CRICKET: Instonians stop the rot with victory

Muckamore's Jamie Magowan.
Muckamore's Jamie Magowan.

Yesterday Instonians finally found the answer, 50 days after their last win a 64 run unbeaten 7th wicket partnership eased the tension and took them past the 152 posted by CSNI.

Given what has gone on before it was perhaps ironic that the hero was Shane Getkate who has suffered a broken finger and a loss of form since his move from Stormont.

Getkate made an unbeaten 70 from 95 balls with 7x4s and 2x6s.

Vital support was provided by Nathan Smith with his 29 coming at almost a run a ball.

It ends a horrific run of form and showed the fighting spirit that has been missing from their batting of late.

It would have been easy to fold again especially at 32-4 in the 17th over when James Shannon was dismissed.

Mansoor Amjad took 2-20 opening the bowling for CSNI.

Earlier Instonians relied on the spin of Andrew White and the pace of Robert McKinley, between them taking 5 wickets at the cost of 47 runs in 20 overs.

Arnie Wright top scored with 40 not out.

The victory effective confirms relegation for Lisburn, barring a miracle.

In the last man standing contest for the right to challenge Waringstown it is CIYMS who emerged victorious over North Down.

Only Ally Shields made a worthwhile contribution with 54 as the visitors posted a disappointing 149 at Belmont.

It was three wickets each for Nigel Jones and Jacob Mulder.

Jones surely having one of his finest seasons and looking back at his best made 51 not out and Matt McGillivray 54 not out in an unbroken partnership of 89.

North Down’s game at Shaw’s Bridge was called off on Saturday, so CI closed the gap with a comfortable 103 run win over Lisburn.

Chris Dougherty made 67 runs from 143 balls but McGillivray played the days quality innings as he made 77 from 82 balls, rotating the strike at every opportunity. Jason van der Merwe looked in superb touch with 26 from 20 balls.

Lisburn almost looked resigned to their fate slumping to 79 all out. Allen Coulter and David Robinson both exploited the seamer friendly conditions with three wickets each.

Waringstown carried on with business as usual with James Hall hitting 3 maximums and four other boundaries as he made 66 out of 212. Under DLS Carrickfergus came up 53 runs short with Pat Botha making a half century.

Kyle McCallan took 4 for 33 and Shaheen Khan 3 for 26.

In the days final game Muckamore’s innings was cut short by the rain with them on 175-5 with Ryan Haire on 43 not out.

CSNI made 200 -4 with Mansoor Amjad seeing them across the line with 61 not out.