In-form Hall hits double century
The James Hall roadshow continues. Another Saturday, another century - actually make that a double hundred because, for the first time since AB de Villiers for Carrickfergus, the Waringstown opener has scored two in a season.
It was 2004 when the then 20-year-old South African professional scored 208 and 233 in successive weeks, if you don't mind, in the Ulster Bank Premier League. But Hall, the 26-year-old, who played three one-day internationals in 2010, can now be mentioned in the same sentence after emulating the world's current No 1 ODI batsman.
Hall followed up his 206 against Academy in the first round of the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup with exactly 200 on Saturday, by coincidence at Carrickfergus, in the second round as his phenomenal run of form continues. He also helped his club into the record books as Waringstown totalled 420 for six, the highest total in a limited overs Challenge Cup game.
Hall's latest innings came off just 135 balls - his second 100 in 46 deliveries with six fours and nine sixes. He dominated a third-wicket stand of 218 with his skipper Lee Nelson who scored a-run-a-ball 72.
Ryan Eagleson and professional Indrajeet Kamtekar bowled 20 overs between them and took four for 108, remarkable figures considering the mayhem, while Alex Haggan, who ended Hall's innings in the 44th over from a catch by Stephen Grant at long-on finished with two for 91, which included two maidens!
Carrick, to their credit, never gave up and when they batted nearly brought up the 700 runs for the match but still fell 150 runs short, dismissed at the start of the 48th over for 270 with Jamie Holmes scoring 107 off 104 balls and Kamtekar 72 in a third-wicket stand of 194.
The rest of the day's action paled in comparison but CIYMS won their delayed first round match against Cliftonville by eight wickets with Rassie van der Dussen scoring 91 of their 148, from just 54 balls eight fours and seven sixes, and they will be away to North Down in the second round on Saturday.
Instonians are into the semi-final with a seven wickets over Templepatrick, Nicolai Smith hitting 93 of their 226 while in the Premier League, Ballymena won the first 'relegation' match of the season beating Lisburn by 67 runs at Eaton Park.
In the north west, Donemana and Brigade remain on course to meet in a fourth consecutive cup final after not only being kept apart but also getting home draws in the semi-finals. Holders Donemana will meet Coleraine, who beat Bready in the quarter-final, and Brigade face Eglinton.