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Lewis’ ton just not enough to claim upset for Derriaghy


Craig Lewis. Credit: David Maginnis

Craig Lewis. Credit: David Maginnis


Craig Lewis. Credit: David Maginnis

It was fast and furious action in the first round of the Gallagher Challenge Cup on Saturday, but it was all in one direction as the favourites took their place in this week’s quarter-final draw.

The wickets tumbled in quick succession for the Section One teams and the Premier League teams reached their target in double quick time in all six games, with the only hint of a upset during a superb hitting exhibition by Derriaghy’s Craig Lewis. He took on cup kings Waringstown almost single-handedly, scoring 122 out of 179 when he was in the middle, hitting eight fours and 13 sixes in his 88-ball innings, but either side of it Derriaghy lost seven wickets for just 52.

Graham Hume took six of the wickets and then hit 66 of the final 118 runs from just 37 balls, with nine fours and four sixes.

He was beaten to top scorer by James McCollum who was caught at long-on, going for his fifth maximum, eight runs short of his century.

Derriaghy’s total was more than 100 better than any of their league rivals with Templepatrick getting closest, yet they were the only team to lose by 10 wickets as Woodvale’s Harry Warke (73) and James Hall (43) reached their target of 129 in just 15 overs.

The headline act in this match, however, was Aditya Adey whose figures of seven for 14 were the best in a 50-over Cup match and the best since Kyle McCallan took 7-13 for Cliftonville against Dunmurry in 1996.

Elsewhere, Cliftonville Academy scored 101 and lost by five wickets to North Down, Armagh made 94 and went down to Civil Service North by eight wickets (Ross Adair 53 off 23 balls), Ballymena’s 91 was also passed for the loss of two wickets by Instonians and Lisburn had the quickest win, by nine wickets against Donaghcloney Mill who were bowled out in the 17th over for 47, Josh Manley taking six for 29.

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Holders CIYMS dismissed Carrickfergus for 126 to win the all-Premier League tie by 122 runs with new Ireland call-up Graeme Kennedy hitting 72 and Muckamore beat Cregagh in the all-Section One tie by six wickets.

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