Saints and Killyclooney into National Cup quarter-finals

St Johnston won a high-scoring North West derby in Sunday’s National Cup second round tie at Ballyspallen to send the Donegal side into the last eight of this year’s All-Ireland competition.

Three players made half centuries as the visitors batted first with Graeme McCarter faring best as he blasted 10 fours and 6 sixes before edging one behind the wicket to Luke Gilfillan to be out for 98.

David Lapsley made 61 (6 fours, 4 sixes) and David Macbeth 57 while Nathan Cole chipped in with 38 and Jack Macbeth 27 in a huge total of 300-5 in 40 overs.

The home side fought back well in reply despite David Barnard taking 4-53- Demith Perera making 60, Kyle Morrow 57 and Stuart Kennedy 47 as they were bowled out for 233.

There were two wickets apiece for McCarter and Scott Devenney as St Johnston booked their passage into the next round.

In-form Killyclooney followed up Saturday’s win over Strabane with a 73-run success in Dublin against Civil Service.

It’ll come as no surprise to anyone that Blayde Capell did the bulk of the damage as the visitors made 298-8 from their 40 overs. The South African hit 18 fours and 3 sixes in his 99-ball 136; a knock that takes him over 700 runs for the season to date. In the first week of June!!

Blayde got good support from Mark Gordon (39), skipper Timmy Dougherty (38*) and Kenzie Hall (32) while for Civil Service, Aamir Bafanda and Binson Thambi picked up three wickets each.

Dhiraj Shetty (42), Arjun Chandrasekar (41) and Bafanda (37*) were best with the bat for the southerners with Jordan Nelson (4-29) and Hall (2-32) faring best of ‘Clooney’s nine bowlers as the reply closed on 225.

Burndennett were well beaten by Derriaghy at Queensway- Patrick Kruger hitting a blistering 182 (15 fours, 13 sixes) and Jamie Magowan a brilliant 144 (19 fours, 3 sixes) as the NCU side racked up a mammoth 368-5 from their 40 overs.

Derek Curry (3-79) picked up most wickets as all the bowlers struggled and only Andy Barr (64) got going with the bat as ‘Dennett were all out for 171 in reply.


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