Derriaghy relegated after suffering heavy loss
Less than a year after gaining promotion to the Premier League, Derriaghy have been relegated following their comprehensive 10 wickets defeat at Stormont yesterday.
In a 20-over game, Derriaghy could score only 100 for five and Civil Service North knocked off the runs in 13.3 overs to leave the Queensway club 12 points adrift with just one game remaining.
Yesterday's other game came to a sudden conclusion when the umpires awarded Lisburn 12 penalty runs, for CIYMS' slow over-rate, to take them to their target score of 246, with nine wickets down and two overs still to be bowled.
Lisburn lost their ninth wicket with 223 on the board in the 45th over but David Simpson brought up a superb century from just 67 balls and last man Richard McConkey stayed with him to get the visitors to within 12 runs of victory - and that proved to be enough,
Instonians had defeated CIYMS on Saturday to move eight points clear at the top of the table but it was an unsavoury clash with Johnny Thompson, the third wicket of a Stephen Bunting hat-trick, claiming the ball had come off his arm.
When he eventually left the field more words were exchanged between the batsman and the Instonians fielders.
Thompson had earlier finished with five wickets, including Instonians professional Rusty Theron who seemed to batting on a different pitch from everyone else, caught just 12 short of his century with the next top score 16.
Indeed only six batsmen in the match reached double figures as Instonians were bowled out in 40 overs for 162 and won by 62 runs, dismissing Chris Dougherty, Justin Kemp and Thompson with successive balls to claim one of the more high-profile hat-tricks.
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At Stormont, Civil Service North beat Derriaghy by 10 wickets
Derriaghy 100-5 (20 overs, K Aphale 46, R Bailey 22; J van der Merwe 2-14, J Wilson 2-24) Civil Service North 103-0 (13.3 overs, M Amjad 59 not out, A Cowden 34 not out)
At Belmont Lisburn beat CIYMS by 1 wicket
CIYMS 245-8 (N Jones 76, J Matchett 70, N Doak 3-31, R McConkey 3-39) Lisburn 246-9 (48 overs, D Simpson 116 not out, N Doak 44, A Coulter 5-35, Z Rushe 2-53).
At The Green, Civil Service North (128-3) beat North Down (127) by 7 wickets
At Shaw's Bridge, Instonians (162) beat CIYMS (100) by 62 runs
At Queensway, Carrickfergus (219-3) beat Derriaghy (218-9) by 7 wickets