Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Ireland await ICC decision

Ireland are expected to find out today if they will have to play their Intercontinental Cup game against Namibia at a future date.

This week's four-day game, scheduled for Stormont, was called off on Saturday because only half the Africans' squad were granted visas.

The ICC's Event Technical Committee met yesterday morning and, after talking to all parties, it is hoped to make an announcement today.

ICC have already confirmed that it is the responsibility of the home team's board "to arrange its own visas in advance of any tour".

At the moment the two one-day games between the teams, scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday at Stormont, are still ON.

Meanwhile, it was another record-breaking day at The Lawn yesterday as Waringstown piled up 392 for four in their Ulster Bank Premier League game against champions and league leaders North Down.

Obus Pienaar hit 164 and James Hall 139 not out as the Villagers made the perfect response to their shock first defeat of the season on Saturday to Ballymena.

The total equalled Waringstown's score against CIYMS last month when Pienaar hit 244.

This time Pienaar struck seven sixes and 15 fours in his 94 ball innings while Hall, dropped on two, batted through the 50 overs and hit five sixes and 11 fours. Their third wicket partnership was 241, 41 more than North Down totalled.

It was all a stark contrast to the events at Eaton Park where captain Kyle McCallan opted to bat first and Waringstown slumped to 22 for six, with Pienaar and Hall scoring seven runs between them.

Michael Glass, who finished with three for 10 from his 10 overs, and Fergus Taylor, who took the other three wickets, proved lethal at the start of the innings although Jonathan Bushe and Josh Hall found no such difficulties in adding 70 unbeaten runs for the seventh wicket.

But the damage had been done and when the Ballymena innings started after a number of rain breaks they needed only 97 from 29 overs. They got home by eight wickets with 31 balls to spare.

Meanwhile, North Down pulled off a miraculous win against Civil Service North at The Green on Saturday.

Bowled out for 125, the champions stormed back to reduce their visitors to 50 for four and 89 for seven, going on to win by two runs.

Carrick claimed their first win of the season, beating CIYMS by 22 runs.

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