Waringstown lead NCU charge in Irish Cup
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
HOLDERS Waringstown led the NCU's charge into the quarter-finals of the Irish Senior Cup where, for the first time since 2000, they will provide half of the last eight.
Waringstown had the biggest win of the day with openers James Hall and James McCollum racing past Eglinton's 124 in just 16 overs and they will be joined in the last eight by Derriaghy, Instonians and CIYMS.
But, for the seocond successive year, North West interest ended at the second round stage with YMCA beating Fox Lodge by eight wickets.
Hall dominated the Waringstown innings, finishing 80 not out from 43 balls with eight fours and five sixes, with McCollum content to play second fiddle, hitting just six boundaries in his 39.
The game was as good as up for Eglinton, however after just 11 balls because their two major players,
professional Oraine Williams and Ireland international Stuart Thompson were dismissed in successive deliveries by Cobus Pienaar to leave the home side four for three. They then plunged to 37 for seven before Ross Allen brought respectability to the total with 52 not out.
CIYMS proved that northern teams can win in Dublin with a five wickets victory at The Hills as, unlike their league game on Saturday at Carrickfergus, one of their top six stayed to the finish. Johnny Thompson lost his captain, Nigel Jones with CI needing 26 from 33 balls but Thompson struck two sixes and three fours in his 30 from 16 balls to win the match with more than three overs to spare.
Instonians followed up their last ball victory against Leinster double winners Clontarf with a more comfortable success against Pembroke at Shaw's Bridge. They had 11 balls to spare when Nathan Smith hit the winning boundary and ensure namesake Nikolai's century was not in vain. The captain hit 107 from 119 balls with 11 fours and a six.
Derriaghy were the quickest winners, after dismissing Co Galway for just 79 at Queensway and completing a seven wickets victory to give themselves a dream place in the last eight after a month to remember.
But there was a first defeat of the season for Carrickfergus who came up against the run machine that is John Anderson. The Merrion and Ireland international batsman scored his third century in the last fortnight, 143 from 131 balls with 22 fours and two sixes before he gave Anthony Martin his third wicket. But a total of 300 was 104 too many for Carrick with only Pat Botha able to reply in kind, his 107 coming off 98 balls with 12 fours and three sixes.
The National Cup also reached the last eight stage yesterday with Lurgan handing Limerick a place In the quarter-finals because they could not field a team for their home game!
South Dublin side Dundrum probably wished they hadn't turned up at Rush, as the holders broke every record in the book by totalling 569 for five in their 50 overs, Stephen Doheny batting through the innings for 259, hitting 22 fours and 16 sixes.
The NCU cricket fraternity were shocked to hear that John Caldwell, a former chairman, and Cricket Ireland president in 2008, had died when on holiday in the West Indies.
John was a popular figure at Eaton Park, Ballymena, in both the cricket and rugby clubs and a tribute will appear in Wednesday's column.