North Down deny Carrick in last over thriller
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
North Down thwarted Carrickfergus's hopes of a weekend double when they won the postponed Robinson Services Premier League game yesterday by two wickets.
Carrick professional Jacques Snyman followed up his 113 in the Irish Cup first round win over YMCA with 81, from 65 balls, with seven fours and four sixes, but the home side's total of 253-7 wasn't enough.
Ruhan Pretorius hit 12 fours and a six in his 86 and, needing eight off the last over, Peter Davison hit the fourth ball for six.
Three other NCU sides won through on Saturday to tomorrow's second round Irish Cup draw, when holders Waringstown enter the competition.
Instonians were the most impressive of the trio, or rather Ollie Metcalfe and Nikolai Smith were. The opening batsmen scored all 236 runs as they swept to victory over Cork County inside 35 overs.
Metcalfe (17) became the youngest player to score a century for Instonians - beating James Shannon's 11-year-old record - and also outscored his senior partner 123 to 106. Although each hit 17 boundaries, the teenager hit the only two sixes.
CIYMS must have been a little worried when North County reached 111-1 but skipper Nigel Jones made the breakthrough and, in a dramatic collapse, Obus Pienaar and Jacob Mulder, plus two run outs saw the visitors use up 40 balls losing their last six wickets for just 14 runs.
Former international Eddie Richardson removed Chris Dougherty and Nigel Jones in his first 19 balls but John Matchett (95) and Pienaar (81 not out) added 137 for the third wicket and Ryan Hunter with a run-a-ball 20 finished the job.
Civil Service North were the first winners of the day, after reducing Coleraine to 19-5, the entire match lasting only 53 overs as the visitors reached their target of 104 for the loss of three wickets.
Bready were the only North West team to progress on Saturday, despite Faiz Fazal's 139 from 124 balls for Lisburn at Magheramason. Unfortunately for the NCU side, they scored only 43 from the last 10 overs after the Indian professional's dismissal, while losing their last four wickets to Irosh Samarasorriya and Conor Olphert.
The home professional then saw his side to their victory target of 294, finishing 105 not out from 85 balls with nine deliveries to spare.
In the other four games, Malahide gained revenge for their defeat at this stage last year, beating Muckamore by seven wickets despite Fahad Iqbal's 84 in the NCU side's total of 209.
Pembroke did not even need absent Ireland international Andy Balbirnie to knock out Brigade by seven wickets, after bowling out the North West Cup holders for 152 and although Ballyspallen posted 220 against the The Hills, the 2017 beaten finalists won by six wickets in the 42nd over.
Glendermott missed a glorious chance to win their first Irish Cup match since 2011 when Rush's last two wickets added 46 to pass the home side's 258-7.