Hunter leads Brigade past CIYMS
CIYMS were the shock victims in the first round of the O'Neill's Ulster Cup, losing their first game of the season to Brigade at Belmont by 86 runs.
But the NCU will still have five teams in this week's quarter-final draw after Instonians knocked out Coleraine by seven wickets and Waringstown hammered Strabane by nine wickets.
Ryan Hunter was top scorer for the Brigade as they totalled 233 for seven but Andy Britton removed Chris Dougherty with the first ball of CI's reply and it did not get any better for the home side, with Johnny Robinson taking four wickets, including the prize scalps of Rassie Van der Dussen, Nigel Jones and Johnny Thompson.
Waringstown needed only 27 overs to pass Strabane's 174 for nine with James McCollum hitting a second half century in successive days. Indeed the home bowlers did not take a single wicket, their only success coming with the run out of Adam Dennison after an opening stand of 138 but McCollum saw the job through with an unbeaten 91.
It was almost as easy for Instonians at Sandel Lodge after the loss of three early wickets. An unbeaten stand of exactly 100 between Nicolai Smith (74) and Andrew White (50 off 60 balls) saw the NCU league champions home with five overs to spare.
Holders Civil Service North completed the semi-final line-up in the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup yesterday with a comfortable 76 runs victory over remaining Section One side Muckamore.
Skipper Andrew Cowden batted through the CSN innings and was 82 not out when rain halted play after 40.3 overs and when play resumed Muckamore were set a victory target of 235 in 37 overs. From 95 for two, however, they lost five wickets for 22 and there was no way back.
CSN will play Instonians on Saturday for a place in the final while CIYMS host Waringstown at this stage for the second year in a row after beating North Down on Saturday by 13 runs.
O'Neill's Ulster Cup first round
Sandel Lodge: Coleraine 163 (39.5 overs, N McDonnell 60, S Campbell 29, M Smyth 25 not out; A White 3-24, N Smith 3-36, F Iqbal 3-57) Instonians 167-3 (35 overs, N Smith 74 not out, A White 52 not out; V Chopra 2-20). Instonians won by 7 wickets.
Belmont: Brigade 233-7 (R Hunter 67, I McGregor 45, I Hussain 34, C Dixon 23 not out; R van der Dussen 3-37, S Dunn 2-36) CIYMS 147 (33 overs, R van der Dussen 38, N Jones 25, J Thompson 21; J Robinson 4-27, I Hussain 2-25, A Britton 2-27, N Donnell 2-37). Brigade won by 86 runs.
Strabane Park: Strabane 174-9 (T Mupariwa 35, T Barr 29, Mi Gillespie 27, R Gallagher 20; G Thompson 2-15, M Topping 2-33, G Kidd 2-34) Waringstown 177-1 (26.3 overs, J McCollum 91 not out, A Dennison 63, R Pretorius 22 not out). Waringstown won by 9 wickets.
Ulster Bank Challenge Cup quarter-final Stormont: Civil Service North 229 (A Cowden 82 not out, W Horwood 57, M Amjad 53; N Gill 3-46, A Adey 2-33) Muckamore - set 235 in 37 overs - 158 (35 overs, C Drummond 40, J Magowan 38, J Hunter 26, R Haire 25; J van der Merwe 3-22, R West 2-11, J Costain 2-22, B Adair 2-34). CSN won by 76 runs (DLS).