forget for CSNI.
North Down beat Cliftonville Academy by 29 runs
Comber, 8 May.
North Down 171 (40.2 overs: Aniruddha Chore 35, Naushad Shaikh 26, Stuart Nelson 27, Ally Shields 24; Ben Kane 3-26, Abhishek Raut 3-41, Jared Wilson 2-32)
Cliftonville Academy 142 (39.3 overs: Francis Collins 34, Max Burton 33, Abhishek Raut 29; Naushad Shaikh 5-16, Ally Shields 2-37) (Match reduced to 41 overs pre-start.)
Naushad Shaikh match winning 5 for 16 (CricketEurope)
Cliftonville Academy were strangled by spin, as overseas professional Naushad Shaikh and Jacob Mulder bowled their 16.3 overs for a mere 35 runs. The chase had started brightly for the visitors with Francis Collins and Max Burton posting 47 for the first wicket, and the 100 was raised for the loss of only three. However the introduction of Mulder and Shaikh brought their progress to a dramatic halt and they lost their next seven wickets for a mere 30 runs. In the North Down innings there were lots who got 'starts' without anyone going on to play the 'big' innings. After a steady opening that saw Ally Shields and Ani Chore add 63 for the first wicket, it was the spin of Ben Kane and Abhishek Raut that broke the back of the batting, with only a late order 27 from Stuart Nelson enabling the hosts to post a vulnerable looking 171, but which, in the end, proved to be more than enough.
CIYMS beat Carrickfergus by 8 wickets
Belmont, 4 May.
Carrickfergus 130/9 (20 overs: Michael Gilmour 40, Jake Egan 37; John Matchett 3-20, Ed Nuttall 2-37)
CIYMS 131/2 (13.5 overs; Ross Adair 85*, J Matchett 26)
Ross Adair scored an unbeaten 85 (CricketEurope)
Carrick lost CJ van der Walt bowled by Ed Nuttall first ball of the night but Michael Gilmour and Jake Egan added 73 before both fell in the tenth over. A struggle for Carrick from then on with CI skipper John Matchett taking three wickets and Ed Nuttall two. Ross Adair in a hurry as he and CIYMS race out of the blocks, although the stand is broken on 53 with Michael Rippon striking in his first over as he bowls Chris Dougherty for 17. The Dutch/NZ international runs into the Ross Adair show in his next over as he is thumped over the ropes twice. Adair then repeats the trick in the next over against Van Der Walt to go to 60. CIYMS romped to victory with Ross Adair hitting 7 sixes and 7 fours in a brilliant unbeaten 85 from just 42 balls, He added 77 in 9 overs with skipper John Matchett who fell for 26 with the scores level. Two wins out of two for the Belmont sde who look a real force again this season despite the personnel changes.
CIYMS opener Ross Adair who scored unbeaten 85 as they beat Carrick by 8 wickets
North Down beat Woodvale by 4 runs
Comber, 4 May.
North Down 172/3 (20 overs: Ani Chore 86*, Ally Shields 50 ; Paul Robinson 2-28)
Woodvale 168/2 (20 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 80*, Ludwig Kaestner 75)
A 140 run partnership between Woodvale's overseas professional Ludwig Kaestner and Ruhan Pretorius was not enough to chase down the home side's 172 as North Down squeezed home by 4 runs in a thriller. Earlier Ally Shields and Ani Chore had posted 87 for the first wicket before Chore powered on to finish unbeaten with 87 off just 57 balls. A blistering start to the chase with Kaestner and Pretorius finding and clearing the boundary but the key to the North Down win was Jacob Mulder's mid-innings spell of 3 overs which yielded only 8 runs and saw him concede only 13 in total.
North Down captain Peter Davison after 4-run win over Woodvale
Instonians lost to Lisburn by 29 runs
Shaw's Bridge, 4 May.
Lisburn 149/7 (20 overs: Faiz Fazal 44, James Hunter 29, Jonathan Waite 23, Josh Manley 22*; Andrew White 2-17)
Instonians 120 all out (18 overs; Shane Getkate 35, Ben Rose 25*, Neil Whitworth 4-15, Faiz Fazal 2-15, James Hunter 2-20)
Neil Whitworth took a hat-trick as Lisburn beat Instonians by 29 runs (CricketEurope)
The champions post 144 with Faiz Fazal top scoring with 44, and 20s from debutant James Hunter, Jonathan Waite and Josh Manley. Andrew White (2-17) the pick of the bowlers. The hosts reply off to a dreadful start with overseas professional dismissed for 0 in the first over by David Simpson. White follows to Whitworth, and a wicket for Nigel Jones in his first over for Lisburn, getting revenge on Nikolai Smith who hit him for six the ball before. Shane Getkate then takes a shine to Jones depositing him for successive sixes as 16 comes off the 8th over. Could get interesting if Getkate hangs around. Two wickets for Fazal in the 11th over - Ly and Robertson swings momentum back towards the champions. James Hunter then bowls Getkate for 35, and follows up with the wicket of Daniel Rose. Ben Rose chipped in with 25 before becoming the second wicket for Neil Whitworth, who finishes the game in style by claiming a hat-trick as James Magee and Matthew Peak go first ball. The holders get their Premier League defence off to a winning start.
Lisburn captain Callum Atkinson after they opened their title defence wiith win over Instonians
CSN beat Derriaghy by 6 wickets
Stormont, 2 May.
Derriaghy 157/6 (20 overs: Jordan Wade 45, Patrick Kruger 36, Craig Lewis 28; Harry Dyer 4-25, Finn Lutton 2-29)
CSN 158/4 (17.1 overs: Stuart Thompson 80*, Ryan Harrison 32; Craig Lewis 2-29)
A captain's innings from Stuart Thompson grabbed the points for CSNI as they chased down Derriaghy's 156 with nearly three overs to spare. Jordan Wade had got Derriaghy off to a flyer adding 46 for the first wicket with Matthew Halliday, before overseas professional Patrick Kruger and Craig Lewis chipped in mid innings to carry the visitors to their 156 total. For CSNI the youthful pairing of off-spinner Harry Dyer and seamer Finn Lutton claimed all six wickets to fall, after Matthew Foster pulled up injured after only the second delivery of the night. When CSNI batted there was an early wicket for Patrick Kruger who had Marc Ellison caught off the second ball of the chase but Stuart Thompson and Ryan Harrison traded in 4s and 6s to ensure the chase was never under any pressure, Thompson's 80* including 4x4s and 5x6s, with Harrison finding the boundary 4 times and clearing the ropes twice in his 12 ball 32.
Carrickfergus v Waringstown - Postponed
Middle Road, 29 April.
Carrickfergus
Waringstown
Cliftonville Academy v Lisburn - Postponed
Castle Grounds, 29 April.
Cliftonville Academy
Lisburn
CSN v North Down - Abandoned
Stormont, 29 April.
North Down 86/4 (25 overs: Ally Shields 30, Jacob Mulder 24*)
CSN
Matthew Foster bowled Peter Eakin not playing a shot. (CricketEurope)
Wickets shared with one each for Ryan Harrison, Matthew Foster, Adam Leckey and Finn Lutton in a youthful CSNI side before the rain that arrived at the drinks break prevented a resumption.
Instonians v Woodvale - Abandoned.
Shaw's Bridge, 29 April.
Woodvale 57/5 (18.4 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 36; Shane Getkate 2-7, Daniel Rose 2-17)
Instonians
Danny Rose who claimed both Woodvale openers' wickets. (CricketEurope)
Woodvale lost overseas professional Ludwig Kaestner to the first ball of the game. Danny Rose also picked up the wicket of James Hall before Shane Getkate chipped in with two. Woodvale struggling to get into the game when rain brought an end to proceedings.
CIYMS beat Derriaghy by 163 runs (DLS)
Belmont, 29 April.
CIYMS 276/6 (35 overs: Jason vd Merwe 99*, Ross Adair 50, Chris Dougherty 45, Theo van Woerkrom 45; Patrick Kruger 2-47, Curtis Moorhead 2-51)
Derriaghy 100 (23.3 overs: Sam Gordon 32; Theo van Woerkrom 5-20) (Target 264 in 35 overs)
Jason van der Merwe who scored 99 not out in the game today. (CricketEurope)
Jason vd Merwe carried his Euro T10 form into the only Premier game that reached a conclusion today blasting 99 not out off newly promoted Derriaghy. This after a Ross Adair/Chris Dougherty opening partnership of 85, followed by a better than a run-a-ball 45 from Theo van Woerkrom who took 5-20 in an impressive all-round performance.
CIYMS v Carrickfergus. Match off.
Belmont, 22 April.
CIYMS
Carrickfergus
North Down v Woodvale. Match off.
The Green, Comber, 22 April.
Woodvale
North Down
Cliftonville Academy v Waringstown. Match off.
Castle Grounds, 22 April.
Cliftonville Academy
Waringstown
CSN v Derriaghy . Match off
Stormont, 22 April.
CSN
Derriaghy
Instonians v Lisburn Match off
Shaw's Bridge, 22 April.
Instonians
Lisburn
NCU Challenge Cup 2023
Final: Carrickfergus lost to Waringstown by 36 runs
Stormont, 4 August.
Waringstown 354/4 (50 overs; Morgan Topping 150, Adam Dennison 109, Greg Thompson 39*, Pat Botha 22; CJ van der Walt 2-68)
Carrickfergus 318 (50 overs; CJ van der Walt 97, Jake Egan 87, Ben Cave 51; Ben Snell 3-40, Ross Allen 2-45, James Mitchell 2-62)
Centurions Adam Dennison and Morgan Topping (CricketEurope)
Waringstown won the NCU Challenge Cup for the 27th time in a run-filled final at Stormont that saw records tumble. A record third wicket stand of 247 between Morgan Topping and Adam Dennison helped their side to 354 for 4 – a record in the modern limited overs era. Topping’s 150 was the second highest individual total (bettered only by James MacDonald of North Down hitting 159 no in 1935), with the Irish youth international hitting 15 fours and 7 sixes in his 119-ball effort. Dennison scored his second cup final century, with his 109 from 121 deliveries including 13 fours and one six. Both fell in the search for quick runs, but it mattered little with skipper Greg Thompson’s rapid unbeaten 39 ensuring 55 runs came in the last six overs. Carrick’s reply saw Craig Averill run out by Dennison without facing first ball of the innings, and after slumping to 129 for 6 despite a thrilling 87 from 66 balls by Jake Egan, it looked as if the contest was over. Far from it, as CJ van der Walt launched an assault on the Waringstown attack, with the skipper hitting 9 fours and 6 sixes in abrilliant 97 from only 74 balls. He added 142 in 21 overs with Ben Cave (51), but fell within three runs of a deserved century to rapturous applause. Waringstown closed out the 36-run win to lift the trophy on a day when the bat dominated the ball despite the inclement weather in the build-up. 672 runs scored in the day – can you imagine how many there would have been in sunshine?
Semi- final: Carrickfergus beat Lisburn 3-2 in a bowl-out
Middle Road, 31 July.
Carrickfergus
Lisburn
Carrick are through to the final of the Challenge Cup for the first time in their 155-year history after beating Lisburn 3-2 in a sudden death bowl-out. Middle Road was unplayable, so the teams took part in the shoot-out remotely after Carrick declined the opportunity to switch the match to Wallace Park. Michael Rippon and Jake Egan struck for Carrick, with Faiz Fazal and Josh Manley replying for Lisburn to leave the score tied at 2-2 after the first five deliveries. Michael Armstrong was the hero, hitting second time around to secure the 3-2 win and set up a historic first final for his side against Waringstown at Stormont on Friday.
Ally McCalmont talks with Carrick captain CJ van der Walt after beating Lisburn 3-2 in a bowl out.
Semi-final: Carrickfergus v Lisburn: match abandoned.
Middle Road, 30 July.
Lisburn 269-7 (45 overs: Faiz Fazal 118, Nigel Jones 49, David Millar 28, James Hunter 21, Matthew Humphreys 21, Michael Rippon 2-25)
Carrickfergus
45 over match. No play after the first innings due to rain. Game to be replayed on Monday 31 July as a T20 match.
Semi-final: Waringstown beat CSNI by 97 runs (DLS)
The Lawn, 29 July.
Waringstown 218/4 (40 overs; James McCollum 61, Morgan Topping 59*, Greg Thompson 34*, Pat Botha 31; James West 2-46)
CSNI 155 (29 overs; Marc Ellison 48, Andrew Cowden 25*, Ryan Hunter 22; Rory Bessell 2-13, Ben Snell 2-24, James Cameron-Dow 2-39) (CSN target 253 in 37 overs)
Waringstown are safely through to the final of the Challenge Cup after beating CSNI by 98 runs (DLS) in a rain affected semi-final at the Lawn. James McCollum returned from his leg injury and was straight back to form hitting 5 boundaries in a top-score of 61, adding 80 for the second wicket with Pat Botha (31). Morgan Topping (59*) kept the scoreboard ticking and a late burst from skipper Greg Thompson - who cleared the ropes three times in a 17-ball unbeaten 34, saw the home side end on 218 for 4 in 40 overs. That was adjusted upwards to 253 in 37 overs and despite Marc Ellison's 48 from 42 deliveries (2 fours, three 6's) CSNI were never in the hunt. James Cameron-Dow accounted for Ellison and Stuart Thompson, while Adam Dennison ran out Ryan Harrison. There were two wickets too for Rory Bessell and Ben Snell as Waringstown kept alive their hopes of a season full of silverware.
Round 2: Instonians lost to Lisburn by 58 runs (DLS)
Shaw's Bridge, 9 July.
Lisburn 239-6 (41 overs; Faiz Fazal 97, Nigel Jones 97; Andrew White 2-53, Daniel Rose 2-57)
Instonians 174-9 (32.4 overs; Shane Getkate 44, Andrew White 32; Neil Whitworth 4-27) (Par score 232 off 32.4 overs)
Lisburn powered into the last four of the NCU Challenge Cup with a 58-run (DLS) win over Instonians. A second wicket stand of 180 in 30 overs between Faiz Fazal and Nigel Jones set up the victory in a contest reduced to 41 overs per side. Both players fell three short of their hundreds, with Jones clearing the ropes seven times in his 97 from 91 balls, while Fazal's innings included 10 fours and two maximums, A target of 240 looked challenging and so it proved, despite runs for Shane Getkate (44) and Andy White (32). Neil Whitworth claimed four wickets as the Wallace Park side set-up a semi-final clash at Carrickfergus on July 22nd.
Round 2: Instonians v Lisburn - postponed
Shaw's Bridge, 24 June.
Instonians
Lisburn
Round 2: CSNI beat Derriaghy by 9 wickets
Stormont, 24 June.
Derriaghy 123 (39.3 overs: Craig Lewis 29, Curtis Moorhead 21; Matthew Foster 5-19, James West 2-18)
CSNI 127/1 (18.5 overs: Paddy Beverland 42*, Ryan Hunter 41, Marc Ellison 39*)
Matthew Foster's four wicket opening blitz saw Derriaghy reduced to 33/5 and left CSNI in total control of the game. Foster ended with 5 for 19 as Derriaghy were bundled out for only 123. CSNI wasted no time in knocking off the runs to secure their place in the next round.
Round 2: Carrickfergus beat CIYMS by 7 runs
Middle Road, 24 June.
Carrickfergus 168 (49.2 overs: CJ van der Walt 41, Jacques Snyman 32, CJ van der Walt 28*, Craig Averill 21, Jake Egan 20, Alex Haggan 20; Tyron Koen 3-30, Adam Kennedy 2-18, Allen Coulter 2-23, Ed Nuttall 2-41)
CIYMS 161 (40.3 overs: Ross Adair 40, Adam Kennedy 27*; Jacques Snyman 3-22, Ashwin Shetty 3-29, CJ van der Walt 2-18)
Iain Parkhill reverse sweeps a boundary in today's win. (CricketEurope)
Adam Kennedy and Ed Nuttall added 34 for the final CIYMS wicket but fell 8 runs short of what would have been a remarkable victory. Carrickfergus had posted a modest total on a used pitch which offered plenty of help to the spinners and that was to be their route to the next round as the CI batting imploded after a Ross Adair opening onslaught. Carrick had flown Jacques Snyman in for the day to replace the unavailable Michael Rippon, his runs and wickets proving an invaluable investment.
Ally McCalmont interviews CJ van der Walt after their shock win over the holders CIYMS
Round 2: Waringstown beat Muckamore by 113 runs
The Lawn, 24 June.
Waringstown 271/9 (47 overs: Greg Thompson 98, Pat Botha 91, James Cameron-Dow 23*, Adam Dennison 23; Satish Suresh 2-34, Ewan Wilson 2-37, Trevor Britton 2-51, Pavan Karthik 2-65)
Muckamore 158 (38.5 overs: Ben Calitz 68, Luke Allen 44; James Cameron-Dow 3-14, Ben Snell 2-15, Greg Thompson 2-21) (Delayed start - Match reduced to 47 overs)
A rueful Greg Thompson departs having scored 98. (Pacemaker Press)
Round 1: Templepatrick lost to Carrickfergus by 25 runs
The Cloghan, 27 May.
Carrickfergus 232/8 (50 overs: Craig Averil 113, Michael Rippon 45, Levi Cave 20; Bradley Munro 4-16, Ross Bryans 2-35)
Templepatrick 207 (47.3 overs: Bradley Munro 111*, Robert Smith 28, Michael Stewart 21, Ross Bryans 20; Michael Rippon 3-19, Jake Egan 2-43)
Successful appeal for Munro (CricketEurope)
Templepatrick came close to causing the second big upset of the day, with Bradley Munro posting a century, but they lost their last 5 wickets for only 2 runs, as 206/5 turned into 207 all out, Michael Rippon mesmerising the tail, coupled with two panicked run outs enough to save the Cowboys' blushes. Earlier Craig Averill had scored a century in a Carrickfergus innings that stuttered with Munro claiming four wickets before late runs from Rippon gave them just enough to make it to the next round.
Round 1: Instonians beat Ballymena by 9 wickets
Shaw's Bridge, 27 May.
Ballymena 156 (43.3 overs: John Glass 54, Glen Adams 24, Sam Glass 21; Shane Dadswell 5-31, James Magee 2-23, Cian Robertson 2-29)
Instonians 157/1 (16.5 overs: Robert McKinley 67*, Nikolai Smith 41, Cade Carmichael 33*)
Shane Dadswell took five wickets (Pacemaker Press)
A five wicket haul for professional Shane Dadswell and an unbeaten 67 from Robert McKinley were the highlights of Instonians' emphatic 9-wickets win over Ballymena. South African professional Dadswell took 5-31, while there were two wickets apiece for James Magee and Cian Robertson as the Eaton Park side were dismissed for 156 - John Glass making 54. The modest target was knocked off with little trouble inside 17 overs, with Robert McKinley hitting ten boundaries in his unbeaten 67, sharing stands of 78 with Nikola Smith (41) and 79 with Cade Carmichael (33*).
Round 1: North Down lost to Derriaghy by 3 wickets
Comber, 27 May.
North Down 268/7 (50 overs: Ani Chore 88, Peter Eakin 82*, Ally Shields 52; Craig Lewis 3-50)
Derriaghy 272/7 (49.1 overs: Patrick Kruger 76*, Jordan Wade 64, Jamie Magowan 42; Naushad Shaikh 2-50, Peter Davison 2-37)
Patrick Kruger (CricketEurope)
Derriaghy caused the shock of the round as they chased 268 to beat North Down in a high quality contest at The Green. Half centuries from Ani Chore (88), Peter Eakin (82*) and Ally Shields (52) looked to have put the Comber side well on top at the halfway stage but Derriaghy had other ideas. Jordan Wade (64) and Jamie Magowan (42) ensured they were always in contention, while professional Patrick Kruger's unbeaten 76 stered them into the last eight and secured a famous win for the Queensway side.
Round 1: Cliftonville Academy lost to Lisburn by 6 runs
Castle Grounds, 27 May.
