Matchett and Dougherty keep CIYMS in hunt for a quadruple
CIYMS remain on course for a four-trophy haul after adding the All-Ireland T20 crown to their Challenge Cup and NCU T20 titles yesterday.
Openers John Matchett and Chris Dougherty scored 218 runs before being parted after completing a 10 wickets victory in the semi-final crushing of Donemana and then added a century partnership in the final against Malahide.
Although both were dismissed in the space of nine balls - Matchett after completing a 36-ball 50 and Dougherty falling just three runs short of the personal landmark - the target of 140 was comfortably within reach.
Mark Adair all but made sure with two sixes in the 17th over and Jason van der Merwe with the sixth maximum of the innings won the final with 10 balls to spare.
Adair is unable to bowl this week - he will be a specialist batsman for the Northern Knights - and CI skipper Nigel Jones had to use John Matchett as a sixth bowler as Allen Coulter is ruled out, probably for the rest of the season, with a hamstring injury.
However, only Jones conceded more than eight runs an over and with James Cameron Dow finishing his four overs with 2-18, Malahide were restricted to 139-6.
Matt Ford, the one Leinster Lightning batsman in the team, was out cheaply in both the semi-final win against Cork County and again in the final but brother Greg and Damien Mortimer put on half century stands in both games.
It wasn't enough in the final as CIYMS powered home, with Jones not even bothering to pad up, Adair his specialist No 3 in case of any early problems. On the day there were none and after their latest Premier League win on Saturday, they are hot favourites to retain that trophy.
They moved clear at the top despite being set a victory target of 247 by Civil Service North. CSN's third wicket stand of 198, between Andre Malan (106) and Gary Wilson (93), was the second highest of the campaign but CI responded like champions with Matchett scoring 85 and Obus Pienaar exactlyh 100 as they won with eight overs to spare.
Woodvale are still favourites to be in the top flight next season but a seven runs defeat to Ballymena yesterday means they must beat Cregagh in one of their back to back games next weekend to clinch the Section One title.
ALL-IREAND T20 SEMI-FINALS - Stormont: Cork County 130-7 (B Kruger 42; J Newland 2-25, K Donnelly 2-30) Malahide 131-3 (16.4 overs, G Ford 39 not out, D Mortimer 31 not out, A Reynolds 28; D Carey 3-15). Malahide won by 7 wickets.
Belmont: Donemana 116-9 (A McBrine 52, A Riddles 22; J Cameron-Dow 4-10, J Mulder 3-18) CIYMS 117-0 (15 overs, J Matchett 82 not out, C Dougherty 31 not out). CIYMS won by 10 wickets.