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Matchett ineligibility sends CIYMS out of cup



Big name: Peter Shields helped North Down beat Ballymena II

Big name: Peter Shields helped North Down beat Ballymena II

Big name: Peter Shields helped North Down beat Ballymena II

CIYMS II completed the first round of action in this year's GMcC Junior Cup with victory over Monaghan on Sunday, but they have now been kicked out of the competition.

John Matchett scored 132 in the 136 runs victory but, having played twice in the Inter-provincial Championship for Northern Knights last season, he could not play in the competition, so once he took the field, CIYMS had fielded an ineligible player.

The relevant competition rule states that if a player has played two first-class matches recently, they cannot play in the Junior Cup, and with the Championship having been given first-class status in 2017, Matchett made his debut against Leinster Lightning at Stormont in the Knights' second match, and appeared again in the reverse fixture at Castle Avenue in September.

A club can ask for special dispensation to field certain players - at one stage CI had only 10 players - but no request came from the Belmont club.

It means Monaghan will take their place in this weekend's second round and, much to the delight of opponents Ballymena, they have given up home advantage. One second round game has been put back to Sunday because Carrickfergus have a home game in the Premier League on Saturday, their 2nd XI will host Dunmurry 24 hours later and Waringstown II have switched their game against Cliftonville Academy to the Castle Grounds.

Full second draw: Templepatrick v Saintfield, CIYMS II or Monaghan v Ballymena, Dundrum v Victoria, Muckamore II v Lisburn II, Carrickfergus II v Dunmurry, Donaghadee v Instonians II, Ards v Drumaness, Waringstown II v Cliftonville Academy (Castle Grounds).

There were plenty of familiar names playing in the Intermediate Cup last Saturday, with former 1st XI captain Peter Shields and sexagenarian Billy Dale helping North Down to a 122 runs win over Ballymena II; Paul Tate playing his role in Downpatrick II's four wickets victory over Armagh II; and Phil McCormick, who started the season as 1st XI captain at Seapark, hit 64 for Holywood II in their defeat to Donaghcloney Mill.

Most exciting finish of the day was at Moylena, where David Allen survived the last ball of the match to give Muckamore III, with nine wickets down, victory over Woodvale II on fewer wickets lost. They will be at home again, to Laurelvale II, the Minor (Lindsay) Cup holders, in the second round on June 23.

Belfast Telegraph