CIYMS close the trap door with double victories
CIYMS completed back-to-back weekend doubles by beating Civil Service North and Derriaghy in the Ulster Bank Premier League to make it four victories in nine days and dismiss any relegation threat.
Although coming into August at the bottom of the table, the Belmont men's destiny was very much in their own hands thanks to having games in hand over their rivals.
They triumphed at home to Derriaghy yesterday having gained revenge for their recent Challenge Cup final defeat the day before by overcoming Civil Service North, who are now under pressure, at Stormont.
CIYMS had more than 20 overs and nine wickets to spare in overhauling Derriaghy's 160 all out, Chris Dougherty leading the way with an unbeaten 73 after Justin Kemp and Allen Coulter had taken three wickets each.
Chasing 205 for victory the day before, CI won by eight wickets with nearly three overs not needed thanks to significant contributions from Dougherty, Kemp and Nigel Jones.
North Down returned to winning ways with a 173-run trouncing of relegations favourites Derriaghy.
Lisburn couldn't bounce back from losing Friday night's Twenty20 final to Waringstown as they were emphatically beaten by Carrickfergus at Middle Road.
Meanwhile, the Northern Knights hopes of finishing the interpro one-day series with a second win over Ulster rivals North West Warriors in successive Sundays were dashed by the weather.
Yesterday's scheduled clash at Eglinton, a dead rubber with Leinster Lightning already crowned one day champions, was abandoned before lunchtime without a ball being bowled.
Ulster Bank Premier League: At Belmont: CIYMS beat Derriaghy by 9 wickets. Derriaghy 160 (K Aphale 87, R Bailey 35; J Kemp 3-30, A Coulter 3-34) CIYMS 161-1 (C Dougherty 71 not out, J Matchett 62). At The Green: North Down beat Derriaghy by 173 runs. North Down 312-2 (P Malan 180 not out, D Graham 109; C Lewis 2-54) Derriaghy 139 (K Aphale 50, C Lewis 40; M Moreland 4-39, P Davison 2-16, A Shields 2-32). At Middle Road: Carrickfergus beat Lisburn by 7 wickets. Lisburn 197-6 (N Waller 37, D Simpson 36 not out, R Rankin 35, S Lazars 29; R Eagleson 2-42) Carrickfergus 198-3 (P Botha 77 not out, M Gilmour 49, J Holmes 47 not out; D Simpson 2-45). At Stormont: CIYMS beat Civil Service North by 8 wickets. CSNI 204-7 (J van der Merwe 50, C Goodall 40 not out, P Beverland 32, P Park 27; D Robinson 2-19, Z Rushe 2-21, N Jones 2-41) CIYMS 206-2 (N Jones 64 not out, C Dougherty 64, J Kemp 49 not out).