Centuries in vain for NW sides
Alistair Bushe (News Letter)
Decker Curry and Tabish Khan hit centuries but it wasn't enough to prevent Ardmore and Fox Lodge from going out to Dublin opposition on Sunday night.
Tabish, who is better know for his fast-medium bowling, made a brilliant 131 as Fox Lodge posted 260 for nine batting first against holders Clontarf at Ballymagorry.
Khan reached his century in just 96 balls, striking nine fours and seven sixes in a stunning knock.
The home side needed Khan's heroics as key men Iftikhar Hussain, Dean McCarter and Brian Allen went cheaply, and North West Warriors batsman Jason Milligan was unavailable following his wedding on Saturday.
Rain reduced Clontarf's target to 255 in 48 overs and they showed why they are the holders with a ruthless run chase. Bill Coghlan, the Leinster Lightning batsman, was in dazzling form, reaching his century in just 87 balls, hitting 10 sixes in the process.
Mark Collier, his opening partner, also reached 50 as the opening partnership passed 200 with the minimum of fuss.
In total Coghlan struck an unbeaten 157 which included 14 sixes and 11 fours as the formalities were completed with more than six overs to spare.
A wonderful partnership between Curry and Adrian Murphy couldn't prevent Ardmore from losing to Merrion in Dublin.
Curry rolled back the years by hitting 101 from 119 balls, as his partnership with his captain for the fourth wicket reached 202 as they chased an unlikely 294 for victory in a 48-over game.
However, it was never likely to threaten Merrion having lost three early wickets and been crawling along at barely one run an over.
Curry struck 11 fours and two sixes with Murphy falling just three runs short of three figures after hitting 97 from 120 balls. Ardmore closed on 230 for five, 63 runs adrift. Murphy struck three fours and nine sixes.
Pembroke beat Cork County by 55 runs. The draw for the quarter-finals is due to be made on Tuesday morning