Muckamore captain Neil Gill has been reported by umpires Sam Alexander and Trevor Steen following his side’s defeat to Holywood in the one upset in the first round of the Gallagher Challenge Cup on Saturday.
Gill was given out leg before wicket, to a ball that hit him high on his thigh pad, with Muckamore still needing 55 from the final eight overs. In the heat of the moment, Gill walked up the pitch and confronted umpire Steen before leaving the field, although his helmet and bat reached the boundary before he did!
To his credit, Gill did shake hands with both umpires at the end of the game but, overall it was a poor day for the umpires who displeased both sides with their decisions, Paddy Beverland claiming his bat was nowhere near the ball when given out caught behind in the first over of the match and a no-ball call having to be revoked when it was actually a dead ball, after the ball slipped out of the bowler’s hand in his delivery stride.
Holywood, though, deserved their win with Mark Adair’s 88 comfortably the top score of the day and although the Knights’ bowler didn’t take a wicket, Andrew Haire, Adam Gardiner, Mark Best and skipper Jordan Wilson more than made up for it, with the umpires having to give only three decisions.
It was only the sixth time a Premier League club has lost to a team from a lower division this decade and Muckamore, unsurprisingly as they have yo-yoed between the two sections, have been involved in four of them, winning one and losing three.
Elsewhere, there were huge wins for the top flight sides with Waringstown beating Woodvale by 245 runs - James Hall 109 and Adam Dennison 75 putting on 168 for the first wicket –and North Down (Daniel Graham 108) 215 runs too good for Donaghcloney Mill.
Instonians beat Cregagh (119 all out) by nine wickets with Nikolai Smith and Olly Metcalfe both finishing 55 not out from 55 balls and holders CIYMS beat Armagh (102 all out) by seven wickets.
Derriaghy won the derby against Lisburn by two wickets thanks to an unbeaten 28-run partnership between Adam Jamison and Curtis Moorhead after they had lost seven wickets for 19 runs, and Downpatrick passed Bangor’s 235 with two wickets and two overs to spare, Craig Boultwood seeing them home with 87 not out.
The quarter-final draw is on Wednesday evening.