Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Dampener for Waringstown

Waringstown's hopes of taking a decisive advantage at the top of the Ulster Bank Premier League were dashed by the weather yesterday.

Their game at North Down was the last to be postponed, just before 3.30pm, and completed a total wash-out in the NCU. The Villagers remain four points clear at the top with four games to play, although Instonians in second place have a match in hand.

Say what you like about the Wallace Park pitch but it has produced some exciting, low-scoring matches this season.

Not for the first time, Lisburn won a match they had no right to win as captain Greg Thompson took the last two CIYMS wickets with the fourth and fifth balls of the last over to give the home side a dramatic two runs victory.

Stephen Hughes was stumped by Derrick McCann and No 11 Alan Taggart bowled first ball as CI were bowled out for 133. Lisburn were 60 for six with ducks for Gerry Strydom, Craig Ervine and Thompson but there is usually someone in the lower-middle order who gets them out of the mire and on Saturday it was David Simpson with 46, dominating the seventh wicket stand of 35 with McCann (9) and then sharing an eighth wicket partnership of 38 with Richard McConkey. Crucially Lisburn’s last two wickets added two runs.

In the only other PL game to beat the weather, it was the end of the line for Bangor on Saturday, relegated to Section One with two games to spare after their seven wickets defeat by Carrickfergus.

Downpatrick missed the chance to confirm they would replace the Seasiders in the top flight next season after a shock four runs defeat to Cooke Collegians.

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