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Getkate's century in vain as Shields leads by example for North Down

 

Pointing way: Ally Shields hit an unbeaten 89 in victory
Pointing way: Ally Shields hit an unbeaten 89 in victory

By Ian Callender

Ireland international Shane Getkate scored a superb century but still finished on the losing side in last night's Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup tie at The Green.

The Instonians all-rounder hit 111 from 58 balls, with five fours and 10 sixes, but North Down skipper Ally Shields led his side to a seven-wicket win with an undefeated 89 off 46 balls, finishing the match with his sixth six.

Instonians will be without their captain, Andrew White, today - Jordan McClurkin leads the side - when they visit Waringstown for the first of back-to-back Premier League games, with their first home match of the season to follow tomorrow against newly-promoted Lisburn.

Lisburn, who host Muckamore today, had the toughest possible start last Saturday on their return to the big time, but they did not disgrace themselves against champions CIYMS and, indeed, showed enough promise to give their supporters plenty of encouragement that they will enjoy more than the two wins they managed in 2017.

The Lisburn players will also remember that it was at Shaw's Bridge they recorded their last Premier League win, with then professional Gionne Koopman scoring a century and Neil Doak taking six wickets.

Neither will be available tomorrow but Faiz Fazal, their Indian overseas player this year, looked good on his debut in making 25 from 41 balls, and once he gets adjusted to the soft pitches here should enjoy a good season.

His medium-pace bowling also took three wickets in the space of 13 balls to force the champions into a seventh-wicket partnership to win the match.

CIYMS, who enjoyed themselves in T20 action on Thursday night, scoring at 11 runs an over in their victory over Carrickfergus, host North Down today and travel to Muckamore tomorrow with Obus Pienaar the man both sides will want to get out early.

Lisburn's Mark Berry managed it on Monday in the T20 game when he had him caught for 13, but either side of that Pienaar has scored 184 runs without being dismissed.

Muckamore, however, should give them a good test in potentially the match of the weekend. Last Saturday they were on the verge of victory against Waringstown at The Lawn only to lose their last three wickets for four runs when they needed eight.

The other Premier League game today is at Middle Road where Carrickfergus will look to follow up their encouraging opening day win against Civil Service North, who host Waringstown tomorrow.

Last night's scores: The Green: Instonians 183-5 (S Getkate 111, M Commins 29, A White 21; R Pretorius 3-24, C Robinson 2-23) North Down 184-3 (A Shields 89 not out, AJ Moor 36, R Pretorius 21, N Burns 20). North Down won by seven wickets.

Lisburn v Waringstown - no play, abandoned.

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