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Stevie Dunn is a doubt for final after fracas

By Ian Callender

Published 20/07/2015

Red mist: Stevie Dunn was involved in an argument against Carrickfergus and may miss the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup final
Red mist: Stevie Dunn was involved in an argument against Carrickfergus and may miss the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup final

Stevie Dunn may miss the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup final after being reported for a disciplinary offence during CIYMS' shock defeat to Carrickfergus on Saturday.

The CI opening bowler was involved in a heated clash with Carrick's top scorer Jamie Holmes after he faced a full toss bowled by Arvind Shetty.

Dunn believed it was a deliberate beamer and although the bowler quickly apologised, Holmes joined in the argument and the two players came face-to-face and had to be broken up by the umpire.

Both players were reported after the match by officials but with Dunn already serving a suspended sentence for a previous offence, if found guilty by the NCU's disciplinary committee then he could be at risk of missing the glamour occasion of the NCU season.

CI are due to play two Premier League games next weekend, against Civil Service North and their cup final opponents, Instonians, so depending on when his case his heard, Dunn could be available for the final if he gets a two-match ban - assuming both games are played.

Dunn is becoming an increasingly important member of the CI squad in the absence of James Cameron Dow and Nigel Jones' injury problems.

The good news for the Belmont side, however, is that Cameron Dow is due back for next weekend's double header and Jones should be okay for the final, if he doesn't bowl in the league games.

The former Ireland international bowled 10 overs off the reel, despite a strapped right hand, against Ballymena on Friday and then opened the bowling against Carrick but after three overs for 19 had to admit defeat and it didn't get any better for CI as Holmes (98) and John Ring (40) put on 129 for the fourth wicket to help the visitors to 248 for seven.

CIYMS were set a revised target of 241 in 47 overs and when Chris Dougherty (43) and Rassie Van der Dussen (79) put on 133 for the first wicket it looked a formality for the title challengers but Indrajeet Kamtekar took three wickets in an over to reduce them to 145 for four and when the umpires halted play after 42 overs because of rain, CI were seven runs short of the DLS par score.

It was Carrick's first win of the season at their seventh attempt, but they are now level with Lisburn, whose game at Waringstown was abandoned after just 10 overs - so they have played two games less - and just four points behind Ballymena who lost to Civil Service North by 46 runs.

Defending champions Instonians lost their second game, to North Down - another rain-interrupted affair - by 12 runs, despite needing just 165 from 32 overs.

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