Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup

Old Belvedere vs Waringstown

The ground looked the best it has done for many a year but the pitch belied its appearance: under the even, brown thatch was a treacherous dampness. Waringstown, strangers in these parts, opted to bat.

After surviving the initial three rats, Kyle McCallan and James Hall gave an exhibition of batting. The former played shots all round the wicket and practised his reverse sweep. Hall cut and drove straight.

They put on 241 for the first wicket, but which time the Belvedere fielding had almost disintegrated. McCallan finished with 145* (14 boundaries) and Hall made 108 (8 fours). Waringstown made 83 off the last 11 overs to finish on 275 for two wickets both to Sameer Dutt (for 46 runs), a score which has not been beaten on this ground for decades, I imagine.

Apart from Syed Ali (82) and Sreekanth Sharma (32), Belvedere hadn't much to offer as the last five wickets were lost for 25 runs and they were dismissed for 166 in the 42nd over. Simon Harrison, James Hall and Lee Nelson (0.3-0- 2-1) each got two wickets as Waringstown won by 109 runs.