Cricket: Mana can cash in on home comforts
North West clubs may have been hit for six in the first round of the O'Neills Ulster Cup but one team who didn't mind the mass exodus of their Premiership rivals was Donemana.
The North West cup holders were given a bye into the second round (because Ballymena did not enter as the remainder of the competition is on a Sunday) and as the competition organisers strive to ensure an equal number of games in the NCU and North West in each round, the two remaining Premiership sides – six sides lost –will both be at home in the quarter-finals.
Donemana were drawn against Lisburn, who won the most exciting first round match on Saturday, against Brigade by just four runs, while Bready, who defeated Muckamore, will host North Down, who knocked out holders Coleraine.
The two all-NCU ties will be played at Belmont and Shaw's Bridge with CI facing Civil Service North and, while a bowl-out denied an Irish Cup meeting between Instonians and Waringstown. The joint Premier League champions will meet in the Ulster Cup quarter-finals on June 22.
The Villagers had the biggest win of the day, bowling out Fox Lodge for 53 – the last five batsmen all made ducks – as Kyle McCallan finished with four wickets for seven runs and Gary Kidd three for 22.
Watching the mayhem from the non-striker's end was Brian Allen who finished 35 not out; his team-mates scored a total of 10, which was 122 less than James Hall who batted through the Waringstown innings, hitting 11 fours and six sixes.
Instonians' win over Eglinton was just as convincing, by 111 runs after Imad Wasim hit 122 in his side's 252 for seven while there was also a century for Civil Service's North Griffin Nieuwoudt, who dominated their reply to Ardmore's 150, scoring an unbeaten run-a-ball 109.
The fourth century of the round was scored by Rassie van der Dussen in CIYMS's eight wickets win over Strabane.
Jacob Mulder had earlier impressed with the ball, taking three for 26, including the wickets of former internationals Peter and Mark Gillespie and could have forced his way into the Northern Knights' team for the inter-provincial championship match against the North West Warriors, starting at Stormont tomorrow morning.
One certain starter for the Warriors is Craig Young, who continued his fine form with figures of three for eight as Muckamore were dismissed for just 99. Bready, the only North West winners, however, made ridiculously heavy work of the chase, slumping to 58 for six before Ryan Barr won the game with a six in the 31st over.
Ryan Haire led North Down to a win over Coleraine at Comber. The captain hit 75 not out, from just 58 balls with seven fours and two sixes in his side's 205 for seven and the holders never got going in reply, bowled out for 140.
Lisburn professional Darryl Brown and captain David Simpson shared an unbeaten stand of exactly 100 to get them up to 223 for five and it proved just enough as Brigade came up just short.
Ulster Cup quarter-final draw: Donemana v Lisburn, Bready v North Down, CIYMS v Civil Service North, Instonians v Waringstown. Games to be played on Sunday June 22.