- NORTH DOWN beat BREADY by 1 run
Comber, 1st September 1995
North Down 227-3 P McCrum 100*, R Haire 64*, G Rodgers 43
Bready 226 A Rutherford 70, L Jack 41
Man of the Match: P McCrum (North Down)
NORTH DOWN Bowling: BREADY C McCrum run out 9 G McConnell 10 2 45 0 P McCrum not out 100 M Olpheart 10 0 45 0 G Rodgers b Long 43 L Jack 8 1 39 0 J Gilliland c Doherty b Long 1 T Hamilton 10 2 28 0 R Haire not out 64 J Long 10 0 53 2 A Semple D Leckey 2 0 14 0 I Carser A McCrory FOW D Moreland 9, 86, 88 M Quinn P Moore Extras 10 Total (3 wkts, 50 overs) 227 BREADY B Doherty c P McCrum b Carser 28 Bowling: NORTH DOWN T Hamilton c Moore b P McCrum 6 P McCrum 10 1 42 2 L Jack b Haire 41 C McCrum 10 0 43 2 A Rutherford b C McCrum 70 I Carser 10 0 35 2 M Olpheart lbw C McCrum 19 R Haire 10 0 32 1 C Spence c Moreland b Carser 3 M Quinn 10 0 67 2 S McConnell run out 23 G McConnell c Haire b Quinn 0 J Long c Quinn b P McCrum 2 FOW: D Leckey c Carser b Quinn 21 27, 62, 81, 118, 127, J Leckey not out 4 169, 169, 171,219, 226 Extras 9 Total 226 Toss: North Down Man of the Match: Paul McCrum
- Downpatrick lost to North Down by 10 wickets.
Downpatrick 237-3 (R Shilliday 84, G Ferguson 52, J Patterson 48*)
North Down 239-0 (C McCrum 125*, P McCrum 98*)
- Bready beat Woodvale by 3 wickets.
Woodvale 166-9 (G McConnell 3-28)
Bready 169-7 (R Black 40*, C Spence 40, K Fitzsimons 4-31)
- Bready beat Eglinton by 4 wickets.
- Downpatrick beat Brigade by 5 wickets.
- Limavady lost to Woodvale by 57 runs.
- Railway Union lost to North Down by 8 wickets.
- Bready beat Lisburn by 22 runs.
- Carlisle lost to Railway Union by 7 wickets.
- Downpatrick beat The Hills by 5 wickets.
- Eglinton beat Crindle by 6 wickets.
- Limavady beat Instonians by 73 runs.
- Lurgan lost to Brigade by 77 runs.
- North Down beat Bangor by 6 wickets.
- Woodvale beat Donemana by 2 wickets.
- Bready beat Merrion by 4 wickets.
- Brigade beat Malahide by 45 runs.
- Carlisle beat Coleraine.
- CYM lost to Downpatrick by 8 wickets.
- Dublin YMCA lost to Lisburn by 4 wickets.
- Instonians beat Rush by 29 runs.
- Leinster lost to Bangor by 7 wickets.
- Limavady beat North County by 8 wickets.
- Lurgan beat Sion Mills by 6 wickets.
- NICC lost to Eglinton.
- North Down beat Clontarf by 7 wickets.
- Old Belvedere lost to Donemana by 4 wickets.
- Phoenix lost to Crindle.
- Railway Union beat Cork County.
- The Hills beat Waringstown by 4 wickets.
- Woodvale beat Cliftonville.
- Ardmore lost to Merrion by 1 wicket.
- Strabane lost to Cliftonville by 8 wickets.
- Pembroke lost to Bready by 20 runs.
North Down win thriller by 1 run (by Ian Callender)
North Down won the Irish Senior Cup for the third time in eight years in drizzle and semi darkness as Bready fell just one run short after a glorious heroic chase. Needing 28 off the final three overs and 10 of the the last, former international wicket-keeper Alan Rutherford was just two runs away from glory when he was bowled by another former international, Charlie McCrum. It was McCrum who was chaired off at the end, but it could so easily have been Rutherford after his innings of 70.
At the start of play, Charlie McCrum's hopes of a big individual innings to match that scored in the semi final were dashed in the second over when he called for a quick single but was beaten by David Leckey's direct hit from extra cover. Paul McCrum succeeded where he had failed in the semi final by completing his century in the final over. His unbroken partnership of 139 for the fourth wicket with his captain, Robin Haire, seemed to have put North Down out of sight, but Bready had other ideas. Thirteen runs came off Charlie McCrum's first over and even when Hamilton's innings was cut short in the fifth over with 27 on the board, Leslie Jack took over. Disappointed at not bowling his full quota of 10 overs as Paul McCrum and Haire set about him, Jack came in looking for revenge. He greeted Ian Carser with a six and hit Robin Haire for 10 off two balls in the next over and it needed the loss of his captain to bring a sense of calmness back to the proceedings. Paul McCrum, after taking the first wicket, held the catch to send back Doherty. That brought in Rutherford to play the closest thing to a match winning innings as one could ever hope to see.
He hit only two fours in his innings, spanning 35 overs, but if other team-mates had kept their heads as well as he did, then the Cup would, undoubtedly, have stayed in the North West. Geoffrey McConnell tried to smash his first ball out of the ground, Colin Spence was caught in the deep and David Leckey, having already taken ten runs of the first five balls of the 49th over tried to finish it with a six, Carser taking the catch at long-on. But Rutherford must hold his hand up and take the blame for running out Sam McConnell in the 43rd over. The pair had put on 42 for the sixth wicket to keep Bready ahead of the North Down scoring rate but Rutherford, crucially, changed his mind and sent back McConnell after calling him for a second and Gavin Rodgers' accurate throw from the boundary left Sam's bat in the air when the bails came off. Rutherford then knew that he had to stay to the finish and, although he did, reducing the target to four off two balls, and two of the last, Charlie McCrum's last ball was unerringly straight under the greatest pressure. Paul McCrum with two wickets and a century was made Man of the Match but it must have been tempting for Mike Hendrick and Sir Everton Weekes to give Rutherford the award for making it a match to remember with what Hendrick described as "an intelligent piece of cricket".