Under 11A’s reach cup semi final

The boys completed a convincing 10 wicket win against Donacloney at Costa del Shaw’s on Tuesday 26th June.

The opening pair of Max and Ben McCausland started well with Ben claiming a wicket with his second delivery. Michael Hollway continued his good form with the ball, claiming career-best figures of 4 for 1 with a tight 3 over spell. The Donacloney batsmen struggled against our accuracy and with Will Park also claiming a scalp, they were unable to form any meaningful partnerships. Ben Walsh bowled some nicely flighted off-spinners and Luke Crothers claimed a wicket in his run-free spell. Frank Hollway, Matthew McAreavey, James Nelson all bowled tidily without success as the innings came to a close on 48 for 7, with 10 bowlers having bowled. Another top quality fielding performance.

Michael Hollway and Max Willmott set about their run chase confidently, running well and punishing anything loose. The target was reached in under 8 overs to earn a home semi-final berth against Muckamore.

The boys continue to improve each game.

A special mention to our Latte Ladies who impress our visitors with their delicious selection of buns, cakes, pavlovas and drinks!

Thanks to Donacloney for the game and good luck for the rest of the season.

Donacloney 48-7 M Hollway 4-1

Instonians 49-0 M Hollway 27 n.o M Willmott 16 n.o

Under 13’s progress to cup semi

The 13’s produced a quality performance to beat CSNI by 28 runs at a sun-kissed Stormont on Monday 25th June.

Having won the toss, opening pair Rory Ellerby and George Palmer started confidently, scoring at over a run-a-ball from the start against a defensive field setting. Just when Rory was getting into his stride, he fell to a well-taken catch at deep mid-wicket. Unfortunately Amy Hunter didn’t trouble the scorers and with 2 quick wickets, CSNI had their tails up. Fortunately Tom Crothers and George had other ideas. The pair combined defensive and attacking strokes with some great running between the wickets to continue the scoring momentum. George fell to a simple caught and bowled chance, having done the hard work. Another excellent knock. Meanwhile, Tom started to open his shoulders in the closing overs with some strong straight hitting. Although a couple of partners came and went in the run chase, he found an able partner in Luke Beattie who batted well to rotate the strike. Tom finished unbeaten.

In reply, the opening attack of Rory and George put pressure on CSNI straight away with some tight bowling and an opening spell of 6 overs yielding only 25 runs for CSNI. Tom’s introduction put further pressure on the openers until when he bowled Mohammed with an off-cutter. Unusually, CSNI chose to hold back Ryan Hunter, choosing instead to promote Adam Leckey to 3. He struggled to beat the field, however Harry Dyer at the other end was looking very dangerous. With 10 overs gone, CSNI were 55 for 1. With the required run rate at 9’s, Harry Dyer started to back himself to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Spin duet of Michael Hollway and Conor Anderson showed great discipline with Conor claiming Harry’s wicket to put Inst firmly in the driving seat. Not to be outdone, Michael Hollway clean bowled Ryan Hunter as scoreboard pressure mounted. The remaining batsmen had an impossible task against some excellent bowling as Rory and Tom came on to finish their spells.

A super all-round performance from Inst, with an immaculate fielding display.

Thanks to CSNI for a competitive match and to Ian Houston for umpiring.

Instonians 142-5 R Ellerby 24, G Palmer 35, T Crothers 45n.o

CSNI 114-4 H Dyer 47 M Hollway 2-21

5’s come out on top in high scoring game

The 5’s travelled to Londonderry Park, Ards on a cloudy Sunday 17th June to face Ards 2’s and registered their first league win of the campaign by a 34 run margin.

Batting first, Ben Crothers and Jack Dickson wasted no time with an attacking start before Ben sliced one into the covers. James Welshman at 3 started his tally with a maximum, taking advantage of the 35-metre leg side boundary, which was to become the theme of the day. James and Jack combined well-James unorthodox hitting and Jack’s quality on the front foot putting pressure on the bowlers. The board was moving at 10 an over from early on and this continued. It looked as if both were set for 100’s before James fell to an easy LBW decision. Adams Ly and Kennedy fell cheaply as the final run chase ensued. With Jack on 98, he hit a straightforward catch to cover who duly obliged, giving him the 2 required to reach his ton. Ards were regretting a straightforward catching opportunity at point when in single figures!

