Jacques Snyman’s second century of the season ensures a T20 Cup semi-final berth for Carrickfergus after a five-run win over holders CIYMS at Belmont on Friday night.
Snyman hit ten boundaries and cleared the ropes seven times in his 109 from 49 balls, sharing stands of 82 with Iain Parkhill (16) for the second wicket and 92 with Jeremy Lawlor for the third. Lawlor hit three sixes and two fours in his 42 from 25 balls as Carrick posted 194 for 4 – Neil Rock having little time to impress on his debut for the Middle Road side.
Jacob Mulder – sprung into action almost straight off the plane – took 0 for 16 on his return, while James Cameron-Dow picked up 2 for 37. Chris Dougherty’s 51, allied with 29 from Jason van der Merwe and 28 from John Matchett kept CIYMS in contention, albeit always behind the required rate.
They looked dead and buried with 61 needed off the last four overs, but unbeaten 23’s from Cameron-Dow and David Miller got them to within five runs – two wickets apiece from Ryan Eagleson and Jeremy Lawlor. CSNI ensured they will top the group after an 11-run win against Waringstown.
Ross Adair’s early assault which saw him club five sixes and two fours in a 15-ball 45 put the Stormont side ahead of the game, as 62 were on the board after just five overs thanks to his pyrotechnics and 21 from Luke Georgeson.
Gary Wilson (34) and Stuart Thompson (29) kept the tempo upbeat in a stand of 56 as CSNI finished on 167 for 6. Adair then took 1 for 14 in a tight four-over spell to push the rate up, and despite an excellent 60 from James McCollum, The Lawn side fell short.
Ben Adair took three wickets, including McCollum and the ever-dangerous Andre Malan (21).
Shane Getkate’s brutal knock helped Instonians beat North Down by 49 runs at Comber. Getkate smashed 7 sixes and 5 fours in whirlwind 78 from 35 balls as the Shaw’s Bridge side made 169 for 8.
Teenage spinner Cian Robertson then took 4 for 19 as North Down were dismissed for 120.
The loss means North Down face a winner takes all clash with Lisburn, who hammered bottom of the table Woodvale.
Callum Atkinson took three wickets to help restrict the Ballygomartin side to 113 – Wayne Horwood top scoring with 31.
Faiz Fazal (53*) and Robert Rankin (52*) then eased the Wallace Park side to victory, in the 15th over, both facing 44 balls, hitting a combined 11 fours and 4 sixes in the most routine of wins.
Carrickfergus v Instonians; Lisburn v North Down; Waringstown v CIYMS; Woodvale v CSNI.