Waringstown and Donemana triumph in Irish Cup
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
WARINGSTOWN, the holders, and Donemana, both reached the semi finals of the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup and their perfect day was completed with two home draws.
The NCU side will meet The Hills, who defeated YMCA on fewer wickets lost in their quarter final, and Donemana, who haven't lost a home match in the competition since 2007, have only Merrion in the way of a third final in five years.
The Villagers dismissed North County for 252 and despite a middle order wobble, when they lost three wickets in successive overs for just four runs, professional Glenn Addicott saw them home with 15 balls to spare.
Addicott had been disappointed to get out in the Ulster Bank League game against Instonians the previous day. That led to a first league defeat, but he made no mistake yesterday, hitting five sixes and eight fours in his 94 not out, from just 96 balls.
James Hall had set the platform with 80 (five sixes and six fours) of the first 151 runs and the South African scored all but 37 of the remainder as captain Kyle McCallan was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Davy Dawson and Josh Hall.
McCallan was also upstaged in the bowling by slow left armer Gary Kidd who took three for 29 in 10 overs, including County top scorer Conor Armstrong, the former Ireland international, for 75.
The crowd packed in at Donemana for their first home Irish Cup match since 2009 and they were treated to a batting exhibition. Opponents Railway Union did not know what hit them as Ireland Under-19 opener Ryan Hunter warmed up for this week's games against England U18s in
Leicester with a stunning century as the North West side amassed 347 for nine.
Hunter hit 114, from 83 balls, with five sixes and 16 fours, his first 50 coming from 37 balls and his second in just 33.
He was third out in the 28th over with the total on 207 and Andy McBrine, also bound for Australia and the Under-19 World Cup next week, then took over, hitting four sixes and six fours in his 64 from 48 balls.
Railway were very much in the game for 15 overs, openers Patrick Collins, the young Australian professional, and Tom Fisher, putting on 98 for the first wicket, but James McBrine struck with his second ball, Fisher followed immediately and, when Ireland international Kevin O'Brien was caught at point by Hunter off Junior McBrine it was game over, the final margin a crushing 141 runs.
The Ulster Bank Challenge Cup final on Friday week will be between North Down and Instonians after the Shaw's Bridge side completed a straightforward eight wickets win over Section One side Muckamore in the semi final.
James Shannon was man of the match with 45 not out and three wickets and is he involved in both T20 games at Comber today when an Ireland XI (at 12.30pm) and an NCU President's XI (5pm) give Bangladesh two T20 warm-up games ahead of this week's three internationals against Ireland.