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Cricket: Wrecker Decker banned by Limavady

Decker Curry has been banned by Limavady for their next two Bob Kerr Irish Cup matches after wrecking the stumps following his dismissal in Saturday’s abandoned game against Instonians.

Curry, the 44-year-old former Ireland international, was given out to the first ball of the match, caught by Andrew White |(pictured) at slip, but despite the batsman’s protests that the ball did not carry to the fielder on the full, the umpire agreed with the fielding side and gave him out.

Curry later apologised for knocking over the stumps as he left the middle and played in yesterday’s ClubTurf Ulster Cup game against Carrickfergus, but after the match the club disciplined their former captain.

The incident, however, was overshadowed by an alleged assault on White by a Limavady player during the tea interval.

That resulted in Instonians not taking the field at the scheduled resumption, at 4.20pm, but after talks with umpires Colin McClelland and Noel Ward, the batsmen, John Stevenson and James Shannon, finally walked to the wicket to resume their innings at 4.52pm, with Instonians making it clear they were playing under protest.

However, before a ball was bowled, the umpires lifted the stumps and abandoned the game, with Limavady refusing to play under those conditions. According to home captain Andrew Riddles, Instonians were awaiting a phone call from Cricket Ireland and with the possibility of the match not being completed, he saw no point in restarting it.

The umpires’ report, meanwhile, has been sent to the tournament referee, Gerry Byrne, and it is now likely a Cricket Ireland committee will decide who goes through to the quarter finals.

Following’s Curry’s first ball dismissal, Limavady collapsed to 155 all out and Instonians were 27 for one at the interval.

The Roesiders are the soleNorth West team in the semi-finals of the Ulster Cup after the only game completed on the field.

They bowled out an under-strength Carrickfergus team yesterday for 52 — Ross Gelderbloem scored 24, the next best score was four — and won by nine wickets. Curry took one wicket in his only over but didn’t bat.

The other Ulster Cup quarter finals were all decided by bowl-outs. The most exciting was at Shaw’s Bridge where Ben Adair actually hit the stumps with Civil Service North’s ninth delivery but the bails didn’t come off!

That would have given the Stormont side a 5-4 victory but Instonians captain Eugene Moleon hit with the next one, Colin Andrews then missed for CSN so Instonians went through 5-4.

North Down beat Fox Lodge 3-2 but Kyle McCallan was the only bowler to hit in Waringstown’s victory over Glendermott.

In the semi-final draw, Limavady managed to avoid Instonians — but only just! The North West side followed the Belfast side out of the hat but Instonians are away to Waringstown in the first game and Limavady at home to North Down in the second of the games to be played on July 24.

In the Ulster Bank Premier League on Saturday, North Down and Lisburn became the first teams to win four matches this season with victories over Ballymena and Carrickfergus respectively.

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