Future is bright for Waringstown
Published 14/08/2013 | 01:30
The Waringstown conveyor belt is working well and churning out new cricketing talent.
That's the opinion of former Ireland international Garfield Harrison, who looks after the club's under-15 team, and it's impossible to disagree with him after the Villagers retained the Graham Cup, beating CIYMS in last Friday's final at Seapark by four wickets.
The first team to retain the cup since the Waringstown team of 1994 and 1995, it was Harrison's son, Stuart, who was man of the match as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on CIYMS.
"We were probably underdogs going into the final," said Harrison senior.
"But we have found a method over the last month how to play and the young fellows have adapted really well.
"After big wins against Ballymena and Lisburn in the previous rounds and we went into the final with a lot of confidence, the lads delivered and we bowled and batted exceptionally well.
"Stuart Harrison took four for 18, Ross Waite took a couple of wickets and Marcus McClean, who bowls a leg spin, got a couple of wickets.
"Chasing 86 in 30 overs should be comfortable but we had lost our three best batters when we were only halfway there, so for the younger guys, Morgan Topping, Johnny Waite, that's Alan's youngest, and Jack Carson, who is 12 years old, to get us over the line was fantastic."
And Harrison is already targeting a Graham Cup hat-trick, with only three of the winning squad over-age when next year comes around.
But the CIYMS team do not have to wait long to gain consolation.
They have the under-15 league final against Instonians to look forward to, possibly as early as Friday.