Balance of power starting to shift as North Down crash out of NCU Challenge Cup

CIYMS bowler Jacob Mulder in action against North Down

CIYMS bowler Jacob Mulder in action against North Down

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North Down lifted the NCU Challenge Cup so often during the noughties that it became just another piece of the furniture in the pavilion at The Green.

Seven cup successes in the first 11 seasons from the turn of the Millennium underlined their dominance of the NCU game, but Saturday’s defeat at home to CIYMS hinted again at a shifting in the balance of power.

North Down have now lifted the old trophy just once in seven years, with their first-round exit sealed by an exquisite 89 from the South African professional Rassie van der Dussen.

 

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