Lisburn 162 (48.4 overs: Jonathan Waite 46, James Hunter 45, Faiz Fazal 27; Ben Kane 5-25, Richard Hood 2-32)
Cliftonville Academy 156/9 (20 overs: Jared Wilson 55, Robbie Moffett 25; Mark Berry 3-19, Matthew Humphreys 2-30, Neil Whitworth 2-31)
Ben Kane (CricketEurope)
An amazing over from Cliftonville Academy's left-arm spinner Ben Kane which saw him dismiss Waite, Jones, Whiteworth and Berry without conceding a run meant that the visitors could only total a vulnerable 162. But Matthew Humphreys dismissed Max Burton and David Reid in the third over of the chase and it took a half century from Jared Wilson to keep the hosts in with a chance, but the return of Mark Berry who claimed three wickets ensured that Lisburn squeezed home by 6 runs.
Round 1: Dundrum lost to CIYMS by 302 runs
The Meadow, 27 May.
CIYMS 382 (47.1 overs: Ross Adair 184, Tyron Koen 102, Chris Dougherty 27, Carson McCullough 26; Stiaan Swanepol 4-60, Ged Donnell 3-70)
Dundrum 80 (29.2 overs: Stiaan Swanepol 25; John Matchett 4-7, Adam Kennedy 2-8, Allen Coulter 2-25)
Ross Adair scored 184 (CricketEurope)
A 'Big Ton' from Ross Adair who hit 23x4 & 10x6 in his 184 meant this tie was well and truly over by the change of innings. With a better than a run-a-ball century from Tyron Koen (6x4, 6x6) adding to Dundrum's woes as they conceded 382 but had the satisfaction of bowling out their visitors, Stiaan Swanepol taking four wickets and Ged Donnell three. After Allen Coulter and Adam Kennedy had taken two wickets each at the top of the reply CIYMS skipper John Matchett chose his moment to slip himself on and wrap things up taking 4-7 in 4.2 overs.
Round 1: Armagh lost to Waringstown by 195 runs
The Mall, 27 May.
Waringstown 325/7 (50 overs: Morgan Topping 83, Greg Thompson 76, James Cameron-Dow 67, Rory Bessell 37, Ben Snell 31; Harry Doyle 3-68)
Armagh 130 (30.4 overs: Matthew Stenson 41, Brynn Cleaver 25; Pat Botha 5-11, Ben Snell 2-31)
Pat Botha took five wickets (CricketEurope)
Three hundred seemed a long way off when Waringstown were 9/3 and with Lee Nelson retired hurt into the bargain! But with Morgan Topping continuing a golden run of form 142 were added for the fourth wicket in a partnership with skipper Greg Thompson and there were runs for everyone down the order as the Villagers piled up the runs. The chase never got going, Matthew Steenson and Brynn Cleaver the only players to get past 20 before Pat Botha's off-spin accounted for the tail.
Round 1: Muckamore beat Cregagh by 5 wickets
Moylena, 27 May.
Cregagh 105 (38.4 overs: Jay Hunter 32, Noah Kelly 27; Neil Gill 5-15, Ewan Wilson 2-23)
Muckamore 107/5 (24.4 overs: Kyllin Vardhan 55, Satish Suresh 20; Adam McCormick 3-32)
Neil Gill on his way to five wickets (CricketEurope)
Muckamore captain Neil Gill was in scintillating form after asking Cregagh to bat first claiming a five wicket haul as the visitors were dumped out for 105. Muckamore opener Kyllin Vardhan with 55 saw the host through to the next round, Adam McCormick with three wickets for the visitors.
Round 1: Woodvale lost to CSNI in a Superover.
Ballygomartin Road, 27 May.
Woodvale 272/7 (50 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 80, Aditya Adey 72*, James Hall 27, Euan Scott 23; Finn Lutton 2-53, Adam Leckey 2-55)
CSNI 272 (50 overs: Marc Ellison 46, Stuart Thompson 46, Ryan Hunter 35, Ryan Harrison 30; Stephen Bunting 2-44, Carl Robinson 2-45, Ludwig Kaestner 2-56)
Ruhan Pretorius bowling (CricketEurope)
After nearly eight hours of play a titanic struggle came down to a Superover as CSNI tied Woodvale's challenging 272 in 'normal' time. CSNI had started their chase slowly but were favourites going into the final three overs needing only a run-a-ball. With 6 required off the final over the scores were tied from the fourth delivery, but Bunting bowled Lutton with the fifth, and Yeates was run out off the sixth to leave the scores tied. Superover - Bunting to Thompson in Superover - 4, 4, 6, dot , lb, Ryan Harrison facing - 4nb, 6 = 26 / Ryan Harrison to Kaestner - 1, Pretorius facing - W(bowled), Hall facing - 1, Kaestner - 1, Hall - 2, nb+1 , Kaestner - 6 = 13
Dundrum beat Saintfield by 48 runs
The Meadow, 18 May.
Dundrum 122/8 (20 overs: Terry Hutley 39; Adam Sofley 3-21, Calvin Yeates 2-36)
Saintfield 74/9 (20 overs: Adam Sofley 29; James Martin 3-9, Scott Symington 2-7, Gavin McNerlin 2-19 )
A tight bowling display by the home side earned them a visit from CIYMS in the next round as they easily defended their 122 total. Only Adam Sofley made any impression with the bat for the visitors adding 29 to the 3 wickets he took in the Dundrum innings. But with James Martin and Scott Syminton taking 3 and 2 wickets respectively for single figures it was a lost cause, the hosts running out winners by a comfortable 48 runs.
Belfast lost to Armagh by 6 wickets
The Mall, 18 May.
Belfast 102 (20 overs: S Mohd 28; Brynn Cleaver 4-17, William Mann 3-4)
Armagh 103/4 (15.2 overs: Brynn Cleaver 41*, Matthew Steenson 22; S Mohd 2-30 )
It was a POTM performance from New Zealander Brynn Cleaver that carried Armagh into the second round of the Challenge Cup. Cleaver finished with an unbeaten 41 to add to the 4 wickets he took as Belfast were skittled for just 102. Armagh's win sets up a local derby next Saturday as they will entertain neighbours Waringstown in Round 2.
Preliminary Round: Laurelvale lost to Muckamore by 7 wickets
Laurelvale, 14 May.
Laurelvale 53 (27.3 overs: S Suresh 6-23, T Britton 4-6)
Muckamore 57/3 (15.5 overs: B Calitz 25) (Match reduced to 45 overs.)
Six wickets for Man-of-the-Match Sathish Suresh propelled Muckamore into the next round of the Challenge Cup as they skittled Laurelvale for just 53. Ted Britton also claimed 4 for 6 in a fine bowling display by the Moylena men. Ben Calitz (25) broke the back of the modest chase, and although Laurelvale battled hard, the seven wickets win was sealed in the 16th over.
Preliminary Round: Donacloney Mill lost to Templepatrick by 16 runs
Factory Ground, 6 May.
Templepatrick 200 (48.4 overs, Chris Taylor 108, Bryn McCallan 24, Ross Bryans 23, Mathew Lyttle 3-28, Aaron Kennedy 3-33, Timothy McClure 2-23)
Donacloney Mill 184 (47.5 0vers: Colin Russell 49, Matthew Lyttle 21, Neil Kilpatrick 21; Bradley Munro 4-22, Varghese Baby 3-28)
A Challenge Cup century by Chris Taylor set up what proved to be a winning total for Templepatrick with other contributions coming from Ross Bryans and Bryn McCallan. There were three wickets each for Matthew Lyttle and Aaron Kennedy while Timmy McClure claimed two.The Donacloney chase went to the wire and with Colin Russell at the crease they were slight favourites as they crept towards the line. But when he was bowled by Bradley Munro the door was opened and Varghese Baby mopped up the tail in a nail-biter. Templepatrick's prize is a home tie in the next round with County Antrim neighbours Carrickfergus.
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.
CIYMS
Waringstown
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
PWTNRLPts NRR
Waringstown44000161.55
Instonians42011101.61
Derriaghy410126-0.09
Carrickfergus410126-1.84
Woodvale400132-1.79

Group B
PWTNRLPts NRR
CIYMS44000162.84
Lisburn42011100.17
North Down4200180.78
Cliftonville Academy410034-2.01
CSNI400132-2.04

Group A: Instonians v Woodvale - match off
Shaw's Bridge, 23 June.
Instonians
Woodvale
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.
Derriaghy
Carrickfergus
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.
Derriaghy
Carrickfergus
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.
Carrickfergus
Instonians
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.
Lisburn
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.
NCU League 1 2023
PWTNRLPts NRR
Muckamore1818000722.51
Ballymena1811115461.01
Templepatrick189027360.53
Armagh18901836-0.62
Cregagh18811834-0.01
Laurelvale188018320.01
Donacloney Mill188001032-0.06
Belfast188001032-0.39
Dundrum184011316-0.90
Saintfield18201158-2.71
Cregagh lost to Laurelvale by 1 run
Cregagh Memorial, 10 September.
Laurelvale 147/8 (20 overs: Adnan Malik 53, Adam Speers 33; Bob Moore 3-33, Danny Cooper 2-20)
Cregagh 146/7 (20 overs: Jonny Moore 55, Adam McCormick 34; Muhammad Ajmal 3-21, Khurshid Subhani 2-22)
Cregagh lost by the narrowest of margins in a nail-biter. The home side needed 13 off the final over and had scored just 3 singles off the first four deliveries before Bob Moore's maximum left them needing 4 from the final ball from Adam Speers. More drama however as it was a no-ball from which they scrambled a bye. Two required, but the final delivery saw Speers run out Craig Boultwood as he attempted the run that would have tied the game.
Saintfield lost to Ballymena by 164 runs
The Demesne, 2 September.
Ballymena 255/6 (35 overs: Michael Glass 97, John Glass 87, Glen Adams 50; Adam Sofley 2-28, Glen Gordon 2-41 )
Saintfield 91 (25 overs: Ryan McKenna 3-7, John Glass 3-17, Michael Glass 2-23)
Ballymena ensured second place in the table with a crushing 164-run win over basement side Saintfield in a game reduced to 35 overs at The Demesne. Glen Adams got the innings off to a quick start as he made 50 from 42 balls (3 fours, 4 sixes) out of an opening stand of 56. The real fireworks though came in a fourth wicket stand of 145 in 17 overs between Michael and John Glass, Michael top-scored with 97 from 78 balls (7 fours, 7 sixes), while skipper John's 87 from only 53 deliveries saw him clear the ropes 9 times as well as 3 fours. A total of 255 for 6 was always way beyond Saintfield's abilities - skittled for 91 with three wicket apiece for Ryan McKenna and John Glass, while Michael Glass took 2 for 23 to complete fine all-round games for the pair.
Dundrum lost to Belfast by 6 wickets
The Meadow, 2 September.
Dundrum 102 (20 overs: Gavin McNerlin 36, Stiaan Swanepol 20; Aneeb Shah 4-26, Ferhan Saeed 3-12)
Belfast 105/4 (13.3 overs: Ferhan Saeed 52*; Scott Symington 2-13, James Wright 2-45)
Ferhan Saeed ensured Belfast finished the season on a winning note as they beat already relegated Dundrum by 6 wickets at The Meadow. Gvain McNerlin hit 36 as the home side were bowled out for 102 in the 20 overs match. Aneeb Shah took 4 for 26, while Saeed claimed 3 for 12. He then hit 4 maximums and 3 fours in his unbeaten 52 from 40 ballss as Belfast clinched victory in the 14th over despite two wickets apiece for Scott Symington and James Wright.
Laurelvale lost to Muckamore by 7 wickets
Laurelvale, 2 September.
Laurelvale 141 (50 overs: Michael Burns 34, Muhammad Ajmal 32, Adnan Malik 23; Trevor Britton 3-22, Shane Henderson 3-34, Neil Gill 2-25)
Muckamore 144/3 (32.2 overs: Luke Allen 69*, Ben Calitz 23*; Khurshid Subhani 2-39)
Muckamore made it 18 wins from 18 to complete a remarkable 100% league campaign as they brushed aside all their opponents on a return to the top flight. Michael Burns (34), Muhammad Ajmal (32), and Adnan Malik (23) were best with the bat for Laurelvale in their 141. Ted Britton and Shane Henderson each took three wickets, while skipper Neil Gill took two. Luke Allen's unbeaten 69 - three fours, 3 sixes - saw them cruise home as he shared half century stands with Vinoth Srinivasan (16) and Ben Calitz (23*) as the 7 wicket win was sealed in the 33rd over.
Armagh lost to Donacloney Mill by 148 runs
The Mall, 2 September.
Donacloney Mill 246 (48.4 overs: Ryan Matthews 97, Aaron Kennedy 44, Philip Derby 31, Peet Pienaar 24; Matthew Wright 3-36, Matthew Steenson 2-32, Alan Whitcroft 2-40))
Armagh 98 (24 overs: Jamie Rogers 30, Michael Hoey 26; Timmy McClure 5-16, Matthew Lyttle 3-43)
Donacloney MIll powered to an emphatic 148-run win over Armagh at The Mall to move up to sixth position in the table. Ryan Matthews clubbed 9 four and 8 sixes in his 97 from only 64 deliveries, as he and Aaron Kennedy (44) added 113 in 14 overs for the 4th wicket on their way to a total of 246. Jamie Rogers made 30 at the top of the order, while skipper Michael Hoey made 26, but there was little else as the home side were bundled out for 98 - five wickets for Tim McClure and three for Matthew Lyttle in a fine all-round display to round off their season.
Cregagh beat Templepatrick by 5 wickets
Cregagh Memorial, 2 September.
Templepatrick 107 (30 overs: Robert Smith 61; Alastair Watt 3-31, Bob Moore 2-41)
Cregagh 108/5 (21.1 overs: Matthew Simpson 41; John Busby 2-11)
Cregagh ran out 5 wicket winners over Templepatrick to give themselves a chance of a third place finish if they can win their final match of the season against Laurelvale. Robert Smith ploughed a lonely furrow in the visitors innings - making 61 (7 fours, 1 six) out of their 107. Matthew Simpson's run-a-ball 41 (6 fours, 1 six) saw the home side seal the points in the 22nd over, despite a fine spell by John Busby (2-11).
Saintfield v Cregagh - Match off - now void
The Demesne, 1 September.
Saintfield
Cregagh
Cregagh lost to Muckamore by 89 runs
Cregagh Memorial, 30 August.
Muckamore 198/1 (20 overs: Sathish Suresh 71*, Ben Calitz 56, Kyllin Vardhan 51*)
Cregagh 109/9 (20 overs: Aaron Johnston 32; Trevor Britton 2-17, Pavan Karthik 2-20, Shane Henderson 2-26, Neil Gill 2-30)
Armagh beat Templepatrick by 8 wickets
The Mall, 29 August.
Templepatrick 130/7 (20 overs: Robert Smith 86; Aaron Wright 3-9, Ben Mackey 2-9)
Armagh 136/2 (16.3 overs: Matthew Stenson 62*, Brynn Cleaver 34*)
Robert Smith's 53 ball innings of 86 included 8x4 and 7x6.
Laurelvale beat Dundrum by 57 runs
Laurelvale, 29 August.
Laurelvale 147/6 (20 overs: Adnan Malik 74, David Sinton 30; Rodney Hassard 3-37, David Glover 2-33)
Dundrum 90/9 (20 overs: Stiaan Swanepol 39; Abdullah Aryan 3-13, Daryl Henry 2-17)
Adnan Malik's 45 ball innings of 74 included 8x4 and 4x6.
Ballymena lost to Belfast by 7 wickets
Eaton Park, 28 August.
Ballymena 74 (19 overs: Anthony Frazer 23; Ferhan Saeed 3-9, Aneeb Shah 3-11, Sameer Mohd 2-16, Naveed Ahmad 2-17)
Belfast 79/3 (17 overs: Nicolaas Serdyn 26*)
Belfast proved too strong for Ballymena, beating them by 7 wickets in their T20 clash at Eaton Park. The home side were skittled for just 74, in difficult conditions. Anthony Frazer made 23, while there were three wickets apiece for Ferhan Saeed and Aneeb Shah. The chase was a routine one as Nicolaas Serdyn cleared the ropes three times in an unbeaten 26 to seal victory with three overs left.
Cregagh v Laurelvale - abandoned
Cregagh Memorial, 26 August.
Laurelvale 172 (50 overs: Abdullah Aryan 37, Michael Burns 35*; Danny Cooper 3-30, Bob Moore 3-32, Graeme Hassard 2-26)
Cregagh
Belfast lost to Armagh by 58 runs
The Mall, 26 August.
Armagh 183/9 (Aaron Wright 42, Brynn Cleaver 41; Aneeb Shah 3-15)
Belfast 125 ( Krishna Pandey 21; Ben Mackey 4-20, Brynn Cleaver 2-13, Harry Doyle 2-21)
Ballymena beat Donacloney Mill by 7 wickets (DLS)
Eaton Park, 26 August.
Donacloney Mill 135 (46.3 overs: Colin Russell 48, Neil Kilpatrick 27; John Glass 6-18)
Ballymena 131/3 (23.5 overs: Glenn Adams 38, Stephen Colgan 35, James Kennedy ret.hurt 21*; Timmy McClure 2-35) (Rain affected - Ballymena target 131 in 47 overs.)
Templepatrick beat Dundrum by 7 wickets (DLS)
The Cloghan, 26 August.
Dundrum 165 (40.3 overs: Stiaan Swanepol 39, Terry Hutley 37; Robert Smith 3-31, Bryn McCallan 3-41)
Templepatrick 134/3 (19.3 overs: Ross Bryans 78*, Robert Smith 27) (Rain affected - Templepatrick target 131 off 32 overs)
Muckamore beat Saintfield by 9 wickets
Moylena, 26 August.
Saintfield 63 (28.5 overs: TJ McCavera 22; Sathish Suresh 6-12, Trevor Britton 2-17)
Muckamore 64/1 (7.3 overs: Ewan Wilson 25, Shane Henderson 23*)
Muckamore beat Cregagh by 5 wickets
Moylena, 25 August.
Cregagh 86/8 (19 overs: Jonny Moore 29, Aaron Johnston 21: Pavan Karthik 3-10, Trevor Britton 2-17)
Muckamore 87/5 (14.3 overs: Satish Suresh 22; Max Shannon 3-28) (Rain affected, reduced to 19 overs.)
Section One Champions Muckamore (Dave Pettard)
Section One Champions Muckamore made heavy weather of chasing down Cregagh’s modest total of 86 on the night they received the League trophy. Tough gong for the visitors against the spin of Trevor Britton and the pace of Pavan Karthik who wrapped things up coming on late in the innings. Muckamore's reply went in fits and starts - a brief burst from Ewan Wilson book-ended by the loss of both Vardhan and Ben Calitz and Satish Suresh's 22 off 13 balls meant that Muckamore's skipper Neil Gill and Vinoth Srinivasan had the luxury of just picking up the singles required for victory. An unbeaten season so far for Muckamore who wrapped up the title emphatically with four games still to play.
Saintfield lost to Armagh by 8 wickets
The Demesne, 20 August.
Saintfield 98/6 (20 overs: Gareth Harrison 38; Brynn Cleaver 3-9, Alan Whitcroft 2-19)
Armagh 99/2 (17.1 overs: Aaron Wright 36*, Brynn Cleaver 30*, Sam Wilson 22)
Templepatrick lost to Belfast by 6 wickets
The Cloghan, 20 August.
Templepatrick 102/6 (20 overs, Robert Smith 34, Ricky Greer 26, Ferhan Saeed 3-26, Nicolaas Serdyn 2-10)
Belfast 103/4 (15.1 overs: Sunny Stephenson 34, Usman Ayub 30, Ferhan Saeed 20; Bradley Munro 2-17)
Muckamore beat Ballymena by 8 wickets (DLS)
Moylena, 19 August.
