Waringstown warmed up for their showdown against CIYMS with an 87-run victory over North Down as Adam Dennison continued his love affair with Comber.

Eight days after hitting the record 50-over score of 145 in the Challenge Cup Final, he went two better yesterday to steer the defending Robinson Services Premier League champions to a towering 337-6.

Dennison was actually out at the start of the 45th over, having faced 142 balls and hit 13 fours and three sixes, and there was still time for Waringstown to pile on another 60 runs, 18 of them by Lee Nelson in the last over bowled by North Down professional Ruhan Pretorius.

The opening partnership between Dennison and James Hall was worth 165 in exactly 30 overs, and with James McCollum absent, the returning Kyle McCallan took his place at No.3 and helped himself to 38 off 44 balls.

While Pretorius was at the crease, North Down always had an outside chance of chasing down the huge total, but after scoring 82 out of 127 in 23 overs, the South African was bowled by Gary Kidd and McCallan then added the next four wickets before the spin twins’ overs ran out.

Mike Grossett and Marty Moreland then frustrated Waringstown, adding 58 in the last 10 overs, but the result was never in doubt.