National Cup misery for NW trio
There was to be little joy for the four North West sides left in this season's National Cup with Newbuildings' game with Knockharley washed out meaning a long journey south for Marty Mehaffey's team on Sunday.
The other trio all suffered heavy defeats- Killyclooney losing by 9 wickets at Rush, Sion coming unstuck by 6 wickets at Derriaghy and Burndennett going down by the same margin at Midleton.
The latter of those was a 650-mile round trip for the Tyrone side and Burndennett stalwart Kevin Logue said it was a real eye-opener for them as to the struggles of keeping cricket alive in south-east Cork. "If anybody in the North West feels hard done by about facilities or travelling to games then they should take a look at clubs like this" he said.
"Midleton play their home games on a mat at one end of a rugby ground and there is clearly a lot of work goes into keeping the sport alive in that part of the country."
"They are a great bunch of people and a few of their lads were saying how difficult it can be to attract much in the way of financial support so fair play to them for the work they're doing."
Mind you, the North West side didn't have much time to look around them given that they were shot out for just 58 runs. Mark Pollock's 16 was the best that they could muster as Dean Wilson (5-15) and Danish Iqbal (4-11) fairly ran through them, allowing the Munster side to win cosily.
Championship leaders Killyclooney also left their shooting boots behind as they were all out for 79 at Rush. Darren Moan's men have been in great form with the bat so far this year but if you take the skipper's 46 out of this it looks a miserable picture.
Alex Neary helped himself to 4 wickets and Allan Eastwood 3 with former Glendermott man Shahid Iqbal tidying up with 2 for 5.
An unbroken second wicket stand between Saadat Gull (42*) and Lynal Jansen (34*) closed out a facile win for the home team.
In the final game, Derriaghy were 6-wickets too strong for Sion Mills with the Qualifying 1 side also unable to make it past 100.
Matthew Jennings claimed four wickets with Mark Stinson, Josh Cardosi and Craig Lewis splitting the other six equally as Sion were rolled for 80- Simon Galloway's 18 the best of that.
The home side lost four wickets on the way to victory; Lee McGonagle with two of those, however Andy Kenny (23*) and Adam Jamison (22) ensured there were no slip-ups.
At Midleton, Midleton beat Burndennett by 6 wickets
Burndennett 58 all out (21.5 overs; D Wilson 5-15, D Iqbal 4-11)
Midleton 60-4 (20.2 overs; M Khan 27, R Weavers 3-26)
At Rush, Rush beat Killyclooney by 9 wickets
Killyclooney 79 all out (27.3 overs; D Moan 46, A Neary 4-25, A Eastwood 3-20, S Iqbal 2-5)
Rush 82-1 (12 overs; S Gull 42*, L Jansen 34*)
At Queensway, Derriaghy beat Sion Mills by 6 wickets
Sion Mills 80 all out (27.3 overs; M Jennings 4-14, M Stinson 2-12, J Cardosi 2-14, C Lewis 2-17)
Derriaghy 81-4 (21.5 overs; A Kenny 23*, A Jamison 22, L McGonagle 2-28)