Ballymena 173/6 (41 overs: G Adams 48, M Glass 36, J Kennedy 31, M Caithness 26; T Britton 2-26)
Muckamore 177/2 (36 overs: E Wilson 87, B Calitz 59*; M Glass 2-43) (Target 177 in 41 overs)
Section One Champions Muckamore (Dave Pettard)
Muckamore clinched the Senior One title with a convincing 8-wicket win over nearest challengers Ballymena in a game reduced to 41 overs. The Eaton Park side posted 173 for 6, with professional Glen Adams top-scoring with 48 and runs too for Michael Glass (36) and James Kennedy (31). The chase proved to be uneventful as Ewan Wilson made 87 (5 fours, 2 sixes) shared a second wicket partnership of 116 in 19 overs with Ben Calitz, whose even time unbeaten 59 included 6 boundaries.
Donacloney Mill beat Belfast by 71 runs (DLS)
Factory Ground, 19 August.
Donacloney Mill 203-8 (46 overs, S Waren 53, M Lyttle 46, N Kirkpatrick 33; N Serdyn 3-50, N Ahmad 2-42)
Belfast 133 (29.3 overs, N Serdyn 42, S Mohid 24, T McClure 4-44, M Campbell 3-23, H Lockhart 2-18) (Rain affected: Belfast target 205 in 46 overs )
Donacloney Mill beat Belfast in the only other game to defy the elements, winning by 71 runs (DLS) at the Factory Ground. They lost professional Peet Pienaar first ball, but Shane Warren's half century, plus 46 from Matthew Lyttle, and 33 from Neil Kirkatrick helped the home side to 203 for 8. Tim McClure then took four wickets, Mark Campbell three, and Harry Lockhart two as Belfast were bowled out for 133, despite a 24-ball 42 from Nicolas Serdyn.
Muckamore beat Laurelvale by 63 runs
Moylena, 17 August.
Muckamore 156/5 (20 overs: Jude Keates 52*, Kyllin Vardhan 38)
Laurelvale 93/9 (20 overs: Adnan Malik 23; Arnold Oduvelil 3-11, Ben Calitz 2-14, Sathish Suresh 2-16)
Muckamore are one win away from the Section One title after a 63-run win over Laurelvale - their 13th straight win in the division that has seen them sweep all challengers aside. Jude Keates unbeaten 52 from 37 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes) helped the Moylena side to 156 for 5 - runs too for opener Kylinn Vardhan (38). The visitors chase never got out of first gear - three wickets for Arnold Oduvelil and two apiece for Ben Calitz and Sathish Suresh keeping them tto 93 for 9.
Cregagh tied with Ballymena
Cregagh Memorial, 17 August.
Cregagh 132/7 (20 overs: Danny Cooper 35, Craig Boultwood 20; Sam Glass 2-15, Ryan McKenna 2-27)
Ballymena 132/6 (20 overs: James Kennedy 67, Michael Glass 23; Danny Cooper 2-16, Ross Boultwood 2-17, Bob Moore 2-26)
Cregagh and Ballymena played out a dramatic tie, with Anthony Frazer only able to get one of the two needed from the last ball of the game bowled by Graeme Hassard. James Kennedy had looked like bringing Ballymena to victory as he hit 6 sixes in a top score of 67 from 45 balls, but his dismissal with 7 needed off 7 balls would prove vital. Ballymena then needed 7 off the last over but could only get 6. Danny Cooper got the crucial wicket of Kennedy, and he had earlier made 35 in the home side's 132 for 7. The Eaton Park side stay second in the table after sharing the points.
Ballymena v Templepatrick - postponed, now void
Eaton Park, 13 August.
Ballymena
Templepatrick
Dundrum beat Saintfield by 162 runs
The Meadow, 12 August.
Dundrum 258- 6 (49.2 overs Stian Swanepoel 93, Gavin McNerlin 44, S Symington 37, Rodney Hassard 24, Gareth Harison 4-50, Mark Yeates 3-36)
Saintfield 84 (25.1 overs, Andrew McCavera 26*, Stiaan Swanepoel 4-23, Gavin McNerlin 3-26)
Laurelvale lost to Armagh by 47 runs (DLS)
Laurelvale, 12 August.
Armagh 152 (B Cleaver 44; K Subhani 5 wkts)
Laurelvale 106 (M Burns 55*; B Mackey 6-20, M Wright 3-21) (Target 154 in 47 overs )
Muckamore beat Donacloney Mill by 5 wickets (DLS)
Moylena, 11 August.
Donacloney Mill 39 (11.1 overs: Sathish Suresh 4-2, Neil Gill 2-16, Shane Henderson 2-16)
Muckamore 42/5 (6.5 overs, Robin Sinton 3-20, Aaron Kennedy 2-22)
Muckamore secured their 12th win of the league campaign to move 12 points clear at the top of Section One after a bizarre win at home to Donacloney Mill. Batting first DM were skittled for just 39, losing 8 wickets for 17 runs having been 22 for 2 at one stage. Sathish Suresh took 4 for 2, while there were two wickets apiece for Shane Henderson and skipper Neil Gill - including the big one of overseas player Peet Pienaar. When the home side reply reached 22 for 0, it seemed a straightforward task, but three wickets for Robin Sinton and two for Aaron Kennedy saw them spluttering at 31 for 5, before sanity resumed, eventually sealing the 5-wicket win in the 7th over.
Templepatrick v Laurelvale - abandoned and void.
The Cloghan, 6 August.
Laurelvale 8/0 (1 over)
Templepatrick
Muckamore v Cregagh - no play and void.
Moylena, 6 August.
Muckamore
Cregagh
Saintfield lost to Belfast by 21 runs
The Demesne, 6 August.
Belfast 142 (20 overs: Ferhan Saeed 35, Sunny Stephenson 29; Adam Sofley 3-30, Ethan Hanna 2-19, Patrick Telford 2-23, Gareth Harrison 2-31)
Saintfield 121/7 (20 overs: Adam Reid 38, Gareth Harrison 25; Sameer Mohd 2-11)
Donacloney Mill beat Laurelvale by 28 runs
Factory Ground, 5 August.
Donacloney Mill 292/4 (47/47 overs; Peet Pienaar 152*, Ryan Matthews 76;
Laurelvale 264 (45.1 overs; David Sinton 48, John Livingstone 43, Michael Burns 39, Muhammad Amjal 35, Adnan Malik 27; Aaron Kennedy 3-44, Harry Lockhart 2-32, Timothy McClure 2-54)
Ryan Matthews and Peet Pienaar were in the runs as Donacloney Mill beat Laurelvale (CricketEurope)
A fourth wicket stand of 180 between South African overseas player Peet Pienaar and Ryan Matthews took Donacloney Mill to a 28-run win over Laurelvale in a high-scoring match at the Factory Ground. Pienaar hit 16 boundaries and 5 sixes in his unbeaten 152, while Matthews hit 10 fours in a wonderful 76 to help the home side to 292 for 4 in the 47-over match. Laurelvale looked down and out at 100 for 5 and 180 for 8, but kept plugging away before eventually being 264 all out. Skipper David Sinton made 48, while there were runs too for John Livingstone (43), Michael Burns (39), Muhammad Amjal (35), and Adnan Malik (27). Aaron Kennedy took the final wicket to end with 3 for 44, while there were two apiece for Harry Lockhart and Timothy McClure.
Muckamore beat Dundrum by 61 runs
Moylena, 5 August.
Muckamore 149 (34.2/35 overs; Ted Britton 23; Gavin McNerlin 4-32, Brijesh Krishali 2-17, James Martin 2-25)
Dundrum 88 (31.3 overs; Gavin McNerlin 28; Neil Gill 3-14, Pavan Karthik 2-9, Arnold Oduvelil 2-17, Satish Suresh 2-20)
Muckamore moved a step closer to the Section One title and promotion after a hard fought 61-run win over Dundrum in a game reduced to 35 overs. In tough conditions, the hosts posted 149 with Ted Britton's 23 the top score. Gavin McNerlin took four wickets and his 28 was the best of the Dundrum reply of 88. Muckamore captain Neil Gill (3-14) made the early breakthrough, and two wickets apiece for Pavan Karthik, Arnold Oduvelil and Satish Suresh sealed what was a comfortable win in the end.
Cregagh beat Armagh by 19 runs
Cregagh Memorial, 3 August.
Cregagh 113/9 (20 overs: Mark Johnston 33, Aaron Johnston 26; Matthew Wright 3-17, Ben Mackey 2-14)
Armagh 94/9 (20 overs: Matthew Steenson 37, Michael Hoey 34*; Alistair Watt 3-19, Danny Cooper 2-8)
Cregagh got the better of Armagh with a 19-run win in their T20 contest. Mark (33) and Aaron Johnston (26) helped the home side to 113 for 9 - three wickets for Matthew Wright and two for Ben Mackey. The Cregagh bowlers made early inroads with Alistair Watt (3-19) and skipper Danny Cooper (2-8) helping reduce Armagh to 20 for 5. Matthew Steenson hit 4 sixes in a defiant 37, adding 52 for the 6th wicket with Michael Hoey (34*). However the stand was broken with 42 needed from the last five overs, and Armagh ended on 94 for 9.
Dundrum lost to Ballymena by 33 runs
The Meadow, 3 August.
Ballymena 131/8 (20 overs: Glen Adams 46, Stephen Bristow 23, John Glass 21; Stiaan Swanepoel 4-18, Gavin McNerlin 2-23)
Dundrum 98 (19.2 overs: James Martin 33; Glen Adams 3-18, Moin Ahmed 2-3, Anthony Frazer 2-16, John Glass 2-16)
Ballymena stay in Muckamore's slipstream in second place after they beat Dundrum by 33 runs at The Meadow. Glen Adams cleared the ropes four times in a hard hit 46 as the Eaton Park side made 131 for 8. There were runs too for Stephen Bristow (23) and John Glass (21), while Stiaan Swanepoel took four wickets. James Martin top-scored with 33, while Adams completed a fine all-round game taking 3 for 18, while there two wickets apiece for Moin Ahmed, Anthony Frazer, and John Glass.
Muckamore beat Belfast by 61 runs (DLS)
Moylena, 3 August.
Muckamore 241/2 (19 overs: Ben Calitz 136, Kyllin Vardhan 74*)
Belfast 149/8 (16 overs: Usman Ayub 46, Sunson Stephenson 29, Nicolaas Serdyn 27; Sathish Suresh 4-28) (Match reduced to 16 overs - Target 211.)
Ben Calitz scored 136 (Dave Pettard)
Muckamore's relentless march towards promotion continued unabated as they beat Belfast by 61 runs (DLS) in their rearranged Section One game at Moylena. An incredible opening partnership of 198 between Ben Calitz and Kyllin Vardhan set up the win, with Caltiz hitting 14 fours and 8 sixes in his 136, while Vardhan's unbeaten 74 came from 52 deliveries (8 fours, 2 sixes). A total of 241 in 19 overs was adjusted due to a shower to a target of 211 in 16. Usman Ayub thumped 4 sixes and 3 fours in a 16-ball 46, but four wickets for Sathish Suresh (4-28) ensured a dominant victory.
Templepatrick beat Saintfield by 195 runs
The Cloghan, 30 July.
Templepatrick 267/3 (20 overs: Bradley Munro 116, Robert Smith 72, Ross Bryans 43*; Alex Carville 2-52)
Saintfield 72/6 (20 overs: Gareth Harrison 29; John Busby 2-2)
Bradley Munro's century came off 39 balls and included 9x4 & 7x6.
Ballymena v Templepatrick - abandoned
Eaton Park, 29 July.
Ballymena 175/9 (43 overs: John Glass 60, Stephen Colgan 27, Sam Glass 20; Nick Kane 5-35, Bradley Munro 2-21)
Templepatrick
Ballymena were frustrated in their attempt to keep pace with leaders Muckamore after their home clash with Templepatrick was abandoned. John Glass hit 60 in their 175 for 9 in the 43rd over before play was halted. Nick Kane's five wickets the highlight for the visitors.
Dundrum v Cregagh - abandoned
The Meadow, 29 July.
Cregagh 135/2 (30 overs: Danny Cooper 48, Paul Douglas 37*, Jonny Moore 26)
Dundrum 68/5 (10 overs) (Match reduced to 20 overs - Target 159.)
Cregagh were another side left rueing the elements after their game was abandoned with them well on top of Dundrum. Skipper Danny Cooper (48) and Paul Douglas (37*) both in the runs as they made 135 for 2 in 30 overs. That meant the home side required 159 in 20 overs, but were struggling on 68 for 5 after 10 when the weather intervened yet again much to the chagrin of the Belfast side.
Saintfield beat Donacloney Mill by 1 wicket
The Demesne, 29 July.
Donacloney Mill 203/7 (48 overs: Mark Campbell 55*, Aaron Kennedy 29, Andrew Fisher 28; TJ McCavera 2-41, Ethan Hanna 2-49)
Saintfield 202/9 (40.5 overs: Gareth Harrison 50, A Graham 50, Adam Reid 22, Calvin Yeates 21; A Kennedy 3-17, T McClure 3-31, M Campbell 2-41) (Match reduced to 41 overs - Target 200.)
There was a real thriller at the Demense where with Saintfield needing six off two balls with the last pair at the wicket, Ethan Hanna cleared the ropes to beat Donacloney Mill. Chasing 202 (DLS), skipper Gareth Harrison and Graham both scored 50 in a fourth wicket stand of 93 in 12 overs. From 162 for 3 though nerves set in, losing 6 wickets for 28 to leave 12 required with Hanna and Mark Yeates last men standing - thankfully they proved equal to the task. DM's 203 for 7 owed much to an 8th wicket stand of 73 - Mark Campbell hitting 5 sixes in a run-a-ball 55.
Armagh lost to Muckamore by 172 runs (DLS)
The Mall, 29 July.
Muckamore 199/4 (45 overs: Vinoth Srinivasan 46, Ben Calitz 42, Kyllin Vardhan 31, Les Allen 27*, Ewan Wilson 21)
Armagh 42 (17.2 overs: Satish Suresh 3-0, Neill Gill 3-25, Shane Henderson 3-21) (Match reduced to 45 overs - Target 215)
Muckamore remain on course to lift the Section One title after they crushed Armagh by 172-runs (DLS) at the Mall. A solid batting effort saw runs for all the top order with Kyllin Vardhan (31) and Ewan Wilson (21) laying the foundations in an opening stand of 45. Vinoth Srinivasan (46) and Ben Calitz (42) built on that adding 58 for the third wicket, while the Canadian youth international also added a half century stand with Les Allen (27*) in their total of 199 for 4. DLS revised that upwards to 215, but the home side were blown away, bowled out for just 42 - three wickets apiece for Neil Gill, Satish Suresh and Shane Henderson.
Laurelvale beat Belfast by 20 runs
Laurelvale, 29 July.
Laurelvale 211/7 (49 overs: Khurshid Subhani 74*; Ferhan Saeed 4-29, Sameer Mohd 2-15)
Belfast 191 (41.4 overs: Usman Ayub 89, Krishna Pandey 25; Michael Burns 4-39, Daryl Henry 2-7, Jack Burns 2-19, Adam Speers 2-36)
Laurelvale had a welcome 20-run win over Belfast in a game not short on incident. The home side were struggling on 85 for 7 before Khurshid Subhani hit 6 fours and 4 sixes in his 74 not out - adding 126 for the 8th wicket with Michael Burns (10*). The total of 211 for 7 was boosted by the imposition of 42 penalty runs by the umpires for time wasting and a slow over rate. That was to prove crucial as Belfast recovered from 38 for 5 to get to 191 - thanks primarily to Usman Ayub's run-a-ball 89 (10 fours, 1 six). Michael Burns took four wickets for Laurelvale, while there were two apiece for Daryl Henry, Jack Burns and Adam Speers.
Muckamore v Donacloney Mill: abandoned
Moylena, 22 July.
Donacloney Mill 12/0 (3/25 overs)
Muckamore
Muckamore v Laurelvale - match abandoned .
Moylena, 16 July.
Muckamore 32/4 (9.2 overs: Kurshid Subhani 2-8, Michael Burns 2-22)
Laurelvale
Armagh v Dundrum. Match abandoned without a ball bowled.
The Mall, 15 July.
Armagh
Dundrum
Ballymena v Laurelvale. Match abandoned without a ball bowled.
Eaton Park, 15 July.
Ballymena
Laurelvale
Belfast v Muckamore. Match abandoned without a ball bowled.
Mallusk, 15 July.
Belfast
Muckamore
Donacloney Mill v Cregagh. Match abandoned without a ball bowled.
Factory Ground, 15 July.
Donacloney Mill
Cregagh
Templepatrick v Saintfield. Match abandoned without a ball bowled.
The Cloghan, 15 July.
Templepatrick
Saintfield
Ballymena beat Armagh by 114 runs.
Eaton Park, 8 July.
Ballymena 242-7 (50 overs; John Glass 56, Jonathan Browne 55, Glen Adams 34, James Kennedy 22; Michael Hoey 2-24, Harry Doyle 2-45)
Armagh 128 (44.4 overs; Michael Hoey 34; Glen Adams 5-23, Moin Ahmed 2-14, Sam Glass 2-24)
Ballymena moved into second place in the table as they beat Armagh by 114-runs at Eaton Park. John Glass (56) and Jonathan Browne (55) both made half centuries as they shared a 5th wicket stand of 104 to get them to 242 for 7. Last week's century makers James Kennedy (22) and Glen Adams (34) had to settle for more modest contributions with the bat, but Adams did pick up five wickets with the ball as Armagh were bowled out for 128 - Michael Hoey's 34 the best of their effort.
Belfast beat Cregagh by 4 wickets.
Mallusk, 8 July.
Cregagh 186 (36.5 overs; Danny Cooper 56, Paul Douglas 36, Ross Boultwood 26; Sameer Mohd 6-37, Usman Ayub 2-30)
Belfast 189-6 (35.2 overs; Nicholas Serdyn 108*, Nikhikesh Ravikrishnan 27; Ross Boultwood 4-38)
Another week, another Nicholas Serdyn century as Belfast beat Cregagh yet again. The keeper was once again the hero, hitting 12 fours and 6 sixes in an unbeaten 108 to lead his team to a four-wickets victory chasing 186. Ross Boultwood's four wickets for Cregagh were in vain, whose 186 was down mainly to a half century from captain Danny Cooper (56) and 36 from Paul Douglas. Sameer Mohn's 6 for 37 was also an important part of their superb victory.
Dundrum beat Donacloney Mill by 6 wickets.
The Meadow, 8 July.
Donacloney Mill 206 (50 overs; Peet Pienaar 80, Colin Russell 32; Stiaan Swanepoel 3-27, Liam Kearsley 3-32, Rodney Hassard 3-48)
Dundrum 207-4 (46 overs; Stiaan Swanepoel 57*, Rodney Hassard 50*, Conor Moag 37; Tim McClure 2-36)
Fine all-round displays by professional Stiaan Swanepoel and Rodney Hassard saw Dundrum earn the points at home to Donacloney Mill. Peet Pienaar was in the runs again as DM posted 206. There were three wickets apiece for Liam Kearsley, Swanepoel and Hassard, with the latter two then combining for an unbroken 5th wicket stand of 115 in 23 overs, both making half centuries.
Laurelvale lost to Saintfield by 59 runs.
Laurelvale, 8 July.
Saintfield 157 (36.5 overs; Gareth Harrison 69; Adam Speers 6-25, Michael Burns 3-39)
Laurelvale 98 (33.4 overs; Ethan Hanna 5-20, Mark Yeates 3-29)
Saintfield got their first points of the campaign as they beat Laurelvale by 59 runs. Gareth Harrison hit 7 fours and 3 maximums in his top-score of 69, but there was little support for the skipper in their 157. Adam Speers did the bulk of the damage taking 6 for 25, while there was three wickets for Michael Burns. Saints' Ethan Hanna then took a five-wicket hail of his own, supported by Mark Yeates as the hosts were dismissed for 98.
Templepatrick lost to Muckamore by 39 runs.
The Cloghan, 8 July.
