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Dougherty denied by rain but CI storm into last eight


By Ian Callender

Chris Dougherty was denied a deserved century by the rain in yesterday's Irish Cup tie at Belmont but he was still able to celebrate as CIYMS reached the quarter-finals.

When the weather, which forced the abandonment of all three ties in the North West, brought the game to a premature conclusion, Dougherty was 93 not out but CI were four runs in front of the par score.

It should have been much more comfortable for CI as Dougherty and Ryan Hunter had put on 127 for the second wicket and although they lost Hunter and Jason van der Merwe in the same over, the NCU side needed only 52 from the last eight overs.

But, in the end, it was a boundary from skipper Nigel Jones that kept CI in front and leave YMCA, who had received a first round bye after reaching last year's semi-final, still waiting for their first win of the season.

CI had bowled out their visitors off the last ball of the innings for 226 with Jones and Jacob Mulder sharing six wickets.

At the other end of Belfast's Outer Ring, Instonians, last year's other beaten semi-finalists, started their campaign with a crushing 96 runs victory over Brigade, whose season is in disarray after league defeats to Donemana and Coleraine.

On another day to forget for the Beechgrove side, they took only two wickets as Instonians scored 203 in 38 overs and were then bowled out for just 107 in 23 overs.

Northern Knight Robert McKinley did the damage, finishing with figures of 6-1-7-5 as Brigade crashed to 59 for five and only a late flurry by Colin Dixon (41 off 36 balls with three fours and three sixes) got the visitors into three figures.

Andrew White and Nikolai Smith had bettered the Brigade total in their second wicket stand of 113, after the early loss of James Shannon, White finishing 86 not out from 91 balls.

The third NCU side into the last eight is North Down who were eight runs ahead of Phoenix when the rain arrived at Comber.

Ruhan Pretorius was the main man for North Down, with 91 not out from 77 balls.

The two NCU sides to go out were Lisburn, unexpectedly, at home to Balbriggan and not so surprisingly, Muckamore at holders Merrion for whom professional Jamie Brown hit a century and took four wickets.

The three abandoned fixtures will now be reversed and played next Sunday.

Irish Cup 2nd round

At Belmont, CIYMS beat YMCA by 4 runs (DLS) :YMCA 226 (50 overs, S Singh 66, J Tector 31, O Gunning 27, T Fisher 26, Y Kashyap 22; N Jones 3-31, J Mulder 3-44) CIYMS 173-3 (40.2 overs, C Dougherty 93 not out, R Hunter 50).

At Wallace Park, Balbriggan beat Lisburn by 5 wickets: Lisburn 189-9 (45 overs, D Simpson 41, M Berry 37, G Koopman 31, A Berry 21; E Ahmed 2-23, K Ali 2-25, F Nasar 2-34, D Harper 2-37) Balbriggan 190-5 (38.2 overs, C Fletcher 70, F Nasar 67, T McGrath 29; Neil Doak 2-41).

At Shaw's Bridge, Instonians beat Brigade (set 222 in 36 overs) by 114 runs (DLS): Instonians 203-2 (38 overs, A White 86 not out, Nik Smith 53, S Getkate 30 not out) Brigade 107 (23.4 overs, C Dixon 41, J Thompson 30; R McKinley 5-7, Nat Smith 2-31).

At The Green, North Down beat Phoenix by 8 runs (DLS): Phoenix 226 (43 overs, R Strydom 109, A Karvelas 36, T Anders 24; R Pretorius 2-36, P Davison 2-44) North Down 187-3 (36.1 overs, R Pretorius 91 not out, D Graham 47; B White 2-44).

At Anglesea Road, Merrion beat Muckamore (set 227 in 31 overs) by 74 runs (DLS): Merrion 260-5 (42 overs, J Brown 124) Muckamore 152 (30 overs).

At The Holm: Donemana 6-0 v The Hills. Abandoned

At Sandel Lodge: Waringstown 97-3 (28.3 overs, J Hall 56 not out, G Thompson 25 not out) v Coleraine. Abandoned.

At Magheramason: Bready 33-1 (11.4 overs) v Pembroke. Abandoned

•  India crushed shambolic South Africa by eight wickets at The Oval to reach the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.

World number ones South Africa, who are eliminated, suffered three run-outs in a collapse of eight wickets for 51 runs to be bowled out for 191.

Shikhar Dhawan made 78 and Virat Kohli 76 not out as India raced to their target with 12 overs to spare. India join England and Bangladesh in the last four, with Sri Lanka meeting Pakistan today for the final spot.

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