Cricket: Waringstown book place in Irish Cup quarter-final
While Instonians will expect to host Railway Union in the quarter final of the Irish Cup, Waringstown are the one NCU teams definitely in the last eight after finally ending their losing streak against North County.
At the third attempt, batting first every time, they finally bowled out the five-times winners of the Irish Cup to keep themselves in the frame for their first all-Ireland success since the Dream Team in 1992.
Waringstown captain Kyle McCallan’s losing run against North County lasts even longer than his present club. He was captain of the 2001 Cliftonville team when the Balrothery side won their first final — at The Lawn — so there was extra satisfaction when he raised his bat to celebrate his century on Saturday.
He went on to make 111 and, with the help of Obus Pienaar’s 82 from 51 balls (eight fours and three sixes), they got the Villagers to 283 for five.
The feeling was it would probably be just enough but, in the end, it was the controversial dismissal of Ireland international John Mooney for 19, caught behind off McCallan — the batsman clearly thought he didn’t hit it — which was the turning point.
It proved to be McCallan’s only wicket as Gary Kidd enjoyed his best day for some time (four for 50) and James Hall also took two wickets as North County came up 25 runs short.
Waringstown’s reward is a home tie against Leinster but their next opponents are not as strong as the team that won the cup just two years ago and, indeed, they struggled to get past Bonds Glen, having only three wickets to spare chasing just 148.
The Bee Gees, playing their first complete Irish Cup tie, were not expected to get close on Saturday but they did a lot better than most of the experienced top flight North West clubs.
They were involved in seven of the second round ties but they had only one winner as Leinster teams continue to dominate.
Brigade, though, came through a testing examination at Clontarf, restricting the home side to 169 for seven, despite the absence of captain Mark Simpson, and knocking off the runs in just 40 overs with Chris Dougherty and Ifti Hussein putting on 117 for the second wicket.
Bob Kerr Irish Cup quarter final draw: Merrion v Phoenix, Pembroke v Brigade, Instonians or Limavady v Railway Union, Waringstown v Leinster. Games to be played on July 2.