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Dougherty helps send CIYMS to the final

By Ian Callender

CIYMS won the game of the season so far on Saturday to reach the final of the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup, with James Cameron-Dow hitting the last ball of the match to the square leg boundary to beat Waringstown by three wickets.

But it was his captain Chris Dougherty who was man of the match, despite being dismissed from the first ball of the last over, after a sensational innings of 132 which all but took his side to their first final in five years.

Dougherty's innings included nine fours and three sixes but it was yet another big game that got away from Waringstown.

Dougherty was dropped at long-off by Ruhan Pretorius on 51, a catch which if held would have left CI on 114 for five in the 29th over and, surely ended their chase for 269.

Instead, the ball went for four, the next went for six and at 124 for four it was game on.

Not a single member of the team that lost that final to North Down is still on the 1st XI but Neil Russell, who scored 59 for the winners, will be playing for the opposition, this time as Instonians captain.

Russell's 41 runs were the difference between victory and defeat in the other semi-final at Stormont - a reward for the captain's dedication to the cause.

Russell turned down five-star accommodation and a first class seat on a flight to Barbados for a work assignment to play in Instonians' double-header at the weekend and with a victory margin of just 23 runs over Civil Service North it was a case of the first half of the job being safely completed.

Another former North Down player, Ireland's second most capped player Andrew White was man of the match with 70 of his side's 266 but Eric Layard with 46 from 36 balls and James Shannon's 45 proved just as vital in reaching the July 31 decider.

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