CIYMS set the pace
Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
JUST three games into the abbreviated NCU season, CIYMS are already out on their own at the top of the table.
A crushing 87 runs victory over Carrickfergus at Middle Road showed the champions at their supreme best as they piled up 166-8 in their 20 overs and then dismissed the home side inside 15 overs.
International Chris Dougherty was top scorer with a modest 32, but he was well supported by Jacob Mulder and Jason van der Merwe, all with strike rates of at least 100 and Davy Millar brought the innings to a thrilling finale with four sixes in his 30, off just 11 balls.
The second innings was even more one-sided after Scotland international George Munsey was dismissed third ball – one ball longer than last week – for a second successive duck and five of the six bowlers used by skipper Nigel Jones helped themselves to wickets.Trevor Britton took three for six in three overs and John Matchett finished the match with two wickets from his first four balls.
Carrick are now pointless at the bottom of the table alongside Lisburn who lost by 54 runs to Civil Service North, one of four teams who have won two of their first three games.
Mark Ellison was the day’s top scorer with 79 from 58 balls (six fours and three sixes) and he shared a second wicket stand of 94 with skipper James Kennedy as CSN finished on 154-4. Only two Lisburn batsmen reached double figures in their tame reply.
The winning team in the other two games were chasing totals less than Ellison managed on his own. Woodvale were bowled out for 69 by Waringstown with James Mitchell taking four of the wickets and Ryan Haire took also claimed a four-for for North Down in their six wickets win over Instonians who were dismissed for 77 at The Green.
For the second successive week,the NW T20 Championship was badly interrupted by the weather.
Only four games started and two games were reduced, including Coleraine’s game against Ballyspallen which was abandoned six overs into the second innings. That was enough, however, to give the Bannsiders their third straight win and in command of Group 1.
In Group 2, Newbuildings and Brigade have opened up a gap at the top with their second wins yesterday; Gareth McKeegan and Johnny Thompson scoring half centuries for Newbuildings.