CRICKET: Lisburn come up short against CSNI

CIYMS John Machett batting against Instonians
CIYMS John Machett batting against Instonians

Lisburn having done so much last weekend to give themselves the chance of survival in the premier league appeared to throw the life jackets overboard in this performance against CSNI.

Perhaps in hindsight it was a good toss to lose for CSNI skipper Graeme McCarter at Wallace Park.

The home side’s troubles began with the third ball when McCarter, bowled a peach of a delivery tomGionne Koopman found the edge and Corin Goodall took a superb diving catch.

This was the start of an accomplished afternoon for Goodall, now approaching the veteran stage as he snapped up five catches in a near flawless display behind the stumps.

The principal beneficiary was youngster Matthew Foster who took 4 wickets for 24 with his bustlingnmedium pacers.

The only batting success was Lisburn captain Adam Berry who was last man out for a battling 55 as they were dismissed for 108. McCarter himself was outstanding with his 10 overs costing 13 runs.

It became immediately apparent that the total was woefully inadequate as Wayne Horwood with 63 from 53 balls, 8x4’s and 3x6’s and James Kennedy 36, 3x4’s and 3x6’s enabled CSNI to cruise to a 10-wicket victory inside 15 overs.

At Belmont Instonians for a second successive game seemed poised for victory but failed to get across the line from a position of 193-1.

James Shannon made a hugely impressive 112 at better than a run a ball with 10x4’s and 5x6’s as he and Andrew White compiled a 178-run partnership for the second wicket.

White was bowled by Nigel Jones for 73 and the escalating run rate enabled CIYMS to hold on for a deserved 17 run victory as Trevor Britton bowled the death overs.

Earlier John Matchett and Chris Dougherty shared a 145-run opening partnership to provide thembackbone of the home side’s 257.

Matchett top scored with 86 (7x4’s & 2x6’s), whilst Doughertym and Nigel Jones both made 40’s.

Instonians Shane Getkate took 5 for 51.

Carrickfergus moved up the table with a 51-run victory away to Muckamore. Jack Burton top scored with 44 and there were three wicket each for Gary Nicholl and Ryan Haire in a total of 175.

Ashwin Shetty was the hero with the ball as he took 5 for 34, with only Ifti Hussain getting above 20 as he made 32 for his team.