Matchett the difference as CI make light work of Lisburn
CIYMS needed only five of their regular starting XI to win their first match of a busy weekend and move within eight points of the Robinson Services Premier League title.
The defending champions were without Mark Adair, James Cameron-Dow and Jacob Mulder, plus Allen Coulter and Ryan Hunter but still eased to a nine wickets victory over a Lisburn side missing the experience of the Strydom brothers and professional Darren Stevens.
CI could still field a five-man bowling attack led by skipper Nigel Jones and backed up by David Robinson, Jason van der Merwe, Trevor Britton and John Matchett, good enough to restrict the visitors to 102-6 in their 20 overs.
Matchett, as he has done so often recently, then led the way with the bat, finishing 51 not out, with five fours and two sixes. He shared an opening stand of 92 in 13 overs with regular partner Chris Dougherty who hit three fours and three sixes in his 47 and six balls later it was all over.
This was Lisburn's last game of the season and now they can only wait and hope that Muckamore or Instonians win only one of their last eight games; Muckamore, level on points with Lisburn but with an inferior run rate have three left, Instonians, have six, and the teams meet at Moylena tomorrow morning.
While Jones took the first two Lisburn wickets, it was Britton who proved virtually unplayable, the off spinner finishing with 4-10 from his four overs.
Meanwhile, half centuries from Mitchell Thompson and Alistair Frost ensured Ireland Academy batted out a rain-interrupted final day to their four-day game against Gloucestershire 2nd XI in Bristol.
Starting the final day with a lead of just 26, Dubliner Thompson and Zimbabwe Under-19 international Frost added 96 before they were parted and although Nathan McGuire and Neil Rock followed cheaply, Thompson and Graham Hume were still together when stumps were drawn, Thompson having batted for three and a half hours.
ROBINSON SERVICES PREMIER LEAGUE
Belmont: Lisburn 102-6 (C Atkinson 20 not out, R Simpson 20; T Britton 4-10, N Jones 2-20) CIYMS 103-1 (13.5 overs, J Matchett 51 not out, C Dougherty 47 not out). CIYMS won by 9 wickets.
Bristol CC: Ireland Academy 289 (N Rock 57, C McLoughlin-Gavin 51, G Hume 47, N McGuire 34, M Thompson 34; M Taylor 5-30) and 235-7 (M Thompson 69 not out, A Frost 50, J Tector 44, R Allen 31; J Shaw 3-43) Gloucestershire 2nd XI 371 (G Roderick 83, B Charlesworth 77, T Price 77 M Taylor 50; G Hume 3-45, M Thompson 3-64). Match drawn.