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Miller steers Muckamore off basement


Key display: David Miller was in inspirational form
Key display: David Miller was in inspirational form

By Ian Callender

Muckamore moved off the bottom of the Robinson Services Premier League table with victory over Lisburn and put the Wallace Park side under pressure to preserve their top flight status.

David Miller, with a 38-ball innings of 52, almost single-handedly steered Muckamore to their victory target of 96 at Moylena yesterday to inflict a second defeat in as many days on last year's Section One champions.

Having lost to North Down by 97 runs on Saturday, Lisburn knew the visit to one of the two teams below them was essentially a must-win game but they could total only 95-9 in their 20 overs, with only the top three making it into double figures.

Indeed, after reaching 39-1 at the start of the seventh over, they just about batted out the overs with new professional Darren Stevens, bowled first ball by Steve Lazars.

Veteran county player Stevens (43) - currently on loan at Derbyshire from Kent for the T20 Blast - has proved a success with the ball and, after taking three wickets at The Green, he followed up yesterday with figures of 1-9 from his four overs, but Lisburn just didn't have enough runs to defend.

Miller brought up his 50 in the 12th over, after dominating an opening stand of 67 in 10 overs with Jamie Rogers (13) and, although he was the second of the four wickets to fall in the space of 19 balls, skipper Neil Gill and Sam Gordon avoided any further scares for a comfortable victory.

Muckamore, now level on points with Lisburn, still have three games to play, while Instonians, after yet another blank weekend, are bottom, four points behind but with six games left.

The relegated team will be replaced next season by Woodvale, who confirmed the Section One title yesterday with an emphatic 150 runs victory over their only remaining challengers, Cregagh, at Ballygomartin Road.

Stephen Bunting, after hitting 54 from 39 balls in Woodvale's 242-8, took three wickets in his first four overs and with Farhan Saeed chipping in with two, Cregagh were down and out at 11-5, before being bowled out in the 27th over.

Downpatrick saved themselves from relegation - for the moment - for the second successive game, by beating already doomed Holywood by six wickets, despite Ross Adair scoring a 15-ball 50 for the losers.


Moylena: Lisburn 95-9 (20 overs, G Strydom 32, R Strydom 22; P Karthik 3-13, S Lazars 3-17, F Iqbal 2-6) Muckamore 96-4 (16.2 overs, D Miller 52; R Strydom 2-18). Muckamore won by 6 wickets.


Ballygomartin Road: Woodvale 242-8 (50 overs, W Horwood 78, S Bunting 54, F Saeed 39, M Irwin 25; R Moore 4-36, C Shannon 2-59) Cregagh 92 (26.1 overs, A McCormick 36; S Bunting 4-13, M McKeown 2-9, T Browne 2-27, F Saeed 2-29). Woodvale won by 150 runs.

The Meadow: Holywood 159-6 (20 overs, R Adair 55, A Paul 44, C Walsh 36; R Smyth 2-14) Downpatrick 160-4 (19.4 overs, R Smyth 63, J Wade 26, C Boultwood 25 not out, R Boultwood 21; J Chrishop 2-41). Downpatrick won by 6 wickets.

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