4s beat CSNI 4s

The 4s enjoyed a 17 run win in a competitive contest at Shaw’s Bridge on Sunday 23rd June.


The skipper took the opportunity to field a very young side against a more canny CSNI team.

Having been inserted, Adam Leckey made the breakthrough for CSNI when George Palmer chased a wide delivery. This brought Thomas Johnston in early doors at three. Graham Higgin had struck a couple of boundaries before being bowled. Ben Crothers decided to try to go big early and succumbed. With three down within five overs, this was starting to resemble a replay of the previous match between these two sides. However the boys were aware that the attack lacked depth and it was key to bat twenty overs. Young Ben McCausland on his 4s debut batted fearlessly, striking five boundaries as he formed a good partnership with Thomas. Thomas showed his class as he played some cracking front foot shots through the covers and straight. CSNI made the breakthrough when Ben was bowled. Captain Steven Crothers entered the fray with five overs remaining, intent on giving Thomas the strike. This pairing accelerated the scoring further, putting the bowlers and fielders under pressure with some excellent running.

Both punished anything loose and with the hard-hitting partnership brought the total to 158 for 5 after the 20 overs.

In reply, the CSNI opening pair looked threatening although they struggled against the short stuff. An aggressive opening spell from Ben Crothers and Nathan Toland kept the batsmen on their toes with a couple of edges going astray. The introduction of Xander McIlwaine and the sage Graham Higgin took the pace off the ball with Graham making the important breakthrough. With the score on 63 for 1 after 10, the required run rate was creeping up. Scoreboard pressure told as the other opener played on off Xander’s bowling. The next five overs sealed the match as Xander and Graham tightened the screw.

The skipper showed confidence in George and Ben and both delivered superbly under pressure. The ensuing panic led to three run outs in the final overs and Nathan finished the last well to seal a satisfying win.

Unfortunately with two balls remaining the CSNI opening batsman M Smyth who was now umpiring decided to lower the good spirit the game had been played in by taunting us about last years’ starrings and how he hoped we would be relegated to Junior 6 this year. It’s possible that an early bouncer that struck him on the helmet had left him frustrated and dazed, so he was ignored.

Thanks to CSNI for a competitive match and well done to the eight schoolboys who were outstanding. 13 year old Ben Oberholzer kept superbly on his 4s debut.

Instonians 158-5 (20) (T Johnston 84*, S Crothers 35*, A Leckey 2-16, M Smyth 2-31

CSNI 141-7 M Smyth 34, C Cahoon 34