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CIYMS skipper Jones raps Carrick 'time-wasters'

By Ian Callender

CIYMS captain Nigel Jones has accused Carrickfergus of "deliberate and blatant time-wasting" in their AJG Challenge Cup semi-final on Saturday when CI finished just six runs short of victory when the match was abandoned by rain.

It was the sixth interruption of a frustrating stop-start day and while Jones admitted his side should have showed more aggression from the start in their straightforward chase of 69 from 21 overs, he was disappointed that the umpires didn't intervene.

"The last 20-30 minutes of play was unacceptable, in my opinion," said Jones.

"Deliberate and blatant time-wasting ball by ball, over after over, should result in penalty runs. Three warnings equals six runs and every warning after that six more runs. We penalise for slow over rates when teams are trying and yet we do nothing when deliberate time-wasting is happening, which can impact on a result."

Waiting in the final for the winners are Civil Service North who produced the performance of the season so far to knock out hot favourites Waringstown.

Set 194 to win in 33 overs, in a game of four interruptions, CSN reached their target with 32 balls to spare, Mansoor Amjad scoring 71 not out and Shane Getkate storming to the finish with an unbeaten 46 from 29 Their unbeaten fourth wicket stand of 97 took just 58 balls.

AJG Challenge Cup semi-finals:

At The Lawn, Civil Service North (set 194 in 33 overs) beat Waringstown by 7 wickets Waringstown 188-6 (A Dennison 41, J McCollum 33, D Dawson 32 not out, K McCallan 20 not out; J van der Merwe 2-47) Civil Service North 195-3 (27.4 overs, M Amjad 71 not out, S Getkate 46 not out, A Cowden 29, J van der Merwe 24).

At Belmont, CIYMS (set 69 in 21 overs) v Carrickfergus, abandoned

Carrickfergus 98-7 (34 overs, M Armstrong 28 not out; J Kemp 3-18, J Thompson 3-22) CIYMS 63-1 (13.2 overs, C Dougherty 41 not out).

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