Armagh’s home debut in the Premier League turned out to be memorable one for them, but for all the wrong reasons.
James Mitchell struck with the first ball of the match claiming Neil Gelston’s wicket but that was only the start!
With Phil Eaglestone having Jamie Rodgers in his opening over it was ping pong as Van Shalkwyk, Steenson and Wilson all departed to leave the home side reeling at 3 for 5! Eaglestone claiming three and Mitchell two.
Alan Whitcroft (17) and Colin Russell (26) added 32 for the sixth wicket but 3 wickets fell at 65 and when the tenth fell at 69 it was only a question of how quickly it would all be over.
Adam Dennison (33*) and James Hall (34*) only detained the spectators for 13 overs as Waringstown romped to a ten wicket win.
A harsh lesson for Armagh in the realities of life in top division after the elation of their first week win against Muckamore.
At Middle Road CIYMS were the visitors and Jacob Mulder the unlikely opener who repaid his captain’s faith with 66 in an opening partnership of exactly 100 with Chris Dougherty (34).
Skipper Nigel Jones scored 45 and with Ryan Hunter (63) and Jason vd Merwe (51) combining to add 86 unbroken in the final 9 overs of the innings the visitors posted 269 for the loss of only four wickets. A telling contribution from Jones, the more so when it was discovered that the catch that dismissed him had damaged Pat Botha’s thumb and that he would spend the Carrick innings at A&E with a suspected fracture.
The Carrick reply never got going with Gilmore and Parkhill falling cheaply. Alex Haggan top scored with 49 but it was a lost cause long before the end and even the reduced target caused by the loss of 13 overs to rain was beyond the home side for whom Harry Warke finished unbeaten on 29.
124 for 9 in the allocated 37 overs with Botha absent meant that CIYMS ran out winners by 114 runs on DLS.
At Moylena it was Craig Drummond fresh from his Irish Cup match winning century who held it together with 57 and with Aditya Adey scoring 35 the pair helped the home side to a total of 181 for the loss of nine wickets.
Quite a recovery from 6/3 in the fifth over and 59/4 at the half way stage, and a total that Muckamore would think they could defend most weeks.
For the visitors André Malan top scored with 54. The second ISC centurion on show in today’s game Marc Ellison chipped in with 40 but it was Ashwin Shetty who turned the tide with 5-22 while professional Farhad Iqbal took 2-23.
So CSNI came up 8 runs short leaving them as the only side without a win so far this season. Waringstown and Instonians each with 2 wins from 3 matches lead the way with the other five clubs all with 1 win from 2 played. Premier League:
At The Mall, 20 May 2018.
Armagh lost to Waringstown by 10 wickets.
Armagh 69 (27.5 overs, C Russell 31; G Kidd 4-14, P Eaglestone 3-19, J Mitchell 2-13)
Waringstown 71/0 (13.0 overs, J Hall 34*, A Dennison 33*)
At Middle Road, 20 May 2018.
Carrickfergus lost to CIYMS by 114 runs (DLS).
CIYMS 269/4 (50 overs, J Mulder 66, R Hunter 63, J vd Merwe 51, N Jones 45, C Dougherty 34; P Botha 2-20)
Carrickfergus 124 (32.5 overs, A Hagan 49, H Warke 29*; T Britton 2-9, A Coulter 2-12, M McGillivray 2-17)
DLS Par score: 238 in 37 overs
At Moylena, 20 May 2018.
Muckamore beat CSNI by 8 runs,
Muckamore 181/9 (50 overs, C Drummond 50, A Adey 35; G McCarter 3-16, A Malan 2-39)
CSNI 173/9 (50 overs, A Malan 54, M Ellison 40; A Shetty 5-22, F Iqbal 2-23)