Friday night was a night for unlikely heroes at The Lawn in Waringstown as CSNI’s injured captain Nigel Jones deservedly lifted the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 trophy.
The pivotal moment in an absorbing game came when North Down’s Ryan Haire trying to force the pace lofted Wayne Horwood to leg and Charlie Beverland sprinted to cling onto the catch.
Horwood himself was having his first bowl of the season but the veteran picked up three wickets for 35 runs.
Ben Adair turned in an impressive spell of slow bowling to put the brakes on the North Down middle order taking 3-24. Top scorer for North Down was opener Johnny Terrett making 35.
Haire who looked dangerous, had survived a confident appeal for caught behind earlier in his innings also off the bowling of Adair.it was fitting that the match ended with Griffin Niewoudt taking an excellent caught and bowled to dismiss James Cameron Dow.
Niewoudt based around an excellent 82 not out off 52 balls which formed the backbone of CSNI’s 162 for 6.
Two early strikes for Timor Khan had left CSNI on 17-2 and Niewoudlt in partnership with Jason Van Der Merwe added 95 for the third wicket. Van Der Merwe faced 38 balls for his 48. North Down’s Cameron. Dow had figures of 3 for 23. CSNI will be hoping to make a second final tomorrow when they face Downpatrick in the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup semi-final.
CSNI 162 for 6
G Niewoudt 82no, J van Der Merwe 48, J. Cameron Dow 3-23, t Khan 2-29
North Down 150 all out
J Terrett 35, R Haire 31, B Adair 3-24, W Horwood 3-35, A Coulter 2-23
Result CSNI won by 12 runs