Instonians have North Down in a spin in NCU Premier League

Neil Russell
Neil Russell

Instonians are firmly in the NCU Premier League title race after landing a significant dent in North Down’s hopes on Sunday night.

Neil Russell’s side clinched a second win of the season at The Green following on from their Twenty20 Cup triumph back in May.

The visitors were in deep trouble batting first when North Down’s revitalised fast bowler CJ Muir claimed four early wickets to reduce them to 47 for four.

However, Northern Knights batsman James Shannon turned the innings around as he top scored with 49.

But from 109 for four they slumped to 128 for eight before Stephen Bunting (33 no) led a recovery to 181 for eight in a 47-over match.

North Down lost Alistair Shields and Nick Larkin cheaply but at 101 for two and with captain Ryan Haire still there it should have been a comfortable win for the home side. But Haire was bowled by Zach Rushe for 22 and on a Comber pitch offering major encouragement for the spinners North Down’s batting imploded.

They lost their last eight wickets for just 32 runs to slump to 133 all out.

Ben Wylie starred with four for 23 while fellow left-arm spinner Imad Wasim claimed three for 18.