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Instonians' title defence gets off to a flyer



Good score: Instonians II skipper Michael Warke

Good score: Instonians II skipper Michael Warke

Good score: Instonians II skipper Michael Warke

Instonians II have begun their defence of the GMcG Junior Cup with an impressive batting performance to ease into the quarter-finals.

Tom Luke led the way with 108 when the Shaw's Bridge side travelled to Donaghadee and posted 311-7, the highest score of the competition so far.

He received good support from Michael Bentley and skipper Michael Warke with 47 and 42 respectively, while Umar Minhas with three wickets was the most successful bowler as Dee were bowled out for 221, Jordan McCluskey top scoring for the home side with 67.

In the quarter-finals on Saturday week they are away to Carrickfergus II, who passed Dunmurry's 228 for the loss of six wickets, Jack Burton hitting 60 in the successful chase. A strong Carrick side also fielded Matty McCord, who took 3-36.

Cliftonville Academy produced arguably the best performance of the second round to beat Waringstown II by 120 runs. Matthew Palmer and Davy Menaul both scored 60s as the newly amalgamated club totalled 278-4 and Waqas Mohammad then ripped through the Villagers' batting to finish with 6-25, comfortably the best bowling of the day.

Next up for the winners is an away game against Ards who, by contrast, won the closest match of the day by two wickets, chasing Drumaness's 148.

Monaghan found themselves in the second round because CIYMS fielded an ineligible player in the first, but Ballymena proved much too strong at Eaton Park, winning by 99 runs.

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It was a family affair as Michael Glass and sons Sam and John equally shared nine of the wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 146 after John had dominated the batting, scoring 116 in the Braidmen's 243-8.

Their next opponents will be Templepatrick, who bowled out Saintfield for 86 and won by six wickets.

Dundrum will be at home to Lisburn II in the remaining quarter-final after beating Victoria by eight wickets, with Jac Woods finishing 56 not out.

Meanwhile, Lisburn were 51 runs too good for Muckamore II at Moylena with golden oldie Michael Turkington scoring an undefeated 77 for the winners in their 227-7.

The second round of the Minor (Lindsay) Cup will be completed this Saturday when Donaghadee II host Ballymena III.

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