A Bridge Too Far for CIYMS
CIYMS stumble to a 10 run defeat at Shaw's Bridge as Waringstown, CSNI and North Down win to make it a four-way tie at the top of the table.
Instonians posted 138/6 at home to CIYMS with Nikolai Smith top scoring with 35, Marcus Poskitt, James Hunter and Olly Metcalfe chipping in with twenties.
A total that CIYMS would be expected to chase today proved beyond them as James Magee with 3 wickets and James Hunter with 2 held them to 128/8 the only bright spark was Chris Dougherty continuing his fine form with 45.
The big scoring feats were at Stormont today as George Munsey finally produced the form he's capable of with a typically hard hitting 42 ball 80 that included 5 boundaries and 7 sixes.
Stuart Thompson marked his return to the local scene with figures of 3-28 and Andrew Cowden returning 2-23.
The CSNI reply was emphatic as Ross Adair blasted 92 from only 38 balls with 6x4s and 8x6s.
When he was out with only 10 required for the win, Stuart Thompson joined Marc Ellison to seal the 9 wicket win with 6 overs to spare!
Ellison finishing with 59* off 37 balls (5x4, 2x6) in what must have seemed a sedate innings in comparison to his opening partner's.
Craig Young didn't take long to get into his stride at The Green removing Wayne Horwood in the first over of the Woodvale chase of the home side's 150.
Woodvale had been doing well to stay in the game and with North Down in the 120's with one over to go had hopes of a reasonable target to chase - but with 20+ coming off that final over that task became almost impossible.
So it proved as wickets fell regularly and runs were hard to come by. Those two early league wins by Woodvale seem a long time ago as they try to find their feet in the top flight.
Waringstown piled on the agony against bottom placed Lisburn rattling up 159/3 with James Hall (49) and James McCollum (45*) leading the way.
Lisburn could only manage 106-8 in reply never able to get on top of the home side's bowling for whom James Mitchell, Matthew Purse and Lee Nelson each took 2 wickets.
The defeat leaves Lisburn and Carrickfergus winless after four games of the seven match season.
Above them with two wins from four are Woodvale and Instonians while CIYMS, CSNI, North Down and Waringstown occupy the top four 'play-off' places with 3 wins apiece.
PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS:
At Shaw's Bridge: Instonians beat CIYMS by 10 runs.
Instonians 138-6 (N Smith 35, M Poskitt 24, J Hunter 22 not out, O Metcalfe 22)
CIYMS 128-8 (C Dougherty 43, J Matchett 25; J Magee 3-21, J Hunter 2-26)
At Stormont: Civil Service North beat Carrickfergus by 9 wickets.
Carrickfergus 165-7 (G Munsey 80, A Haggan 25, C van der Walt 22; S Thompson 3-28, A Cowden 2-23)
Civil Service North 166-1 (14 overs, R Adair 92, M Elliison 59 not out)
At The Green, Comber: North Down beat Woodvale by 79 runs.
North Down 150-5 (R Haire 32 not out, P Eakin 32, A Shields 26, R Pretorius 25)
Woodvale 71 (R Pretorius 2-7, C Robinson 2-9, R Haire 2-14)
At The Lawn: Waringstown beat Lisburn by 53 runs.
Waringstown 159-3 (J Hall 49, J McCollum 45 not out, G Thompson 26; M Berry 2-28)
Lisburn 106-8 (A Berry 46; J Mitchell 2-13, M Purse 2-18, L Nelson 2-39)