Doheny stakes his Wolves claim with ton
The performance was always going to be more important than the result, but Cricket Ireland Academy managed to achieve both in their 106-run one-day win against the Future Stars at Seapark yesterday.
Rush opening batsman Stephen Doheny dominated the batting with a century, dismissed in the 42nd over for 115, but a series of poor shots did the other Ireland Wolves hopefuls no favours in this red-ball game, replacing the abandoned four-dayer.
Jack Tector nibbled at one in the seventh over and was caught behind for 17, Strabane's Aaron Gillespie drove loosely to extra cover for seven, Mark Adair attempted to reverse sweep his second ball and was bowled, four balls after Gareth Delany's breezy 25, which included four boundaries, was ended when played across the line.
But Doheny - he of the 259 in a National Cup match two years ago - was rewarded for much greater discipline, although he hit twice as many sixes (six) as fours in his 128 balls.
The Future Stars would appear to have a long way to go to fulfil their name and their batsmen never threatened the Academy total, with the stand of 25 for the fifth wicket, which fell at 74, the highest of the innings.
Adair struck in his third over, Fionn Hann in his first and James Cameron-Dow, a late replacement for CIYMS team-mate Jacob Mulder, in his second of an unbroken 10-over spell.
Slow left-armer Tom Stanton and Morgan Topping, despite not being introduced until the Stars were seven wickets down, also finished with two wickets.
Scores: CI Academy 250 (47.5 overs, S Doheny 115, G Delany 25, F Hand 23, M Donegan 22; C McIlveen 4-30, U Lohya 3-52) Future Stars 144 (34.1 overs, B Faber 37; J Cameron-Dow 3-27, M Topping 2-23, T Stanton 2-25). CI Academy won by 106 runs
Gillespie will hope to have saved his best innings for tomorrow when the top two in the Long's SuperValu Premiership meet at Strabane Park.
Bready are the visitors and if the leaders leave with an eighth victory of the season, it could go a long way to giving the Magheramason side a title-winning advantage with just three games left.
Coleraine and Donemana are the only other realistic challengers but the winners of their meeting at Sandel Lodge will almost certainly knock the others out of contention and Andy McBrine, on Ireland Wolves duty, is missing for the champions.
Ardmore, nearly in must-win category, will try to end a five-game losing run at Eglinton, the rematch of their last league win.
Tomorrow: Long's SuperValu Premiership: Brigade v Fox Lodge, Coleraine v Donemana, Eglinton v Ardmore, Strabane v Bready. Sunday: Brigade v Eglinton.
Championship: Ballyspallen v Burndennett, Bonds Glen v St Johnston, Killyclooney v Drummond, Newbuildings v Glendermott.