Saints and ‘Clooney on the end of heavy National Cup defeats

The North West’s ‘last two standing’ in this year’s National Cup- Killyclooney and St Johnston- took their leave of the competition on Sunday afternoon after both were well beaten at the quarter-final stage.

Rush came to Donegal and left with a mammoth 197-run win over St Johnston courtesy in the main of a vicious assault by the visitors’ opening batsmen who posted a 145-run stand in less than 12 overs.

Overseas man Llew Johnson led the charge with a 39-ball 87; the New Zealander clubbing 8 fours and 7 sixes as the bemused Saints’ support looked on.

Neil Rock added 57 from 32 (6 fours, 4 sixes) but the home side did at least restore some order to proceedings once the openers had gone.

The next 20 overs yielded ‘only’ 80 runs as Graeme McCarter (3-35), David Barnard (2-36) and Michael Rankin (2-58) stemmed the flow a little.

Former North West Warrior Jarred Barnes added yet more pressure late on as he smashed a 17-ball 35 not out (3 fours, 3 sixes) as he and Amir Abbasi (22) got the Leinster side to 280 all out.

Where the visitors had come out all guns blazing the hosts came out with no guns blazing at all and were 28-6 in reply after 8 overs.

Skipper Anthony landed a few lusty blows in his top score of 22 with Jack Macbeth making 19 but an excellent spell of new ball bowling from Cian Egerton (5-12) sealed their fate.

Alex Neary weighed in with 3-16 and skipper Barnes 2-27 as St Johnston were all out for 83.

Not even Blayde Capell could save Killyclooney from a heavy defeat as they travelled to Cliftonville for their quarter-final.

Francis Collins hit 9 fours and 4 sixes for the home side as they posted 245-4 in their 40 overs. A late onslaught from Jared Wilson (48), Abhishek Raut (42* from 14 balls- 5 sixes, 2 fours) and David Reid 38* really lifted the tempo of the innings with 141 runs coming in the last 12 overs.

The visitors were never in the hunt after that- Capell’s 23 the best of it as their innings closed on 76,

Matthew McCord returned stunning figures of 5-6, Warriors man Wilson claimed 3-8 and Richard Hood 2-20 in the rout.

And in the day’s only Long’s SuperValu senior league game, Ardmore lost their unbeaten record when going down by the narrowest of margins at Bready.

Skipper Rachit Gaur made 59 and Sabin Babu 29* as Ardmore set a target of 182 in their 40 overs.

Jordan McCorkell (3-31) and Kyle Magee (2-23) were among the wickets for the hosts who then just managed to fall over the winning line with the last two batsmen in the middle.

Gavin Roulston top scored with 37 while David Rankin added 34 and Kyle Magee 25 but it took a couple of cameos from Ian Young and Dean McCloskey to set up the grandstand finish.

Skipper Scanlon (11*) and Aaron Cooke held their nerve to send their side into the top four.

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