U11's lose Cup Semi Final

The Under 11’s lost to Quoile Cup holders CSNI by 8 wickets at Shaw’s Bridge on Thursday 3rd August.
Batting first, Angus Carson and Lorcan Donnelly started well before Lorcan offered a simple caught and bowled with 18 on the board. Amy Hunter proceeded to dominate the bowling. With the score on 65 for 1 after 10 overs, a solid platform appeared to have been built. Amy by this stage had struck 5 x 6’s and 1 x 4. A change of bowling worked as Amy lobbed a ball into the covers with the score on 67. Angus followed in the 15th over having played the anchor role.
Despite there being plenty of ability, the remaining batsmen struggled. Adam Leckey bowled an inspired spell of line and length bowling to take 6 for 6, including a hat-trick.
The innings closed on a disappointing 89 all out. What a turnaround in 10 overs!

In reply, Ryan Hunter once again proved to be difficult to remove. He ended with a valuable 42 not out. Unfortunately the Instonians players didn’t recover from their earlier batting collapse and were unable to raise their game in the field.

A disappointing result, with players unavailable due to holidays and cup age restrictions but all part of the learning curve for these young cricketers.
We currently sit top of the league and this now attracts our full focus.
Well done to CSNI on a deserved win and thanks to Cyril Vennard for umpiring.

Instonians 89 all out
A Carson 16, A Hunter 41
CSNI 92-2
R Hunter 42*

Under 11A's beat Muckamore

The boys travelled to Moylena to play Quoile Cup finalists Muckamore, winning by 8 wickets on Monday 7th August.

Muckamore won the toss and elected to bat. Angus picked up a wicket in his first over as he and George bowled tightly. There was no relief for the batters with the introduction of Lorcan Donnelly and Frank Hollway. Frank claimed his first wicket on the A’s. Muckamore were struggling as wickets fell at regular intervals. There was a huge turnaround in the fielding performance from the cup defeat. No misfields and 3 good run outs- one from Angus Carson and two from. Tom Crothers. Further wicket-takers were Ben McCausland and Michael Hollway. The Muckamore innings closed on 37 for 7, with 10 bowlers having bowled 2 overs each.

In reply, Ben McCausland and Michael Hollway started well before Michael mis-timed a drive with the score on 15. Tom McGale fell to a needless run out although Ben McCausland and George Palmer steadied the ship, crossing the line in 8 overs.
We agreed with Muckamore to play the remaining overs for the benefit of all players. This allowed all batsmen to have some time in the middle, which was a productive exercise for both sides.
Great to see the boys bounce back so positively after the disappointment of losing the cup semi final.
Thanks to Muckamore for hosting and good luck in the Quoile Cup final

Muckamore 37-7
S Magee 15
Instonians 38-2
B McCausland 13*, G Palmer 16*

2nd XI win Junior Cup

Instonians II 208 (J Hunter 39, O Metcalfe 33, R McCarthy 27, E Moleon 26, W Horwood 4-40, C Andrews 3-35)
CSNI II 155 (A Johnston 40, S Ross 28, C Andrews 22, T Luke 4-31, E Moleon 2-16, R White 2-25)

Instonians won by 53 runs.

Photos courtsey David Holmes & Presseye

U15's win Graham Cup

The U15's won the Graham Cup last Friday afternoon at Lisburn with a dominant display against the home team.

Batting first, Lisburn made 99-8 with Adam Wylie taking 4-16, Hugh Ellerby 2-10 and Sam McLarnon 2-21.

Instonians cruised to victory with Ollie Metcalfe 67no and James Hunter 16no to win by 9 wickets.

Under 11A's beat CIYMS

The boys recorded a 44 run victory at a damp Shaw’s Bridge on Monday 31st July. Despite recent rainfall, the match went ahead straight after the Graham Cup game thanks to “Instonians Groundforce”.

Batting first, Michael Hollway showed his versatility with a well paced innings to register his highest score of the year. He found a solid partner in Tom Crothers and the pair rotated the strike well to keep the score ticking over. Important contributions from Conor Anderson, Luke Beattie and Tom McGale (with a first ball 6) brought the score to 143-4 as the innings closed.

CI’s reply was much improved since our previous encounter, with three batsmen reaching the teens. Our fielding wasn’t up to the normal high standard, however bowlers stuck well to their task with the innings closing on 99-4.
Thanks to Dan and CI for the game and great to see another team deciding to use 10 bowlers to ensure all players are involved.

Interestingly, there were 4 sets on siblings on the Inst side this evening!

Instonians 143-4 T Crothers 35*, M Hollway 29*
Waringstown 59 all out M Hollway 1-14, T Crothers 1-2.

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