Hall and Nelson bring more cup success

James Hall with 91 not out and Lee Nelson with 4-18 paved the way for a second cup success for Waringstown in the space of three days as they retained the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup at the Lawn on Sunday.
Winning the toss Waringstown captain Greg Thompson decided to bowl first and a disciplined bowling effort restricted North Down to 137-7 but for a slow over rate from Waringstown the total was increased by six runs leaving the Villagers at target of 144 for victory.

Phil Eaglestone’s four overs conceded just 21 as he picked up the wicket of Ally Shields abs Gary Kidd took 1-35. It was Lee Nelson who was the pick of the bowlers with a man of the match 4-18 as he removed the dangerous Ryan Haire, Ruhan Pretorius and Peter Eakin in the space of two overs.

In reply the top class opening partnership of Adam Dennison and James Hall put on 93 for the first wicket with Dennison falling for 31 from 27 balls with three boundaries. James McCollum fell for 15 and captain Greg Thompson went first ball all three wickets to Ryan Haire.

But it was Hall who was there at the end on 91 not out from just 62 balls with 12 fours and three maximums in another fine knock. Hall along with Shaheen Khan 9 not out got Waringstown home in the 18th over for a comfortable 7 wicket victory on another fine day for Waringstown Cricket Club.

Earlier in the day Downpatrick scores a five wicket victory over Holywood to lift the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Trophy.

On what was another great T20 finals day hosted by Waringstown which has looked in doubt following Saturday’s downpours. Massive credit must go to the ground staff for getting the ground ready and playable. With two games to take place and as the crowd built the sun shone and a fine day was had at the lawn by everyone.