Cricket: Brigade pose threat to Villagers
Waringstown will be making a familiar trek to Londonderry over the next two weeks after being drawn away to Brigade in the quarter-finals of the ClubTurf Ulster Cup on Sunday week.
The NCU Cup holders and North West league champions have already been paired together in the second round of the Irish Cup this Saturday at Beechgrove, which is a repeat of last year’s semi-final in the 50-overs competition, won by Waringstown.
James Hall was the dominant batsman for the Villagers on Saturday as they comfortably chased down Bready’s 40 overs’ total of 210 for nine with eight wickets in hand.
Hall finished 90 not out after sharing an opening stand of 114 with Davy Dawson, who scored a half century himself. Although Waringstown also lost Lee Nelson, Glen Addicott stayed with Hall to ease their side home with five overs to spare.
Brigade found it much more difficult getting past Carrickfergus, despite reducing their NCU visitors to 98 for eight. Ryan Eagleson and Ivan Walker added 65 for the ninth wicket, without being parted to use up all their overs and when Matty Moran was dismissed for 72, the Beechgrove side were 144 for seven.
Overs though were never a problem and the cool heads of captain Mark Simpson and Harry Chappell finished the job without further loss.
Civil Service North broke two Ulster Cup records in their 98 run victory over Fox Lodge at Ballymagorry, the highest total and the highest partnership.
Nigel Jones and Charles Beverland put on 250 for the first wicket before the Ireland international was caught for 148 while Beverland went on to make 135 out of CSN’s 350 for three.
The Foxes reached 71 without loss in reply but Jones, coming on a third change with the ball, then reduced them to 71 for three and when he made it four just five runs later it was game over.
CSN’s reward is a home game against Strabane who eased past Derriaghy by seven wickets. The NCU Section One team posted 215 for eight, with Craig Lewis following up his speedy half century against the Ireland under-19s on Friday with 65.
Peter Gillespie has found a new role for himself at the top of the order and the former Ireland batsman, now international selector, hit an undefeated 112 in a seven wickets success.
There were two other century-makers in the first round with Kamran Sajjid’s 107 not out helping Donemana to an emphatic eight wicket success over Lisburn and Gayan Wijekoon has yet to be dismissed after two innings as the new professional at North Down.
He finished on 131 as last year’s beaten finalists totalled 300 for five against Limavady, who fell 40 runs short.
Donemana next host holders Instonians who were involved in the lowest scoring game of the day, surprisingly dismissed for just 164 by Glendermott who themselves were shot out for 107, after losing their first three wickets for three runs.
North Down will also be at home in the quarter-finals in an all NCU tie against CIYMS who dismissed a Coleraine side who missed Ian McGregor much more than their hosts missed Jeremy Bray. The Bannsiders were all out for 133, despite 50 from Scott Campbell.
The Ireland under-19 all rounder didn’t bowl as CI knocked off the runs in 28 overs.
ClubTurf Cup quarter-final draw: North Down v CIYMS, Brigade v Waringstown, Donemana v Instonians, Civil Service North v Strabane. Ties to be played on Sunday June 17.