Lisburn Seconds take pride of place

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Lisburn Seconds took pride of place last week end as Lisburn did not have a Premier League match.

On Sunday, they played Bready in the second round of the Ulster Plate trophy on a fine day in the Park but having decided to bat first they had a nightmare start to their innings. The wickets simply tumbled as Lisburn collapsed to 5 for 5 after t5 overs and all looked lost.

However, Mark Berry and Nathan Cartmill steadied the innings with a stand of 51 in the next 20 overs. Both batted very responsibly after the shock start to the innings but when Cartmill was out for 35 and Berry for 29 again the Seconds crumbled to the Bready bowling.

The innings reached the stage when 9 wickets were down for just 91 runs with disaster looming. It was left to Seconds captain, Graham Elliott and number eleven batsman Robert Bowden to score as many runs as they could and they managed an unlikely 41 for the 10th wicket taking the final tally to a more respectable 132. Elliott was last out for 30with Bowden remaining at a very dogged 7 not out. They had used only 31.3 overs of their allotted 40 in scoring the under par total.

The score of 132 proved to be well below par as Bready got off to a good start but after 20 overs began to lose wickets regularly with Richard McConkey, 3 for 43 and Aaron McKeown the super figures of 3 for 14 off his 8 overs, made things difficult for them.

With Bready reaching 70 for 5, a stand between Duncan and Kelly added a vital 38 runs and the partnership took the game away from the battling Lisburn. Gavin Magill chipped in with a 7th wicket but Bready made it to the finishing line with 136 for 7 in 33.4 overs to win by 3 wickets.

Lisburn Seconds were unfortunate on Saturday when they were beaten off the last ball of the match against CSNI Seconds in the Park. Again Lisburn batted first and managed the reasonable score of 224 in their 50 overs. No one in the Lisburn side could score above 30 but many contributed with lower scores but their final tally proved not to be enough as CSNI first struggled and then rallied to require 5 runs off the last over. They were contained until the last ball when they needed just a single to win and amongst the excitement, the CSNI batsman was deemed to have made his ground .

The decision was heavily disputed as Lisburn thought he had run in line of the fielder’s throw but after some confusion the umpires gave the verdict in favour of the visitors leaving them the winners by 4 wickets.

Lisburn 1sts entertain North Down in the Park on Saturday. Having won their last Premier League encounter they will be aiming for a second success to improve the precarious position. However, they have already been beaten by North Down so Lisburn know they have a very difficult afternoon in front of them. The game begins at 11am in the Park.