Thompson upstages McCollum's return
James McCollum may have 'failed' when opening the batting for Ireland against West Indies on Saturday but it served him well when he returned to Waringstown yesterday.
Batting at No 3, the international plundered the much gentler Civil Service North attack for 140 as the Villagers made it back to back Robinson Services Premier League wins with a 50 runs success at Stormont. But McCollum wasn't even his team's top scorer.
That honour went to his club captain Greg Thompson - and has anyone ever had a more successful weekend with the bat?
Thompson hit an unbeaten 149 in Waringstown's 32 runs win over Instonians at The Lawn on Saturday but 'disappointed' to fall one short of a batsman's landmark, he went out yesterday and scored 153!
The partnership between the two internationals yesterday was 255, in 31 overs, matching each other virtually stroke for stroke. McCollum faced 108 balls and hit 13 fours and six sixes while Thompson's strike rate was identical but he hit three more fours.
Waringstown's total of 347 for six - 21 more than they made on Saturday - was actually threatened when CSN professional Andre Malan was in full flow. But James Mitchell dismissed him for 136 (11 fours and four sixes) in the 45th over and they lost their remaining five wickets for 34 runs.
Waringstown share the leadership with CIYMS who also have three wins out of three, following up Saturday's exciting four wickets, last over victory over North Down with a much more comfortable eight wickets win against Muckamore.
After restricting the home side to 170-9 - the Muckamore innings included only 12 boundaries - the champions needed less than 30 overs to knock off the runs with half centuries for John Matchett (10 fours) and Obus Pienaar, six fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 65. Newly promoted Lisburn are in third spot after double success against Muckamore and Instonians.
ROBINSON SERVICES PREMIER LEAGUE
Moylena: Muckamore 170-9 (50 overs, D Miller 42, M O'Riordan 28, N Gill 23; J Cameron-Dow 3-25, J Mulder 2-35) CIYMS 173-2 (29.2 overs, O Pienaar 65 not out, J Matchett 53, N Jones 36 not out). CIYMS won by 8 wickets.
Stormont: Waringstown 347-7 (G Thompson 153, J McCollum 140; G McCarter 2-57, A Cowden 2-64) Civil Service North 297 (50 overs, A Malan 136, G McCarter 54, A Wright 30; J Mitchell 3-55, H Azam 2-39, G Kidd 2-47). Waringstown won by 50 runs.
Shaw's Bridge: Instonians 213 (49 overs, S Getkate 61, R McKinley 30, B Rose 26 not out; M Berry 4-64, D Simpson 2-30) Lisburn 216-6 (47.4 overs, R Simpson 63, F Fazal 37, J Waite 31, D Simpson 29 not out, R Strydom 27; B Rose 3-38). Lisburn won by 4 wickets.
Eaton Park: Cregagh 172 (M Johnston 80, A McCormick 20, J Gibson 2-4, S Glass 2-34) Ballymena 173-4 (J Glass 46 not out, J Gibson 37, K Aphale 34; D Cooper 2-19). Ballymena won by 6 wickets.