Academy cricketers completed a weekend double against their Lurgan counterparts when the seniors and 2nd XI recorded league wins.
A first-wicket stand of 65 between Francis Collins and Andrew Magee provided the foundation for the seniors to reach a match-winning 184 for 6, having dismissed Lurgan for 183 at Castle Grounds.
The visitors opted to bat first, but the home bowlers were in fine form led by Chris Halliday with 4 for 22, with support from Mitchell Dickeson (2 for 25), Connor Boyd (1 for 31), Waqas Mohammad (1 for 34) and Andrew Magee (1 for 42). Wicket-keeper Matthew Palmer took two sharp catches behind the stumps.
In reply, Magee led the assault with 61. Significant contributions from Rory Thompson (25), Matthew Palmer (21 not out) and Collins (21), helped Academy collect the Section 1 points with four wickets to spare.
With five fixtures remaining, Palmer’s lads are still in the bottom half of the table.
“After losing the three previous league fixtures we knew that it was imperative to pick up points in the run-in, so this was a very satisfying result,” said secretary, Jack Quinn.
“This weekend we will be hoping to get something from our two away league games against Templepatrick on Saturday and Lurgan on Sunday, to move up a couple of places in the table,” he added.
Michael Warke’s 2nd XI completed the double when they saw off Lurgan II in County Armagh.
Skipper Warke led from the front with 75 runs as Academy II scored 170 for 5 in reply to Lurgan’s 168 for 8, while Adam Sloan hit 30.
The Junior League Section 2 defeat means that Lurgan II are relegated, having won only two of their eleven fixtures to date.
August 22: 1st XI v Templepatrick, away; 3rd XI v Lisburn III, home; 4th XI v CSNI V, home. On Sunday the seniors travel to Lurgan for a rearranged match.