CIYMS continue their remarkable run with seven-wicket victory in meeting of big two
The CIYMS bandwagon rolls on - and shows no sign of slowing down. Victory by seven wickets over Waringstown in the Big Two clash at Belmont yesterday was their fifth in the Premier League this season and a remarkable 18th without defeat since the opening day of last season.
As if to prove that their powerful batting order is totally flexible, Jacob Mulder was promoted to No 3 yesterday and the Ireland international finished 59 not out as CI coasted to their modest 149 target with more than eight overs to spare.
For Waringstown, it was a second hammer blow in successive days after the holders lost at home to Instonians in the Challenge Cup on Saturday.
They will be disappointed by their fielding efforts yesterday, with John Matchett dropped twice in successive overs and, more importantly, Nigel Jones was missed at the wicket when only four.
The captain went on to make 25 but even his exit in the 18th over, caught at long-on off Greg Thompson's second ball, only let in Obus Pienaar and the South African kept Mulder company in a unbroken stand of 70, this time without the sniff of a chance.
Mulder strode to the wicket in the sixth over after Chris Dougherty was caught behind for three.
But the most successful teams do not rely on one batsmen and in this CI team, the next batsman is always ready to take up the mantle.
Much like the bowling attack where Jones is spoilt for choice - and Mark Adair was absent yesterday.
Allen Coulter, as he has done so often, made the early breakthrough, dismissing Adam Dennison and James Hall in his first four overs and with James McCollum, like Adair, missing on Ireland duty, Waringstown were in early trouble.
Lee Nelson provided the backbone to the innings with 44 from 100 balls, but the highest stand was 37 for the fifth wicket with Habib Azam who hit three fours and a six in his 23.
James Cameron-Dow and Obus Pienaar equally shared six of the wickets and Jones was still able to call on Trevor Britton in the 34th of the 40 overs and his fourth spinner finished the innings with two wickets.
The euphoria of Instonians' cup success failed to last 24 hours as they were bowled out for 141 and a 26 runs defeat by Civil Service North.
Andrew White and James Shannon should have strengthened the side but both were out in the space of 10 balls in an Instonians collapse which saw them go from 63-1 to 67-5.
As they were chasing a revised target of 169, it was virtually mission impossible and only Robert McKinley could make any inroads as Matthew Foster finished with four wickets.
Gary Wilson captained CSN yesterday on the eve of Ireland's first one-day international against Zimbabwe and finished second top scorer, behind Mark Ellison, with 28 as the visitors finished on 164-8 in 39 overs.
Belmont: Waringstown 148 (39.4 overs, L Nelson 44, H Azam 23, K McCallan 23; O Pienaar 3-22, J Cameron-Dow 3-29, A Coulter 2-16, T Britton 2-21) CIYMS 149-3 (31.4 overs, J Mulder 59 not out, O Pienaar 30 not out, J Matchett 26, N Jones 25). CIYMS won by 7 wickets (DLS).
Shaw's Bridge: Civil Service North 164-8 (39 overs) M Ellison 37, G Wilson 28, A Cowden 25 not out, B Adair 25; J Magee 2-22, A White 2-22, J Hunter 2-29, B Rose 2-38) Instonians 141 (34.5 overs, M Commins 29, R McKinley 26; M Foster 4-17, G MCarter 2-20, B Adair 2-24). Civil Service North won by 27 runs (DLS).
Moylena: Carrickfergus 174 (47.2 overs, C van der Walt 51, J Snyman 34, H Warke 22; F Iqbal 3-28, K Rajavalu 2-29, A Adey 2-33, P Khartik 2-35) Muckamore 178-8 (48.4 overs, D Miller 46, F Iqbal 31, S Lazars 28 not out; J Snyman 3-19, M McCord 2-22). Muckamore won by 2 wickets.