AB DE VILLIERS SIGNS OFF WITH ANOTHER DOUBLE CENTURY

AB de Villiers, Carrick's young South African professional celebrated his selection for the South African 'A' tour to Zimbabwe next month, with a second successive double century on Saturday, as Carrick defeated Instonians by 32 runs at Shaw's Bridge.

With showers forecast later in the day Instonians, having won the toss, asked Carrick to bat first, and Carrick openers AB de Villiers and Barry Cooper took full advantage.

With de Villiers again in brilliant form, the pair saw the hundred up in the 21st over, and the hundred and fifty in the 32nd over.

Cooper was then stumped, having scored a patient 47, in Carrick's highest opening partnership of the season, 155 runs.

The 20 year old South African completed his hundred in the following over, but Carrick then suffered a serious setback when captain Ryan Eagleson was caught behind for five.

The teams spent the next half hour in the pavilion as dark cloud and heavy drizzle shrouded the ground, but the break did AB no harm.

In the final 15 overs he scored no fewer than 103 runs, as Carrick added a further 141 runs to their total.

In an awesome display of stroke played de Villiers entertained those who were fortunate enough to be there to an innings they will always remember.

He finished unbeaten on 208, off 161 balls, with his second hundred coming off only 48 deliveries.

His magnificent innings contained sixteen 4's and seven 6's. He hoped Carrick past the 300 mark in the final over to set the home side a formidable, but with their batting talent, not an impossible target.

Instonians' early batsmen struggled against some very accurate bowling by Carrick openers Ryan Eagleson and Robin Arbuthnot,with Eagleson picking up the important wickets of Stevenson and Carson in the first ten overs.

When Arbuthnot took the vital wicket of prolific Ireland opening batsman Andrew White, brilliantly caught low-down at cover by Ally McCalmont, Instonians were in trouble at 51 for 3 after 16 overs.

South African professional Eugene Moleon and Australian Brian Haggarty saw the hundred up in the 19th over when David Hobson had Haggarty caught behind by Ben Clements for 40.

Moleon was joined by experienced ex-Skipper Johnny Black, and the big South African all-rounder began to move up a gear.

With Black the perfect foil, giving him as much of the strike as possible, Moleon gave spectators an unexpected treat with the second century of the day.

He despatched the Carrick bowling to all parts of the ground as 100 runs were scored in just a dozen over to give Instonians just a glimmer of hope.

Carrick breathed a collective sigh of relief when Jonathan Parkes held on to a skier off Eagleson's bowling to send Moleon on his way, having score 121 off 120 balls with ten 4's and three 6's.

Some lusty blows towards the end enabled Instonians to reach 270 for 8 at the end of their 50 overs, only 32 runs short in the end.

Ryan Eagleson was Carrick's most successful bowler with four wickets, while Robin Arbuthnot bowled his ten overs for only 25 runs.

The day however belonged to AB de Villiers, if this turns out to be his best innings for Carrick it will be one that the Carrick faithful will talk about for many years to come.

He travelled back on Monday to begin what should be a long productive international career.

He will play for South Africa 'A' in Zimbabwe in August, and in a home series against New Zealand 'A' in September, but hasn't ruled out a few more appearances for Carrick in between!