Muckamore 198 (49.5 overs; Luke Allen 73, Sathish Suresh 43, N Gill 36; Ross Bryans 3-47, Brad Munro 2-19, John Busby 2-42)
Templepatrick 159 (46.2 overs; Matthew Palmer 57; Pavan Karthik 4-21, Sathish Suresh 3-32, Arnold Oduvelil 3-33)
Muckamore won the top of the table clash as they beat rivals Templepatrick at The Cloghan. The Moylena side were in early trouble at 35 for 4, but were rescued by a 5th wicket stand of 105 between top-scorer Luke Allen (73) and Sathish Suresh (43), while skipper Neil Gill's run-a-ball 36 got then to 198. Matthew Palmer's 57 had the hosts in a strong position as they reached 91 for 1 in the rely, but they faded away to 159 all out - four wickets for Pavan Karthik, and three apiece for Sathish Suresh and Arnold Oduvelil.
Armagh lost to Ballymena by 163 runs
The Mall, 1 July.
Ballymena 302/9 (50 overs; James Kennedy 201*, Owen Dick 31; William Mann 2-18, Michael Hoey 2-36, Matthew Wright 2-88)
Armagh 139 (33.4 overs; Stuart Lester 41; Michael Glass 5-31, John Glass 2-17, Glenn Adams 2-33)
James Kennedy scored 201 not out for Ballymena (CricketEurope)
James Kennedy, take a bow! The affable opener put on an incredible show, making a double hundred as Ballymena powered to a 163-run win over Armagh. His unbeaten 201 came from 161 balls and included 13 fours and 4 sixes, totally dominating the Eaton Park's 302 for 9, in which Owen Dick's 31 was next best. The 201 is the highest individual score in the club’s history. The Armagh reply was scuppered by five wickets for Michael Glass, as The Mall side were bowled out for 139 - Stuart Lester's 41 their best effort.
Cregagh lost to Belfast by 3 wickets
Cregagh Memorial, 1 July.
Cregagh 296/5 (50 overs; Paul Douglas 100*, Matthew Simpson 50, Danny Cooper 35, Adam McCormick 31*, Mark Johnston 28, Adam Johnson 21; Ferhan Saeed 2-45)
Belfast 301/7 (47.2 overs: Nicolaas Serdyn 134*, Nikhilish Ravikrishnan 44, Ferhan Saeed 35, Hamza Hussain 30; Craig Boultwood 2-39)
Paul Douglas made an unbeaten century for Cregagh (Danny Cooper)
An incredible game saw almost 600 runs scored, with Belfast chasing 297 to beat Cregagh at the Memorial Ground. Paul Douglas unbeaten 100 from just 85 balls (11 fours,1 six), had propelled the hosts to what looked a winning total, with runs too for Matthew Simpson (50), Danny Cooper (35), and Adam McCormick (31*). They were undone though by an incredible boundary blitz by wicket-keeper Nicolaas Serdyn, who hit 13 sixes and 5 fours in an unbeaten 134 from 86 balls that got the three-wickets win in the 48th over. He added 111 for the 8th wicket with Shoaib Malik (16*) in a game that will live long in the memory.
Donacloney Mill lost to Dundrum by 145 runs (DLS)
Factory Ground, 1 July.
Dundrum 309/6 (47 overs innings closed: James Martin 66*, Terry Huttley 65, Stiaan Swanepoel 50, Rodney Hassard 50, Stuart Campbell 40
Donacloney Mill 184 (33.3 overs: Peet Pienaar 77, Aaron Kennedy 42; Rodney Hassard 3-40, Scott Symington 2-18, Brijesh Krishali 2-23, Stiaan Swanepol 2-30) (Match reduced to 47 overs after 1st innings. Target 330.)
Peet Pienaar and James Martin both made half centuries (CricketEurope)
Dundrum were in the runs, racking up 309 for 6 in 47 against Donacloney Mill. There were half centuries for skipper James Martin (66*) and his deputy Terry Huttley, as well as Stian Swanepoel and Rodney Hassard, while Stuart Campbell made 40. DM's reply saw Peet Pienaar hit 5 fours and 2 sixes in a top-score of 77, adding 112 for the third wicket with Aaron Kennedy (42). Their chase though petered out with three wickets for Rodney Hassard, and two apiece for Scott Symington, Brijesh Krishali and Stiaan Swanepol sealing the 145-run win.
Muckamore beat Templepatrick by 6 wickets
Moylena, 1 July.
Templepatrick 100 (37 overs; Bradley Munro 50; Ted Britton 4-9, Pavan Karthik 3-15, Sathish Suresh 2-27)
Muckamore 101/4 (29 overs; Kyllin Vardhan 45*, Vinoth Srinivasan 28; John Busby 3-14)
Trevor Britton bowling (Dave Pettard)
Muckamore continue to set the pace as they beat Templepatrick by 6 wickets at Moylena. The visitors were bowled out for 100 with Bradley Munro making half of those - his 37-ball half century included 5 fours and 3 sixes. Ted Britton claimed four wickets, while there was success too for Pavan Karthik (3-15) and two for Sathish Suresh (2-27). John Busby (3-14) kept the chase interesting early on, but Kyllin Vardhan's unbeaten 45, allied with 28 from Vinoth Srinivasan sealed victory.
Saintfield lost to Laurelvale by 3 wickets
The Demesne, 1 July.
Saintfield 241/8 (50 overs; Gareth Harrison 59, Andrew McCavera 54, Adam Reid 36, Alistair Graham 29, David Sinton 4-28, Khurshid Subhari 2-56)
Laurelvale 244/7 (49 overs: David Sinton 85*, Robert Hall 37; Ethan Hanna 2-26, Adam Sofley 2-28)
David Sinton starred for Laurelvale (CricketEurope)
David Sinton led Laurelvale to a three-wickets win at Saintfield as they chased 242. The skipper made an unbeaten 85 (6 fours, 2 sixes) adding a crucial 80 for the 6th wicket with Robert Hall (37). He had earlier taken four wickets as the home side posted 241 for 8 - half centuries for Gareth Harrison, who hit 9 fours and a six in a top-score of 63, and Andrew McGavera (54).
Belfast v Dundrum - postponed
Mallusk, 24 June.
Belfast
Dundrum
Ballymena beat Saintfield by 9 wickets
Eaton Park, 24 June.
Saintfield 93 (26.5 overs: Adam Sofley 33; Glen Adams 6-7)
Ballymena 97/1 (14.4 overs: John Glass 35, Stephen Colgan 27*, Glen Adams 26*)
Donacloney Mill lost to Armagh by 7 wickets
Factory Ground, 24 June.
Donacloney Mill 219/8 (50 overs: Colin Russell 73, Peet Pienaar 62, Neil Kilpatrick 27, Craig Kennedy 22; Stuart Lester 3-28, Michael Hoey 3-42)
Armagh 224/3 (46.1 overs: Jamie Rogers 100*, Brynn Cleaver 61; Timmy McClure 2-31)
Templepatrick beat Cregagh by 21 runs
The Cloghan, 24 June.
Templepatrick 123 (40.2 overs: Bradley Munro 66; Charlie Shannon 3-16, Adam McCormick 2-30)
Cregagh 102 (35.5 overs: Danny Cooper 30, Adam McCormick 24*; Robert Smith 4-25, Bradley Munro 3-18, John Busby 3-26)
Ballymena lost to Muckamore by 110 runs (DLS)
Eaton Park, 17 June.
Muckamore 267 (49.5 overs: Ewan Wilson 122, Kyllin Vardhan 74; Jamie Watt 4-34, John Glass 4-37 )
Ballymena 129 (27.4 overs: Jonathan Browne 33, Glen Adams 27: Satish Suresh 5-14, Shane Henderson 2-38) (Match reduced to 37 overs - Target 240)
A second wicket stand of 196 in 36 overs between Ewan Wilson and Kyllin Vardhan helped Muckamore beat Ballymena by 110 runs. Wilson hit 12 fours and 4 sixes in a top score of 122, while Vardhan made 74 (6 fours). The wheels though came off as six wickets fell for just 5 runs as the Moylena side ended on 267 - four wickets apiece for Jamie Watt (4-34) and John Glass (4-37). Ballymena never looked like threatening the chase, as they were bowled out for 129, with Jonathan Browne (33) and Glen Adams (27) their top scorers. The destroyer-in-chief was Sathish Suresh (5-14), while Shane Henderson also picked up 2 for 38.
Belfast lost to Donacloney Mill by 90 runs (DLS)
The Factory Ground, 17 June.
Donacloney Mill 177/9 (40 overs: Colin Russell 58, Ryan McCart 37; Sameer Mohd 3-31, Usman Ayub 3-35)
Belfast 82 (22.3 overs: Nikhilish Ravikrishnan 25, Nicolaas Serdyn 22; Peet Pienaar 3-8, Stuart McCart 3-29, Aaron Kennedy 2-22, Timmy McClure 2-23) (Match reduced to 40 overs - Target 173)
Donaghcloney Mill produced a fine bowling display to beat Belfast by 90 runs. Defending 172 (DLS), three wickets each for Peet Pienaar (3-8) and Stuart McCart (3-29), plus two apiece for Aaron Kennedy (2-22) and Timothy McClure (2-23) saw Belfast skittled for just 82. DM's Colin Russell (58) and Ryan McCart's (37) sixth wicket stand of 52 had earlier helped them recover from a sluggish start to post 177.
Dundrum lost to Laurelvale by 5 wickets
The Meadow, 17 June.
Dundrum 133 (34.3 overs: Terry Hutley 39, Gavin McNerlin 23; Mohammad Ajmal 4-32, Khurshid Subhani 2-18, Abdullah Aryan 2-30)
Laurelvale 136/5 (36.2 overs: David Sinton 22, Adam Speers 21; James Martin 2-29)
Laurelvale beat Dundrum by five wickets as they chased 133 in a relatively low scoring contest. David Sinton and Adam Speers made 20s, and their cause was helped by 35 extras - including 32 wides as the Dundrum bowling radar malfunctioned. Terry Hutley's 39 (7 fours) was the best of the hosts 133 - four wickets for Mohammed Amjal and two apiece for Abdullah Aryan and Khurshid Subhani.
Templepatrick beat Armagh by 3 wickets
The Cloghan, 17 June.
Armagh 134 (40.2 overs: Jamie Rogers 60, Sam Wilson 31; Robert Smith 4-15, Bradley Munro 3-21, John Busby 2-26)
Templepatrick 137/7 (34.5 overs: Stephen Fawcett 43, Michael Stewart 30*, Robert Smith 22; Ben Mackey 3-35, Alan Whitcroft 2-32)
Templepatrick got the better of Armagh in a hard-fought encounter, chasing 134 to win by 3 wickets. Jamie Rogers (60) and Sam Wilson (31) got the Mall side off to a fine start adding 63 in 13 overs for the first wicket, but they imploded to be all out for 134. Robert Smith (4-15), Bradley Munro (3-21) and John Busby (2-26) doing the damage. Ben Mackey (3-35) and Alan Whitcroft (2-32) made early inroads and reduced the Cloughan side to 35 for 5 and 56 for 6. However, a 7th wicket stand of 59 between Michael Stewart and Stephen Fawcett ensured the win. They employed contrasting styles as Stewart's unbeaten 30 came from 94 balls (2 fours), while Fawcett thumped 5 sixes and 2 fours in his 43 from only 26 balls. Both equally effective as the points were secured.
Cregagh beat Saintfield by 176 runs
Cregagh Memorial, 17 June.
Cregagh 301/6 (50 overs: Craig Boultwood 87*, Jay Hunter 56, Danny Cooper 35, Aaron Johnston 31, Ross Boultwood 27, Paul Douglas 25; Mark Yeates 2-37, Adam Sofley 2-62)
Saintfield 125/9 innings closed (30.1 overs: Adam Sofley 39; Adam McCormick 4-22, Ross Boultwood 2-23)
Cregagh's promotion ambitions remain firmly on track as they brushed aside Saintfield with a 176-run win. Jay Hunter hit 12 fours in his 56 as he shared an opening stand of 93 in 16 overs with Danny Cooper (35) to lay the perfect platform. The runs kept flowing with Craig Boultwood top-scoring with 87 from 84 balls (9 fours, 1 six) sharing half century stands with Paul Douglas (25) and Ross Boultwood (27), while Aaron Johnston (31) also chipped in to their total of 301 for 6. Saintfield only managed 125 in reply, with Adam Sofley hitting 39. Adam McCormick picked up 4 for 22, while Ross Boultwood took 2 for 23 in a day where everything went right for Cregagh.
Armagh beat Saintfield by 9 wickets
The Mall, 10 June.
Saintfield 126 (Gareth Harrison 41, Calvin Yeates 31; Alan Whitcroft 3-39, Stuart Lester 3-40, Harry Doyle 2-20, Ben Mackey 2-27)
Armagh 127/1 (Jamie Rogers 52*, Matthew Steenson 33*)
It was a case of home comforts for Armagh who had little trouble accounting for Saintfield by 9 wickets at The Mall. Gareth Harrison's 41 was the best of the Saints 126 - three wickets for Alan Whitcroft and Stuart Lester. Jamie Rogers (52*) and Matthew Steenson (33*) then combined to ensure the easiest of chases.
Ballymena beat Cregagh by 8 wickets
Eaton Park, 10 June.
Cregagh 133 (36.4 overs: Paul Douglas 44; Glen Adams 4-31, John Glass 3-26, Owen Dick 2-24)
Ballymena 134/2 (29.3 overs: John Glass 62*, James Kennedy 40*)
A run-a ball innings from Ballymena skipper John Glass in an unbeaten 97 run partnership with James Kennedy sealed the points for the home side in a comfortable eight wicket win. For Cregagh only Paul Douglas with 44 managed to get to twenty in what was a disappointing showing with the bat as Glen Adams claimed four wickets and Owen Dick and Glass himself a pair each.
Dundrum lost to Muckamore by 10 wickets
The Meadow, 10 June.
Dundrum 99 (35.1 overs: Terry Hutley 28; Satish Suresh 6-26, Pavan Karthil 3-9)
Muckamore 100/0 (17.3 overs: Kyllin Verdhan 51*, Vinoth Srinivasan 30*)
A six wicket burst by Muckamore's Satish Suresh left the Dundrum innings in tatters, leaving Pavan Karthik to clean up the tail with 3 for only 9 runs. No problems in chasing that down without losing a wicket for the Table-toppers who remain unbeaten.
Laurelvale lost to Donacloney Mill by 4 wickets
Laurelvale, 10 June.
Laurelvale 182 (49.2 overs: Mark Thornberry 50, David Sinton 32, Khurshid Subhani 31; Robin Sinton 3-23, Peet Pienaar 2-17, Aaron Kennedy 2-42)
Donacloney Mill 183/6 (34 overs: Peet Pienaar 54, Ryan Matthews 40*, Shane Warren 29; Khurshid Subhani 2-29)
Peet Pienaar's half century saw Donacloney Mill beat Laurelvale by four wickets. The South African had good support in the chase from Ryan Matthews (40*) and Shane Warren (29). Mark Thornberry's 50 was best for Laurelvale, while DM's Robin Sinton claimed three wickets, and Pienaar and Kennedy two apiece in a fine win.
Templepatrick beat Belfast by 71 runs
The Cloghan, 10 June.
Templepatrick 279/7 (50 overs: Stephen Fawcett 69*, Robert Smith 56, Mark Thompson 52, Nik Kane 43*; Usman Ayub 2-34, Sameer Mohd 2-37)
Belfast 208 (37.4 overs: Nicolaas Serdyn 48, Haider Haider 26, Hamza Hussain 25, Sameer Modh 24, Usman Ayub 22*; Alex Davis 2-36, John Busby 2-38)
Runs all down the order for Templepatrick as Stephen Fawcett, Robert Smith and Mark Thompson all posted half-centuries in a total that was well out of reach for visitors Belfast. Lots of twenties in the Belfast reply but no one could play the major innings that was required as all six Templepatrick bowlers claimed at least one wicket.
Muckamore v Cregagh - postponed due to National Cup travel
Moylena, 3 June.
Muckamore
Cregagh
Armagh beat Laurelvale by 3 wickets
The Mall, 3 June.
Laurelvale 186 (40.5 overs: Adnan Malik 42, David Sinton 42; Harry Doyle 4-32, Brynn Cleaver 2-37)
Armagh 187/7 (41.5 overs: Sam Wilson 84, Brynn Cleaver 50*, Alan Whitcroft 23*; Abdullah Aryan 4-32, Khurshid Subhani 2-33)
Belfast lost to Ballymena by 19 runs
Eaton Park, 3 June.
Ballymena 280/8 (50 overs: James Kennedy 107, John Glass 50, Glen Adams 35, Stephen Colgan 30; N Ravikrishnan 6-38)
Belfast 261 (Aneeb Shah 57, Ferhan Saeed 41, S Mohd 28, Usman Ayubn25; Glen Adams 3-54, John Glass 3-58, Michael Glass 3-58)
Donacloney Mill lost to Templepatrick by 7 wickets
Factory Ground, 3 June.
Donacloney Mill 215/9 (50 overs: Peet Pienaar 114, Neil Kilpatrick 44; Jacob Scarlett 4-44, Robert Smith 2-39)
Templepatrick 216/3 (39.1 overs: Robert Smith 91, Bradley Munro 87*; Mark Campbell 2-34)
Saintfield lost to Dundrum by 8 wickets
The Demesne, 3 June.
Saintfield 171 (49.3 overs: Alistair Graham 53, Ross Murray 37, Patrick Telford 28; Ged Donnell 4-35, Brijesh Krishali 2-24)
Dundrum 172/2 (40.1 overs: Stuart Campbell 59*, Gavin McNerlin 54*)
Saintfield lost to Templepatrick by 64 runs
The Demesne, 25 May.
Templepatrick 196/6 (20 overs: Mark Thompson 61, Bradley Munro 54, Robert Smith 38; Calvin Yeates 3-29)
Saintfield 132/8 (20 overs: Gareth Harrison 57, Adam Sofley 27; John Busby 3-11, Robert Smith 3-25)
A 95 run opening partnership in 10 overs between Mark Thompson and Robert Smith Bradley set Templepatrick on their way to an almost 200 total with Bradley Munro's 54 coming off 29 balls with 3x4s & 4x6s. It proved to be too big an ask for the as yet winless home side, Gareth Harrison with a spectacular 6 maximums in his 57 and Adam Sofley the only players to reach double figures. Three wickets each for John Busby and Robert Smith as Templepatrick completed a comfortable win.
Cregagh beat Armagh by 56 runs
Cregagh Memorial, 24 May.
Cregagh 160/6 (20 overs: Aaron Johnston 58, Danny Cooper 37, Ross Boultwood 21; Harry Doyle 3-22)
Armagh 104/8 (20 overs: Charlie Shannon 4-7, Graeme Hassard 2-17)
A 56 run win for Cregagh saw them join Muckamore at the top of the Section One table, each having four wins in the four games played to date. It was Charlie Shannon with a remarkable 4-0 in his first 12 deliveries, and conceding only 7 in his four overs, that snuffed out any hopes that Armagh might have harboured of chasing down the 160 posted by the home side, for whom Aaron Johnston top-scored, his 58 runs including 5x4 & 4x6.
Donacloney Mill lost to Muckamore by 8 wickets
Factory Ground, 18 May.
Donacloney Mill 115/8 (20 overs: Peet Pienaar 43, Mark Campbell 36; Satish Suresh 4-20, Pavan Karthik 2-22)
Muckamore 117/2 (14.4 overs: Kyllin Vardhan 64*, Ewan Wilson 26*, Ben Calitz 20)
Belfast beat Saintfield by 7 wickets
Banford Green, 17 May.
Saintfield 146/6 (20 overs: Ross Murray 46, Jonathan Viner 44, Gareth Harrison 36; Krishna Pandey 2-7, Sameer 2-22),
Belfast 148/3 (15.1 overs: Nicolaas Serdyn 53*, Ferhan Saeed 32)
Belfast lost to Laurelvale by 9 wickets
Mallusk, 13 May.
