Run-machine Pienaar is the talk of the Town
Waringstown will meet Civil Service North in the final of the Ulster Bank Challenge Cup at the end of the month after the Villagers ended Instonians’ winning run at The Lawn yesterday.
The Belfast side had won their previous 13 games in all competitions, including Saturday’s Bob Kerr Irish Cup quarter final against Railway Union, but even with the surprise inclusion of Andrew White in their team, they could not stop the Waringstown, Obus Pienaar-inspired bandwagon.
The big-hitting South African hit 126 from just 84 balls and he shared a third wicket stand of 219 with his captain Kyle McCallan, the former Ireland international finding a welcome return to form with a fighting 118.
White took three wickets for 51 but Instonians were handicapped by the loss of Sam Shannon, who had to retire early with a knee injury and Rory McCann had to take off the pads to bowl.
They finished 37 runs short with McCallan, caught off White in the 48th over, getting his own back and dismissing his great friend for just 15. When skipper Eugene Moleon followed shortly afterwards, the game was up for the Belfast side despite an excellent 113 by James Shannon.
The Villagers victory sets up a repeat of the thrilling 2008 final which Civil Service North won by just four runs. On Saturday, an opening partnership of 126 between Gary Wilson and Mark Ellison made light of CSN’s task of passing North Down’s 176.
Waringstown and Instonians, meanwhile, could meet again in the Bob Kerr Irish Cup final after the NCU teams were kept apart in the semi final draw.
McCallan missed Waringstown’s emphatic 118 runs quarter final win over Leinster and knows he will be without Pienaar when the semi final away to Brigade comes around on Sunday, August 7.
Instonians’ reward for knocking out last year’s beaten finalists is another home draw, against Phoenix who defeated holders Merrion by 64 runs, while Brigade won in Dublin for the second round in a row, this time beating Pembroke by six wickets.
In the Henderson Properties Senior League yesterday, Kamran Sajid finished 72 not out in Donemana's 186 for three as they beat Bonds Glen who had shocked Bready on Saturday to claim their first ever top flight win.
But Bangor are still pointless in the Ulster Bank Premier league after being bowled out for 89 at Wallace Park yesterday. Lisburn won by six wickets in the 20th over.
The Seasiders find themselves eight points adrift at the bottom of the table after Carrickfergus claimed a welcome win, beating Muckamore by 68 runs.