Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Instonians face hectic cricket schedule

It may be the second half of August but, remarkably, Instonians have still to play almost half of their 14-match Premier League programme.

With six matches remaining, the Shaw's Bridge side have played two less than everyone else but, as they are only 12 points behind leaders Waringstown, last year's joint champions are still on course to keep their duel going until the last day of the season.

Instonians, who are keen to complete their fixtures before professional Imad Wasim returns home, are hoping to play all six in the next 13 days, starting tonight when they will be expected to move four points closer to the top by beating basement side Muckamore in a rearranged 20 overs game at Moylena (5pm).

And with seventh place Ballymena next up on Saturday, Neil Russell's team should be perfectly placed for a title challenge.

Their home game against Waringstown was due to be the last game of the season but the teams' meeting at The Lawn, postponed due to a clash, has now been confirmed for Sunday, August 31.

Indeed it could be a hectic final weekend for Inst as their outstanding game at home to North Down, also now a Twenty20, has been set for Friday, August 29.

It is actually 24 days since Inst last played a league game because Saturday's game at Lisburn was postponed following the death of Jim Simpson and that is set to take place next Monday, a 35-over game starting at 2.30pm.

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