CIYMS have found a new No.3 batsman. James Cameron-Dow has been filling in for international Mark Adair this season and he scaled the heights yesterday to book the Gallagher Challenge Cup holders’ place in the semi-finals.
Cameron-Dow had already passed his previous best score of 59 this season but against Woodvale he hit his first century as CIYMS posted 240, bowled out off the last ball of their 50 overs.
He then starred with the ball, taking two wickets, and also ran out the unlucky Ruhan Pretorius, a ball driven back which JCD, the bowler, deflected onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end.
Pretorius was offering Woodvale’s only resistance after they lost their first three wickets for 28, but even after that the next best home score was 18.
Cameron-Dow, who hit nine fours and three sixes in his marathon 130-ball innings, was well backed up in stands of 57 by skipper Nigel Jones and 95 by David Miller and in the bowling, Chris Robinson bowled his 10 overs straight through at the start of the Woodvale innings, picking up two wickets, as did Jason van der Merwe in his first bowl of the season.
CI had to take only nine wickets because of an unfortunate injury to Woodvale skipper Stephen Bunting, who dislocated his shoulder when fielding.
The Challenge Cup has been in the Belmont clubhouse for the last two years because the competition did not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic but beaten finalists Instonians are also safely into this week’s semi-final draw.
They had the banana skin of going to the Cregagh Sports Memorial Ground to take on the Section One side but eased to an eight-wicket victory.
Ben Rose took five wickets as Cregagh were dismissed for 215 and an unbeaten partnership of 146 between James Hunter and Nikolai Smith saw the struggling Premiership side home with more than five overs to spare.
Hunter finished 86 not out after facing 123 balls while Smith scored an almost run-a-ball 70.
There was no luck either for the other Section One team in the quarter-finals with leaders Derriaghy determined to have a good time as underdogs against Civil Service North at Stormont.
After CSN piled up 285 for seven, with Ross Adair scoring 11 from 103 balls with 12 fours, Derriaghy were never going to die wondering and batted just 19.5 overs, while totalling 107.
The damage was done in the first five overs, as they crashed to 16 for four with three wickets for Matthew Foster and one for Luke Georgeson. In the end, they bowled throughout the innings, both sealing five-wicket hauls.
There was also a five-for at Wallace Park as North Down completed the last-four line-up. Ryan Haire needed just 8.2 overs to rip through the lower-middle Lisburn order and bowl them out for 155, which the visitors knocked off in the 27th over.
No prizes for guessing who scored the most runs, opener Ani Chore following up his 140 not out in their league win over Lisburn with another 69 not out.
Yesterday’s scores, Ballygomartin Road: CIYMS 240 (50 overs, J Cameron-Dow 104,D Miller 40, N Jones 34; R Pretorius 4-28; P Karthik 4-53) Woodvale 150 (39.3 overs, R Pretorius 53; C Robinson 2-21, J Cameron-Dow 2-25, J van der Merwe 2-28). CIYMS won by 90 runs.
Stormont: Civil Service North 285-7 (R Adair 111, A Johnston 47, C McMorran 37, A Cowden 23 not out, L Georgeson 20; M Stinson 2-38, R Bailey 2-52, J Wade 2-57) Derriaghy 107 (19.5 overs, M Stinston 34, D Fuzzard 24, N Adams 21; L Georgeson 5-40, M Foster 5-63). Civil Service North won by 178 runs.
Wallace Park: Lisburn 155 (43.2 overs, R Rankin 58, A Berry 26, M Humphreys 23; R Haire 5-23, P Eakin 2-32, C Robinson 2-35) North Down 157-1 (26.2 overs, A Chore 69 not out, A Shields 46, G Maneeshan 34 not out). North Down won by 9 wickets.
Gibson Park Avenue: Cregagh 215 (49 overs, J Hunter 65, C Boultwood 32, R Boultwood 22; B Rose 5-53, A White 2-35) Instonians 218-2 (44.2 overs, J Hunter 86 not out, N Smith 70 not out, J Dickson 30, O Metcalfe 23). Instonians won by 8 wickets.