Belfast 153 (30.1 overs: Ferhan Saeed 31, S Mohd 23; David Sinton 4-10, Mohammad Ajmal 3-45, Jack Burns 2-13)
Laurelvale 156/1 (24.1 overs: Adnan Malik 86*, Mark Thornbury 52)
Cregagh beat Dundrum by 68 runs
Cregagh Memorial, 13 May.
Cregagh 271 (48.1 overs: Jay Hunter 59, Charlie Shannon 50*, Danny Cooper 33, Ross Boultwood 26, Paul Douglas 26; Stuart Campbell 2-46)
Dundrum 203 (40.3 overs: Stiann Swanwpoel 47, Brijesh Krishali 36, James Martin 33; Charlie Shannon 6-38, Bob Moore 2-3)
Donacloney Mill beat Saintfield by 9 wickets
Factory Ground, 13 May.
Saintfield 137 (39.1 overs: Adam Sofley 51, Jonathan Viner 24; Mark Campbell 3-8, Tim McClure 3-31, Matthew Lyttle 2-17)
Donacloney Mill 139/1 (22.2 overs: Peet Pienaar 70*, Shane Warren 31*)
Muckamore beat Armagh by 65 runs
Moylena, 13 May.
Muckamore 177 (46.4 overs: Kyilln Vardhan 45, Neil Gill 39; Brynn Cleaver 2-31, Ben Mackey 2-31, Harry Doyle 2-39, Callum Gibson 2-44)
Armagh 112 (37 overs: Samuel Wilson 31, Brynn Cleaver 29; Trevor Britton 3-17, Pavan Karthik 3-18, Neil Gill 2-15)
Templepatrick beat Ballymena by 8 wickets
The Cloghan, 13 May.
Ballymena 161 (49.1 overs: Glen Adams 91; John Busby 4-19, David Kane 3-15, Bradley Munro 2-41)
Templepatrick 165/2 (27.5 overs: Chris Taylor 73*, Bradley Munro 49)
Dundrum v Armagh - no play, match void
The Meadow, 11 May.
Dundrum
Armagh
Donacloney Mill lost to Cregagh by 1 wicket
Factory Ground, 9 May.
Donacloney Mill 127/9 (20 overs: Mark Canpbell 36, Aaron Kennedy 32, Peet Pienaar 26; Max Shannon 3-30, Charlie Shannon 2-12, Ross Boultwood 2-27)
Cregagh 128/9 (19.4 overs: Craig Boultwood 43*, Danny Cooper 32; Matthew Lyttle 3-13, Aaron Kennedy 2-14, Robin Sinton 2-27,)
Cregagh claimed the win by the narrowest of margins with two balls to spare. They fought back from 44/5 with partnerships of 33 and 34 for the 6th and 7th wickets, Craig Boultwood first with Danny Cooper and then brother Ross. They needed 7 off the final over and ended a string of 10 consecutive 'dots' when Boultwood hit a 6 off the third delivery. The game ended with a bit of an anticlimax when the next ball was called Wide!
Muckamore beat Saintfield by 56 runs
Moylena, 5 May.
Muckamore 117/2 (10 overs: Ben Calitz 61*, Ewan Wilson 25; Mark Yeates 2-31)
Saintfield 61/1 (10 overs: TJ McCavera 29*) (Delayed start - Match reduced to 10 overs)
Ben Calitz, who guested for CIYMS in their Euro T10 campaign put that experience to good use as he blasted his way to an unbeaten 61 off just 28 balls (4x4, 5x6). His opening partnership with Ewan Wilson was worth 84 and set up a challenging target for Saintfield to chase in the shortened 10 over game. Richard Keates opens the Muckamore attack with a 12 ball over - could be dark by the finish at this rate! Slow going with the bat as well as Saintfield showed little or no intent of chasing their target.
Donacloney Mill lost to Ballymena by 8 wickets
Factory Ground, 5 May.
Donacloney Mill 134/2 (20 overs: Peet Pienaar 60*, Shane Warren 23, Craig Kennedy 21)
Ballymena 136/2 (16.5 overs: James Kennedy 74*, Glen Adams 33, John Glass 20*)
An opening partnership of exactly 50 between Craig Kennedy and Peet Pienaar before Kennedy was lbw to Glen Adams in the tenth over. Owen Dick with the second wicket when Shane Warren was caught by Sam Glass but Pienaar batted through to the end at exactly a run-a-ball. More runs for James Kennedy at the top of the Ballymena order as he and Glen Adams added 85 for the second wicket with Kennedy's half century coming in only 37 balls. He was joined by John Glass at the fall of Adams' wicket and the pair added the 50 required for victory with just over three overs to spare.
Dundrum lost to Templepatrick by 18 runs (DLS)
The Meadow, 4 May.
Templepatrick 122/6 (20 overs: Mark Thompson 37, Bradley Munro 37; Stiann Swanepol 2-16)
Dundrum 90/7 (18 overs: Darren McCann 21; John Busby 3-19) (Target 109 at 18 overs.)
Templepatrick got their campaign up and running as Dundrum struggled to threaten what was a modest 122 total by the visitors and when an end was called after 18 overs were 18 runs short of their DLS Target.
Armagh beat Belfast by 8 wickets
The Mall, 3 May.
Belfast 56 (16.2 overs: Alan Whitcroft 4-12, Harry Doyle 2-13, Brynn Cleaver 2-15,
Armagh 57/2 (11.5 overs: Jamie Rogers 24, Samuel Wilson 24)
An emphatic win for the hosts at The Mall as they consigned newly promoted Belfast to their second defeat in as many games. Alan Whitcroft with four wickets, Harry Doyle with two and two also for this season's overseas professional, New Zealander Brynn Cleaver. as the visitors were skittled for only 56. With the Armagh openers, Jamie Rogers (24) and Samuel Wilson (24) adding 46 for the first wicket, the 8 wicket win was never in doubt, achieved with seven overs to spare. The two sides meet again on Saturday as they have been drawn against each other in the first round of the Challenge Cup, this time home advantage is with Belfast.
Armagh v Cregagh - Postponed
The Mall, 1 May.
Armagh
Cregagh
Belfast v Saintfield - Postponed
Mallusk, 1 May.
Belfast
Saintfield
Donacloney Mill v Muckamore - Postponed
Factory Ground, 1 May.
Donacloney Mill
Muckamore
Laurelvale beat Templepatrick by 3 wickets
Laurelvale, 1 May.
Templepatrick 126 (47.1 overs: Vishad Viyas 26, Chris Taylor 20; Adam Speers 3-28, Mohammad Amjal 2-15, Jack Burns 2-23)
Laurelvale 127/7 (42 overs: Daryl Henry 32*, Mark Thornbury 27, David Sinton 22; Bradley Munro 3-11, Ross Bryans 2-31)
Laurelvale made it two from two with a tight win over Templepatrick. After a poor start to their innings that saw half the side out for only 54, it took a 49 run partnership between Vishad Vyas and David Kane for the 9th wicket to get the visitors to a total that they had a possibility to defend. Three wickets (all lbw!) from Bradley Munro gave them a glimmer of hope early on but Laurelvale batted steadily and although Ross Bryans claimed a couple of late wickets Daryl Henry guided the 'Vale to the top of the league table with an unbeaten 32.
Ballymena beat Dundrum by 110 runs
Eaton Park, 1 May.
Ballymena 222 (50 overs: Stephen Colgan 45, James Kennedy 40, Glen Adams 34; Stian Swanepol 3-31, James Wright 3-43)
Dundrum 112 (29.4 overs: James Martin 29; John Glass 3-32, Mark Stinson 3-42, Stephen Bristow 2-4)
Ballymena bounced back from yesterday's defeat to register a comprehensive victory over Dundrum. Runs at the top of the order for Stephen Colgan and James Kennedy who added 67 for the first wicket before overseas professional Glen Adams joined Colgan in adding a further 49 for the second. Their 222 was way too many for Dundrum who were rocked by three early wickets from former Derriaghy stalwart Mark Stinson and with John Glass claiming another three there was just time for Stephen Bristow to pick up two in ten deliveries.
Donacloney Mill v Cregagh - Postponed
Factory Ground, 29 April.
Cregagh
Donacloney Mill
Dundrum v Armagh - Postponed
The Meadow, 29 April.
Dundrum
Armagh
Saintfield v Templepatrick - Postponed
The Demesne, 29 April.
Saintfield
Templepatrick
Laurelvale beat Ballymena by 36 runs (DLS)
Laurelvale, 29 April.
Laurelvale 208/6 (48 overs: Mark Thornbury 54, John Speers 39, David Sinton 34; John Glass 4-45)
Ballymena 149 (30.3 overs: James Kennedy 44, Glen Adams 37; Abdullah Aryan 5-38, Mohammad Ajmal 3-19) (1st innings reduced to 48 overs, further reduction to 36 overs with a Target score of 186.)
Muckamore beat Belfast by 80 runs
Moylena, 29 April.
Muckamore 257/6 (50 overs: Luke Allen 72, Kyllin Vardhan 67, Neil Gill 59; Naveed Ahmad 4-35, Hamza Hussain 2-59)
Belfast 177 (39.2 overs: Nicolaas Serdyn 72; Pavan Karthik 5-43, Trevor Britton 2-22)
Laurelvale v Cregagh. Match off.
Laurelvale, 22 April.
Laurelvale
Cregagh
Dundrum v Templepatrick. Match off.
The Meadow, 22 April.
Dundrum
Templepatrick
Armagh v Belfast. Match off.
The Mall, 22 April.
Armagh
Belfast
Donacloney Mill v Ballymena. Match off.
Factory Ground, 22 April.
Donacloney Mill
Ballymena
Muckamore v Saintfield. Match off.
Moylena, 22 April.
Saintfield
Muckamore
NCU T20 Trophy 2023
Final: Muckamore beat Ballymena by 7 wickets
Waringstown, 30 July.
Ballymena 148/7 (20 overs: Glen Adams 60, John Glass 43; Sathish Suresh 3-30)
Muckamore 151/3 (18.1 overs: Ben Calitz 56*, Luke Allen 30, Ewan Wilson 27 )
Muckamore celebrate the T20 Trophy win (Dave Pettard)
Muckamore claimed the NCU T20 Trophy with a 7 wicket win over Ballymena at The Lawn. Chasing 149, they were given a quick start with an opening stand of 46 in 27 balls between Ewan Wilson (27) and Kyllin Vardhan (10). The defining stand though was the third wicket one of 90 in 12 overs between Man-of-the-Match Ben Calitz and Luke Allen. Calitz top-scored with an unbeaten 56 from 38 balls (7 fours), while Allen made a more sedate 30 as they clinched the win with 11 balls to spare. Ballymena's total of 148 for 7 was based mainly around an opening stand of 87 in 11. 4 overs between Glen Adams, who hit 3 fours and cleared the ropes four times in his 60 from 40 balls, supported by an even time 43 from John Glass. Satish Suresh took three wickets, while Trevor Britton's 1 for 18 did much to stall the Eaton Park's acceleration hopes. So, one trophy in the bag for Muckamore, with more very much in their sights as they sit proudly at the top of Section One.
Semi-final: Muckamore beat Armagh by 9 wickets
Belmont, 2 July.
Armagh 94/8 (20 overs: Jamie Rogers 43; Shane Henderson 2-7)
Muckamore 95/1 (15 overs: Satish Suresh 34*, Vinoth Srinivasan 28, Ewan Wilson 22*)
Muckamore celebrate the win (Dave Pettard)
Armagh opener Jamie Rogers with the only double figure score in what was a disappointing effort by the batting lineup. Wickets shared around, Shane Henderson with two in a thrifty four over spell and one each for Gill, Britton, Suresh and Karthik. No trouble for Muckamore chasing down that underpar total with openers Srinivanasan and Suresh adding 69 for the first wicket before Ewan Wilson came to the crease to hit two sixes and a four to see his side home.
Semi-final: Ballymena beat Cregagh by 2 runs (DLS)
Belmont, 2 July.
Ballymena 143/5 (19 overs: Glen Adams 100, Michael Caithness 23)
Cregagh 144/9 (19 overs: Jonny Moore 49, Paul Douglas 26; Mark Stinson 2-13, Owen Dick 2-25, Glen Adams 2-40) (Match reduced to 19 overs - Target 147 )
A spectacular century by Glen Adams the highlight of the Ballymena innings, his 59 ball effort including 6x4s and 7x6s. The Ballymena innings was interrupted by rain and one over was lost which increased the Cregagh target to 147. In the end they came up just short when at one stage they looked comfortable in the chase, the late introduction of Mark Stinson who claimed two quick wickets proving crucial to Ballymena's cause.
NCU Junior Cricket 2023
T20 Bowl Final: Bangor beat Cooke Collegians by 1 run
Upritchard Park, 22 August.
Bangor 103/7 (17 overs; K Samunderu 26, A McCusker 22, S McMillan 18; M Khatri 3-20, P Kerr 2-28)
Cooke Collegians 102/5 (17 overs; H Gibbons 59*)
Winners Bangor (CricketEurope)
Cooke Collegians will be wondering just how they managed to lose this T20 Bowl final after dominating Bangor the whole way through until the last stages. Bangor were restricted to a modest 103/7 in a game reduced to 17 overs, with Kuda Samundera (26), Adam McCusker (22) and teenager Sam McMillan (18) all hitting three boundaries. Manoj Khatri (3-20) and Paul Kerr (2-28) best with the ball. The result looked a foregone conclusion as Man-of-the-Match Hugh Gibbons and Ashish Pandita (30) shared an opening stand of 67. The required rate had dropped to under four, 37 needed in 9.2 overs and all ten wickets intact. Surely Cooke Collegians couldn't lose it from here? Think again. It's a funny old game and pressure produces panic. Doubly so in a final. George Prince got the breakthrough, and further wickets for William Simpson, Kuda Samunderu, and Ricky McLarnon meant the Seasiders kept a toehold in the game. Still, with only four needed off the last over, six wickets intact and Gibbons on strike, the visitors were still strong favourites. Chris Pyper though was the Bangor hero, conceding just a single off the first five balls, while dismissing Luke Willmott. Needing three off the final ball, Ryan Hanna and Gibbons could only scramble a bye, as Bangor pulled off an incredible victory. Captain Johnny Parker lifted the glass trophy aloft on a night that will be long remembered by the home support and players.
T20 Bowl Final: Bangor v Cooke Collegians: abandoned.
Derriaghy, 6 August.
Cooke Collegians 29-1 (4.3 overs)
Bangor
Intermediate Cup Final: North Down II beat Ballymena II by 145 runs
Sandy Bay, Larne, 5 August.
North Down 247/6 (40 overs; Tom Crothers 80*, Hamilton Coulter 70, Stephen Scott 37; Josh Scott 3-30)
Ballymena 102/9 innings closed. (29.5 overs; Declan O'Boyle 30; Jacob McClure-Dalzell 4-18, Josh Corbett 3-40)
North Down 2ndXI - Intermediate Cup winners 2023 (CricketEurope)
Tom Crothers scored a Man-of-the-Match 80 not out to propel North Down to a comprehensive 145-run win over Ballymena in the Intermediate Cup final at Sandy Bay. Crothers innings came from only 54 balls (7 fours, 1 six), as he and Stephen Scott added (37) added 73 in just 8 overs for the 6th wicket. The platform had been laid by opener Hamilton Coulter (70), who shared a 3rd wicket stand of 50 with Nathan Burns (21). Josh Scott (3-30) was the pick of the Ballymena attack, but a total of 247 for 6 looked imposing and so it proved. Billy Adams conceded just 14 runs in his 8-over spell, and scoreboard pressure built. Jacob McClure-Dalzell (4-18) and Josh Corbett (3-40) doing the damage. Credit must go to the Larne ground staff for their remarkable work in ensuring the final got the green light.
Junior Cup Final: Bangor lost to Lurgan by 76 runs (DLS)
Bangor, 29 July.
Lurgan 219/6 (40 overs: Stephen Chambers 98*, Stephen Johnston 88; Michael Skelly 3-45, Josh Bates 2-32)
Bangor 121/9 (27 overs: Richard McLarnon 28, Andrew Kirkpatrick 23; Adam Johnson 2-13, Callum Grieve 2-21, Darwish Nazari 2-29, Paul Stafford 2-31) (Match reduced to 33 overs - Target 198.)
Stephen Johnston (88) and Stephen Chambers (98*) whose match winning partnership was worth 135. (CricketEurope)
Ulster Plate 2023
Final: Donemana II beat Muckamore II by 46 runs
The Holm, 20 August.
Donemana 148 (27.3 overs: Mark Moore 37, Jimmy Britton 36; Shane Henderson 4-29, Les Allen 2-12)
Muckamore 102 (29 overs: Sam Magee 28, Richard Keates 23; Graham Boyd 4-21, A Britton 4-25)
Winners Donemana (CricketEurope)
Donemana won the Ulster Plate for the fourth time after beating Muckamore in a relatively low scoring final that ebbed and flowed throughout. Shane Henderson (4-29) and Les Allen (2-12) had Donemana on the ropes at 57 for 6, but a counter-attacking 36 in 24 balls from Jimmy Britton (2 fours, 3 sixes) saw him and Mark Moore (37) double the score, The tail managed to bring the total up to 148, but that still looked a little light. However, Man of the Match Adam Britton's new-ball burst saw the Moylena side reduced to 35 for 5 as the teenager took 4 for 25, including the big wicket of Ewan Wilson. Sam Magee (28) and Richard Keates (23) then looked to be taking the game away in a 6th wicket stand of 58 and at 93 for 5 the game was tilting their way. However, a stunning catch on the cover boundary by Joe Robinson - one of three he held - proved the turning point, and Graham Boyd went on to take 4 for 21 - including three in an over - as the last five wickets fell for just nine runs to seal the 46-run win for the NW side.
Semi-final: Lisburn lost to Muckamore 1-2 in a bowl-out
Wallace Park, 23 July.
Lisburn
Muckamore
Muckamore's Arnold Oduvelil and Les Allen were the bowl-out heroes for the Moylena side in their 2-1 win at Wallace Park over Lisburn. They will take on Donemana at a North West venue on Sunday August 20th.
Semi-final: Donemana beat Woodvale by 2 wickets
The Holm, 23 July.
Woodvale 86/9 (22 overs; Adam Britton 4-20, Chris Neely 2-13, Levi Dougherty 2-19)
Donemana 87/8 (16.1 overs; Jimmy Britton 26, Billy Dougherty 25; Lewis Adair 3-13, Habeeb 2-13, Aditya Adey 2-21)
Three times winners Donemana will play Muckamore in the Ulster Plate final after the Tyrone side overcame Woodvale in a low scoring thriller at The Holm. A rain affected game saw the teams play a 22-overs match with the NCU struggling in tough conditions to 86 for 9. Adam Britton took four wickets, while there were two apiece for Chris Neely and Levi Dougherty. The home found the going equally tough and with Lewis Adair (3-13), Habeeb (2-13) and Aditya Adey (2-21) all bowling well, the game had swung towards Woodvale at 40 for 6. However, Jimmy Britton (26) and Billy Dougherty (25) each cleared the ropes three times in a stand of 44 to clinch a two-wicket win.
Round 2: Bready lost to Woodvale by 6 runs (DLS)
Magheramason, 25 June.
Woodvale 176/4 (26 overs: Harry Warke 85, Euan Scott 68*; A Cooke 2-23)
Bready 183/7 (26 overs: J McCorkell 71*, D McCloskey 28, C Spence 20; Habeeb 3-36, L Adair 2-17) (Match reduced pre-start to 30 overs and further reduced to 26. Target 190 off 26.)
Round 2: Lisburn beat Eglinton by 10 wickets
Wallace Park, 25 June.
Eglinton 90 (25.3 overs: Josh Martin 28; Cameron Doak 3-17, Adam Berry 2-4, Richard McConkey 2-30)
Lisburn 92/0 (9 overs: Chris Burns 54*, Jonathan Waite 33*) (Match reduced pre-start to 28 overs.)
Round 2: CIYMS lost to Donemana in a bowl-out: 0-2
Belmont, 25 June.
