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CIYMS maintain perfect start ahead of T20 date



Chris Dougherty

Chris Dougherty

Chris Dougherty

CIYMS go marching on. The NCU champions will host Lisburn in the semi-final of the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup after becoming the only team to win their first three games in the Robinson Services League Cup.

A total of 122-7 on a difficult pitch at Ballygomartin Road always looked out of reach for newly promoted Woodvale and so it proved as the hosts finished 37 runs short of the DLS par score when rain ended the match 22 balls early.

The first half of both innings settled the contest with CI's opening pair of Chris Dougherty and John Matchett putting on 63 in 10.4 overs - at the same stage, Woodvale were 32-3 in reply.

Dougherty is enjoying a fine run of form, with a second 50 in three innings bringing his tally to 168 in the last week and if Woodvale thought they had done well to restrict CI to 44 in the next nine overs, Allen Coulter would dash that dose of optimism with a four and a six in the last over.

Only Stephen Bunting reached double figures in the Woodvale innings, a run-a-ball 29 with two sixes, but two mad-cap run-outs didn't help their cause before the rain put them out of the misery.

Next up for Woodvale is North Down and Paul Stirling on Saturday.

The Ireland opener will be hoping to make more of an impact than his Scotland counterpart, George Munsey, who has contributed only 10 runs in three innings for Carrickfergus. He has faced just five balls in his last two visits to the middle with Coulter having him caught at slip as CIYMS completed a massive 87 runs win on Saturday.

Coulter and Trevor Britton each took three wickets as Carrick lost their third straight game, bowled out for 79.

Previously unbeaten Woodvale are joined on two wins by Civil Service North, North Down and Waringstown, who all enjoyed equally convincing victories.

Waringstown started Woodvale's miserable weekend by bowling them out for 69, with four wickets for James Mitchell, and James Hall finished the match with a six as they reached their target at the start of 13th over. The only wicket they lost was Adam Dennison to a run out.

With the return of Stirling and Young from next weekend, North Down will fancy themselves for a big finish and they are in a good place after beating Instonians by six wickets.

They were chasing only 78 after Ryan Haire ripped through the middle order for figures of 4-20 and skipper Ally Shields then eased them to victory with an unbeaten 31 off 43 balls.

Mark Ellison posted the highest individual score, carrying his bat for 79 not out in CSN's 154-4 against Lisburn at Stormont. In reply, Robert Rankin scored 43 off 42 balls, including six fours and a six, but the Wallace Park side will be looking forward to having the services of his brother Boyd next week to hopefully restrict the opposition to a chaseable score. On Saturday, Lisburn, still winless, finished on 100-9.

Yesterday's scores: CIYMS 122-7 (C Dougherty 56; T Browne 3-19, S Bunting 2-28) Woodvale 63-7 (16.2 overs, S Bunting 29; K Rajavelu 2-21). CIYMS won by 37 runs (DLS).

Belfast Telegraph