- DOWNPATRICK beat NICC by 3 runs
Comber, 7th September
Downpatrick 203-6 K Merchant 60*, J Patterson 48, G Ferguson 44
Man of the Match: K Merchant (Downpatrick)
DOWNPATRICK R Shiiliday c Johnston b Corlett 3 Bowling: NICC D McCann b Parkhill 16 Corlett 10 2 45 2 G Ferguson c Law b Magowan 44 D Napier 6 0 18 0 J Patterson c & b Magowan 48 Parkhill 6 1 30 1 K Merchant not out 60 Johnston 10 1 42 1 R McCavery b Corlett 17 Kirk 9 3 24 0 B Ferris st Jackson b Johnston 6 Magowan 9 0 42 2 N McCall not out 5 A Gaw FOW P Lennon 6, 47, 105, 119, 162, 195 J McCready Extras 4 Total (6 wickets, 50 overs) 203 NICC C Beverland c McCavery b Lennon 33 Bowling: DOWNPATRICK P Law c McCall b Gaw 11 Merchant 10 3 24 1 C Magowan b Lennon 28 Ferguson 10 2 40 1 S Corlett run out 13 Gaw 10 0 67 2 P Jackson run out 27 Lennon 10 0 43 2 M Napier c McCall b Gaw 27 Ferris 10 1 19 0 D Simpson not out 31 D Napier st McCann b Merchant 15 R Parkhill st McCann b Ferguson 0 D Johnston not out 7 FOW W Kirk 24, 71, 80, 93, 138, Extras 8 156, 193, 195 Total (8 wickets, 50 overs) 200 Man of the Match: Kamal Merchant (Downpatrick)
- Downpatrick 208-7 (D McCann 68, G Ferguson 52, A McBrine 3-46) beat Donemana 190-9 (A Scott 53, B Ferris 4-33) by 18 runs
- NICC 246-9 (P Law 68, S Corlett 58, P Lyness 3-60) beat Lurgan 204 (G Hunter 69, S Corlett 3-32, W Kirk 3-36) by 42 runs
- Eglinton 82 (R Mitchell 5-29) lost to Donemana 85-0 (D Curry 53*) by 10 wickets
- Lisburn 211-9 (S Hutchinson 77, N Doak 44, K Merchant 4-15) lost to Downpatrick 215-8 (R Shilliday 87, D McDowell 3-40) by 2 wickets
- Clontarf 165-9 (B Bergin 54) lost to Lurgan 168-5 (R McCollum 117) by 5 wickets
- Waringstown lost to NICC in a bowlout (2-3)
- Clontarf beat Woodvale by 4 wickets.
- Coleraine lost to Eglinton by 69 runs.
- CYM lost to Lurgan by 3 wickets.
- Donemana beat Ardmore by 152 runs.
- Lisburn beat North Down in a bowlout (3-4).
- NICC beat Leinster on faster scoring rate.
- St Johnston lost to Downpatrick by 1 wicket.
- Waringstown beat Carlisle by 6 wickets.
- Ardmore beat Holywood by 44 runs.
- Bangor lost to St Johnston by 77 runs.
- Brigade lost to Clontarf by 4 wickets.
- Coleraine beat Malahide by 4 wickets.
- CYM beat Limerick by 7 wickets.
- Donemana beat Phoenix by 201 runs.
- Eglinton beat Cork County by 10 wickets.
- Leinster beat Bready by 24 runs.
- Merrion lost to Lisburn by 107 runs.
- NICC beat Limavady by 4 wickets.
- Old Belvedere lost to Waringstown by 6 wickets.
- Pembroke lost to Lurgan by 8 wickets.
- Railway Union lost to Woodvale by 100 runs.
- Sion Mills lost to Downpatrick by 35 runs.
- Strabane lost to Carlisle by 29 runs.
- The Hills lost to North Down by 22 runs.
- Brigade beat Ballymena by 8 wickets.
- Lisburn beat Dublin YMCA by 16 runs.
- North County lost to Eglinton by 6 wickets.
Merchant prevails in a thriller (by Sean Pender)
The difference an overseas professional can make to a side was again very much in evidence in Downpatrick's pulsating 3 runs win over NICC in the Schweppes Cup final at Comber. To Downpatrick's total of 203 for six, Kamal Merchant contributed a brilliantly executed 60 not out, including seven exquisitely placed fours, and when the opposition subsequently threatened to snatch the trophy in a nail-biting finish he bowled so tightly that only 24 runs came off 10 overs. The Pakistani well deserved his man of the match award. Merchant's was the only half-century of the encounter, though team-mates Jim Patterson, agilely caught off his own bowling by Colin Magowan, and Geoffrey Ferguson each got close. Patterson hit five fours in his 48 and Ferguson four fours and two sixes in his 44.
NICC's top score came from opening bat Charlie Beverland whose challenging strokes produced 33 brisk runs. The captain, Dean Simpson, might have more profitably placed himself higher in the order. An undefeated 31 hauled his side to the very edge of victory. With 10 overs to go in each innings the totals were virtually identical. Off 40 overs, having been inserted, Downpatrick were 139 for four. At the same stage NICC had 138 for four on the board. Going into the final over NICC needed 12. Simpson and David Johnston, with a four and a single, reduced that to seven off three balls. Johnston clipped Ferguson's fourth delivery for a couple. Now the requirement was five off two. To North's dismay and Downpatrick's delight, Johnston failed to connect with the fifth delivery. Now only a six would give NICC the trophy-and, prodigiously though he swung the bat, that boundary proved beyond Johnston's capability.
Matches turn on simple things. Too often NICC batsmen seemed in an agony of uncertainty over whether to run or not and too often the wrong option was taken-twice with fatal results. Sad muddles led to the running out of Simon Corlett and Paul Jackson, both aggressive batsmen and both going well at the time. Yet also give credit to the Downpatrick fielding which was as sharp as NICC's was sluggish. Brian Ferris, who conceded only 19 runs off 10 overs of superbly flighted spin, proved a livewire in the deep, while wicketkeeper Derek McCann took two vital stumpings to account for Davy Napier and Robert Parkhill.