Donemana 143/5 (17 overs: J Robinson 51, P Dougherty 38, G Boyd 33)
CIYMS (Match reduced pre-start to 17 overs and subsequently abandoned.)
Round 2: St Johnston lost to Muckamore by 10 wickets
The Boathole, 25 June.
St Johnston 201/6 (34 overs: M Ryan 67*, I Macbeth 43, G Lapsley 32; S Henderson 2-15)
Muckamore 224/0 (27.2 overs: Ewan Wilson 141*, Graeme Ormiston 59*) (Match reduced to 34 overs - further reduced to 33 during Tea interval - Target 222 in 33 overs.)
Muckamore made light work of a challenging chase winning by 10 wickets with almost 6 overs to spare. Once again it was Ewan Wilson who added another 141 to the 174 he scored against Newbuildings in the first round. His 90 ball knock this time included 13 boundaries and 8 maximums while his opening partner Graeme Ormiston compiled a half century of his own.
Round 1: Bready beat CSNI by 18 runs
Magheramason, 11 June.
Bready 207 (39.1 overs; Mervyn Magee 36, Matthew Collum 29*, Nathan McCombe 29, Dean McCloskey 24, Jamie McCombe 23; Gareth Thompson 3-42, Connor De Wett 2-25, James West 2-41)
CSNI 188/9 (40 overs; Regan West 49, Gareth Thompson 39, Ollie Dyer 21; Jordan McCorkell 3-28, Mervyn Magee 2-14, Aaron Cooke 2-33)
Wicket for Mervyn Magee as Bready beat CSNI by 18 runs (CricketEurope)
Bready held off a late charge from former Irish international Regan West to book their place in the next round with an 18-run win at home to CSNI. Chasing 207, the Stormont side were always behind the required rate, but thanks to some lusty blows they were never quite out of it. West perished caught on long-on the ball after being dropped on 49. Gareth Thompson made 39 to go with his earlier three wickets. Bready's win owed much to a last wicket stand of 55 between Matthew Collum and Nathan McCombe who both made 29, taking the total from 152 for 9 to 207.
Round 1: Brigade lost to Woodvale by 8 wickets
Beechgrove, 11 June.
Brigade 180/9 (40 overs; Cameron Nawn 31, Jay Scott 30, Jack Hall 29, J Smallwoods 21*, Andrew Baggley 20; J Rose 3-22, Harry Warke 2-43)
Woodvale 184/2 (16.1 overs; Harry Warke 124, Euan Scott 37; Jamie Millar 2-72)
Umpire Clarke Killen confirms the lbw dismissal of Jamie Millar as Brigade met Woodvale at Beechgrove. (Lawrence Moore)
Harry Styles rocked Slane at the weekend, and Harry Warke rocked Beechgrove with a powerful century which saw Woodvale brush aside the challenge of Brigade. A solid batting effort by the hosts saw them post 180 with Cameron Nawn top-scoring with 31. Warke then went on the warpath, smashing 12 fours and 9 sixes in his 124, dominating an opening stand of 163 in 13 overs with Euan Scott (37). Jamie Millar accounted for both but by then it was all but done and dusted - the 8-wickets win secured in the 17th over.
Round 1: CIYMS beat Ardmore by 152 runs
Belmont, 11 June.
CIYMS 235/5 (40 overs; Carson McCullough 118*, Jack Beattie 34, Adam Heasley 28)
Ardmore 83 (24.4 overs; Conor King 34; Angus Farrell 5-14, Mark Best 3-31)
Centurion Carson McCullough (CricketEurope)
Another centurion was Ireland Academy prospect Carson McCullough whose unbeaten 118 powered CIYMS to an emphatic 152-run win over Ardmore at Belmont. He hit 14 fours and 2 sixes in his fine knock, sharing stands of 82 for the second wicket with Jack Beattie (34) and 85 for the 5th with Adam Heasley (28) as the Belmont side made 235. Angus Farrell then took five wickets and Mark Best three as the Bleachgreen side were skittled for 83 - Conor King's 34 their only bright note.
Round 1: Cliftonville Academy lost to St Johnston by 2 wickets
Castle Grounds, 11 June.
Cliftonville Academy 158 (36.2 overs: Jonny Terrett 49, Philip Kane 28; David Barnard 2-23, Ian Macbeth 2-26)
St Johnston 160/8 (32.2 overs: David Macbeth 37, David Barnard 24*; Jonny Terrett 4-27, Matthew McCord 4-35)
The St Johnston team that defeated Cliftonville Academy (CricketEurope)
St Johnston edged out Cliftonville Academy at the Castle Grounds in one of the closest games of the day. The hosts rallied from 49 for 5 to post 158 thanks to a sixth wicket stand of 74 between Johnny Terrett, who scored a run-a-ball 49 (8 fours, 1 six), and Philip Kane (28). David Macbeth's 37 aided by 44 wides and no-balls got St Johnston off to a strong start, but from 80 for 1 they were in trouble at 143 for 8 with four wickets apiece for Matty McCord and Terrett. Skipper David Barnard though remained cool to seal the win with an unbeaten 24.
Round 1: Eglinton beat North Down by 86 runs
Eglinton, 11 June.
Eglinton 257/8 (40 overs: Adam Lamberton 68, Dylan McElhatton 54, Karl O'Doherty 42; Jacob McClure-Dalzell 2-34, Josh Corbett 2-47)
North Down 171 (32.5 overs: Gavin Anderson 63, Tom Crothers 33; Dylan McElhatton 4-27, Josh Martin 3-41)
The Eglinton side that beat North Down in the Ulster Plate (CricketEurope)
Half centuries from Adam Lamberton and Dylan McElhatton, plus 42 from Karl O'Doherty helped Eglinton to an impressive 257 for 8. Lamberton top-scored with 68 from 73 balls (8 fours, 3 sixes), while McElhatton's hard-hit 54 not out (5 fours, 2 sixes) came from just 37 deliveries. North Down were well in contention at 120 for 2 just past the halfway mark with Gavin Anderson hitting 10 boundaries in his 63 and Tom Crothers making a breezy 33. However, the wheels came off as McElhatton claimed four wickets and Josh Martin three to seal an ultimately comfortable 86-run win.
Round 1: Fox Lodge lost to Lisburn by 2 wickets
Ballymagorry, 11 June.
Fox Lodge 259 (39.4 overs: Lee Doherty 80, Aiden Logue 75, Craig Alexander 43; Cameron Doak 4-41, Richard McConkey 3-46, Stuart Lightbody 2-34)
Lisburn 263/8 (35.2 overs: Chris Burns 115, Richard McConkey 37, Stuart Lightbody 31; Luke Hayes 3-40, Craig Alexander 3-52)
Chris Burns scored 115 (CricketEurope)
There was a high scoring encounter at Ballymagorry where visitors Lisburn prevailed despite a late wobble. Batting first, Fox Lodge openers Gareth Doherty and Aidan Logue shared an opening stand of 123. Doherty top scored with a clean-hit 80 from 52 balls (11 fours, 3 sixes), while Logue's 75 from 99 deliveries included 8 fours. The rest of the batting failed to fire with the exception of Craig Alexander who made an even time 43 (3 fours, 1 six). Cameron Doak took four wickets, with three for Richard McConkey and two for Stuart Lightbody. Lisburn had a century opening stand of their own with Chris Burns and Stuart Lightbody (31) sharing an opening stand of 114 - the day after they added 300 in the NCU Junior Cup! Burns drove, cut and pulled anything remotely loose, hitting 19 fours and 4 sixes in his 115 from only 72 balls. Three wickets apiece for Luke Hayes and Craig Alexander kept things interesting, but Richard McConkey's 37 and a cameo from Cameron Doak - who hit 3 sixes in his 19 - ensured the Wallace Park side prevailed.
Round 1: Newbuildings lost to Muckamore by 133 runs
Foyleview Arena, 11 June.
Muckamore 354/5 (40 overs: Ewan Wilson 174, Jude Keates 50, Richard Keates 30*, Graeme Ormiston 25, Shane Henderson 22*; Adam Mitchell 2-69)
Newbuildings 221 (38.1 overs: Graeme Sweeney 56, Lee McClellend 39, Jack McIvor 38, Jack McIntyre 33; Sam Magee 2-20, Jude Keates 2-33, Arnold Oduvelil 2-47, Ethan Wilson 2-47)
Ewan Wilson acknowledges applause after making 174 for Muckamore (CricketEurope)
Muckamore may have forsaken home advantage, but they wouldn't mind playing at the Foyleview Arena every week as their batters took full advantage of the good pitch and fast outfield to plunder the home side's attack for 354 runs. Ewan Wilson made 174 of those, as he and Jude Keates added 144 in 14 overs for the 3rd wicket. Wilson hit 14 sixes and 12 fours in his 120 ball stay, while Keates' 50 came from 37 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes). Keates senior got in on the carnage with 7 fours in an unbeaten 30 from just 7 balls, while there were runs too for Shane Henderson (22*) and Graeme Ormiston (25). The hosts did well to reply with 221 with Graeme Sweeney hitting 7 fours in his 56, and 30s from Jack McIvor, Lee McClelland and Jack McIntyre. There were two wickets apiece each too for Sam Magee, Jude Keates, Arnold Oduvelil and Ethan Wilson in the 133-run win.
Round 1: Waringstown lost to Donemana by 6 wickets
The Lawn, 11 June.
Waringstown 175 (38 overs: Rory Bessell 66, Michael Waite 32; DJ Dougherty 4-30, Graham Boyd 3-19)
Donemana 179/4 (27.1 overs: DJ Dougherty 81, Mark Moore 25, Levi Dougherty 26*; Jack Snell 2-21, Rory Bessell 2-34)
Charlie Williamson is bowled by MOM DJ Dougherty in Donemana's win. (CricketEurope)
Donemana gained revenge for their semi-final loss to Waringstown last year, and knocked out the holders with a convincing six-wicket win at The Lawn. Rory Bessell top-scored with 66 (7 fours, 1 six) adding 49 for the second wicket with Michael Waite - who hit 6 fours in his 23-ball 32. From 74 for 1 though the home side lost their way to be bowled out for 175. Graham Boyd took three wickets, while DJ Dougherty took four. DJ then turned his attention to batting matters, hitting 11 fours and clearing the ropes three times in a top-score of 81. He added 109 in 18 overs with Mark Moore (25) to break the back of the chase, and Levi Dougherty wasted no time in sealing victory with a rapid 26 not out.
NCU Youth Cricket 2023
Quoile Cup Final: Bangor beat Instonians by 25 runs
Derriaghy, 3 August.
Bangor 90-2 (T McIlwaine 29*, J Hirst 18* )
Instonians 65 (P Saran 16, H Salain 14)
Bangor who beat Instonians to win the Quoile Cup (Bangor CC)
NCU Women's Cricket 2023
Women's Cup Final: CSNI beat North Down by 70 runs.
Wallace Park, 9 July.
CSNI 139/5 (20 overs; S Rountree 34, R Thomas 21; A McDonald 2-17)
North Down 69 (17.3 overs; A Benson 20; E Carville 3-11, J Mayes 2-6, A Leckey 2-12)
The winning CSNI team (CricketEurope)
 CSNI Women's captain Jess Mayes interviewed by Ally McCalmont after her side won the cup
NCU Schools Cricket 2023
Scotland Under 17 beat Ulster Schools by 78 runs
Hillhead, Glasgow, 10 August.
Scotland Under 17 145/8 (25 overs, T Knight 48, M Aahil 2/18)
Ulster Schools 67 (21.3 overs, M Aahil 16, L Bennet 3/10, B Stronach 2/8, F Khan 2/15)
The start was delayed by 90 minutes and the match reduced from 35 to 25 overs a side because the umpires were concerned about a damp area on an adjacent used pitch. On a surface that made fluent strokeplay difficult (only ten boundaries were scored in the entire match) Scotland owed much to their captain Thomas Knight (grandson of former Woodvale batsman Robert Heaslip) in posting a total that always looked very competitive in the conditions. This proved to the case as the home bowlers took wickets at regular intervals, only Mo Aahil and Angus Farrell surviving more than 20 deliveries. The four-match tour thus ended with two wins and two defeats.
Scotland Under 17 beat Ulster Schools by 6 wickets
Hillhead, Glasgow, 9 August.
Ulster Schools 71 (31.5 overs, Z Ihsam 4/11, C Davidson 3/7, M Saraswat 2/12)
Scotland Under 17 73/4 (17.1 overs, T Wylie 27no)
A devastating opening burst by Scottish pace bowler Zainullah Ihsam in overcast conditions reduced Ulster to 4/4 by the end of the third over of a scheduled 50-over match. Mohamed Aahil and Ryan Clarke tried to repair the damage with a stand of 36 for the fifth wicket but the Scottish spinners choked off any meaningful recovery. The Ulster bowlers put up a decent effort but couldn’t prevent the hosts from securing a very comfortable victory. The 35-over game against the same opponents tomorrow will conclude the tour.
Western District lost to Ulster Schools by 91 runs
Kelburne, Paisley, 8 August.
Ulster Schools 234/9 (50 overs, T Crothers 70, M Aahil 36, R Clarke 32, S McMIllan 23, S Hargie 4/34, A Haris 3/39)
Western District 143 (38.1 overs, M Maxwell 35, A Umeed 25, M Hanna 3/24, A Carville 2/22, A Farrell 2/28)
Tom Crothers was once again in the runs for Ulster Schools (CricketEurope)
The Ulster top four all scored freely, with Tom Crothers (78 balls, 8 fours) adding 89 with Ryan Clarke to take the score to 173/2 in the 34th over. Wickets then began to fall regularly, particularly to Hargie’s leg spin, but the later batters rallied sufficiently to post a very competitive total. The home team lost wickets at regular intervals, especially to the off spin of Mark Hanna and Angus Farrell, and were never close to maintaining the required scoring rate. The matches on Wednesday and Thursday against teams drawn from the Scotland Under-17 squad may provide stiffer competition. An interesting side note is the form of Crothers, who has scored four half centuries in five innings for the talented batsman.
Western District lost to Ulster Schools by 2 wickets
Kelburne, Paisley, 7 August.
Western District 167/6 (35 overs, A Tahir 50, M Wilson 49, M Skelly 2/45)
Ulster Schools 168/8 (31.4 overs, T Crothers 69, S McMillan 36, R Clarke 27, H Atif 3/27, M Wilson 2/17, S Hargie 2/18)
A tidy bowling performance kept the home side to 167 in their 35 overs. Tom Crothers (66 balls, a six and 8 fours) continued his recent excellent form, adding 51 with Sam McMillan and 79 with Ryan Clarke to take the score to 147/2 before a major collapse threatened to undermine their good work. Five wides in the 32nd over finally clinched a nervy victory. On Tuesday, the Schools meet the Western Districts XI again in a 50-overs match.
Leinster Schools drew with Ulster Schools
Anglesea Road, 29 June.
Leinster Schools 342/7dec.(62.3 overs; Tom Johnson 73, Luke Thomson 68, Sean O'Brien 63, Liam Gilhooly 43, Eoin Birch 33; Jacob Scarlett 3-40, Michael Skelly 2-49)
Ulster Schools 142 and 203/9 (77 overs: Tom Crothers 78, Ryan Clarke 34, Mohammad Aahil 32; Daniel Forkin 5-39)
Ulster Schools (Stephen Tonge)
A determined rearguard action by the last pair of Angus Farrell and Adam Armstrong salvaged a draw for Ulster Schools against their Leinster counterparts. The duo held on grimly for 10 overs, surrounded by the hosts in scenes reminiscent of the Oval Test of 1968. Resuming day two on 214 for 4, Leinster lost Eoin Brich (33) early, but a stand of 95 in 18 overs between Sean O'Brien - who hit 8 fours in his 63 - and Liam Gilhooly (43). That allowed them to declare with a lead of 200 and plenty of time to try and whittle out Ulster. It looked as if the game would meander to a draw as an improved batting effort second time around from Tom Crothers (78), Ryan Clarke (34) and skipper Mohammed Aahil (32) took them to 161 for 3. However, Merrion left-arm spinner Daniel Forkin took five wickets in quick succession, getting his rewards for a marathon spell which looked to be taking Leinster to victory. However, they couldn't prise out the final wicket in a thrilling finale. A great advert for the red-ball game.
Leinster Schools v Ulster Schools Day 1 of 2
Anglesea Road, 28 June.
Ulster Schools 142 (Adam Heasley 31, Ryan Clarke 28)
Leinster Schools 214/4 (Tom Johnson 73, Luke Thomson 66)
Leinster Schools (Stephen Tonge)
Leinster Schools hold the advantage after the first day of their two-day clash with Ulster at Merrion. The Northern side were bowled out for 142 with Adam Heasley top-scoring with 31, and Ryan Clarke, Mohammed Aahil and Tom Crothers all passing 20. There were three wickets for Luke Thomson, plus two apiece for Yash Bala and Eoin Birch. A third wicket stand of 98 between opener Tom Johnson and Luke Thomson then ensured Leinster finished the day very much in the ascendency. Johnson hit 15 fours and a six in his 73, while Thomson's 66 included 12 fours. Eoin Birch is unbeaten on 29 and he has added 34 for the fifth wicket with Sean O'Brien (9*). With a lead of 72 and more to come, Ulster will have to battle hard to salvage a draw.
Schools Cup Final: RBAI beat Strabane Academy by 7 wickets
Wallace Park, Lisburn, 19 June.
Strabane Academy 101 (24.1 overs; J Orr 27; James West 5-18, Adam Leckey 2-24, Alistair Watt 2-13)
RBAI 105/3 (15.2 overs; Josh Eagleson 60*, Tom Crothers 28; Aaron Cooke 2-16)
RBAI Ulster Schools' Cup Winners 2023 (CricketEurope)
RBAI clinched the trophy for a record 12th time as they recorded a comprehensive 7-wicket win over Strabane Academy at Wallace Park. The game was all but decided in the early stages as the Tyrone side lost two wickets in the first three balls as Adam Leckey truck twice. A third quickly followed, before Jamie Mutch (17) and Ryan McAuley (12) added 36 for the fourth wicket. Both fell to Alistair Watt, and it was left to Johnny Orr (27) to get his team past 100. James West (5-18) tore through the middle and lower order to dent any hopes of a comeback. Cody Mehaffey removed Inst captain Rory Ellerby cheaply, but a second wicket stand of 74 in 10 overs between Josh Eagleson and Tom Crothers (28) all but settled matters. Aaron Cooke (2-16) struck twice to give the scoreboard some respectability, but Eagleson struck seven boundaries in his 43-ball unbeaten 60, which saw his team over the line in the 16th over.
Master In Charge Johnny Peake after RBAI beat Strabane Academy by 7 wickets
NCU Junior Cricket 2023
T20 Bowl Final: Bangor beat Cooke Collegians by 1 run
Upritchard Park, 22 August.
Bangor 103/7 (17 overs; K Samunderu 26, A McCusker 22, S McMillan 18; M Khatri 3-20, P Kerr 2-28)
Cooke Collegians 102/5 (17 overs; H Gibbons 59*)
Winners Bangor (CricketEurope)
Cooke Collegians will be wondering just how they managed to lose this T20 Bowl final after dominating Bangor the whole way through until the last stages. Bangor were restricted to a modest 103/7 in a game reduced to 17 overs, with Kuda Samundera (26), Adam McCusker (22) and teenager Sam McMillan (18) all hitting three boundaries. Manoj Khatri (3-20) and Paul Kerr (2-28) best with the ball. The result looked a foregone conclusion as Man-of-the-Match Hugh Gibbons and Ashish Pandita (30) shared an opening stand of 67. The required rate had dropped to under four, 37 needed in 9.2 overs and all ten wickets intact. Surely Cooke Collegians couldn't lose it from here? Think again. It's a funny old game and pressure produces panic. Doubly so in a final. George Prince got the breakthrough, and further wickets for William Simpson, Kuda Samunderu, and Ricky McLarnon meant the Seasiders kept a toehold in the game. Still, with only four needed off the last over, six wickets intact and Gibbons on strike, the visitors were still strong favourites. Chris Pyper though was the Bangor hero, conceding just a single off the first five balls, while dismissing Luke Willmott. Needing three off the final ball, Ryan Hanna and Gibbons could only scramble a bye, as Bangor pulled off an incredible victory. Captain Johnny Parker lifted the glass trophy aloft on a night that will be long remembered by the home support and players.
