Riddles hoping for backlash
Andy Chapman (Northern Constitution)
LIMAVADY all-rounder Andrew Riddles is hoping for a huge backlash as his side prepares to host Merrion in a Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup quarter final on Saturday.
The Roesiders have been left reeling after being dumped out of the North West Senior Cup last weekend at the hands of arch rivals Donemana. The Tyrone side bucked their recent cup trend against Limavady in some style at the Holm when they comprehensively outplayed the locals on Sunday to set up an all- Tyrone final with Bready at Eglinton next month.
David Cooke's Limavady side has been left to concentrate on the league and Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup now, something Andrew believes will offer the players an extra incentive to perform.
'The defeat on Sunday hit us hard', he said, 'but now we know we have to step it up a gear.
'The top order failed us last week, and we usually have the depth in our batting to fix things, but it just didn't go our way at Donemana. They got 250 runs, which is just about a par score at the Holm. We didn't reach it, it's gone and now we need to put it right against Merrion.'
Despite the loss, Donemana native Riddles said the atmosphere at his old ground on the day was unbelievable: 'Its always a massive game when Limavady plays Donemana and Sunday was no different. The supporters for both sides are pretty passionate about their cricket and it's great to be involved in games like that. Unfortunately, the result didn't go our way.'
The Roesiders suffered a similar fate when they faced Merrion in last year's Irish Senior Cup in Dublin.
'The top order under performed that day as well, but we still feel it was a game we should have won', continued Andrew.
'150 odd runs was nowhere near enough but if we would have taken our catches, we would have won the match. We have to make sure we perform with the bat this weekend. We are playing at Limavady, in front of our home supporters and on a wicket we know well. Hopefully we can turn things around and make a big push in the Irish Cup this season.'
In the other quarter final matches, Donemana host CIYMS, Pembroke travel to North County and Lisburn welcome Leinster.