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Late run-out as Waringstown avoid third loss in succession

 

By Ian Callender

History repeated itself at Moylena when, for the second time in two weeks, a game against Waringstown was won and lost by a run out off the fourth ball of the last over.

Muckamore won the Challenge Cup tie between the teams last month when Marcus McClean was found to be inches short but on Saturday, remarkably, the situation was reversed when Adam Dennison's throw ran out Gary Nicholl and, this time, it was even closer.

If Nicholl had been adjudged 'in' Muckamore would have needed just two off the last two balls with heroic captain Neil Gill still in the middle on 66 from 41 balls having cleared the rope with four of his eight boundaries.

But, much to the relief of Waringstown players and supporters, they have finally come out on the right side of a close result and avoided a third straight Premier League defeat.

Dennison, after three failures for the Knights in the North West last week, was back to his superb club form, top scoring with 67 and in another coincidence, his skipper Greg Thompson (55) was the other player to score a half century, just as both had done in the losing cup tie.

The unlikely leaders of the Premier League after four rounds are North Down - due to the abandonment of the Carrickfergus-Instonians clash, 14 overs into the second innings.

Alastair Shields hit 86 for the Comber side in their total of 225 for eight at Wallace Park and set a revised target of 212 in 43 overs it needed big-hitting 42 from Mark Berry at No 7 to reduce the victory margin to 61 runs.

The shock of the day came at Stormont where Civil Service North won their first league game, beating CIYMS by 23 runs.

A fifth wicket partnership of 63 between James Kennedy (47) and Aaron Wright (38) doubled CSN's score and they finished their 48 overs on 190-9. More rain reduced CI's target to 173 in 37 overs but the visitors were never in the hunt, all out with 20 balls unused.

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