Villagers cruise into Irish Cup last four

Waringstown put the disappointment of Saturday’s 63 run league defeat at Carrickfergus behind them with a powerful performance at Pembroke on Sunday. Batting first the visitors rattled up 358-2 in 50 overs. A cracking platform was laid by openers Adam Dennison and James Hall who put on an opening stand of 221 in 38 overs. It was a watchful start from the pair but as they settled in they matched each other score for score. It was Dennison (105) with eight boundaries and two maximums who brought up his century first followed a couple of overs later by Hall. When Dennison fell captain Greg Thompson (6) went cheaply caught at cow corner. Professional Shaheen Khan joined Hall and the pair continued to hammer the ball to all parts in and unbroken third wicket stand of 122 in the last nine overs. Hall finished on 175 from 146 balls with 14 fours and nine clearances of the rope while Khan finished on 64 for 29 balls with six boundaries and four huge maximums as the visitors set the home side a massive 359 to chase. It was always going to be a big ask and so it proved as the Waringstown spin pair of Gary Kidd and Lee Nelson picked up four wickets each. Kidd with 4-23 and Nelson 4-41 proved hard to get away and bowled with great discipline. The returning James Mitchell (1-15) and Phil Eaglestone (1-63) were the other wicket takers while Eaglestone also took four catches in the outfield in a fine Waringstown display. They will now join Strabane, Merrion and Clontarf in next weeks semi final draw with the last four games set for Sunday 12th August.

Attention now turns to Friday’s Challenge Cup Final at Comber against CSNI 11am. Following that the 1st XI have no match on Saturday but are back in action on Sunday at The Lawn as Waringstown host NCU T20 finals day. First up in the T20 Trophy will be Downpatrick v Holywood at 11am followed by Waringstown v North Down at 3:30pm. It promises to be an exciting few days of cricket for the Villagers as the season hots up into the final month. ********* Meanwhile in Junior One on Saturday it was a mixed day for the 2nd and 3rd strings of Waringstown. At the Lawn 2nd XI skipper Stuart Kidd led his side to a three wicket victory over Carrick seconds with a match winning 61 not out as his side reached the visitors total of 202-6 with an over to spare while opener Ben Carson scored 56. Alan Harrison took 2-29 in the Carrick innings as the seconds move into second place and have two games in hand on leaders CSNI seconds who they meet at The Lawn next Saturday. While at The Gordon Playing fields the 3rd XI put in their worst performance of the season as they fell to a heavy defeat against CIYMS seconds by 163 runs. Alex Hewitt 4-31 and Mark Carpenter 2-43 were the main wicket takers for the thirds but some loose bowling in the final 15 overs of the innings saw CIYMS rack up 250-8 in 40 overs. In reply only Paddy Currie (29) scored anything of note as the thirds were bowled out inside 30 overs for 87. Mark Fitzpatrick’s side remain fourth in the table with five games to play. This Saturday the thirds are back at the Gordon Playing fields to play Muckamore seconds.