Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport Cricket

Inst will be tough to beat but we have the team to win: Parkhill

By Ian Callender

Published 20/05/2016

Tough task: Iain Parkhill says his side have the players to win tomorrow
Tough task: Iain Parkhill says his side have the players to win tomorrow

Carrickfergus passed one test on the opening day of the season, but they face arguably an even tougher one tomorrow when they take on Instonians at Shaw's Bridge.

But captain Iain Parkhill insists his side are up for the challenge and they are expecting a big improvement on their seventh place finish last season.

"We are stronger, with more depth, and a franchise first class professional (Pat Botha) who has settled in immediately.

"Jamie Holmes has also hit the ground running, and he is starring with the Knights, Robert Smith, a left arm spinner from Templepatrick has slotted in well, Michael Armstrong, from London, is opening the bowling and with our own players also chipping in it is all positive," said Parkhill.

"Instonians are a top side but we beat them in the league and in the T20 last season and we gave them a good game at their place so we will travel with confidence."

Carrick are one of four Ulster teams who have a double header this weekend, with the re-fixed matches in the Irish Senior Cup. CIYMS are the other team involved but their game against CSNI tomorrow has been postponed.

Meanwhile, the morning's play on the final day of the inter-provincial at Stormont yesterday was lost to rain.

When play got under way, Northern Knights took six wickets in 20 overs to reduce Leinster Lightning to 78 for seven, a lead of only 64, but internationals Andrew Poynter and George Dockrell (15 off 91 balls) saw out the next 30 overs, while scoring only 39 runs to give earn Lightning a draw.

Scores: Leinster Lightning 306-3 dec (J Anderson 135 not out, D Joyce 71, S Terry 32) and 117-7 (A Poynter 42 not out; G McCarter 3-41, S Getkate 2-13, Ni Smith 2-18) Northern Knights 320-8 dec (J Holmes 53, Ni Smith 52, G Thompson 43, G McCarter 42, C Dougherty 38; E Richardson 3-55).

FIXTURES Ulster Bank Premier League (1.00pm): Derriaghy v Lisburn, Instonians v Carrickfergus, North Down v Waringstown (noon).

Section One: Armagh v Larne, Ballymena v Woodvale, Bangor v Academy, Donaghcloney v Downpatrick, Saintfield v Muckamore

Section Two: Cregagh v Cliftonville, Holywood v Laurelvale, Millpark v Cooke Collegians, Templepatrick v BISC

Section Three: Donaghadee v Dungannon, Larne v Victoria, Newforge v Monaghan

Long's SuperValu Premier League (1.00pm): Ardmore v Eglinton, Donemana v Bready, Drummond v Coleraine, Strabane v Brigade

Championship: Bonds Glen v Glendermott, Burndennett v Fox Lodge, Newbuildings v Ballyspallen, St Johnston v Killyclooney

Sunday: Irish Senior Cup first round (12.30pm): Carrickfergus v Drummond, CIYMS v Brigade, Derriaghy v Donemana, Malahide v Strabane, Merrion v Coleraine

National Cup (12.30pm): Bangor v Dundrum (LCU), Lurgan v Glendermott, Woodvale v Burndennett, Newbuildings v Academy, Civil Service v Creevedonnell, Greystones v Ballyspallen, Terenure v Armagh

North West T20 Cup (1.00pm): Bonds Glen v Killyclooney

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph