Khan the man at Stormont
06-23-2018

An unbroken stand of 197 for the fourth wicket between captain Greg Thompson (78 off 43 balls) and professional Shaheen Khan (105 off 53 balls) laid the platform for a comfortable 82 runs victory over CSNI at Stormont.
Being put into bat Waringstown found themselves three down for 32 in the fifth over with Adam Dennison (20), James Hall (8) and James McCollum (0) all back in the pavilion.
This brought Thompson and Khan together and they both started slowly and at 65-3 after 10 overs a score of 150 was on the cards.
What was to happen in the next 10 overs was sensational with some of the cleanest hitting from both players that you will see this season.
The ball travelled to all parts of the Stormont outfield with Thompsonís 78 including six maximums and six boundaries. Khan smashed seven boundaries and cleared the rope on eight occasions some of which by a big distance in a fine showing of clean hitting.
An imposing total of 229-3 from 20 overs was always going to be a big ask to chase down.
CSNI openers Ellison and Malan had an opening stand of 64 before James McCollum (2-36) had Ellison caught behind for 32 and next ball bowled Graeme McCarter for a first ball duck in the eighth over.
In the next over Gary Kidd (3-25) had Malan trapped lbw for 33 and once these two were removed any chance of the homeside gaining victory was gone.
James Mitchell bowled a tidy four over spell picking up 2-25 while there were wickets apiece for Lee Nelson 1-22 and James Hall 1-2 as Waringstown ran out 82 run victors.
The Villagers have topped group A of the Lagan Valley Steels on net run rate from CSNI.
They have booked a home semi-final place on Friday 13th July against either CIYMS or Carrick.
Next Saturday 30th June the firsts travel to CIYMS in the semi final for the Challenge Cup with a 12 Noon start.