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Final

  • Strabane beat Ballymena by 24 runs
    14 August, Beechgrove (Londonderry)
    Strabane 189-4 (Mark Gillespie 47*, D Kennedy 3-46)
    Ballymena 165 (Mark Gillespie 5-33)
    Man of the Match: Mark Gillespie (Strabane)

BALLYMENA v STRABANE
At Beechgrove (Londonderry), 14-15th August 1998
STRABANE won by 24 runs

STRABANE
J Gillespie  c Williams b D Kennedy  37  Adair         9  2  47  0
C McCrum               retired hurt  17  Finlay        6  0  18  0
P Gillespie c Fullerton b D Kennedy  34  McKee         5  1  28  0
Mark Gillespie              not out  47  Glass        10  1  38  0
K Finlay       c Finlay b D Kennedy   0  Neill        10  5  10  0
Michael Gillespie           run out  35  D Kennedy    10  2  46  3
G Porter                    not out   2
S McCoy
T Patton jnr
P McNamee
T Patton snr                             FOW:  97  98  98  176
  Extras                             17
  Total       (50 overs. 4 wickets) 189

BALLYMENA
J Ireland   c T Patton jnr b Porter  16  T Patton snr 10  2  36  2
S Carruthers     lbw b T Patton snr   5  P Gillespie   9  0  30  2
R Kennedy st McNamee b T Patton snr  37  McCoy        10  1  29  0
D Kennedy         lbw b P Gillespie  28  Porter       10  1  31  1
C Williams   c sub b Mark Gillespie   6  Mark G'spie 9.4  2  33  5
M Glass            b Mark Gillespie   6
M Adair      c sub b Mark Gillespie  17
N Fullerton           b P Gillespie   9
A McKee        lbw b Mark Gillespie  17
J Finlay                    not out   3
N Neill      c sub b Mark Gillespie   0  FOW: 14   43  94 106  108
  Extras                             21      114  139 146 165
  Total                (48.4 overs) 165

Umpires: D Hair & S McCready

Semi-Finals

  • Ballymena 167-6 (S Boylan 4-33) beat Clontarf 165-9 (A McCoubrey 3-42) by 2 runs
  • Dublin YMCA 178 (P Linehan 41, M Gillespie 3-40) lost to Strabane 179-7 (J Hoey 3-27) by 3 wickets

4th Round

  • Strabane 165 (K Finlay 46, G Moore 5-27) beat Brigade 164-8 (S Smyth 70*) by 1 run
  • Clontarf 172 (A Hancock 74, R Kerr 3-38) beat Limavady 165 by 7 runs
  • Phoenix 214-9 (R Mitchell 40) lost to Dublin YMCA 215-5 (J Hoey 62, S McCready 52*, A Lewis 43) by 5 wickets
  • Donemana 215 (A McBrine 60) lost to Ballymena 218-7 (S Carruthers 78, G Neely 4-32) by 3 wickets

3rd Round

  • Donemana 205-4 (A McBrine 61*, L Boyd 56, J McBrine 50*) beat NICC 110 (S Hutchinson 40, J McGonigle 3-13, A McBrine 3-26) by 95 runs
  • Phoenix 209-9 (G Ferguson 4-36, D Mullan 3-31) beat Downpatrick 126 (J Patterson 45, M Barriscale 3-27) by 83 runs
  • Strabane 281-8 (C McCrum 109, J Gillespie 51) beat Glendermott 143 (C McCrum 3-18) by 138 runs
  • Ballymena 176-8 (D Kennedy 70*, J Davy 3-32) beat Pembroke 175-6 (E Dwyer 58, T Dagg 48) by 1 run
  • Instonians 176-5 (C McQuay 65*, I Nicholl 3-26) lost to Brigade 178-4 (J McCrea 71, S Smyth 68) by 6 wickets
  • Limavady 268-6 (D Curry 115, G Harron 104) beat Lurgan 110 (V McDaid 3-24) by 158 runs
  • Merrion 198-6 (E Joyce 57, G Joyce 50) v Clontarf 100-4 - abandoned
    Replay: Clontarf 224-4 (B Michaels 67*, A Cullen 53, D Vincent 40) beat Merrion 117 (J Fitzpatrick 3-13) by 107 runs
  • Dublin YMCA 188 (P Linehan 60, A Lewis 48, C Weir 3-16, U Graham 3-34, L Allen 3-34) v Muckamore 116-5 (U Graham 44*, J Garth 3-28) - abandoned
    Replay: Muckamore 111 (J McCormick 47, A Dunlop 4-13) lost to Dublin YMCA 114-2 (M Nulty 49, A Dunlop 41) by 8 wickets

