Champions CIYMS tighten grip at summit
CIYMS take a three-week break from Robinson Services Premier League action with their position at the top of the table secure after easing past Carrickfergus in one of only two top-flight games to beat the weather on Saturday.
The Irish Senior Cup and Challenge Cup take centre stage for the next two weekends and after recording four straight wins to start the defence of their title, CI promise to have an even stronger line-up when the league action resumes.
Mark Adair, on international duty, and Trevor Britton, recovering from illness, have not been involved yet but will be available next time, threatening to make their games even more one-sided.
So far the margins of victory have been four wickets (twice), eight wickets and on Saturday five wickets as CI's tried and trusted method of winning the toss, restricting the opposition and then knocking off the runs worked again. The game was reduced to 35 overs after the start was delayed two and a half hours but Carrick could score at only four runs an over, while losing just seven wickets and the champions needed only 24 overs to reach their target.
Early wickets for Nigel Jones and Allen Coulter reduced Carrick to 21-3, including the wicket of professional Jacques Snyman, and David Robinson, Obus Pienaar and Jacob Mulder also picked up a wicket apiece to keep the champions in control.
Indeed, the only unsuccessful bowler (if you can call 11 runs off four overs unsuccessful) was birthday boy James Cameron-Dow, who also missed out on the chance of hitting the winning runs. He watched from the other end, though, as Chris Dougherty, who had just brought up his own 50, finished the match with his sixth boundary.
Carrick had enjoyed three wickets in the first 10 overs but a stand of 89 between Dougherty and Ryan Hunter ensured no panic and another straightforward victory.
Civil Service North won the only other Premier League game to get started, just as comfortably. Rain cut short their chase after 24 overs but they were 43 runs ahead of the par score thanks to Marc Ellison's undefeated 64 and 36 not out off 30 balls from Andre Malan.
Malan, who opened the bowling, also took three wickets including opposite number Fahad Iqbal but after an opening partnership of 76 between David Miller and Aditya Adey, Muckamore lost all 10 wickets for 86.
Belmont: Carrickfergus 141-7 (35 overs, A Haggan 37, J Holmes 27, H Warke 24 not out, C van der Walt 21; A Coulter 2-38, N Jones 2-16) CIYMS 142-5 (C Dougherty 55 not out, R Hunter 44, A Shetty 2-39), CIYMS won by five wickets
Moylena: Muckamore 162 (35 overs, D Miller 55, F Iqbal 38, A Adey 25; A Malan 3-24, M Topping 3-25) CSNI 137-1 (M Ellison 64 not out, A Malan 36 not out, J Kennedy 31). CSN won by 43 runs (DLS).