CIYMS II completed the first round of action in this year’s Junior Cup with victory over Monaghan on Sunday but they have been kicked out of the competition.
John Matchett scored a century in the 136 runs victory but, having played twice in the Inter-provincial Championship for Northern Knights last season he could not play in the competition so once he took the field, CIYMS had fielded an ineligible player.
The relevant competition rule states that if a player has played two first-class matches recently they cannot play in the Junior Cup and with the Championship having been given first-class status in 2017, Matchett made his debut against Leinster Lightning at Stormont in the Knights’ second match, and appeared again in the reverse fixture at Castle Avenue in September.
A club can ask for special dispensation to field certain players – at one stage CI had only 10 players – but no request came from the Belmont club. Matchett scored 132.
It means Monaghan will take their place in this weekend’s second round, but they have had to surrender home advantage to Ballymena!
Ballymena needed only 111 to get past BISC in their first round game, after John Gibson took 6-12 while Saintfield drew first blood for Section Two against Junior League One when they defeated Civil Service North II by six wickets, thanks to 111 not out by Paul Kerr.
The Waringstown derby went strictly to form – and without incident – as the 2nd XI bowled out the 3rd XI for 67 and victory by six wickets. They will be at home to Cliftonville Academy, who defeated Larne by eight wickets in the first round, on Saturday.
One second round game has been put back to Sunday, because Carrickfergus have a home game in the Premier League on Saturday, their 2nd XI will host Dunmurry 24 hours later.
Full second draw: Templepatrick v Saintfield, CIYMS II or Monaghan v Ballymena, Dundrum v Victoria, Muckamore II v Lisburn II, Carrickfergus II v Dunmurry, Donaghadee v Instonians II, Ards v Drumaness, Waringstown II v Cliftonville Academy (Castle Grounds).
There were plenty of familiar names playing in the intermediate Cup last Saturday, with former 1st XI captain Peter Shields and sexagenarian Billy Dale helping North Down to a 122 runs win over Ballymena II, Paul Tate helping Downpatrick II to a four wickets victory over Armagh II and Phil McCormick, who started the season as 1st XI captain at Seapark, hit 64 for Holywood II but ended up on the losing side against Donaghcloney Mill.
Most exciting finish of the day was at Moylena where David Allen survived the last ball of the match to give Muckamore III, with nine wickets down, victory over Woodvale II on fewer wickets lost. They will be at home again, to Laurelvale II, the Minor (Lindsay) Cup holders, in the second round on June 23.
IT is second round day in the two NCU minor cup competitions this Saturday with last year’s beaten finalists Muckamore IV away to Instonians IV in the Minor (Lindsay) Cup.
In the Minor Qualifying Cup, only two teams had to play a first round game to get it down to the last 16 and CIYMS IV beat Cregagh III by 15 runs.
Minor Qualifying Cup second round: Donaghadee II v Ballymena III, Cooke Collegians II v Civil Service North IV, Lisburn III v North Down III, Cliftonville Academy III v CIYMS III, Instonians IV v Muckamore IV, Donaghcloney Mill III v Lurgan II, Woodvale III v Carrickfergus IV, BISC II v Civil Service V (at Stormont)
Minor (Lindsay) Cup second round: Templepatrick III v Saintfield III, CIYMS IV v Muckamore V, Muckamore VI v Victoria II, CIYMS V v BISC III , Donaghcloney Mill IV v Templepatrick IV, Cliftonville Academy IV v North Down IV, Larne II v Monaghan II, Laurelvale III v Instonians V.