Lisburn aim for consistency
Johnny Morton (www.jmsport.co.uk)
Lisburn will head into a clash against CSNI this weekend on the back of their first win of the season.
After two Cup losses to Woodvale and CIYMS, the Wallace Park side sealed a spot in the Twenty20 Cup semis with a three-wicket victory over Carrickfergus last Sunday.
Giving the nature of Twenty20 cricket, Lisburn captain Adam Berry is hoping his side can get some momentum after a mixed start.
“We started the season poorly against Woodvale and we were well beaten,” he said.
“CIYMS will always be a tough test and it’s a testament to Nigel Jones and the guys there for the performances they’ve been putting in week in week out for many seasons now.
“We had a few decent individual performances last weekend but getting the win Sunday with a relatively young side was pleasing for the whole squad.
“Fingers crossed we can kick on. In T20 cricket the momentum can swing so quickly and anyone really can beat anyone on their day.
“Hopefully we can continue to put in good performances and keep improving.
“I would like to see us putting in strong performances consistently and if we do this the results will take care of themselves.”
Lisburn will welcome in Josh Manley for his club debut after a winter move from Instonians.
He joins Tom O’Connor, Luke Allison and Chris Burns, who played for the first time last Sunday since joining from Bangor, in making their maiden appearances for the club this season.
“He’s been busting to play and will add another dimension to the team,” added Berry.
“He showed his quality last season and we are all looking forward to having him in the side.”
O’Connor started by returning figures of 1-19 from his four overs against Woodvale but it looks as though his time with the club is over for this season due to work commitments.
Teenager Allison has bowled nine overs across the three games after making the step up from Section One outfit Donacloney Mill and took his first wicket in the Carrick victory.
“Both guys have settled into the squad and the club really well,” said Berry.
“Tom was one of the shining lights in week one against Woodvale however with work commitments now it’s unlikely we will see him again this season.
“Luke is still young and finding his feet but he bowled well last weekend and having the other senior seam bowlers around him will only benefit his development.”
Saturday’s games: Carrickfergus vs CIYMS; CSNI vs Lisburn; North Down vs Instonians; Woodvale vs Waringstown.