Clontarf v Leinster

A match that had all the makings of a close encounter on paper turned out to be anything but, as Leinster won this Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup match against Clontarf by 8 wickets thanks to a fine innings of 58 not out from their pro Carlos Braithwaite.

Clontarf's innings of 155 never really got going and wasn't helped by three run outs. Rob Hokin (17) being the first as he found himself out of his ground when a straight drive from Dom Rigby (52) was deflected onto the stumps by the bowler Hugh McDonnell, that left Clontarf on 78 for 3 in the 16th over. Greg Molins (19) and Dom Rigby then put on 28 runs before Rigby himself was run out with a direct hit from fine leg after being sent back by Molins. A vital wicket as both looked well placed to build a sizeable innings. 106 for 4 became 141 for 8 as Anton Scholtz and George Dockrell shared the wickets between them as they bowled their 10 overs a piece, Scholtz taking 3 for 25 and Dockrell 1 for 24. The return of Carlos Braithwaite gave him his second wicket and left Clontarf on 146 9. Next over saw the home side all out for a meagre 155 runs.

Leinster openers of Anton Scholtz and Mark Jones found little to worry them from the Clontarf attack, the only chance of note came in the very first over when Scholtz was put down by the Clontarf wicket-keeper Bill Coghlan. The pair had put on 55 runs when the partnership was finally broken with the wicket of Jones, out for 28. Scholtz was then joined by Braithwaite and the pair took the game away from Clontarf. They added 78 runs and when Scholtz was out, 2 short of his 50, Leinster were on 134 and within touching distance of victory. 4 overs later their name was in the hat for the next round draw, Braithwaite finishing up 58 not out.

YMCA v Lisburn

YMCA won the toss and elected to bat, only to lose a few quick wickets. It was Paul Beacroft, however, who kept his head and batted thoughtfully, only to lose his wicket 3 runs shy of a half century. David Simpson, opening the bowling for Lisburn, took 2 wickets for 39 in 7, while H. vd Merwe took another 2, for 30 in 10 and the Ervine's kept the YMCA middle order from scoring. In the 44th over, YMCA was all out for an interesting total of 204 runs and they started their fielding innings in good spirits.

Jack, the super-sub fielding for Angus Dunlop, who had pulled a muscle in a big effort to push a quick single earlier on the day, inspired the fielding even more, saving boundaries and getting the ball back in quickly. After a few low-scoring overs and a first wicket in the 6th over, Gerry Strydom accellerated the run chase, and when his wicket fell in the 33rd over, the score had increased to 151/5. With captain Simpson top-scoring 37 and Craig. Ervine adding another 31, Lisburn cruised to a 5 wicket win in the 50th over.

Old Belvedere v Limavady

Both teams arrived in Cabra to see a fine day and a dry but sandy pitch.Winning the toss, Limavady skipper David Cooke had no hesitation putting Old Belvedere in to bat, and watched his bowlers restrict the batsmen to singles for much of the innings. The key overs were 20 to 40, where Decker Curry (0-10 off 10) and Simon Dunn (1-11 off 10) shut down the scoring almost completely. Richard McDaid was the pick of the bowling, taking 4-33 off 9, supported by Chris Moore with 2-35 off 10. Belvedere's batsmen found it tough going against accurate bowling, with only Dean Calder, who carried his bat for 43 not out, and pro Yogesh (21) getting starts.

Set 138 to win, Limavady started strongly, with Decker Curry scoring 54 fromthe opening slot before getting out LBW to Sadaff Raza. Richard McDaid tookup where Decker left off, scoring 34 not out in bringing Limavady to the
required total in the 28th over, assisted by Mark McDaid who finished with18 not out. Belvedere's bowling was disciplined, but some poor fielding letthem down, and Sadaff Raza was the only bowler to make an impression, taking3 for 39 in his 9.4 overs. The only other wicket to fall was taken byRichard O'Donnell (1-20 off 5).

The Hills v Donemana

The Hills fielding an under strength team without the services of Jeremy Bray, who was on international duty, elected to bat on a perfect day for cricket.Unfortunately they never really managed to get any momentum to their innings, runs coming very slowly due to some very tight bowling from the Donemana team. If it wasn't for a steady 38 from Albert Van de Merwe and a quick fired 21 from Matt Dwyer, the home side may have struggled to reach a hundred. In any event they managed a modest 133 all out in 48 overs. Shaffique taking 1 for 10 in 9 overs with Andrew Mc Brine finishing with 3 for 29.

The target was never sufficient to trouble Donemana as they romped home easy winners by 8 wickets in just over 24 overs. Shaffique scoring a scintillating 70 not out accompanied by Richard Kee with 35 not out, seeing Donnemara through to the next round without really being tested..