Limavady's long wait for School's Cup success is over
Forty years after their last success, the Ulster Bank Schools' Cup is back in Limavady Grammar.
It headed North West for the first time in three years after a 75 runs success over Campbell College who dropped too many catches and bowled too many wides to give themselves a chance.
Ross Allen, as he was in the semi-final, was Limavady's top scorer -- his half century the platform for a total of 166 for seven which was out of sight for Campbell once they lost their first three wickets with just 16 on the board.
By the time Allen came on to bowl his seven overs, Campbell had lost five for 65 and two wickets for the off spinner was the beginning of the end, the last five falling for just nine runs.
Allen shared stands of 42 with Jamie W Millar, who contributed a quick 26, and 84 with Callum McGregor, son of Ian, the North West Warriors assistant coach who stopped off at Moylena to enjoy the triumph on route to Dublin for today's inter-provincial Twenty20 Blitz.
But instead of getting just 35 overs to bat, Campbell handed the Roesiders an extra six overs with wide deliveries, the majority from the unfortunate Cory Hamill. Brought into the side as an extra bowler, as a replacement for Mark Best who went on holiday yesterday morning, Hamill bowled a number of impressive deliveries and did not concede a run off the bat but too often he could not control his direction.
As a result, Limavady had 42 runs up after just five overs and although they were reined in by half way, 28 wides, in a total of 79, was, at that stage, the top score.
But Allen, thanks to two drop catches -- on 21 and 39 -- soon put the extras in their place by bringing up his 50, his second in four days after his match-winning 74 which knocked out holders Grosvenor Grammar.
Limavady lost their way in the hectic final few overs, four more wickets falling after Allen's dismissal for just 16 runs, but it always looked to a be a winning total on a pitch which gave assistance to the bowlers.
Adam Pollard was the pick of the Campbell attack, three wickets in his comeback spell giving him four in the innings, although it was Paddy Hamilton who claimed the prize scalps of Allen and McGregor in quick succession, while Patrick Telford was unlucky to get only one wicket with his left arm spin.
Campbell needed a good start but the two Jamie Millars each removed an opening batsman and when Jack Beattie was run out soon after, only Paddy Beverland and Patrick Park delayed the inevitable.
Proud coach Stephen Barr described his side as a "good outfit with a depth of bowling" and his players proved it, all six sharing the wickets as Campbell were bowled out with 17 balls unused.
R Allen c Hunter b Hamilton 52
A Pierce lbw b Pollard 0
JW Millar st Park b Telford 26
C McGregor c Hamill b Hamilton 34
S Kennedy not out 5
JP Millar b Pollard 2
J Martin st Park b Pollard 4
L Ritchie c Park b Pollard 2
T Logan not out 1
Extras (4lb 36w)40
Total (seven wkts, 35 overs) 166
Did not bat: D Craig, P Lynch
Fall: 1-24 2-66 3-150 4-155 5-159 6-163 7-165
Bowling: A Pollard 7-2-20-4, C Hamill 2-0-14-0, R Wightman 5-0-29-0, P Telford 7-0-32-1, G Prince 6-0-27-0, P Beverland 4-0-26-0, P Hamilton 4-0-14-2.
S Hunter c Pierce b JW Millar 4
N McMinn c and b JP Millar 0
P Beverland c and b Ritchie 34
J Beattie run out 5
P Park c and b Kennedy 20
P Hamilton c Lynch b Kennedy 10
R Wightman st Pierce b Allen 7
C Hamill b Allen 0
G Prince st Pierce b Martin 2
P Telford c JP Millar b Ritchie 2
A Pollard not out 1
Extras (2b 4w) 6
Total (32.1overs) 91
Fall: 1-0 2-5 3-16 4-48 5-65 6-82 7-82 8-86 9-86
Bowling: JW Millar 7-1-17-1, JP Millar 7-3-12-1, S Kennedy 7-0-33-2, R Allen 7-1-20-2, L Ritchie 2.1-1-2-2-, J Martin 2-0-5-1.
Limavady Grammar won by 75 runs