North Down keep the pressure on
With their match against strugglers Lisburn the only Premier clash to survive the weather North Down kept the pressure on CIYMS with a 97 run win that sees them join the Belfast club at the top of the table.
No doubt they had targeted a win at Instonians today (Sunday), a win that would see them clear at the top albeit having played more games but that game has already fallen victim of the weather.
CI have games scheduled at home next Friday and Saturday against Lisburn and Instonians respectively so when the big two meet next Sunday at The Green they will have both played 11 games and the match could be a title clincher for CI or a ‘still in there fighting’ one for North Down.
Lisburn started well against the title hopefuls yesterday Graeme Browne taking a couple of early wickets and reducing the home side to 25-3 but Ruhan Pretorius (56) and Jamie Magowan (42) added 103 and with Ryan Haire weighing in with 48* from 28 balls the home side finished a healthy 204/9 in their reduced allocation of 38 overs.
Lisburn had enlisted the services of former Leicester and Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens as a late replacement for their departed overseas player Faiz Fazal and he repaid them with 3-25 in his eight overs while Reinhardt Strydom took 4-26.
After Craig Young had Richard Simpson caught behind in the first over, Pretorius removed Jonny Waite caught and bowled but it was a 3 wicket burst from Peter Davison that knocked the heart out of the Lisburn reply.
First he bowled Stevens for 9 and followed it up by bowling Adam Berry for 6 and trapping Michael Glass lbw for 5 - thus reducing the visitors to 64-5.
Reinhardt Strydom resisted scoring 34 but there was little else, Mark Berry next top score with 16 as Lisburn were bowled out for 117 in the thirtieth over.
The sun is shining this morning (Sunday) and there will be great interest to see if the 20 over Match 2 clash between Muckamore and Lisburn goes ahead.
Sometimes it seems sides think it’s better not to play than to play and lose, but with today’s game being a Match 2 it is a case of play or both lose the points.
It could of course be a Tie!!!
All four games in Section One were lost to the weather including the game at Cregagh where a win for visitors Woodvale would have clinched promotion back to the Premier League, while a home win would keep Cregagh’s hopes of overtaking them to the title alive.
The two meet again today at Ballygomartin road where there were reports on Friday of the ground being flooded - and it’s the same scenario as yesterday in terms of the title.
However it may be down to the willingness of both side to play or indeed for the umpires to let them.
It is still a Match 1 so there is the opportunity to drag out the season for a few more weeks hoping for an Indian Summer.
Cliftonville Academy secured promotion to Section One with an 8 wicket win against Laurelvale.
Andrew Forbes was the leading wicket take for ‘Ville with 3-26 in the twenty over game as Laurelvale made 104-8, Johnny Terrett chipping in with 2-16.
And it was Johnny Terrett with a typically belligerent 54* who saw the ‘Academy to victory in partnership with Neil Cahill (42) in only 15 overs.
Saintfield were Cliftonville Academy’s challengers but their Match 2 against bottom club Belfast Superkings fell victim to the weather and with it their chance to catch the table toppers.
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North Down beat Lisburn by 97 runs (DLS) The Green, 31 August.
North Down 204-9 (38.0 overs, R Pretorius 56, Ryan Haire 48*, J Magowan 48, R Strydom 4-26, D Stevens 3-25, G Browne 2-40)
Lisburn 117 (29.1 overs, R Strydom 34, P Davison 3-35, P Eakin 2-18)
DLS Method: par score 214 in 38 overs.
Cliftonville Academy beat Laurelvale by 8 wickets, 31 August.
Laurelvale 104-8 (20 overs: G Murphy 31, D Sinton 30; A Forbes 3-26, B Kane 2-12, J Terrett 2-16)
Cliftonville Academy 107-2 (14.4 overs: J Terrett 54 not out, N Cahill 42; G Murphy 2-3).