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Wasim call up leaves Instonians on the hunt

By Ian Callender

Instonians are on the look-out for a new professional after Imad Wasim was yesterday called into the Pakistan squad for the upcoming home series with Zimbabwe.

Imad's arrival for his second season at Shaw's Bridge was delayed by his selection for Pakistan A but he was due in Belfast on May 27.

Now, with his call-up to the national side, Instonians have confirmed he will not be joining them this season.

West Indian Ryan Nurse is in pole position to be the defending league champions overseas player as he is the man in possession but he is due to return home at the end of this month.

Imad's first game was to be the rearranged Premier League crunch clash against Waringstown on May 31.

Instonians were the first winners of the day on Saturday when they eased into the second round of the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup on a day of totally one-sided games.

Indeed, it could be argued Instonians were involved the closest game of the round, a seven wickets success over Lurgan, or was it Carrickfergus's 73 runs win over Downpatrick? Take your pick.

Nurse, opening the bowling, put in a powerful case to be retained with a five-wicket haul as Lurgan were bowled out for 106, but Instonians knocked off the runs in just 16 overs.

Way out on his own as star performer of the day, however, was Waringstown's James Hall who scored 206 not out, the highest ever in a limited overs Challenge Cup tie, against Academy.

He faced 154 balls and hit a remarkable 17 sixes and 12 fours. Last year's beaten finalists finished on 328 for seven and won by 249 runs.

Other winners were North Down by nine wickets, Civil Service North by 96 runs, Muckamore by 150 and Templepatrick by eight wickets.

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