- NORTH DOWN beat BRIGADE by 7 wickets
Rathmines, 4th September
Brigade 155-9 M Kilgore 47
North Down 156-3 C McCrum 87
Man of the Match: C McCrum (North Down)
BRIGADE M Kilgore run out 47 Bowling: NORTH DOWN *C Jeffrey c R Montgomery b Semple 2 McCrum 10 1 36 1 S Smyth c Haire b Quinn 20 Semple 10 0 34 2 +A Rutherford c Gilliland b Carser 35 Quinn 10 2 30 1 I Anthony run out 18 Carser 10 3 17 1 W Torrens lbw b Haire 0 Haire 10 2 29 1 W Wilson c J Montgomery b McCrum 3 P Wallace run out 9 M Simpson not out 8 FOW I Nicholl c Moore b Semple 0 4, 34, 104, 111, 114, B Curry 128, 140, 149, 155 Extras 13 Total (9 wickets, 50 overs) 155 NORTH DOWN C McCrum st Rutherford b Nicholl 87 Bowling: BRIGADE *I Carser b Simpson 3 Curry 5.3 0 39 0 J Gilliland c Jeffrey b Simpson 32 Simpson 10 3 34 2 R Haire not out 10 Wilson 10 3 13 0 A Semple not out 10 Nicholl 10 1 31 1 RJ Montgomery Wallace 9 0 26 0 M Quinn JHS Montgomery G Benson FOW †P Moore 19, 123, 137 A Stevenson Extras 14 Total (3 wickets, 44.3 overs) 156 Umpires: R McClancy & L Hogan
- Bready 165 (B Doherty 54, R Haire 3-16) lost to North Down 166-6 (I Carser 55*, R Haire 48) by 4 wickets
- Malahide 130 lost to Brigade 131-8 by 2 wickets
- Lurgan 177 (G Hunter 46) lost to Brigade 181-7 (S Smyth 92, A Woods 3-29) by 3 wickets
- Instonians 157-9 (J Rose 42) lost to Bready 160-8 (S McConnell 54, B Doherty 42, P Law 4-36) by 2 wickets
- Malahide 122-8 (P McCrum 3-24) beat Waringstown 109 (A Nelson 41, A Brophy 3-17) by 13 runs
- North Down 169-9 (C McCrum 72, T Patton 4-18) beat Strabane 131 (P Gillespie 52, R Haire 3-23, I Carser 3-25) by 38 runs
- Carlisle lost to Strabane by 7 wickets.
- Instonians beat Eglinton in a bowl-out (3-2).
- Limavady lost to Brigade by 65 runs.
- Malahide best St Johnston by losing fewer wickets.
- Merrion lost to Lurgan by 4 wickets.
- North Down beat Clontarf by 78 runs.
- Pembroke lost to Bready by 19 runs.
- Waringstown beat Dublin YMCA by 127 runs.
- Brigade beat Leinster by 209 runs.
- Carlisle beat Donemana by 58 runs.
- CYM lost to Lurgan by 5 wickets.
- Clontarf beat Drummond by 4 wickets.
- Eglinton beat Bangor by 3 wickets.
- Instonians beat Railway Union by 39 runs.
- Limavady beat Ballymena by 55 runs.
- Malahide beat Cork County by 81 runs.
- Merrion beat Sion Mills by 33 runs.
- North County lost to St Johnston by 9 wickets.
- North Down beat Limerick (conceded).
- Pembroke beat Downpatrick by 74 runs.
- Phoenix lost to Waringstown by 9 wickets.
- Strabane beat Lisburn by 42 runs.
- The Hills lost to Bready by 24 runs.
- Woodvale lost to Dublin YMCA by 131 runs.
- Old Belvedere lost to Strabane by 20 runs.
- Limavady beat NICC by 14 runs.
- Woodvale beat Ardmore by 6 wickets.
North Down never worried as they take the trophy for a second time (by Peter O'Reilly)
In stark contrast with Warwickshire's spine-tingling win off the last ball in the NatWest final at Lord's on the same day, Irish cricket's equivalent was a drab affair. On paper the two sides were evenly matched but the reality was that Brigade failed to exert any pressure on North Down. who strolled past their target of 155 with five overs to spare. After 12 years of sponsorship, it was unfortunate that the last Schweppes final should be so lacking in bubble. North Down deserved credit for their efficiency with both bat and ball but they were aided and abetted by a team whose failure substantiates the theory that North Westerners only ever do themselves full justice on their home patch. The player to make the most of Brigade's ineptitude was international all-rounder Charlie McCrum, who won the Man of the Match award from adjudicator Alec O'Riordan for his innings of 87, which included eight fours off 153 balls.
North Down owed their victory to a fine all-round performance, with some tight bowling and excellent fielding restricting Brigade to 155 runs off 50 overs after they had won the toss and elected to bat. For Brigade to mount a realistic challenge they needed at least two of their top order batsmen to succeed. The early loss of Colin Jeffrey and Stephen Smyth did not seem all that disastrous as long as Marshall Kilgore and Alan Rutherford stayed together but, having taken so long to accelerate in a 70-run third wicket partnership, the departure of both in quick succession meant a modest total was always likely despite an easy-paced Rathmines wicket and fast outfield. Content to wait for boundary opportunities. this pair never really sought to dominate the bowling. Ian Carser, hardly a threatening prospect on such a benign surface, was the pick of the North Down bowlers as he was allowed to bowl his 10 overs of off spin for a mere 17 runs. The following batsmen were similarly afflicted by this same reluctance to push ones and twos and there was no other partnership of consequence. Carser was well supported by the nagging Michael Quinn and experienced Robin Haire, who both did an excellent job of containment.
North Down suffered an early setback losing Carser in the sixth over with only 19 runs on the board, but then McCrum and John Gilliland proceeded to add 104 for the second wicket. After Gilliland fell to a fine catch by Jeffrey off Simpson, McCrum continued to pile on the runs until he was stumped in the 45th over with North Down needing only 19 runs more. As if to show the way, McCrum's approach was an object lesson in pacing an innings. Apart from his ability to pick gaps in the field, his back foot play gives him greater run-scoring options than most and it was this facet of his play that set him apart from the other batsmen on view. By the latter stages, the only aspect of the proceedings to retain the interest of the spectators was whether McCrum would reach three figures before the Brlgade total was passed. Such was his control of the situation that his dismissal came as a complete surprise.