History makers Cregagh lift LVS Trophy
History was made at The Demesne in Saintfield as Cregagh claimed their first Cup win in Senior Competition with a Super-Over victory over the home side.
Batting first in the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Trophy Final Cregagh posted 113 for the loss of 7 wickets.
Mark Johnston's 20 was surpassed by Craig Irvine who top-scored for the visitors with hard hitting 38that included 2x4s and 3x6s.
When he fell caught on the boundary in the 18th it was another youngster Charlie Shannon who found the boundary with a couple of lusty blows finishing 14* and giving the visitors total that push that turned out to be so important in the end.
Saintfield last two early wickets in the chase but a fifty partnership between Gareth Harrison and Adam Reid saw them reach 76 before the third wicket fell.
At that point it looked like Saintfield's game but when Adam Beattie ran out Harrison and then had Reid caught the game had swung Cregagh's way - or so it seemed!
Saintfield went into the final over needing 6 runs to claim the Trophy and having tied the scores off the fifth ball of Adam Beattie's final over high have hoped that would be enough to get them home.
The perfect time to rip out Adam Sofley's middle stump to leave the scores tied and give him best figures of 3-12.
So 113/7 played 113/6 - maybe a Tie? Maybe a home win on fewer wickets lost? A Super-Over?
Umpires Latham and Hamilton decreed a Super-Over was indeed the method for deciding the result and for the first time in an NCU Final.
Saintfield posted 9 off their six deliveries bowled by Davy Cooper and it would be left to the youthful pairing of Craig Irvine and Adam McCormick to bat for Cregagh.
A 'dot' first ball was followed by successive boundaries and a single from the fourth delivery tied the scores before the fifth was struck just clearing mid-off's head to cue Cregagh's long awaited celebrations.
Lagan Valley Steels T20 Trophy Final:
SuperOver - Saintfield 9/0: Cregagh 10/0 (0.5 overs)
Cregagh win in Super Over.