T20 Bowl Final: Bangor v Cooke Collegians: abandoned.
Derriaghy, 6 August.
Cooke Collegians 29-1 (4.3 overs)
Bangor
Intermediate Cup Final: North Down II beat Ballymena II by 145 runs
Sandy Bay, Larne, 5 August.
North Down 247/6 (40 overs; Tom Crothers 80*, Hamilton Coulter 70, Stephen Scott 37; Josh Scott 3-30)
Ballymena 102/9 innings closed. (29.5 overs; Declan O'Boyle 30; Jacob McClure-Dalzell 4-18, Josh Corbett 3-40)
North Down 2ndXI - Intermediate Cup winners 2023 (CricketEurope)
Tom Crothers scored a Man-of-the-Match 80 not out to propel North Down to a comprehensive 145-run win over Ballymena in the Intermediate Cup final at Sandy Bay. Crothers innings came from only 54 balls (7 fours, 1 six), as he and Stephen Scott added (37) added 73 in just 8 overs for the 6th wicket. The platform had been laid by opener Hamilton Coulter (70), who shared a 3rd wicket stand of 50 with Nathan Burns (21). Josh Scott (3-30) was the pick of the Ballymena attack, but a total of 247 for 6 looked imposing and so it proved. Billy Adams conceded just 14 runs in his 8-over spell, and scoreboard pressure built. Jacob McClure-Dalzell (4-18) and Josh Corbett (3-40) doing the damage. Credit must go to the Larne ground staff for their remarkable work in ensuring the final got the green light.
Junior Cup Final: Bangor lost to Lurgan by 76 runs (DLS)
Bangor, 29 July.
Lurgan 219/6 (40 overs: Stephen Chambers 98*, Stephen Johnston 88; Michael Skelly 3-45, Josh Bates 2-32)
Bangor 121/9 (27 overs: Richard McLarnon 28, Andrew Kirkpatrick 23; Adam Johnson 2-13, Callum Grieve 2-21, Darwish Nazari 2-29, Paul Stafford 2-31) (Match reduced to 33 overs - Target 198.)
Stephen Johnston (88) and Stephen Chambers (98*) whose match winning partnership was worth 135. (CricketEurope)
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Derriaghy have been banned from receiving a home draw in next year’s National Cup after crowd trouble at last year’s final at The Lawn.
Abrahams en route to Armagh ZZZZ8:46 amZZZZ
Armagh have signed South African Cole Abrahams as their overseas player for the 2024 season.
Instonians sign South African overseas player ZZZZ7:58 amZZZZ
Premiership champions Instonians have signed South African all-rounder Mihlali Mpongwana as their overseas professional for the 2024 campaign.
NCU Annual Awards night ZZZZ12:01 amZZZZ
As the awards were handed out last night at the Northern Cricket Union’s Annual Dinner, the 2023 season has been described as a success but there are challenges ahead for all the clubs.
Mark Adair joins Lisburn ZZZZ9:56 pmZZZZ
Mark Adair has become Lisburn’s third major signing of the week, with the Irish international joining Ryan Macbeth and Adam Kennedy in switching to Wallace Park.
One in and one out at Cliftonville Academy ZZZZ10:17 pmZZZZ
Max Burton is leaving to join CIYMS, but highly rated South African Kian Hilton is arriving at Cliftonville Academy.
Ryan Macbeth joins Lisburn ZZZZ9:56 amZZZZ
The 25 year-old has been a pivotal figure at Beechgrove over the last eight years having joined them as a teenager from St Johnston.
Adam Kennedy joins Lisburn ZZZZ6:02 amZZZZ
The 20 year-old pace bowler was one of the main performers for the Cricket Ireland Academy and also CIYMS in the recent T10 tournaments, taking 22 wickets in total.
NCU Review 10: Woodvale ZZZZ1:43 amZZZZ
It was a season of struggle for Woodvale, who finished 9th in the table just avoiding relegation, while there was no decent cup run to take their mind off their woes.
NCU Review 9: CSNI ZZZZ5:10 amZZZZ
It was a season of continued development for CSNI as they once again laid solid foundations that will stand them in good stead for the years ahead.
Double swoop for North Down ZZZZ4:47 amZZZZ
North Down have signed James Shannon and Dian Forrester for the 2024 season.
NCU Review 8: Derriaghy ZZZZ3:31 amZZZZ
A season of mixed fortunes for Derriaghy who were relegated from the Premiership but lifted the Irish National Cup.
NCU Review 7: Carrickfergus ZZZZ6:51 amZZZZ
It was a disappointing Premiership campaign which culminated in an eighth place finish, but there was a cup run which saw them beaten by Waringstown in a memorable final.
Derriaghy rocked by player exodus ZZZZ11:10 amZZZZ
Derriaghy have confirmed that at least four of their senior side are leaving Queensway following their relegation from the Premier League.
Van Der Merwe back at Muckamore ZZZZ8:54 amZZZZ
It has been 12 years, but Jason van der Merwe is on his way back to Muckamore.
Cregagh remember War dead ZZZZ6:29 amZZZZ
Officials and community representatives gathered to unveil storyboards at a special service at the club grounds on Saturday.
NCU Review 6: Cliftonville Academy ZZZZ2:13 amZZZZ
Cliftonville Academy finished seventh in the Premiership, while they enjoyed a good run in the National Cup, losing to Derriaghy in the decider.
Gordon join Carrickfergus ZZZZ4:44 amZZZZ
Sam Gordon has joined Carrickfergus from Derriaghy on a two-year deal.
NCU Review 5: Lisburn ZZZZ5:08 amZZZZ
It was always going to be difficult for Lisburn to repeat the highs of their 2022 season, although they did acquit themselves well enough in finishing third in the Premiership.
NCU Review 4: North Down ZZZZ4:06 amZZZZ
It wasn't the best of seasons for North Down, who finished 6th in the Premiership, and didn't put together any sort of a run in the cup competitions.
NCU Review 3: Waringstown ZZZZ2:47 amZZZZ
It was a very good season for Waringstown, who won the NCU T20 and Challenge Cups, while also making the final of the All-Ireland Cup.
Owen at the double ZZZZ4:19 amZZZZ
Keep an eye out for rising star Owen McMillan who helped Cregagh win the Under-11 NCU League Championship, and picked up two awards at the Belfast club's awardss night.
NCU Review 2: CIYMS ZZZZ1:30 amZZZZ
There were a number of new faces at Belmont for the 2023 season as they challenged on most fronts, but had to be content with an all-Ireland T20 trophy.
NCU Stats for Premier League, Challenge and T20 Cup ZZZZ11:00 amZZZZ
2023 season stats for consideration of NCU awards.
NCU Review 1: Instonians ZZZZ2:12 amZZZZ
We start our review of the NCU club season with a look at the champions Instonians.
Final NCU statistics for the season in all competitions ZZZZ4:47 amZZZZ
Stats include performances in the Premier League, Challenge Cup, T20 Leagues and Cups, Irish Senior Cup and the National Cup.
Magnificent seven for Waringstown ZZZZ1:40 amZZZZ
Waringstown won the T20 cup for a seventh time as Graham Hume smashed the penultimate ball for six to seal victory over CIYMS in a contest that ebbed and flowed throughout.
CIYMS and Waringstown to meet in T20 Cup final ZZZZ2:01 amZZZZ
Waringstown and CIYMS will bring the curtain down on the NCU senior season when they face off in the final of the T20 Cup at The Lawn on Sunday (2pm).
CSNI clinch Women's Premier title ZZZZ1:21 amZZZZ
CSNI collected the Women's Premiership title after a convincing eight-wicket win over second placed North Down.
CIYMS and Cliftonville Academy record wins ZZZZ5:50 pmZZZZ
CIYMS once again showed their T20 prowess as they powered to a thumping 8 wicket win at home to Waringstown.
Party time for Instonians ZZZZ1:00 pmZZZZ
The Instonians cricket family celebrated at Shaw’s Bridge last night after captain Nikolai Smith was presented with the NCU Premier League trophy by proud club member and NCU president Brian Walsh.
Instonians round off impressive season ZZZZ11:33 pmZZZZ
Jack Dickson scores century as Instonians beat CSSNI. Wins too for Waringstown, CIYMS and Woodvale.
18 out of 18 for Muckamore ZZZZ11:28 pmZZZZ
Muckamore complete a 100% record in NCU Section One.
Jigsaw falls into place for Instonians ZZZZ1:34 pmZZZZ
Instonians Premier League winning captain Nikolai Smith hailed an all-round team effort as the final “pieces of the jigsaw” fell into place.
Latest NCU season stats ZZZZ1:07 pmZZZZ
Following player requests the stats now include performances in the National Cup.
McCollum at Gloucestershire ZZZZ2:34 amZZZZ
James McCollum is over playing with Gloucestershire this week in England.
CSNI beat Muckamore in U17 cup final ZZZZ2:08 amZZZZ
There was double cause for celebration at Stormont on Monday night as their U17s beat Muckamore to win the cup, following their Women's Premiership title earlier in the evening.
CSNI Women close in on Premiership ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
CSNI Women took another step closer to claiming the NCU Premiership after beating Muckamore by 6 wickets at Stormont.
Lisburn loss means Instonians are champions ZZZZ1:47 amZZZZ
Lisburn's loss meant that Instonians are Premier League champions.
Belfast beat Ballymena in Section One ZZZZ1:46 amZZZZ
Belfast proved too strong for Ballymena, beating them by 7 wickets in their T20 clash at Eaton Park.
Lisburn win Minor Cup ZZZZ7:18 amZZZZ
Lisburn Thirds won the intra-club bragging rights at Wallace Park with a six wickets win over their fourth XI to lift the Minor Cup.
Instonians march on ZZZZ7:37 amZZZZ
Instonians' seemingly unstoppable march to the NCU League title continued in imperious fashion yesterday with a seven wickets victory over Waringstown at The Lawn.
Instonians on cusp of title ZZZZ11:21 pmZZZZ
Instonians beat Waringstown but Lisburn keep race alive with victory at North Down.
Umpires to remember Richard Campbell ZZZZ7:35 amZZZZ
Umpires in the NCU will wear black armbands on Saturday in memory of colleague and Ballymena club member Richard Campbell who has died suddenly at the age of 37.
Instonians close in on title ZZZZ2:26 amZZZZ
Instonians took a huge stride to the NCU Premier League title with an emphatic eight wickets victory over CIYMS at Belmont on Thursday. Nikolai Smith’s side are eight points clear with just two games remaining.
Instonians take step towards Premier title ZZZZ5:18 amZZZZ
Instonians moved a step closer to the Premier League title with an 8 wickets DLS win over CIYMS at Belmont.
Lisburn clinch Junior 1 title ZZZZ2:36 amZZZZ
Lisburn clinched the NCU Junior 1 title on Wednesday night after a convincing win over nearest challengers CIYMS.
Bangor lift T20 Bowl with dramatic win over Cooke Collegians ZZZZ2:20 amZZZZ
Cooke Collegians will be wondering just how they managed to lose this T20 Bowl final after dominating Bangor the whole way through until the last stages.
Muckamore crowned Section One champions ZZZZ1:32 amZZZZ
Muckamore clinched the Senior One title with a convincing 8-wicket win over nearest challengers Ballymena in a game reduced to 41 overs.
Cliftonville Academy get revenge on Derriaghy ZZZZ3:18 pmZZZZ
There was a win in the Premiership for Cliftonville Academy, while Muckamore march on in Section One, while Ballymena and Cregagh tie.
De Wet stars as CSNI beat North Down ZZZZ5:02 amZZZZ
CSNI got the better of North Down in a game that was shortened to just 8 overs.
Derriaghy claim the National Cup in all NCU clash ZZZZ2:38 pmZZZZ
Derriaghy professional Patrick Kruger produced a player of the match performance to guide his side to National Cup glory,
Lisburn and Instonians win in Premier League ZZZZ10:04 amZZZZ
In the Premier League they have Instonians and Lisburn to catch after both continued their winning form in rain-reduced matches yesterday.
Muckamore win again in NCU Section One ZZZZ12:07 amZZZZ
Muckamore secured their 12th win of the league campaign to move 12 points clear at the top of Section One after a bizarre win at home to Donacloney Mill.
Instonians and Lisburn set the pace in Premiership ZZZZ11:26 pmZZZZ
There were wins for Instonians and Lisburn in the NCU Premiership.
Premiership title battle hots up ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
While the Irish Cup final takes centre stage in the NCU area today, the battle for points in the NCU Premier League is due to resume, the majority of clubs having played only one game in the last four weeks.
Instonians beat Bangor to win U13 League ZZZZ5:23 pmZZZZ
Instonians beat Bangor by 32 runs at Upritchard Park to clinch the Under 13 league play-off.
Downpatrick clinch Midweek Cup ZZZZ4:45 amZZZZ
Downpatrick collected their first silverware of the season as they beat Lisburn by seven wickets to win the NCU Midweek Cup.
Rain hits NCU Premiership ZZZZ5:26 amZZZZ
The NCU Premier League game between North Down and Civil Service North on Sunday was rained off after 36 overs, to the disappointment of the home side who had both Paul Stirling and Craig Young in the side.
North Down beat Ballymena to win Intermediate Cup ZZZZ12:16 amZZZZ
Tom Crothers scored a Man-of-the-Match 80 not out to propel North Down to a comprehensive 145-run win over Ballymena in the Intermediate Cup final at Sandy Bay.
Update of NCU 2023 stats ZZZZ8:05 amZZZZ
After the run feast at the Challenge Cup Final time to check the latest players' stats.
Records tumble as Waringstown triumph ZZZZ3:34 amZZZZ
Waringstown won the Challenge Cup for the 27th time against a Carrickfergus team who responded superbly, in their first showpiece final on a record-breaking day.
Muckamore win again ZZZZ1:09 pmZZZZ
Muckamore moved a step closer to the Section One title and promotion after a hard fought 61-run win over Dundrum in a game reduced to 35 overs.
Waringstown beat Carrick in run-filled final ZZZZ11:45 amZZZZ
Waringstown won the NCU Challenge Cup for the 27th time in a run-filled final at Stormont that saw records tumble.
Underdogs Carrick look to upset Waringstown ZZZZ8:01 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus captain CJ van der Walt will tell his players to enjoy the occasion and believe they can cause an upset in today’s Challenge Cup final at Stormont.
Muckamore march on ZZZZ4:57 amZZZZ
Muckamore's relentless march towards promotion continued unabated as they beat Belfast by 61 runs (DLS) in their rearranged Section One game at Moylena.
McCollum return boosts Waringstown cup final hopes ZZZZ2:48 amZZZZ
It may seem harsh to say but McCollum has scarcely been missed at Waringstown who, in his absence, have reached the final of all three Cup competitions and despite losing two of their four Premier League games are still in contention for a clean sweep.
Lisburn beat Instonians to claim Graham Cup ZZZZ2:55 amZZZZ
Lisburn produced an incredible comeback to beat Instonians by 7 runs in the final of the Graham Cup at Shaw's Bridge.
Carrick beat Lisburn in bowl-out to reach cup final ZZZZ11:10 pmZZZZ
Carrick are through to the final of the Challenge Cup for the first time in their 155-year history after beating Lisburn 3-2 in a sudden death bowl-out.
Carrick reach cup final ZZZZ2:31 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus will play in their first ever NCU Challenge Cup Final on Friday after they defeated Lisburn 3-2 in a bowl-out at Middle Road.
CIYMS to meet Cork County in All-Ireland final ZZZZ11:06 pmZZZZ
CIYMS will host Cork County in the All-Ireland T20 semi-final next Sunday after winning a bowl-out in the NCU T20 Cup final against Waringstown yesterday.
Gill delight at T20 Trophy success ZZZZ7:45 amZZZZ
Muckamore captain Neil Gill has spoken of his delight after his side clinched their first silverware of the season with a seven wicket win over Ballymena in the NCU T20 Trophy decider.
Muckamore clinch T20 Trophy ZZZZ5:40 amZZZZ
Muckamore claimed the NCU T20 Trophy with a 7 wicket win over Ballymena at The Lawn.
Muckamore stay on course for Senior One title ZZZZ2:51 pmZZZZ
Muckamore remain on course to lift the Section One title after they crushed Armagh by 172-runs (DLS) at the Mall.
Instonians top the table ZZZZ2:41 pmZZZZ
Instonians won the top of the table clash as they easily overcame defending champions Lisburn by 7 wickets at Wallace Park.
Waringstown reach Challenge Cup final ZZZZ2:40 pmZZZZ
Waringstown are safely through to the final of the Challenge Cup after beating CSNI by 98 runs (DLS) in a rain affected semi-final at the Lawn.
McCollum leads Waringstown to Challenge Cup final ZZZZ2:34 pmZZZZ
Waringstown are the first team into Friday’s Challenge Cup Final and, at the start of the biggest month of their season, they were boosted by the return of James McCollum.
Lurgan and Bangor to meet in Junior Cup final ZZZZ9:52 pmZZZZ
Two decades ago, Bangor were the champion team in the Northern Cricket Union and Lurgan were winning the Challenge Cup. Tomorrow, at Upritchard Park, they will contest the Junior Cup Final.
Weather ruins NCU weekend ZZZZ9:02 pmZZZZ
NCU T20 Finals day has been rearranged for next Sunday after the wet weekend ended any chance of play at The Lawn.
NCU T20 finals postponed to next week ZZZZ1:12 amZZZZ
The T20 finals between Waringstown and CSNI, as well as Muckamore v Ballymena due to be played today at The Lawn have been pushed back a week.
Van Woerkom preferred to Humphreys after Delany injury ZZZZ3:16 amZZZZ
Instead of returning to Matthew Humphreys, who made his debut in all three-formats on the tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this year, the selectors have called up van Woerkom for the first time.
Lisburn fixtures boost in title defence ZZZZ7:29 pmZZZZ
Lisburn are the big winners in the second half of the NCU Premier League season, with three more home matches in their post-split schedule.
Fazal and Jones power Lisburn into last four ZZZZ8:55 pmZZZZ
Lisburn powered into the last four of the NCU Challenge Cup with a 58-run (DLS) win over Instonians.
Latest NCU season stats - 10 July ZZZZ7:33 amZZZZ
Waringstown Greg Thompson is flying high in the batting and bowling stats.
CSNI win Women's Challenge Cup ZZZZ1:20 amZZZZ
CSNI Women lifted the Challenge Cup with a 70-run victory over North Down at Wallace Park.
CSN remain the team to beat ZZZZ7:32 pmZZZZ
Even in transition, Civil Service North remain the team to beat in the NCU Women’s League and Challenge Cup.
Dadswell on fire as Inst thrash North Down ZZZZ7:30 pmZZZZ
Shane Dadswell turned up the heat in the NCU Premier League with a whirlwind innings of 157 to keep Instonians in a share of the lead, heading into the split.
Instonians pile on the runs to top the NCU Premiership ZZZZ10:22 pmZZZZ
There were victories in the NCU Premiership for Instonians, Waringstown, Carrick, Lisburn and Cliftonville Acadmey.
Muckamore stay top of NCU Section One ZZZZ10:19 pmZZZZ
There were wins in NCU Section One for Muckamore, Ballymena, Dundrum, Belfast and Saintfield.
Davison relishing North Down challenges ZZZZ4:51 pmZZZZ
It is has not been a straightforward first season as captain for North Down captain Peter Davison but the Comber club have achieved their first goal – making the top six ahead of the split in the NCU Premier League.
Ballymena and Muckamore to meet in NCU T20 Trophy final ZZZZ12:36 amZZZZ
Ballymena edge out Cregagh, while Muckamore have little trouble beating Armagh.
