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NCU Robinson Services Leagues - Weekend League Roundup (19th/20th May)

Richard White (NCU PRO) &
Wylie McKinty
Robinson Services

In the Robinson Services Premier League Waringstown recorded two victories while Muckamore pick up their first win in a thriller with CSNI.

Robinson Services Premier League

Waringstown overcame Instonians in an enthralling and high scoring encounter at Shaw's Bridge on Saturday. Adam Dennison scored 116 and Shaheed Khan 58 in a final total of 307 for 8 wickets. Instonians fell 28 runs short as Andrew White (71) and Shane Getkate (65) threatened to take the Belfast side to victory. The pick of the Waringstown bowling was Greg Thompson with 4 wickets and Kyle McCallan with three.

On Sunday Waringstown had a convincing ten wicket victory over Armagh at The Mall. The home side never recovered from a disastrous start as they slumped to 3 for 5 against the pace of Phil Eaglestone (3-19) and James Mitchell (2-13). Gary Kidd kept up the pressure on Armagh as he picked up 4 wickets for 14 runs in 8 accurate overs. Only Colin Russell stood firm for Armagh as he hit 31 out of a final total of 69 before he was the last man out.

In reply Waringstown's openers Adam Dennison (33no) and James Hall (34no) saw their team home in the 14th over.

Muckamore won a tight game against CSNI by 8 runs to register their first victory of the campaign. Recovering from 6-3 Craig Drummond followed up his previous days century with 57 this time and received able support from Aditya Adey (35) and skipper Neil Gill (36) to post a testing 181 for 9 after 50 over.

In reply despite 40 from Marc Ellison and 54 from Andre Malan CSNI were always behind the asking rate and as it began to climb wickets fell regularly. Ashwin Shetty produced his best bowling performance for Muckamore since moving from Carrick over the winter as he picked up 5 for 22. Some late order hitting from Malan wasn't enough and Muckamore clinched victory in the gloom by 8 runs.

CIYMS registered an emphatic 113 run victory over Carrickfergus, with Jacob Mulder (66) and Ryan Hunter (63 not out) contributing to a team total of 269 for 4 wickets. Carrick's reply was hampered by an injury to Pat Botha that prevented him from batting and only 49 from Alex Haggan while Harry Warke finished on 29no. A Coulter (2-12), Matt McGillivray 2-17 and Trevor Britton (2-9) were the chief wicket takers for CIYMS.

Instonians and Waringstown lead the way with 8 points in the Premier League but have played a game more than all of their opponents.

Saturday Result
Instonians lost to Waringstown by 28 runs

Sunday Results
Armagh lost to Waringstown by 10 wickets
Carrickfergus lost to CIYMS by 113 runs (DLS)
Muckamore beat CSNI by 8 runs

Robinson Services League 1

In Section 1 three games in three days proved a game to far for Cregagh as they were easily beaten by Downpatrick at Strangford Road. Cregagh were bundled out for 95 with Downpatrick's opening bowlers Ross Boultwood (3-30) and Mark Yeates (5-21) did the damage to reduce Cregagh to 56 for 9 at one stage. Only David McCormick's 25no added an air of respectability to the score.

In reply Downpatrick's openers effectively sealed the win with an opening partnership of 65 with Dale Mullan scoring 27 and Ryan Smyth 39. There was a bit of a wobble as 4 wickets fell in the next few overs but Downpatrick passed the winning line with 6 wickets to spare.

At Uprichard Park Bangor posted a competitive total of 211-7 in their 50 overs thanks to 55 from the evergreen Taimur Khan and 31 from Nicky McCollum. Juan Jacques (JJ) Strydom, Ferhan Saeed and Timmy Browne each picked up 2 wickets apiece for Woodvale.

In reply Woodvale lost 3 wickets for 46 before a131 run partnership for the 4th wicket between David Connelly (79no) and Ferhan Saeed (73) effectively sealed the victory. George Prince was the most successful Bangor bowler with 2 wickets for 45.

Sunday Results
Downpatrick beat Cregagh by 6 wickets
Woodvale beat Bangor by 6 wickets

Robinson Services League 2
In Section 2 Belfast SuperKings played (and won) their first game in NCU cricket. In a high scoring game at Dundrum the home team posted 218 in their 50 overs. Top scorer for Dundrum was Stuart Campbell with 52 ably supported by Jack Woods with 32. Senthil was the pick of the SuperKings bowling picking up 3 wickets for 36 runs.

In reply Belfast SuperKings attacked the bowling and even though several batsmen passed 20 it was Senthil with 42 who saw his side home. Pick of the home bowling was Scott Symington with 4 for 34.

In the only game on Sunday Monaghan easily defeated Dunmurry at Fullerton Park. Dunmurry were bowled out for 102 with Sathees Chandra taking 4 for 13 and Prassana Kondareddy 3 for 27. In reply Monaghan knocked off the runs with little alarm with Husnain Maroof scoring 44no and Ashok Gowda 27no as they recorded their first victory in Section 2.

Saturday Result
Dundrum lost to Belfast SuperKings by 3 wickets

Sunday Result
Monaghan beat Dunmurry by 8 wickets