Day to forget for North West sides in All-Ireland cups
It was to be another disappointing afternoon for local teams still involved in All-Ireland competitions on Sunday with only one of the seven sides who were in action today-Ballyspallen- making it through to the third round.
Newbuildings and Donemana, the last two North West sides standing in the Irish Senior Cup both lost out- Gareth McKeegan’s team coming up 140 runs short at CIYMS despite a brilliant effort from Jared Wilson.
The Warriors man hit 12 sixes and 9 fours in his superb 124 with Gareth McKeegan adding 36 in a total of 186 all out. The problem for Newbuildings was that no-one else made it to double figures and they were chasing a home total of 326-8 where literally every batsman was on the scoresheet.
Ross Adair and Jacob Mulder both scored 41 with Jack Beattie adding 36 and Nigel Jones 32, and everyone else chipping in with 10’s and 20’s in CI’s combative total.
Wilson also picked up two wickets in the first innings, as did Ross Dougherty, Ross Hunter and Trent McKeegan while Keith Dudgeon’s 4-32 for the Belmont side ensured they got the win.
A William McClintock half century wasn’t enough to prevent Donemana falling to an 84-run defeat at Lisburn where the home side posted 243 all out batting first.
A Matt Humphreys half century as well as 46 from Neil Whitworth, 39* from Mark Berry and 32 from Robert Rankin set the hosts on their way and despite the efforts of their skipper, the visitors were all out for 159 in reply.
In the National Cup, Terenure had a thumping 9-wicket win at Bonds Glen where Seamus Lynch hit 10 sixes and 8 fours in an unbeaten 98 for the visitors.
The Leinster side were only chasing a victory target of 126- David Cooke (27*), Simon Killen (26) and Mattie Barr (24) best with the bat for the Bee Gees in their modest total.
Sadiq Safi (3-5) and Donal Vaughan (3-20) ensured they kept the hosts at arm’s length as Terenure went through to the next round.
St Johnston gave North County a real scare before the Fingal side fell over the line for a 2-wicket win.
No-one saw that coming when Abdul Ghaffar (4-18) and Usman Azhar (2-28) had reduced the Donegal outfit to 25-6 early on, before a 117-run stand between David Lapsley and Nathan Cole made it a game.
Lapsley made 75 before being run out off the last ball while Cole was unbeaten on 48 in a final total of 142-7.
And that was to prove far from straightforward for the five times All-Ireland champions who were reduced to 70-5 as Cole (3-38), Jacob Maroske (2-26) and David Anthony (2-50) were all among the wickets.
Not for the first time it was John Mooney who gave County a foothold again as he hit 5 sixes and 2 fours in a quick 41.
Andrew Sheridan added 33 and that was to prove just enough as the lower order finished the job, albeit with little to spare.
Railway Union secured a 105-run win in at Strabane Park courtesy of 69 from Hashir Sultan and 40 from Liam McCarthy in their total of 183.
Ernest Musuku (4-25) continues to impress with the ball for the Red Caps, but their batting was to be the downfall here as they were dismissed for 78 in reply.
Derriaghy’s 329-9 was too heavy for Glendermott as well; Craig Lewis with a brilliant 154 (14 fours, 12 sixes) doing the bulk of the damage for the Queensway side.
Morne Venter and Curtis Moorhead both made 36 and Scott Hughes an unbeaten 23 while Curtis Ross (3-57) and Alex Boyd (3-67) fared best of the Rectory side’s attack.
Ben Mills hit 73 that included 8 sixes and 2 fours, while Jamal Anwar made 63 and Alan Johnson 35* (4 sixes, 1 four) in a respectable if unsuccessful reply of 219 all out.
And so it was left to Ballyspallen to spare us a complete whitewash as they headed a long way south to beautiful County Kerry.
And spare us they did as the Roe Valley side made the trek home with a 2-wicket win and a place in the hat for the next round.
The home side racked up 201-9 batting first with Saghir making 64, Owais Gohar 28 and Khuram Iqbal 23 of those.
Stuart Kennedy (3-24) and James Thompson (2-46) fared best with the ball, and Kennedy was also to have the final say with the bat as ‘Spallen made it through.
Demith Perera got the Roe Valley side on track as he hit 7 fours and 7 sixes in his 96 after Andy Christie had made 32 at the top of the order.
With wickets starting to tumble however, Stuart held his nerve with an unbeaten 38, including a big match-winning 6 to send his team-mates on the long journey home with something to smile about.