CIYMS and Waringstown to meet in T20 Cup final ZZZZ12:31 amZZZZ
A Lisburn collapse saw Waringstown win, while CIYMS get the chance to defend their trophy as they eased past Instonians.
Adair powers CIYMS into final ZZZZ4:23 amZZZZ
Ross Adair took holders CIYMS into the T20 Cup final yesterday with an undefeated 59 to beat Instonians.
CSNI condemn Carrick to relegation scrap ZZZZ10:43 pmZZZZ
The top six and bottom four in the Premier League have been decided with a match to spare before the teams split for the second half of the season.
NCU Cup semi-final draw ZZZZ10:41 pmZZZZ
Civil Service North must beat Waringstown at The Lawn if they are to reach their second successive NCU Challenge Cup final.
NCU Premiership battle hots up ZZZZ11:26 pmZZZZ
Wins in the NCU Premiership for Lisburn, Instonians, North Down, CIYMS and CSNI.
Kennedy double hundred steals the show in NCU Section One ZZZZ11:19 pmZZZZ
James Kennedy made 201 as Ballymena beat Armagh, while there were also wins for Dundrum. Laurelvale, Belfast and Muckamore.
CIYMS still have plenty to play for ZZZZ11:31 pmZZZZ
IT’S one down but three more cups still to defend and Premier League title to win for CIYMS after their exit from the Challenge Cup last week.
Challenge Cup roundup ZZZZ7:45 amZZZZ
For the first time in two years, CIYMS have lost a cup match. The team that won all four knock-out trophies available last season were knocked out of the Challenge Cup yesterday by Carrickfergus
Ulster Plate Semi-finals Draw ZZZZ6:08 amZZZZ
Three NCU sides are included in the semi-finals draw for the Ulster Plate.
It's Cup weekend but Gill targets promotion ZZZZ5:17 amZZZZ
Neil Gill has been one of the stalwarts of the NCU for almost 20 years but he still has one ambition – to captain Muckamore in the Premier League next year, the club’s 150th anniversary.
CIYMS beat North Down in NCU T20 Cup ZZZZ2:53 pmZZZZ
Defending champions CIYMS are assured of a home draw as they made it four wins from four to top Group B with a relatively comfortable 6-wicket win over North Down at Belmont.
RBAI win Schools Cup for 12th time ZZZZ11:55 amZZZZ
RBAI won the Schools Cup for the 12th time with a comprehensive seven wickets victory over Strabane Academy at Wallace Park.
RBAI beat Strabane Academy to win Schools Cup ZZZZ9:55 amZZZZ
RBAI clinched the trophy for a record 12th time as they recorded a comprehensive 7-wicket win over Strabane Academy at Wallace Park.
My brother Jake ZZZZ1:30 amZZZZ
JAKE EGAN’S century and a five-wicket haul for Alex Haggan helped Carrickfergus to victory over Cliftonville Academy.
McCullough to captain Ulster Schools v MCC ZZZZ4:02 amZZZZ
Carson McCullough will skipper Ulster Schools in their annual clash this week against MCC at Campbell College.
Thrills and spills in NCU Premiership ZZZZ1:35 amZZZZ
There were victories on Saturday for Waringstown in a last-ball thriller, Carrickfergus, Instonians, CIYMS and Lisburn.
NCU Section One round-up ZZZZ1:30 amZZZZ
Wins in Section One of the NCU for Cregagh, Muckamore, Donaghcloney Mill, Laurelvale and Templepatrick.
Wilson pondering what might have been ZZZZ6:14 amZZZZ
It’s not often that seventh v eighth in the league table is the biggest match of the day but for Carrickfergus and Cliftonville Academy, it is really win or bust tomorrow — otherwise they will almost certainly be in a relegation battle for the rest of the season.
RBAI reach Schools Cup final ZZZZ1:24 amZZZZ
RBAI  will face Strabane Academy in the final of the Schools Cup after beating Campbell College by 40 runs in Tuesday’s semi-final.
Derriaghy stun Waringstown ZZZZ5:33 amZZZZ
Wins for Derriaghy, Carrickfergus, Cliftonville Academy, CSNI and CIYMS in the NCU Premier League.
NCU Section One round-up ZZZZ5:29 amZZZZ
A look at how the games went in Section One of the NCU.
Shocks aplenty in NCU Premier League ZZZZ4:42 pmZZZZ
A superb unbroken partnership of 137 between Michael Rippon and captain CJ van der Walt delivered Carrickfergus a vital victory in their battle to get out of the bottom four and dealt a blow to Lisburn in their defence of the Premier League.
Foster enjoyed taste of the big time ZZZZ3:13 pmZZZZ
He wasn’t playing in the game but for Matthew Foster it was still a chance to get on the hollowed turf of Lord’s last week.
Victories in NCU T20 Cup for Carrick, Waringstown and North Down. ZZZZ2:06 pmZZZZ
Greg Thompson leads Waringstown to victory over Derriaghy, half centuries from North Down openers Ani Chore and Ally Shields ovecome CSNI, while Jake Egan's brilliant 82 saw Carrick to a morale boosting victory over Woodvale.
Instonians continue to impress ZZZZ1:13 pmZZZZ
Instonians’ resurgence continues with their most impressive league victory of the season so far, toppling favourites CIYMS at an excited Shaw’s Bridge.
Big weekend for much improved Instonians ZZZZ12:09 amZZZZ
There is no doubt about the most improved team in the NCU Premier League this season. Sitting proudly near the top with three wins out of four are Instonians.
May stats for Premier League clubs ZZZZ7:37 amZZZZ
Ross Adair leads the batting whilst Neil Whitworth and Ben Kane are the leading wicket takers in May
Day of drama in NCU Challenge Cup ZZZZ10:46 pmZZZZ
On a day of unrelenting drama, Civil Service North won the first ever Super Over in the NCU Challenge Cup with Woodvale the losers at Ballygomartin Road.
Day of thrills and spills in NCU Challenge Cup ZZZZ1:01 amZZZZ
There was a first with a Super Over required to separate CSNI and Woodvale, while Derriaghy caused the shock of the day beating North Down. There were also five wicket hauls for Ben Kane, Shane Dadswell, Pat Botha and Neil Gill.
Can Armagh topple NCU cricketing royalty? ZZZZ8:35 amZZZZ
THE King was in Armagh yesterday and although he didn’t make it to The Mall, cricket royalty will be playing at the picturesque venue tomorrow when the Section One club host Waringstown in the second round of the  Challenge Cup.
Waringstown depth to be tested in Irish Cup clash ZZZZ1:15 pmZZZZ
Injuries to James McCollum and Lee Nelson plus Cricket Ireland's instruction for Graham Hume to sit out the game will make it a test of Waringstown's depth.
Waringstown join CIYMS at top of the table ZZZZ11:12 amZZZZ
Waringstown joined CIYMS at the top of the Premier League table after a 34 runs victory at The Lawn over previously unbeaten North Down.
Two out of two for North Down ZZZZ8:44 amZZZZ
North Down made it two wins out of two in the Premier League with a 29 runs victory over Cliftonville Academy yesterday.
CIYMS look the team to beat ZZZZ1:35 amZZZZ
CIYMS look to be the team to beat in this year’s Premier League after easing past defending champions Lisburn in Saturday’s early season showdown at Wallace Park.
Lisburn and CIYMS up and running ZZZZ9:30 amZZZZ
Lisburn and CIYMS will head into the first big clash of the NCU season tomorrow with a victory under their belts after getting off the mark last night in emphatic style.
Thompson leads CSNI to victory over Derriaghy ZZZZ3:12 amZZZZ
CIVIL Service North joined CIYMS at the top of the Premier League table when they won the second completed match of the season last night, beating Derriaghy by six wickets.
Third time lucky for Lisburn? ZZZZ9:07 amZZZZ
Lisburn will make a third attempt to begin their defence of the Premier League on Thursday against Instonians at Shaw’s Bridge after Saturday’s latest postponement at Cliftonville Academy.
CIYMS flex muscles ZZZZ9:03 amZZZZ
CIYMS flexed their muscles on the Northern Cricket Union’s second attempt to get the season under way as Jason van Merwe failed by one run to score the first century.
NCU Saturday roundup ZZZZ10:57 pmZZZZ
The NCU season got off with a wimper rather than a bang as two of the five Premier League games, at Cliftonville Academy and Carrickfergus, fell before the starting line, and two more, at Stormont and Shaw’s Bridge, didn’t last even one innings.
Van Der Walt excited by Carrick challenge ZZZZ2:09 amZZZZ
It’s been quite a journey both on and off the cricket field for Cornelius Johannes van der Walt, but it reaches the finishing line this year after being appointed captain of Carrickfergus — and getting a UK passport.
NCU season starts without Irish stars ZZZZ2:35 amZZZZ
It is a sign of the times that when the NCU Premier League season gets under way, five of the best players will be in Sri Lanka preparing for Ireland’s third Test match this month.
NCU Previews 11: Muckamore ZZZZ12:50 amZZZZ
It was a busy close season on and off the field at Muckamore who have strengthened their squad considerably for the forthcoming campaign.
NCU Previews 17: Laurelvale ZZZZ4:30 amZZZZ
It's a step up to Section One for Laurelvale, but a challenge the club is relishing as the campaign starts.
NCU Previews 16: Cregagh ZZZZ4:17 amZZZZ
It was a disappointing 2022 for Cregagh who were relegated from the top flight but are quietly confident of an immediate return to the top echelons of NCU cricket.
NCU Previews 15: Saintfield ZZZZ2:04 amZZZZ
The new season brings fresh hopes for Saintfield who will be hoping for a successful campaign.
NCU Previews 14: Ballymena ZZZZ1:51 amZZZZ
It promises to be an exciting season for Ballymena, who will be hoping to add some silverware to the Eaton Park cabinet as the season begins.
NCU Previews 13: Donacloney Mill ZZZZ1:44 amZZZZ
There is great optimism around Donacloney Mill as the new season dawns.
NCU Previews 12: Armagh ZZZZ1:01 amZZZZ
It promises to be an exciting season at The Mall with Armagh keen to get back into the Premier League.
NCU Previews 10: North Down ZZZZ2:55 amZZZZ
It wasn't the best of seasons for North Down in 2022, but they have a new captain and overseas professional as they look to recapture past glories.
NCU Previews 9: Cliftonville Academy ZZZZ1:32 amZZZZ
It was a tough baptism for Cliftonville Academy in the top flight in 2022, but they will be hopeful of better fortunes this campaign.
NCU Previews 8: Woodvale ZZZZ2:03 amZZZZ
It wasn't a great 2022 season for Woodvale but the Ballygomartin side are more optimistic that the current campaign will be much brighter.
NCU Previews 7: Derriaghy ZZZZ2:09 amZZZZ
Derriaghy are back in the big time in 2023, and they are determined to stay there this time.
NCU Previews 6: Waringstown ZZZZ3:34 amZZZZ
Greg Thompson is back as captain for 2023, hoping to bring more silverware to the Lawn.
NCU Previews 5: Instonians ZZZZ5:15 amZZZZ
There is a new captain at the helm for Instonians with Nikolai Smith taking over the reins from Andrew White.
NCU Previews 4: CIYMS ZZZZ2:54 amZZZZ
It's all change at CIYMS with plenty of transfer activity over the close season, with John Matchett taking over the captaincy reins from Nigel Jones.
NCU Previews 3: Carrickfergus ZZZZ7:33 amZZZZ
There's no Jacques Snyman for Carrickfergus in 2023 but they have signed a quality replacement in Michael Rippon and also have Jack Egan in their ranks for the campaign.
NCU Previews 2: CSNI ZZZZ3:35 amZZZZ
Stuart Thompson is at the helm once again for CSNI, who have lost a few key players but have a talented crop of youngsters coming through the ranks.
NCU previews 1: Lisburn ZZZZ8:06 pmZZZZ
The champions Lisburn haven't rested on their laurels over the close season, strengthening their squad with a number of quality additions, no more so than with the acquisition of Nigel Jones.
Pienaar signs with Donacloney Mill ZZZZ8:47 pmZZZZ
NCU Section One side Donacloney Mill have signed South African wicketkeeper/batsman Peet Pienaar for the upcoming season.
Metcalfe impresses against Durham ZZZZ12:34 amZZZZ
It may be March, but Instonians wicket-keeper batsman Ollie Metcalfe has been in action this week as Durham UCCE took on Durham at the Riverside Stadium.
CIYMS finish third in European Cup ZZZZ7:14 amZZZZ
It all went wrong for CIYMS on Finals day at the European T10 Championships in La Manga yesterday as they lost both games to crash out before the climax.
End of the road for CIYMS as Dreux crowned Champions ZZZZ6:11 amZZZZ
CIYMS had two chances to claim a place in the Final but lost, first to Dreux and then to Hornchurch, having beaten both earlier in the week.
CI will get two bites of the cherry ZZZZ6:21 amZZZZ
CIYMS will get two bites of the cherry to win a place in the Euro T10 Final, as they emerge unbeaten at the end of the Round-Robin matches.
CIYMS keep to their winning ways ZZZZ3:26 amZZZZ
With two wins today CIYMS maintained their 100% record and their position at the top of the Championship Week table.
Unbeaten CIYMS top the Table ZZZZ9:37 amZZZZ
Unbeaten CIYMS top the Table at the end of Day 2 of the European Cricket League T10 in Malaga.
CIYMS off to a winning start in T10 Championship Week ZZZZ11:40 amZZZZ
It was a case of just what the Doc ordered as CIYMS won their opening game of the ECL T10 Champions Week against French champions Dreux.
CIYMS begin Champions League quest ZZZZ2:36 amZZZZ
CIYMS have made it to Finals week at the European T10 Championships.
CIYMS demolish Ariana to win group ZZZZ1:05 pmZZZZ
CIYMS clinched a place in the Championship next week after their super Saturday continued with the demolition of Swedish side Ariana KIF in the group final.
CIYMS power into T10 Final ZZZZ6:41 amZZZZ
Jason van Der Merwe hit form on Finals Day powering CIYMS to wins over Oerias and Istanbul to carry his side to the Group Final.
Another topsy turvy day for CIYMS ZZZZ4:15 pmZZZZ
Yet again CIYMS had fluctuating fortunes on the second day of the European Cricket League group stages in Spain.
Mixed fortunes for CIYMS on opening day ZZZZ9:24 amZZZZ
There were mixed fortunes for CIYMS on the opening day of the European Cricket League in Spain.
Carrick sign Michael Rippon as replacement pro ZZZZ11:28 amZZZZ
Carrickfergus has announced the signing of Otago, New Zealand, and former Netherlands all-rounder Michael Rippon, as their overseas professional player/coach for the 2023 season.
CIYMS set for Spanish adventure ZZZZ3:51 amZZZZ
CIYMS are Spanish bound this week as they play in the group stages of the European Cricket League.
Campbell face tricky start to cup defence ZZZZ8:02 amZZZZ
Campbell College will begin their defence of the Schools Cup against either Royal School Armagh or Belfast High in the second round of this year’s competition.
Schools' Cup holders Campbell College given a bye. ZZZZ9:28 amZZZZ
Schools' Cup holders Campbell College are among the big names receiving a bye to the second round of this year's competition.
Three awards for NCU ZZZZ3:00 amZZZZ
Gareth Thompson, Cade Carmichael and Amy Caufield were the winners from the NCU at the Cricket Ireland awards.
James Hunter joins Lisburn ZZZZ2:21 amZZZZ
Instonians all-rounder James Hunter is leaving Shaws Bridge,switching to Premier League Champions Lisburn for the new campaign.
Varun Chopra joins Cliftonville Academy ZZZZ8:33 pmZZZZ
Coleraine all-rounder Varun Chopra has left Coleraine to join Cliftonville Academy.
Cliftonville Academy sign South African ZZZZ5:50 amZZZZ
Ciiftonville Academy have signed experienced South African all-rounder Aubrey Swanepoel for the upcoming campaign.
Trevor Britton joins Muckamore ZZZZ5:10 amZZZZ
Trevor Britton is leaving CIYMS to join Muckamore. The 40 year-old enjoyed a very successful spell at CIYMS, where he enjoyed a trophy laden eight seasons.
Death of Abi Satham ZZZZ1:47 amZZZZ
There was sad news over the weekend with the death reported of former Indian cricketer Abi Satham.
Waringstown will start Plate defence at home ZZZZ8:16 amZZZZ
Ulster Plate holders Waringstown II will start their defence of the title with a home fixture against Donemana II.
NCU off to Spain ZZZZ8:00 amZZZZ
Thanks to Erasmus funding, the NCU Under 14 boys side as well as a Dragons Under 18 girls side is off to Spain this weekend for a ten-day pre-season training camp.
NCU Challenge Cup draw ZZZZ2:35 amZZZZ
Holders CIYMS will begin their defence of the Challenge Cup with an away day trip to either Dundrum or Saintfield.
Eight NCU players named in U18 Dragons squad ZZZZ2:06 amZZZZ
There are eight NCU players included in the Dragons Under 18 squad that is heading to Spain for a week's training camp.
Nut job for CIYMS ZZZZ11:24 amZZZZ
CIYMS have signed New Zealander Edward Nuttall after original choice Keith Dudgeon was ruled out of a return to Belmont.
Lisburn start title defence against Instonians ZZZZ11:20 amZZZZ
Lisburn will open their defence of the Premier League title at Shaw’s Bridge with a game against Instonians on April 22.
CSNI sign New Zealander ZZZZ8:09 amZZZZ
CSNI have signed Irish passport holding New Zealander Ryan Harrison for the 2023 season.
Muckamore recruit experienced coach ZZZZ7:25 amZZZZ
Muckamore are another club who have been busy strengthening over the close season and have announced that experienced coach Paddy Steytler and South Africa teenager Ciaran Roundtree will be heading to Moylena this summer.
CIYMS add New Zealander to ranks ZZZZ7:07 amZZZZ
It's been a busy close season at Belmont with plenty of ins and outs. The latest addition is Theo van Woerkom.
North Down sign South African all-rounder ZZZZ1:58 amZZZZ
North Down have signed Andile Mokgakane for the 2023 season.
Srinivasan joins Muckamore ZZZZ3:09 amZZZZ
Muckamore have signed Vinoth Srinivasan from BISC.
Thompson excited by Waringstown captaincy ZZZZ10:33 amZZZZ
Greg Thompson has once again taken the captaincy at Waringstown, having previously captained the Lawn side to great success previously.
Waringstown strengthen ahead of new season ZZZZ1:56 amZZZZ
Waringstown have signed former Carrickfergus professional Pat Botha as their overseas player for next season.
Botha joins Waringstown ZZZZ7:38 amZZZZ
Waringstown have signed South African Pat Botha for the 2023 campaign.
Death of Dawn Johnston ZZZZ10:48 pmZZZZ
There was sad news on Tuesday when former NCU Treasurer Dawn Johnston died after a lengthy illness.
Photographs
Audio Interviews
Ally McCalmont talks with Carrick captain CJ van der Walt after beating Lisburn 3-2 in a bowl out. (31 July)
Player of the Match Emily Carville (9 July)
CSNI Women's captain Jess Mayes interviewed by Ally McCalmont after her side won the cup (9 July)
Ally McCalmont interviews CJ van der Walt after their shock win over the holders CIYMS (24 June)
Master In Charge Johnny Peake after RBAI beat Strabane Academy by 7 wickets (19 June)
Stand-in captain Richard Hood after an impressive win for Cliftonville Academy (10 June)
Opener Ally Shields after his century partnership with Ani Chore helped North Down to victory. (9 June)
Ally McCalmont talks with Jake Egan after the game. (9 June)
Greg Thompson after his match winning innings (9 June)
Waringstown Head Coach James Cameron-Dow (27 May)
Lisburn captain Callum Atkinson after they opened their title defence with a win over Instonians (4 May)
North Down captain Peter Davison after 4-run win over Woodvale (4 May)
CIYMS opener Ross Adair scored unbeaten 85 versus Carrick (4 May)
Lisburn captain Callum Atkinson after win over Instonians (4 May)