Palmer’s Academy ease to comfortable victory over BISC

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Academy managed to beat the weather on Sunday when three teams were in action, but they had only one win.

That was by Matthew Palmer’s 1st XI who thrashed Belfast International Sports Club by a massive 152 runs at Castle grounds.

The clash between the top two Senior League Section 2 teams had been billed as the Match of the Day, but it proved to be a one-sided contest.

Thanks to a ninth-wicket partnership of 70 between Chris Halliday and Stephen Fawcett, Academy posted 218 in 47.1 overs - their highest total of the season, and then skittled the visitors for only 62 in 24.2 overs.

Andre Halbert top-scored with 50, followed by Fawcett with 39, and the total was boosted by a high number in the extras column.

The Sports Club wickets were evenly spread between five bowlers who had two apiece; Halbert 2 for 2, Halliday 2 for 8, Mitchell Atkins 2 for 10, Waqas Mohammed 2 for 11 and David Greenlees 2 for 29.

“It was a very uneven batting performance,” said secretary, Jack Quinn. “Except for a stand of 70 between Halliday and Fawcett, and another of 46 between Halbert and Matthew Palmer there was little of note.

“However Andre Halbert came on at the death, bowled two balls and took two wickets, so he had the remarkable figures of 0.2-0-0-2.”

Seconds

Up at Stormont, Chris Magee’s 2nd XI were knocked out of the Intermediate Cup by Civil Service II who won by 5 wickets.

Philip Warke (22) and Michael Warke (19) were Academy’s top scorers, but their total of 116 left their bowlers with a lot to do. Brian Boyd came out tops with three wickets, while Andy Bell and skipper Magee had one each.

However, Magee’s lads are still in pole position in Junior League Section 2.

Fourths

The short boundaries at Moylena helped Academy 4th XI to post 179 in an innings dominated by Ian Moffett who hit 80, but the hosts knocked off the required runs with ease.