Challenge Cup Winners - 2018
A magnificent 145 not out from 130 balls by Waringstown opening batsman Adam Dennison stole the show at Friday’s Challenge Senior Cup Final at Comber.
Dennison who is in fine form this season also passed the 900 run mark for the year in the process as he along with James McCollum who made 73 put on 142 for the second wicket after Waringstown lost James Hall early in their pursuit of CSNI’s 285-4.
When McCollum fell lbw to Ben Adair for 73 which included 11 boundaries and Lee Nelson went first ball there was a slight wobble.
Shaheen Khan joined Dennison and after getting to 19 he hit one straight back to Adair in the 36th over with Waringstown requiring 92 more runs for victory.
Captain Greg Thompson joined the unmovable Dennison and the pair rushed their side to victory putting on and unbroken 5th wicket partnership of 95 inside 10 overs.
Thompson (28*) hit the winning runs down the ground in the 46th over to give Waringstown victory and their first Challenge Cup since 2013.
Earlier in the day Waringstown won the toss and asked CSNI to bat first and their 285-4 was based around a superb 139 not out from Marc Ellison and 52 from professional Andre Malan.
Lee Nelson picked up 3-43 from his 10 overs in a fine spell while Shaheen Khan was they other wicket taker with 1-53 from his 10.
It was sure to be the biggest chase in Cup Final history and for 21 year old Adam Dennison to be there at the end on 145 surpassing his fathers 137 v Lurgan in the 1983 final it was a fine day for the young man.
His innings included 12 fours and seven maximums as he richly deserved the man of the match award and a short time after Greg Thompson received the Challenge Cup as the celebrations started long into the night.
All at Waringstown would like to wish CSNI player Graeme McCarter a speedy recovery after he had to leave the field bowling just one over as he took ill.