Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
David Simpson, with a stunning spell of five wickets for no runs in 16 balls, gave Lisburn their third win of the season and left Instonians rock bottom of the Robinson Services Premier League.
It was the Shaw’s Bridge side’s fifth successive defeat and a sixth, at home to Muckamore next Saturday, would leave them ‘doomed’ according to skipper Andrew White.
Yesterday they had no answer to Simpson, still bowling as well as ever two weeks short of his 36th birthday, and no matter what obstacle the batsmen put in front of him, Simpson breached their defence, all five victims clean bowled.
Simpson did not take a wicket in his first five overs but Instonians, after deciding to bat, were stil in trouble at 28-3, after Murray Commins took a suicidal run to the returning Callum Atkinson at backward point, and Faiz Fazal had James Shannon caught at slip and trapped Michael Bentley leg before.
Shannon, playing only his second game of the season, will take time to get his form back —he lasted just 10 balls yesterday but at least he forced Reinhardt Strydom to take a good catch, diving to his right, to dismiss him, rather more than the rest of his team-mates managed.
The procession of wickets started with the third ball of the 11th over, and it was only three and a half overs later that they had collapsed to 29-8, the only run coming from a Fazal wide.
Skipper Andrew White watched the mayhem in disbelief at the other end and although James Metcalfe then stayed with him for five overs and James Magee for a further 15 balls, it was 61 all out — with only two players in double figures and six ducks — at ten past one!
Fazal hit the first ball of the Lisburn reply for six and 50 minutes later it was all over, for the loss of just two wickets.
At the other end of the table, CIYMS go marching on. Muckamore, the latest team to bow to the Belmont power, were bowled out for 184, which was actually the highest total by a team batting first yesterday but CI needed only 27 overs to pass it, for the loss of just two wickets, skipper Nigel Jones seeing them home with 76 not out. Earlier, Obus Pienaar went one wicket better than Simpson, taking 6-29.
North Down are clear in second place after easing past Carrickfergus by seven wickets, because Waringstown lost their third successive game. Bowled out for 175 despite a 93-run partnership between Greg Thompson and Kyle McCallan, Civil Service North repeatedly through wickets away with poor shots but got over the line with three wickets in hand, thanks to Waringstown protege Morgan Topping’s unbeaten 29.
Brigade are turning the Long’s SuperValu Premiership into a procession. Despite nearest challengers Bready scoring 298, the unbeaten leaders chased it down with 11 balls to spare, thanks to a 237-run partnership between David Barr and Ifti Hussain.
In the Championship, Ardmore’s Decker Curry had another near miss in his search for a 100th century, out yesterday for 86.