Holders cruise into another Irish Cup Final
Waringstown 1st XI made the trip to Strabane on Sunday for their Irish Cup semi final clash and returned home with a 167 run win and place in the showpiece final on Saturday 1st September at Stormont.
Losing the toss the visitors were asked to bat first and openers Adam Dennison and James Hall got their side off to another great start with 66 coming off the first eight overs before Hall was brilliantly caught one handed by Ryan Gallagher at point for 22.
After continuing his fine form Dennison got himself to 47 from 49 balls with seven fours and one maximum before he missed a half tracker and was bowled. He was followed soon after by Lee Nelson who was caught at mid on for 11.
Then the partnership of the match came from Kyle McCallan and professional Shaheen Khan. He pair joined each other in the 18th over with the score on 123-3 and put on 122 for the fourth wicket.
McCallan struck 75 from 102 balls with four boundaries and two maximums in a fine knock with Khan hitting 68 from 73 balls with seven fours.
Captain Greg Thompson smashed 46 from 26 balls towards the back end of the innings with four boundaries and two clearances of the rope. Ryan Dennison and James Mitchell both scored seven not out to complete the innings and to go along with 45 extras Waringstown totalled 331-7 from 50 overs.
In reply Waringstown struck early with Shaheen Khan picking up a wicket with the 6th ball of the innings. Khan bowled five hostile overs at the start picking up 2-12.
James Mitchell also picked up 2 wickets with 2-24 from four overs as the home side never got going and were well behind the eight ball.
The spin of man of the match Kyle McCallan 3-39 and Gary Kidd 1-37 really put the breaks on in the middle of the Strabane innings as the pairs 20 overs cost less than four an over and picked up four wickets.
Strabane ended up 164-9 in the 40th over as one of their players was unable to bat due to injury with the final wicket taken by Phil Eaglestone who had wicket keeper Andrew Mitchell to thank for taking an excellent diving catch behind giving Eaglestone his 200th Waringstown wicket and an 167 run victory.
Waringstown will meet old foes Merrion who defeated Clontarf in the all Dublin clash by two wickets.
This will be Waringstown’s fourth All Ireland final in a row and third against Merrion having won it in 2015 at The Lawn before losing the following year to the same side at Clontarf and last year beating The Hills at Bready.
Fourths defeated by one run
Waringstown’s 4th XI suffered an agonising one run defeat on Sunday at the Lawn to Donaghadee 2nd XI.
The visitors batted first and posted 172-7 from 30 overs. Shane Burke the most successful bowler with 3-20.
In reply the 4’s David McCollum scored 63 and Rory Carson 32 as they came up one run short on 171-6.
By Paddy Allen.