Instonians took a significant step towards retaining the NCU Premier League title after winning an extraordinary rearranged Twenty20 game against Waringstown by 12 runs at Shaw’s Bridge on Friday night.
With the villagers requiring 13 to win from the final over, and David Dawson and Andrew Mitchell in the middle of a superb sixth-wicket partnership, the game hung in the balance.
Dawson had struck four successive boundaries in the previous over from Nikolai Smith which cost 20.
But new Instonians professional Farhad Iqbal had Dawson caught by Andrew White at square leg off the first ball of the last over for 34 and Mitchell departed next ball attempting another big hit.
Kyle McCallan became the hat-trick victim and James Mitchell was bowled to become Iqbal’s fourth wicket in successive balls.
Waringstown’s misery was complete off the fifth ball as Phil Eaglestone was run out by an Iqbal direct hit. From 181 for five they had lost their last five wickets in five balls.
This was a game that probably hinged on Waringstown’s shambolic fielding display. James Shannon made a majestic unbeaten 82 from 47 balls but only after Waringstown missed two easy chances to run him out, the second when Andrew Mitchell opted not to gather a throw from Adam Dennison with Shannon yards out of his ground.
How Waringstown paid for that as Shannon and White crashed an amazing 83 off the last five overs.
Shannon struck 10 fours and three sixes while White’s unbeaten 40 came off just 26 balls.
At Shaw’s Bridge, Instonians beat Waringstown by 12 runs. Instonians 193-3 (J Shannon 82 no, A White 40 no, N Russell 38, G Kidd 2-26). Waringstown 181, 19.5 overs (J McCollum 35, D Dawson 34, R Pretorius 24, L Nelson 22, F Iqbal 4-18, A White 2-34).