Two times winners Rush are safely through to the last sixteen of the National Cup after an impressive bowling display saw them dismiss Cliftonville Academy for just 97.
Allan Eastwood – one of a trio of Irish internationals in the Rush ranks – took three wickets, as did Daniel Coffey and Aaron McGuire. J
eremy Bray fell early, but Conor Armstrong (45*) and Tipu Gull (44*) both struck 6 fours and a six to seal a routine eight-wicket win.
Former finalists Drummond posted their first win of the summer with an emphatic victory over Derriaghy.
The Roe Valley side made an impressive 263-4 batting first courtesy of runs from Kyle Morrow (72), Andy Christie (61) and an unbroken 5th wicket stand between Chris Moore (40*) and Ricky McDaid (39*).
The visitors were never really up with the pace after that-Craig Lewis with 31 and Andrew Kenny (21) the best of it.
And what a day for Curtis McElwee as he finished with remarkable figures of 6-11 on a rare appearance for Chris Moore’s team. That was the catalyst for the NCU team’s reply closing on 140.
There were centuries galore as batsmen relished the warm sunshine. Killyclooney’s overseas player Andre Henry hit 12 fours and 8 sixes as he made an unbeaten 115 that saw his side progress against Laois.
The southerners posted a decent total of 180 but it wasn’t enough as Henry and Giles Moan saw ‘Clooney home in a convincing 8-wicket win.
Sion Mills had been invited into the competition due to withdrawals further afield, but their sojourn was brief and unsuccessful; unbeaten hundreds for Paddy Beverland and Nathan Burns helping Holywood to a mammoth 315-2 from their 40 overs. Sion never got close in reply.
An entertaining century from Jonny Moore saw Cregagh emerge with a seven-wicket win in their game against Newbuildings. The match was switched to the North West due to the NCU side’s ground being unplayable and Moore took a liking to the new surroundings.
He hit 13 fours and 8 sixes in his unbeaten 110 from just 69 balls- a century in boundaries cutting out the need for much running between the wickets.
Newbuildings had earlier made 217-8 in their 40 overs with Tommy Thompson making 72 and Clinton Pienaar 52, however it was nowhere near enough with the form Moore was in.
Lisburn got the better of a low-scoring affair at Bonds Glen; the Currys- Richard (30), Derek (26) and Leslie (24) faring best as the hosts posted 145 all out.
Adam Berry (4-27) was the pick of the visitors; bowling, backed up by Richard McConkey and Mark Berry who claimed a couple of wickets apiece.
And whatever the Currys could do the Berrys could too- Adam with an unbeaten 40 and Mark the same on 36 as Lisburn saw it through after an early scare. Kyle Moore (4-20) kept it interesting in the second innings with Richard Simpson’s 33 the best of the top order.
County Kerry had an 8-wicket win over Ballaghaderreen, with Arslan Anwar hitting 41 as they chased a modest 102 to win easily.
Limerick beat Longford by four wickets, while Knockharley overcame Midleton by 13 runs in a high-scoring encounter.
Binson hit 94 and took three wickets at DLR County overcame Laurelvale by 19 runs, while half centuries from Bryans and Stewart helped Templepatrick oust last season’s beaten finalists Terenure by five wickets.
North Kildare failed to turn up at St Johnston while Burndennett conceded to Railway Union. Ballyspallen, County Galway and Glendermott had all received byes.
No date has yet been given for the draw, but the second round ties will take place on Sunday June 17th.