Defeats for Firsts and Seconds
Sunday proved a a pivotal day in the Robinson Services Premier League as the top two clashed at Belmont.
A win for Waringstown and they were right back in the title race but a loss to CIYMS and it was all but over.
It turned out to be the latter as the home side ran out comfortable winners by 136 runs.
CI totalled 263-7 from 50 overs with Shaheen Khan (3-35) and Phil Eaglestone (3-65) both picking up three wickets each.
It was a tired looking Waringstown performance as maybe the effects of the last number of weeks have caught up with them and with CI coming in fresh with no game for two weeks most definitely had an effect on the game.
In reply Waringstown were always behind the eight ball and finished on 127-9 with Gary Kidd not batting.
James Hall passed 1000 runs for the season with 38 while Lee Nelson got some much needed time in the middle with 28 and Shaheen Khan made 20.
The big weekends keep coming for the Villagers with Instonians at home this coming Saturday and then a trip to Strabane on Sunday for the semi final for the Irish Cup and on Saturday 18th Waringstown will be back in the North West for the All Ireland T20 finals day along with Cork County, Clontarf and Bready.
Meanwhile in Junior One on Sunday at The Lawn Waringstown’s second string lost by three wickets to Instonians seconds.
Waringstown totalled 212-6 in 40 overs with fifties for Ryan Dennison and Jonny Hunter.
But Instonians got over the line with a few overs remaining.
Waringstown remain in second place four points behind CSNI with both sides having five games to play.
By Paddy Allen