Moore up for Old Belvedere challenge
Andy Chapman (Northern Constitution)
THIS weekend Limavady travels to Old Belvedere in the third round of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup, hoping to carry the flag for the North West.
The Roesiders and Donemana are the only two NWCU sides left in the competition, which is viewed as Irish cricket's premier domestic knockout tournament.
Limavady's rivals Old Belvedere showed their intent in the last round, thrashing Brigade in Dublin. After making 215, thanks to a well played 79 from their professional Yogesh, the southern side managed to knock Brigade over for just 66.
Limavady all rounder Chris Moore, who has had a fantastic start to the 2009 season, will be hoping he and his teammates can offer a stiffer challenge.
Moore has won every senior medal going in local club cricket, except the Irish Senior Cup, something he is hoping to rectify this year.
'It's a tough competition and it's getting tougher each year', he said.
'I thought that last season was going to be our year. We had a great start, knocking over Railway Union at home and North Down away. At Merrion we posted a relatively small total, but in hindsight we should have defended it. I dropped a catch on the straight boundary that day, but we'll not talk about that.'
This season, the hard hitting Limavady man has been giving the responsibility of opening the batting, and as he told the Constitution, it came by chance.
'Ian McGregor was late for the first game at Killymallaght and David had to throw somebody up the order. He gave me the nod. I managed 148 in that game and thankfully things have gone pretty well for me since. I would honestly say that I prefer opening anyway. It's gives me the kick up the back side that I feel I need sometimes.
Before, when I was batting down the order, I was coming in with a few overs left and I maybe didn't have the concentration levels needed. Now, I feel that I have a bit more responsibility, and it has helped with my batting.'
Chris was given good news this week, when the results of an MRI scan on a troublesome knee injury, failed to show a ligament tear.
'I have been suffering for a while now', he continued, 'and I spent most of the winter having trouble with it.
'Fortunately, the scan has shown that I only have a strain and a bit of work with the weights should strengthen it up. It means that I can concentrate 100 percent on the cricket.'
So what are the aims for Chris and Limavady in 2009?
'For me personally, the main goal in any season is the league. But the cups are important as well. We have a Northwest Senior cup to defend and the only major medal I don't have is the Irish Senior Cup.
It's a tough competition and you need a bit of luck to win it. We didn't have that luck last season. Hopefully this year things will be different. We take each game as it comes, set out to win each game that we play in and we have an extremely competitive side, so who knows?'