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Villagers bounce back to defeat CI

By Ian Callender

The last two unbeaten records in the Ulster Bank Premier League fell on Saturday with Instonians losing to Civil Service North and CIYMS succumbing to Waringstown.

It was a superb comeback by the Villagers who had suffered their first defeat the previous evening, when Instonians professional Fahad Iqbal took four wickets in four balls in the last over of their 20-over game at Shaw's Bridge and then finished off the innings next ball with a run-out to give his side a remarkable 12 runs win.

But CI, handicapped by the absence of the injured James Cameron-Dow and with Nigel Jones unable to bowl because of his injured hand, just didn't have the resources to defend an inadequate 148, with James Hall scoring exactly half of those runs himself in Waringstown's six wickets victory. The match-winners for the visitors, however, were Phil Eaglestone, James Mitchell and Kyle McCallan who took seven of the wickets as CI slumped to 107 for eight with every batsman getting off the mark but only Rassie van der Dussen (61) scoring more than seven!

The top four teams have now all lost one - after Mansoor Amjad and Wayne Horwood both scored 50s in CSN's 209 on their way to a shock 72 runs win at Stormont.

As a result, North Down, who meet Waringstown at The Lawn in a rearranged 50 overs game next Saturday, are still firmly in the mix after a nine wickets hammering of Lisburn, Pieter Malan and Andrew Sutherland both making unbeaten half centuries as they passed the home side's 136 in the 28th over.

Lisburn still have Carrickfergus below them in the table, last year's Section One champions still without a point after losing at home to Ballymena by seven wickets as Azeem Ghumman (92 not out) and James Kennedy (68 not out) timed the chase to perfection.

In the North West, there are already six points (three wins) between third and fourth place in the Premiership with Coleraine, Donemana and Brigade set to be the only title contenders. Coleraine, with a two points advantage, enjoyed the biggest win on Saturday, by 185 runs as defending champions Strabane were bowled out for 92.

Brigade had it nearly as easy against St Johnston but they lost three wickets chasing just 79 for victory, while Donemana won the dress rehearsal for the Senior Cup final at the end of the month by three wickets.

It wasn't quite so close as the margin suggests as Donemana, needing 216, lost three wickets after getting to 200 and still had almost 19 overs to spare when they won.

Ardmore chased 192 to beat Bready by four wickets with Decker Curry finishing 60 not out.

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