Waringstown create a piece of History

Waringstown made the trip to the North West on Saturday for the All Ireland T20 finals day. Brigade was the first port of call and with bad weather about a match was unplayable so both umpires decided straight away on a bowl out with Waringstown seeing off Brigade 3-2 with hits from Shaheen Khan, Kyle McCallan and James Hall.
So off it was in the short trip to Bready for the final in the afternoon were Clontarf would be the opponents in a repeat of last years final. The Dublin side overcame Cork County in a 10 over match by 16 runs.
With overcast conditions and rain in the air the final was brought forward to 3:30pm and Waringstown batted first. The run machine of opening pair Adam Dennison and James Hall continued their fine season as they put on an unbroken 134 after 15 overs before rain arrived and ended the Waringstown innings.
Hall struck 66 from 48 balls with five 4’s and three 6’s while Dennison made 61 from 42 balls with seven boundaries and two maximums.
Clontarf received a DL target of 155 in reply and halfway through the eighth over the game was finished as the heavens opened with Clontarf on 73 for 5 leaving Waringstown winners by 7 runs on the DLS system.
Shaheen Khan took 2-18 in his three overs with Gary Kidd taking 2-3 from 1.3 overs. James McCollum 1-22 was the other wicket taker getting rid of the dangerous former Waringstown professional Obus Pienaar.
Winning this final now sees Waringstown holding all SIX cups that they play in.
Having won Saturday’s All Ireland T20 final to go along with the Lagan Valley Steels T20 Cup and Challenge Senior Cup won by in July and also being current holders of the Ulster Cup, Robinson Services Premier League and Irish Cup which they will again contest the final of on Saturday 1st September v Merrion at Stormont.


Seconds lose as thirds secure Junior One Safety

Waringstown’s 3rd XI produced a fine performance at Wallace Park on Saturday to beat Lisburn seconds and all but secure their Junior One place for another season.
The home side won the toss and decided to bat first and got off to a strong start before Stuart Harrison (2-39) had Rory Carson to thank as Carson took a stumping for the first wicket.
Paddy Allen tightened down the screw in the middle of the innings with 2-22 from his eight overs while Matthew Allen bowled a fine second spell taking 2-45.
Matthew Hurst (2-34) picked up two wickets in a fine spell and Ben McKnight (1-34) bowled well in his eight over spell as Waringstown dismissed Lisburn for 178 in the 39th over. The only disappointing factor was the thirds bowling 39 extras of which 36 were wides.
In reply Ben Mcknight got the innings off to a great start with a well made 53 which included 7 boundaries in a fine knock.
Ian Morrison made 40 which included six boundaries as the visitors moved closer to victory before a bit of a mid innings wobble.
From 136-3 the thirds lost three quick wickets with Matthew Allen making 17. Any nerves were settled with Waringstown getting over the line with 10 balls to spare with Rory Carson (12*) and Stuart Harrison (13*) the not out batsmen at the end.
Meanwhile there was no chance at the top of Junior One as the top two both lost. Leaders CSNI seconds lost to CIYMS seconds by 4 wickets after being bowled out for 57 and second placed Waringstown suffered a home defeat to Muckamore seconds by 8 wickets.
Waringstown could only make 124 all out with Michael Waite making 24 and Shane Burke 22. It proved an easy chase for the visitors and now sets up a big clash between Waringstown and CSNI’s second strings at the Lawn on Sunday.
A win will see Waringstown go level on points with CSNI with two games remaining following Sunday’s match.
By Paddy Allen