Familiar look at top of the table
Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
JUST two games into the Robinson Services Premier League season and it’s a familiar looking league table with CIYMS and Waringstown the only teams to have won their opening games.
James Cameron-Down hit a six off the second ball of the last over to see the champions to a four wickets victory over North Down at Belmont, while Waringstown skipper Greg Thompson hit a career best 149 not out in his side’s 32 runs victory over Instonians at The Lawn.
There was a thrilling finish at Moylena where Lisburn’s last wicket pair added five runs to claim victory against Muckamore, after professional Faiz Fazal was dismissed for 108, and Civil Service North chased down Carrickfergus’ 257 at Middle Road for a five wickets victory, Graham McCarter finishing 51 not out.
Thompson faced just 81 balls for his herculean innings, hitting 18 fours and six sixes, taking advantage of the depleted Instonians bowling attack, without their captain, Ireland’s chairman of selectors Andrew White.
Thompson, though, will be worried by his own side’s bowling efforts as they had only 32 runs to spare at the finish, young Matthew Humphreys undefeated at the end with 61 from 39 balls.
One-time India international Fazal dominated Lisburn’s chase for 194 and after Muckamore skipper Neil Gill broke the fifth wicket stand of 109 between Fazal and David Simpson, the visitors lost four wickets for 11 runs before Callum Atkinson and Graham Elliott gave them their first top flight win since July 2017.
CIYMS were without Jason van der Merwe, David Robinson and Mark Adair but they still restricted North Down to 196 with five bowlers and with every CI batsman reaching double figures it was enough to extend their winning Premiership run to 15 games.