2nd Round

  • Brigade 240-4 (S Smyth 127*) beat Cork County 122 (M Simpson 3-33) by 118 runs
  • Glendermott 146 (R Molins 3-27) beat Carlisle 91 (J Brown 6-15) by 55 runs
  • Merrion 194-6 (E Joyce 71, D Joyce 47, K McCallan 3-29) beat Cliftonville 144 (R Dowse 3-29, A Fleming 3-36) by 50 runs
  • Limavady 373-5 (D Curry 260*) beat CYM 64 (V McDaid 3-8, G Cooke 3-12) by 309 runs
  • Rush 137 (M Donnelly 62, J McGonigle 6-32) lost to Donemana 144-1 (L Boyd 71*, A Scott 58) by 9 wickets
  • Coleraine 147 (A McGonigle 66, W Adams 4-17) lost to Downpatrick 151-2 (C Magowan 57, G Ferguson 43*) by 8 wickets
  • Pembroke 188 (P Davy 66, T Dagg 50, C Elder 3-21, N Thompson 3-34) beat Eglinton 143 (P King 80*) by 45 runs
  • Ballymena 189-5 (R Kennedy 54) beat Leinster 149 (D Clancy 40, D Kennedy 4-23, M Adair 3-39) by 40 runs
  • Woodvale 155-7 (A Rutherford 59, I Campbell 40, M Marais 3-14, P Reid 3-33) lost to NICC 156-8 by 2 wickets
  • North County 147 (C Sillers 4-16) lost to Instonians 151-4 (J Stevenson 41) by 6 wickets
  • Old Belvedere 112 (C Henderson 3-20) lost to Muckamore 114-3 by 7 wickets
  • Phoenix 196-8 (D Pigot 80*, J O'Hara 3-34, K Stewart 3-35) beat Lisburn 148 (T Allen 47, M Barriscale 5-27, including hat-trick) by 48 runs
  • Railway Union 78 (P Maxwell 4-16) lost to Lurgan 79-5 (G O'Meara 4-24) by 5 wickets
  • Sion Mills 154 (D McCann 3-6) lost to Clontarf 155-8 (L McGonigle 3-33) by 2 wickets
  • Strabane 213-5 (P Gillespie 98*, C McCrum 45, S Stokes 3-42) beat Waringstown 204-9 (C Allen 51, A Cousins 45) by 9 runs
  • The Hills 172-6 (D Moore 62, T Cohen 4-18) lost to Dublin YMCA 173-7 (A Lewis 41) by 3 wickets

Decker Curry's innings for Limavady beat the Irish Senior Cup record of 194 set by Mark Harper (Sion Mills) v Lurgan in 1984. The second highest score in the event was Curry's own 182 v Donemana last year. Limavady's total is second only to Donemana's 394-8 against Phoenix in 1991. Curry's 260* is believed to be the highest ever made in Ireland in a limited overs game. At least two treble centuries were scored in the last century, by a visiting English sailor v Midleton, and 313 by Capt Oates v Munster Fusiliers on the Curragh in 1896. GM Kenny scored 266 in an afternoon for Trinity 2nds v Rathmines school in 1876.

1st Round

  • Malahide 174-8 (D Ryan 57, D Fleming 48, C McCrum 3-44) lost to Strabane 175-2 (P Gillespie 100*) by 8 wickets
  • Ardmore 129-8 (S Johnston 3-16) lost to Woodvale 131-7 (Geo Brolly 3-27) by 3 wickets
  • Dublin YMCA 199-7 beat Bready 199 (G McConnell 70) by losing fewer wickets
Reports & Articles

Strabane's Day of Joy (by Ian Callender)

Day 1

Following heavy overnight rain, the Brigade ground staff worked wonders to get the action under way by 4 pm. When the umpires called time at the end of the first 50 overs Strabane, put in to hat, had made 189 for 4. It is a score probably slightly above par on an outfield which will not take much more rain, but Strabane chose the aerial route successfully six times, and Ballymena's catching let them down on more than one occasion.

At 97 for no wicket after 20 overs, Strabane must have been targeting a total well in excess of 200, but the introduction of David Kennedy as Ballymena's sixth bowler brought three wickets in as many overs, and Strabane lost their way. The 13 runs off the final over of the innings could yet decide the match, and with these two sides renowned for last over thrillers nobody last night was betting against another this afternoon. The only way Strabane looked like losing a wicket in the first part of their innings was by self-destruction. A patient start ensured against that but Charlie McCrum had to give way to Peter Gillespie after 10 overs when he pulled a hamstring.

At the other end, John Gillespie made no attempt to get off the mark for 23 balls, but finally broke free with a straight six off Adair in the ninth over and after that the Ballymena Bowling lost all sense of line and length. Neville Neill proved a much more difficult opponent and rendered the Gillespie brothers almost strokeless so that when Kennedy came on in the 27th over the batsmen immediately went after him. John was missed at deep mid-wicket as the fielder slipped twice in his attempt to catch the ball, but before the over was finished Peter got an outside edge and Fullerton did the rest. In Kennedy's next over John Gillespie cut him straight to backward point and in his third Finlay pulled him skywards for an easy catch.

Significantly the only other wicket of the day was when Michael Gillespie was run out in the 40th over but not before he had out-scored his brother Mark in a fourth wicket partnership of 78. His 35 came off 47 balls. Apart from Neill's remarkable spell of 10 overs 10 runs the Ballymena bowlers seemed to freeze on the occasion.

Day 2

It is only five years since Strabane won a major trophy but it seemed like 50 the way they celebrated their triumph over Ballymena as the Irish Senior Cup was won by a North West side for the third year running. Here was a triumph to be savoured, a day to enjoy.

Bowlers Stephen McCay and Ger Porter were superb as they set up the victory. They pegged back Ballymena's attacking batsmen Robert and David Kennedy and Mark Gillespie's leg spin left most of the Ballymena Batsmen floundering-it earned him five wickets and Darell Hair made him Man of the Match. Strabane's victory was even more meritorious in that it was achieved without two of the players who have contributed so much to their season. The absence of Shaoib Akhtar, their Pakistan Test opening bowler, and the injury to his new ball partner, Charlie McCrum, were more than made up for by the efforts of the rest of the Strabane side.