Mixed results in National Cup
It turned out to be a real mixed bag for the North West teams still left in this year's National Cup after Newbuildings and Ballyspallen emerged to join Sion Mills in the next round following Sunday's action.
Sion had benefitted from Cliftonville's inability to produce a Duckworth-Lewis print-out when those two sides met earlier in the month and ‘Spallen's progress also turned out to be by default. The Roe Valley men travelled all the way to County Wicklow on Sunday only to be told by the umpires when they got there that the pitch was unfit for play.
It wasn't even the elements that had caused the problem either; rather the fact that a “drop-in” pitch had been put in at the venue recently and there was considerable debris along the periphery meaning that it was too dangerous.
The umpires felt that a bowl-out was the only alternative but the visitors were feeling a little hard done by in the circumstances and made it known to the officials that they weren't happy. To be fair to the Greystones club, they understood that frustration and explained that they had originally planned to have the game played at a different venue which had then become unavailable at short notice.
In the circumstances, the Wicklow side felt that the honourable thing to do would be to concede the game leaving ‘Spallen through to the next round.
Newbuildings also went through without playing as they beat Academy at Foyle College in a bowl-out. Heavy overnight rain put paid to any chance of a match here and with Graeme Robb being the only player to hit the stumps from the 10 attempts sent down, the North West side also went into the hat.
The other three sides are all out- Burndennett forfeiting after being unable to send a team to Woodvale while Glendermott lost 2-1 in a remote bowl-out against Lurgan.
Creevedonnell had a very enjoyable day out at the Phoenix Park in Dublin as they took on Civil Service, albeit the Curryfree Road men were very much second best on the day. Myles Neely made 43 and Kyle Culbert 35, taking a heft slice out of the visitors' total of 110 between them. Usman Aslam returned stunning figure of 6 for 6 to help account for the rest.
Civil Service had little trouble in knocking those off- Nilesh Joshi (37) and Keith Webster (32*) ensuring a comfortable success for the home team.
NATIONAL CUP ROUND-UP
At Foyle College, Newbuildings beat Academy 1-0 in a bowl-out
Greystones v Ballyspallen- Greystones forfeited after umpires deemed the pitch unplayable
Lurgan v Glendermott- Lurgan won 2-1 in remote bowl-out
Woodvale v Burndennett- Burndennett forfeited due to availability
Civil Service Leinster v Creevedonnell-
Creevedonnell 110-10-40 (M Neely 43, K Culbert 35, U Aslam 6-6)
Civil Service 112-2-18.3 (N Joshi 37, K Webster 32*)
Civil Service won by 8 wickets
SECOND ROUND DRAW (Ties to take place this Sunday)
Sion Mills v Laois
Newbuildings v Terenure
Ballyspallen v Civil Service Leinster