Irish Cup First Round

J Boomer


Only four of the ten NCU Clubs survived the first round of the Irish Senior Cup.
There were wins for Lurgan, Instonians, Cliftonville and North Down.

Lurgan produced a shock at Pollock Park dismissing Donemana for just 89 in the 39th over. John Guy ripped out four of the first six Donemana batmen for 11 runs in his ten overs. Francois Viljoen with 3 for 25 and skipper Paul Stafford with 2 for 18 mopped up the tail despite a fighting undefeated 39 by Junior McBrine.   
It appeared an easy target but a hat trick by Andrew Britton reduced Lurgan to 48 for 4. However Ian Morrison and Peter Haire ensured Lurgan reached the target in the 36th over.

David KennedyAt The Green North Down had an easy 176 runs victory over Fox Lodge. Ryan Haire with 88 of just 80 balls (15 fours and 1 six) and Neil Russell had an opening partnership of 95. Russell's dismissal for 42 only brought David Kennedy to the wicket. Kennedy continued his magnificent batting form and scored another unbeaten century as North Down posted 315 for 3 in their 50 overs. In his 114 not out off 128 balls Kennedy hit 13 fours. Kennedy has only been dismissed once in the Premier League, Challenge Cup and Irish Cup scoring 392 runs. 

Brian Allen and Jason Milligan gave Fox Lodge a promising start. But 2 wickets in consecutive balls by Marty Dalzell reduced the Foxes to 44 for 2. The Foxes almost doubled the score but then lost 3 further wickets for just 5 runs. Milligan hit 5 fours in an excellent 56 and when he was seventh out on 123 the innings quickly folded as Fox Lodge were all out for 139 with almost 8 overs remaining. Andrew Haire trapped Jason Milligan lbw and with two other wickets he finished with 3 for 7 in just 4 overs.

Instonians successfully chased Pembroke's score of 254 for 7 winning by three wickets with just 4 balls to spare.  Regan West top scored with exactly 100 off 100 balls , 11 fours and 1 six and skipper John Stevenson hit 59.  Together they added 90 for the second wicket to set up the victory chase.  Earlier Peter Davy had top scored with 53 for Pembroke.

The fourth NCU success was at Greenisland were Cliftonville defeated CYM by three wickets. CYM posted 202 in their 50 overs thanks to 57 from C Kelly as Brian Anderson picked up 4 wickets for 29.  But half centuries by Richard Stirling and Johnny Terrett gave the home side victory with overs five overs remaining.

Downpatrick were disappointed to lose by 3 wickets after posting 264 for 9 in 50 overs thanks to 83 from Paul Tate and 73 by Dale Mullan. Downpatrick had been in trouble at 77 for 5 but Tate hit 6 sixes and 4 fours in his 83 whilst Mullan scored 8 fours and a six.  However it proved not to be enough as Stuart McCreedy hit 81 and there were half centuries from Hosford and Ahmed as YMCA won with 16 balls remaining.

Carrick lost by 92 runs after being dismissed for just 149 at Middle Road. Brothers Mark and John Gillespie added 201 for the fifth Strabane wicket as Mark hit 110 and John 81 in Strabane's total of 241 for 7. Carrick skipper Ryan Eagleson top scored with 50 but David Menaul left the field during the Strabane innings after a disagreement with a team-mate and did not bat for Carrick. 

Action at BangorCup holders North County restricted Bangor to 182 at Upritchard Park. Mark Hutchinson with 44 and Ryan Bell 47 contributed half of the Bangor total of 182. Andre Botha was the most successful North County bowler with 3 for 30. Ryan Bell took 3 wickets for Bangor but John Mooney with an unbeaten 63 ensured their 4-wicket victory.

Civil Service North travelled to Ardmore and lost by seven wickets.  Colin Andrews top scored with 60 for CSN who were all out for 146. CSN have yet to win a match this season in all competitions as Ardmore raced to victory in the 30th over for the loss of just three wickets.

Lisburn lost at home to Rush in a low scoring match. Lisburn were bowled out for just 143.  C Doyle hit 63 and Brian O'Rourke 40 as Rush won by seven wickets in 43 overs.

Waringstown set Phoenix a target of 203 after Andrew Cousins had hit 47 and Peter Hanna 44 in their total of 203 for 7. Waringstown reduced Phoenix to 94 for 5 but Dave Langford Smith with 44 ensured the Phoenix victory with almost three overs to spare.