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North Down pay the penalty against Waringstown

 

By Ian Callender

North Down's hopes of a surprise victory over NCU Premier League favourites Waringstown were dashed by the umpires on Saturday as they intervened to halt the match and hand the visitors 24 penalty runs.

With Waringstown needing six runs to win from the final four overs with three wickets in hand, Howard Bingham and Alan Neill called time on the innings as the three hours and 20 minutes playing time had elapsed, with only 46 of the 50 overs bowled.

The rules state that it is a six-run penalty for every over a team hasn't bowled in the permitted time so Waringstown, chasing 244, were propelled to 262 for seven and a three wickets victory.

New North Down professional Ruhan Pretorius top scored against his former team with 72 and took two for 36 in his 10 overs but an opening stand of 97 between James Hall (70) and Adam Dennison (42) put Waringstown in control until time ran out for the Comber side.

CIYMS won the game of the day against defending champions Instonians by three wickets with their South African professional Matt McGillivray making an instant impression.

After taking one for 20 in his 10 overs with accurate swing bowling as the home side were bowled out for 148, he hit a six and two fours off his first five balls and won the match when he brought up his 50 with his sixth four in the 38th over. James Shannon top scored for Instonians with 32 with 14-year-old James Hunter as impressive as anyone in the team, making 28.

Carrickfergus, last year's runners-up, needed a last wicket stand of 11 to get past Muckamore's 194 at Middle Road. Daniel Poulton, their Irish-qualified South African scored all 11 to finish 80 not out after taking 2-29, which was bettered only by Alex Haggan's 3-16.

Lisburn recovered from 42-5 to total 227 thanks to half centuries from numbers six, seven and eight, Davy Simpson (61), Glenn Halliday (51) and Mark Berry (69) and with Berry following up with 4-29, it proved enough by 48 runs. Top scorer for CSN was new signing Arron Wright with 37.

In Section One, 21-year-old Ryan Smyth played the first contender for innings of the season, a sensational 249 not out including 25 fours and 10 sixes, in Downpatrick's 359 for six against Bangor. The Strangford side were 61 for five when Smyth took over, dominating a sixth wicket stand of 214 with Chris Martin who scored 51.

Ireland squad member Mark Adair made a surprise appearance for Holywood and ensured his home side's progress into the first round of the AJG Challenge Cup where they will be at home to Woodvale. The Warwickshire professional, batting at number four, scored 92 not out as Holywood chased down Cliftonville's 195 with 12 overs to spare.

Lurgan won the other cup tie, beating Academy by five wickets to earn an away trip to Downpatrick.

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