The third match of the season was versus a talented young Instonians side at Eaton Park.
Inst chose to bat and racked up 236 for 6 in 40 overs. Harry Cook bowled exceptionally to register 2 for 18 off 8. Paul Campbell also bowled a tight spell and was unlucky not to pick up a few wickets. Otherwise Ballymena’s bowlers struggled to restrict Inst whose skipper Warke got a good hundred. The fielding was disappointing and perhaps cost the home team 40 + runs.
As at Waringstown, Ballymena made a good effort at the chase but came up short. Trevor McBurney scored a fluent 71 supported by 30 from Ricky McNeil and 28 from Matt Smith. At 140 for 2 needing 8 per over Ballymena were in with a shout but Inst bowled well enough to pick up wickets and restrict Ballymena to 204 for 9.
From the opening three matches, positives can be taken from the batting with excellent knocks from McNeil and McBurney versus Waringstown and Inst respectively. There was also promise from young batters with Sam Glass’s 38 v Waringstown and Matt Smith’s 28 v Inst standing out.