Challenge and T20 finals in big weekend for Waringstown
It’s a tale of two cups this coming weekend for Waringstown with the Finals of the Senior Challenge Cup and Twenty20 Cup. First up on Friday the Clare Road side make the trip to Comber to take on CSNI in the NCU’s showpiece event. Waringstown’s run to the final saw them to a first round 245 runs victory at home to Woodvale with James Hall scoring 109 and Gary Kidd taking 4-12. In the quarter final they racked up another big victory at Derriaghy by 238 runs. Captain Greg Thompson scored 93 while Gary Kidd picked up another four wickets with 4-19 and there were three wickets each for Kyle McCallan and Phil Eaglestone. Then in the semi final they won a last ball thriller at CIYMS chasing a club record 291 for a one wicket victory thanks to 126 from professional Shaheen Khan. The action gets underway at 11am at the North Down venue and admission is £5 for adults and £2 for school pupils. You can check out our twitter feed @waringstowncc later in the week for player interviews ahead of the big weekend. Meanwhile on Sunday The Lawn is the venue for Lagan Valley Steels NCU T20 Finals day. It is a big day for Waringstown as hosts and hopefully the weather will play ball in what has been a successful day this past number of seasons. First up at 11am will be the T20 Trophy final between Downpatrick and Holywood with both sides making the final with semi final victories over Laurelvale and Bangor respectively. Then at 3:30pm the main event of the T20 Cup Final sees a repeat of last years final between Waringstown and North Down. Both sides topped their respective groups and also had comfortable semi final victories with North Down beating CSNI by 51 runs and Waringstown defeating CIYMS by 67 runs. It is all geared up for a fine day of cricket with BBQ and Bar facilities available all day and hopefully the weather plays ball. Entry to the ground is free although there will be a collection around the ground by the NCU towards The Mary Peters Trust.
Greg Thompson's thoughts on the weekends cup finals.