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Gill stars with both bat and ball as Muckamore impress

 

By Ian Callender

Muckamore are one match away from their first NCU Challenge Cup final for 45 years - and it will be played at Moylena. CIYMS will be the visitors to a ground where they have already lost this season, by 61 runs in the second match of the season, and they will not be relishing the return, after gaining revenge for their cup final defeat last year, with a five wickets victory over Civil Service North on Saturday.

But Muckamore were even more impressive as they dispatched Woodvale at Ballygomartin Road with half centuries for Sam Gordon (79), Jamie Magowan (74) and Neil Gill.

It was skipper Gill who put them out of sight with 56 off 35 balls, with six fours and two sixes, as Muckamore, on 84 for two at halfway, hit 121 off the last 10 overs to finish on 295 for eight.

Gill then turned destroyer with the ball, taking out Michael Irwin and Farhad Saeed to reduce Woodvale to four for three and 25 for five after eight overs. Gill finished with three for 21, Ifti Hussain three for 15 and the victory margin was 173 runs.

CSN's collapse was at the other end of their innings - they lost their last six for 11 runs with three of the wickets to Matt McGillivray (4-38) after James Kennedy was dismissed for 67 and CI reached their target of 126 in the 30th over, Ryan Hunter top scoring with 38.

Instonians' reward for beating North Down by 16 runs, is another home draw in the semi-final against Lisburn who eased to a 127 runs victory over Downpatrick; James Magowan was run out for 102.

Nikolai Smith was man of the match with 86 out of Instonians' 226-7 and, crucially, then dismissed Ruhan Pretorius for 10.

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