All Saturday’s games were decided under DLS and at Stormont the home side seemed well placed to record a win against Carrickfergus until a treble wicket maiden from Pat Botha reduced them to 126-9, WRITES DAVID HOLMES.
Earlier Carrick had posted 180 with Botha once again top scoring with 49 from 64 balls with 5 fours, Jamie Holmes chipped in with 28 from 52 balls.
For CSNI Alan Blain, Jason van der Merwe, Mansoor Amjad and Ben Adair all took two wickets.
In the CSNI reply Wayne Horwood scored 22 out of a first wicket partnership of 28.
Andrew Cowden and Shane Getkate both scored 36 but it was certainly a case of compare and contrast as Cowden took 75 balls and Getkate 35.
Pat Botha finished with 3-19 and Ashwin Shetty 3-31 as Carrick made it across the line with three runs to spare.
It was even tighter at North Down where the visitors Lisburn recorded a 1 run victory.
Batting first Lisburn’s total of 184 relied heavily on professional Cody Chetty with exactly 50 not out from 62 balls with 2 boundaries.
Robert Rankin continued where he left off in the T20 semi-final and made 43 with seven fours.
Pieter Malan showed his value as a bowler with 3 maidens in his 10 over spell also taking three wickets for the cost of 26 runs.
Peter Eakin was even more frugal with 2 for 7 from his 5 overs and there were also two wickets for Ally Shields and Jacob Mulder.
At 16-3 it looked like an easy task for Lisburn as David Simpson and Mark Berry shared the new ball. On this season’s form when Malan was caught behind off the bowling of Calum Atkinson it should have all been over.
North Down though showed their mettle in the shape of Ally Shields, 212 minutes, 111 balls, seven fours and a maximum later he was left stranded on 91 not out as the home side came up one run short.
Mark Berry took 3-32, Steve Lazars 2-24 and Davy Simpson 2-32.
The final game on Saturday went according to the script but not without a few scares.
Instonians bowled the home side out for 119, Stephen Bunting taking 3-15 off his 10 overs. Lewis McNamara also took three wickets and there were two apiece for Andrew White and Robert McKinley.
Instonians set 91 to win in 25 overs were 29-4 with Craig Lewis analysis 3-14, before James Shannon with 26 not out, and McKinley 34 not out steered them to a six wicket win.