ANI Chore is proving to be the signing of the season, after he brought his runs tally in the last three innings to a remarkable 341 for once out and propelling North Down into second place in the Premier League.
Chore was of three new signings revealed by the Comber side this season, all of them unsung, including Sri Lankan professional Gayan Maneeshan.
South African seam bowler Tom Mayes has also enjoyed a good first half of the season, but it is Chore who has stormed the league with scores of 80, 140 not out and on Saturday, 121 not out out of 192 as North Down defeated Lisburn by nine wickets.
Indian-born Chore, who also keeps wicket, has played 10 first-class matches ó the last in 2015 ó and also represented Oman A. Watching the way he is taking apart the NCU attacks, one wonders how he didnít make it to the full Oman side.
His latest century, at Wallace Park, came from 92 balls and he won the match with his 17th four, after dominating the first wicket partnership of 142 with Alistair Shields (47).
Even Maneeshan scored 10 of the remaining 50 runs as Chore took centre stage. Carrickfergus is the next bowling attack who will have to try to contain him and the following Saturday he will be at The Lawn for what promises to be the match of the season so far, against league leaders Waringstown.
The Villagers made it six wins out of seven on Saturday with a four wickets victory over Civil Service North, Adam Dennison, firmly back in form at the top of the order, scoring 76 as Waringstown reached their target of 202 after just 35 overs.
Andrew Cowden provided the backbone to the CSN innings with 64, but the absence of captain Gary Wilson plus Luke Georgeson and Paddy Beverland, both isolating after being in close contact with a Covid positive, proved too much for the Stormont side.
Instonians were missing their captain, Andrew White, Irelandís chairman of selectors, but they didnít miss him as they achieved the result of the day, a six wickets victory at Carrick.
CIYMS were the dayís other Premier League winners, beating Woodvale by three wickets despite Ruhan Pretorius scoring 95 for the losers.