Lisburn skipper Berry wants more

Lisburn captain Adam Berry
Lisburn captain Adam Berry

One thing last weekend certainly proved was that the Gardiner Brothers Premier League is completely unpredictable.

Lisburn with only one league win to their credit turned the formbook on its head with what was ultimately a comfortable win against Instonians.

Tomorrow they seek to complete a league double with CSNI the visitors at Wallace Park, captain Adam Berry picks up the story.

“It was a great start to the season winning first up at Stormont but it has been a long wait for our second.

“It was an excellent performance from the boys and felt a lot sweeter having lost the Challenge Cup semi-final to them on Saturday.

“If you had given me the option of one win at the weekend I would have picked the league fixture; yes, it would be nice to play in a cup final but remaining in the top section is vital.

“Obviously, Neil Doak’s figures stand out, never easy to take six wickets and we look forward to having both he and James Magowan whose last knock for us was a century playing tomorrow.

“However, we will still be missing Richard Simpson who picked up an ankle/calf injury in training.

“Gionne Koopman’s ton gave us the platform on the batting front and I’m hoping that the win gives us the confidence boost to kick on from here.”

Carrickfergus take on Muckamore at Moylena fresh from victory against CSNI and another win tomorrow gives them breathing space over their other three rivals currently in the bottom half.

For Muckamore it has been a challenging week.

The announcement that professional Kagiso Rapulana had returned home leaves them with a gap to fill as Neil Gill explains before the weekend’s action

“We have been working tirelessly to get a replacement and the realisation that we have now is that we will not be able to recruit an overseas player sufficiently quickly with the visa regulations.

“We are now in discussions with some options across in England and hope to make an announcement soon.

“It has been a difficult time and after such a promising start to our campaign we must hope that the couple of narrow defeats we suffered don’t come back to haunt us.

“For now, we need our current players to step up to the plate and make home advantage count.”