Simpson sends CI flops to Cup exit
CIYMS lost their third game in a row in three different competitions to crash out of the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup.
The disappointing batting flopped again to leave Lisburn with a total of just 138 to reach the quarter finals and they needed only 35 overs to win the match by six wickets, with new professional Darryl Brown finally finding some form and finishing 47 not out from 78 balls.
Lisburn immediately found out that they will be at home again in the next round, against holders Waringstown, who have already won at Wallace Park in the league this season.
A miserable five days for the Belmont club started with defeat to Civil Service North in the NCU’s Twenty20 Cup, when they were bowled out for 85. On Saturday, they managed only 150 on their home pitch in the league game against Waringstown and yesterday Jeremy Bray, not for the first time this season, was top scorer.
However, by the time he was out, for just 24, Bray had a hamstring injury and early indications are that he will probably be out for at least two weeks, so will definitely miss Saturday’s Ulster Cup tie at home to Coleraine and even the Irish Cup trip to The Hills, one of is former clubs, the following week.
It was Lisburn captain David Simpson who led from the front, ripping through the high-profile top order batting and taking the first five wickets with the total on 54. After that it was just about getting respectability and trying to bat out the overs. They just about managed the former but failed by nine in the latter.
In the other quarter final ties next month, North Down will return to Downpatrick, scene of two of their six cup final successess in the Noughties, after an unbeaten 62, from just 55 balls with 11 fours, by James Magowan eased the Strangford Road side to a six wickets success at Bangor.
Muckamore’s victory by the same margin over Cliftonville earned them an away tie against Lurgan who hammered Holywood in the other rearranged tie yesterday, guaranteeing a Section One team in the last four.
The runs flowed at Pollock Park all weekend — 1,140 in the two games between the teams — but the visitors came out on the wrong side of both, yesterday by the emphatic margin of 179 runs, with 154 coming from the bat of Niranjan Godbole and a first ever senior century for 16-year-old James McCollum.
Civil Service North will be at home to Instonians in the other quarter final and that promises to be an intriguing battle now that Griffin Nieuwoudt has announced his arrival as professional at Stormont.
On Saturday, in an awesome display of power hitting, he scored 113 not out from just 76 balls with seven fours and 10 sixes, one of which cleared the garage forecourt and went onto the Middle Road in their nine wickets demolition of Carrickfergus.
Yesterday, CSN stormed into the second round of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup with an equally convincing victory over Phoenix. Nieuwoudt was out for 90 but captain Nigel Jones added 112 to his unbeaten 80 on Saturday and next it’s a home tie with Derriaghy.