Adam Berry – in his first year as skipper – has guided Lisburn to their first cup final since 2008.
Lisburn held on for a four-run win in a pulsating Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup semi-final against Carrickfergus at Wallace Park.
“I think finally we have managed to get all three elements to come together,” Berry said.
“Robert Rankin set the pace at the top of the order, Cody Chetty kept the momentum going and I managed to get a few myself.
“In the field we kept the pressure on and held our chances, I think the turning point was Steve Lazars bowling Michael Gilmore, he bowled a decent spell. It’s great to be in the final and hopefully we can take some momentum from this.”
Michael Gilmore was certainly more than keeping Carrickfergus in the game.
In the most entertaining innings of the tie his clean hitting delivered 6 sixes and 2 fours in his 37 ball stay.
Pat Botha chipped in with 31, but in the end 28 off the last two over proved too much of a challenge. Earlier, Lisburn were off to a flyer courtesy of Robert Rankin with a rapid 41 with 3 fours and 2 sixes.
Cody Chetty made 51 and the skipper himself top-scored with 53 with three sixes and three fours and arguably had he not got out the score would have been closer to 200.
A great night’s entertainment as the top four all came to the party.
In total a decent crowd saw the boundary ropes cleared 16 times.
Lisburn can now look forward to the final where they will face the winners of Waringstown v North Down.