Instonians Fall Short

27th July 2011

Instonians lost the Twenty20 Cup final against North Down last night at a sunny Shaw's Bridge by 38 runs.

North Down batted first and got off to a spritely start.  Good fielding and a splendid spell of four overs of spin from Akshay Dhareula, in which he took two wickets, reduced the men from Comber to 67 for 4 wickets.  A fine fifty partnership from Peter and Alistair Shields(36) restored the innings which closed after the twenty overs on 151-7wickets.  Eugene Moleon and Andrew White bowled tidily in their four overs.

This total set a good target but not an insurmountable one, and when Instonians' openers, James Shannon and Rory McCann, sprinted out of the blocks to have 30 on the board in three overs, things looked promising for the home team. However, the match turned in the space of one over. Marty Moreland's first ball dismissed McCann leg before although there was some confusion as North Down seemed to appeal for a catch behind the stumps. Worse followed as James Shannon was run out, failing to regain his ground after being sent back when going for a run. Things go in threes and so Andrew White, possibly still thinking about the foolish run out, was then stumped off his second ball, advancing down the wicket and missing the ball. Thus 30 for no wicket had become 30 for 3 wickets, which soon became 34 for four as Moreland captured his third wicket when he caught and bowled Eugene Moleon. With the Instonians' innings in disarray, it was left to 'old hand' John Stevenson to try to salvage the match in company with Neil Hamilton. This pair added over fifty runs with good placements and the odd boundary, managing to restore Instonians' flagging hopes. A couple of catches were dropped but further acceleration was required. John Stevenson(35) finally perished off a skyer, and the Instonians' innings subsided to 113 all out in the seventeenth over.

So it is congratulations to North down as they take this trophy for the third time.