CIYMS lost their second match of the Robinson Services Premier League season yesterday but can still retain their title today.

Instonians, who started the day bottom of the table, shocked the champions with a 21 runs victory at Belmont and if they beat Muckamore at Moylena this morning will have secured their stay in the top flight with five matches left.

A full strength Instonians side have insisted all season they could beat any team in the league and they did just that against a CI, missing professional Obus Pienaar, Mark Adair and Allen Coulter.

Shane Getkate, Robert McKinley and Murray Commins led the way as Instonians topped 200 and then removed CI’s top five for 99. Ryan Hunter and James Cameron-Dow put on 51 for the sixth wicket but both were dismissed in the space of three overs and it left the home needing 39 from the last five overs. It proved too much for the non first-team regulars.

Muckamore still need to win one of their last two games to stay up – and relegate Lisburn who have finished the season with just three wins – after falling one run short in a thrilling chase against Waringstown.

The Moylena side needed six to win off the last over with four wickets left, but James Mitchell conceded only a bye and a two off the first three balls, Luke Allen was run out off the fourth trying to sneak another bye, they did scramble a single off the penultimate delivery but needing a single for the tie and safety, Mitchell completed the run-out and Muckamore’s wait goes on.

If they don’t beat Instonians this morning, they will be in must-win territory in their second 20-over game of the day at Carrickfergus, who moved into second place yesterday with victory over Civil Service North.

CI’s route to the title continues against North Down at Comber this morning and victory there will ensure they can’t be overtaken, leaving them the chance to clinch the title at Shaw’s Bridge in their afternoon match.