Jack’s innings contained 15 x 4’s, 3 x 6’s while James hit 7 x 4’s and 1 x 6.

In reply, Ben Crothers claimed a wicket with the first ball of the innings courtesy of a catch by Adam Kennedy at mid off. This instigated an assault by the other Ards opener. According to the Ards skipper, Ramadan had finished and Arafat Kahn was eager to celebrate with an early victory. His unorthodox style was certainly effective as they met the run rate with ease. The fielding side were at times unsure whether he was playing cricket or auditioning for Strictly Come Dancing and his gamesmanship when calling for runs was interesting.

This proved to be a good learning experience for our young guns and a lesson that line and length works. Ben completed his 4 overs for only 16 runs while most of the others struggled. Having been hit for a 4 and 2 x 6’s in consecutive balls, Jack claimed the key wicket thanks to a good take by Adam Ly.

Jack went on to claim another 2 wickets in a mixed spell of leg spin. 12 year old Tom Crothers was unphased in his adult debut and showed his more experienced schoolmates how to bowl full and straight when the pressure was on in the last few overs. With Xander McIlwaine weaving his magic in the 20th, a 34 run victory was secured.

Thanks to Ards for a competitive game and for their hospitality.

Hopefully the start of some better batting performance from the 5’s as this has let them down in previous games.

Instonians 208-3 (20 overs) J Dickson 106no, J Welshman 51

Ards 174-5 A Kahn 86, J Dickson 3-30

U11A’s beat Lisburn

The boys beat Lisburn by 85 runs at Shaw’s Bridge on Friday 15th June.

Batting first, Michael Hollway and Darcy Donnelly put on 51 in good time before an excellent direct hit accounted for Darcy. Michael looked assured as Ben McCausland joined him. As always, this pair batted well in tandem with some excellent running between the wickets and shot selection. Following Michael’s retirement, middle Hollway, Frank, showed his talent before retiring to give others a bat. Ben upped the pace to finish with a flurry. Will, Evan and George didn’t trouble the scorers much, leaving Max Willmott and Luke Crothers to bat sensibly to finish the innings off with some sensible batting and running.

In reply, Lisburn lost an early wicket to a straightforward catch. The bowling attack performed fairly well, preventing any meaningful partnerships. The wickets were spread with Max unfortunate not to claim a wicket after an excellent 2 over spell. 8 of the wickets to fall were clean bowled,

Thanks to Lisburn for taking the game at short notice. It was great to be playing them again at this level and we wish them good luck for the rest of the season.

Instonians 147-3 M Hollway 30 rtd, B McCausland 31 rtd

Lisburn 62 all out E Hogg 2-9, B Walsh 2-14, L Crothers 2-10, W Park 2-12, G Craigan 2-0

Under 11B’s lose to Muckamore A’s

The 11B’s learned some valuable lessons in a 9 wicket defeat by Muckamore.

After the early loss of James Nelson, Charlie O’Connor and Ronan Hogg kept the scoreboard ticking before Charlie was run out by a direct hit. Adam Boyd proved a solid partner for Ronan’s free flowing shots before being caught with the score on 41 in the 8th over. The run rate increased as Ronan and Luke Crothers formed an excellent partnership with Ronan first to retire with an excellent 33 ( 6 x 4’s). The partnership was worth over 60 runs Luke continued to bat confidently as a cameo from Ollie O’Hara increased the run rate. After 15 overs, at 112 for 3, a score of 150+ looked on the cards. Following Ollie’s departure and Luke’s retirement (4 x 4’s), Frank Hollway, Ben Walsh and Aaron Russell made important contributions as the innings reached 149-4.

In reply, the bottom four batsmen bowled first. This allowed Muckamore to start well but we stuck to our guns. Muckamore punished anything loose and were assisted by some fielding that needs worked on and 37 extras. Credit though, must go to the Muckamore batsmen who didn’t panic in the run chase. Muckamore passed the total in the 19th over.

The boys learned a great lesson tonight. Despite posting a decent total, it’s still key to focus on the basics. Boundary fielding and off-stump bowling are on the agenda!

Well done to Muckamore.

Instonians B 149-3 R Hogg 33rtd L Crothers 30 rtd

Muckamore A 150-1 M Bates 25, J Murray 27rtd, C McVicker 30 rtd, L Bates 26no

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