Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
JACQUES Snyman scored his third century of the season as Carrickfergus led four NCU teams into the second round of the Irish Senior Cup. The South African professional hit 113 of Carrick’s 246 runs, but it was Ashwin Shetty who was the Middle Road side’s hero as he took four early YMCA wickets — including all three Tector brothers — as the Dubliners were reduced to 59-5. They fell 89 runs short.
The other NCU winners were League champions CIYMS, who knocked out North County for the third successive year; Civil Service North, who bowled out Coleraine for 103; and Instonians, who hammered Cork County by 10 wickets, with Nikolai Smith and Ollie Metcalfe both scoring undefeated centuries.
It was another bad day in the Irish Cup for North West clubs, with four of their five teams who were in action yesterday going out; Bready were the only winners with an exciting seven wickets success against Lisburn.
The North West have two more chances for their teams to join Strabane, who as a Semi-Finalist in last year’s competition received a bye into the second round, when Donemana visit North Down next Sunday and Eglinton go to Phoenix. Both those games were postponed yesterday following the death of former Donemana and Eglinton player, and umpire, Alan Dunn on Friday.
Snyman was the bully boy against the YMCA youngsters with a hard-hitting century from 77 balls to put Carrick in control of their cup tie at Middle Road. He hit 12 fours and five sixes in his 89-ball innings, ended in the 37th over by YM slow left arm debutant Jamie Forbes. His prize maiden wicket certainly saved his side from more destruction in the last 10 overs — the game was reduced to 47 overs after rain delayed the start — and indeed Carrick lost their remaining six wickets for 45 runs.
Rory Anders returned the over after Snyman was out, and with his second ball he bowled CJ van der Walt, and with his third trapped Alex Haggan leg before. It was the second time this week that Van der Walt had been dismissed by Anders — last Sunday the pace bowler had the figures of 6-6 for Lightning Bolts against the Emerging Knights. Yesterday his second spell was 5-17 as he ripped through Carrick’s lower order, missing the holidaying Ryan Eagleson, and they were all out with four balls unused.
But any hope of YMCA making a serious challenge were ruined by Shetty’s devastating opening burst. Indeed, he was involved the first five wickets as he also held a fine running catch. An eighth wicket partnership of 58 between Fionn Hand and James Parkinson only delayed the inevitable outcome which came in only the 31st over.
Graham McCarter was the destroyer for Civil Service North as he took three wickets in his first 15 balls to reduce Coleraine to 19-5. Thanks to Vishal Chopra’s 38, Coleraine managed to total 103 but Marc Ellison saw his side to a seven wickets victory with an undefeated 37.
The biggest win of the day was at Shaw’s Bridge, as Instonians knocked off 234 inside 35 overs without being parted. Metcalfe outscored his former skipper, hitting 15 fours and two sixes in his 123, while Smith also hit 17 boundaries (all fours) in his 106.
North County got off to a great start at Belmont, reaching 111-1, but they lost nine wickets for exactly 100 and a third wicket partnership of 137 between John Matchett and Obus Pienaar turned the chase into a formality.
Bready professional Irosh Samarasorriya proved too good for Lisburn, his 105 not out from 85 balls seeing the North West League champions to victory with nine balls to spare. He wasn’t the top scorer at Magheramason, however. That honour went to Lisburn’s Faiz Fazal who hit 20 fours and two sixes in his 139. But after his dismissal, Lisburn lost their last five wickets for 43, bowled out with 11 balls unused.
North West Cup holders Brigade were well beaten in Dublin by Pembroke, after being dismissed for 152, Jonny Robinson top scoring at No.10.
It was also a fruitless trip south for Ballyspallen but Glendermott, with home advantage, came so close to snatching victory against Rush. Despite the visitors being 216-8 and 244-9, they could not remove Neil Rock who scored all the runs in a last wicket stand of 18 to see his side to a thrilling one wicket success. He could be the scourge of the North West again this week, when he turns out for Northern Knights.