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Irish National Cup 2022
North County beat Terenure by 12 runs
Observatory Lane, Rathmines, 28 August.
 North County 147 (35.4 overs; E Richardson 64, A Sheridan 34, J Grassi 22; L Harris 3-18, Z Khan 3-37, B Tukrel 2-18)
 Terenure 135 (39.1 overs; R Grover 49, D Lynch 24, H Dall 23; E Richardson 4-13, S Sludds 3-39)
Winners North County (Sportsfile)
Skipper Eddie Richardson's brilliant all-round effort helped North County to their first senior trophy since 2010 as they beat Terenure by 12 runs in a low scoring match at Rathmines. County had been dealt a severe blow in the run-up to the final with the suspension of overseas professional Malcolm Nofal. They lost early wickets and were indebted to Richardson's 64 and 34 from Andrew Sherodan in their 147 - three wickets each for Liam Harris and Zubair Khan. Richardson (4-13) struck early blows but Raghav Grover (49) looked to steering Terenure to victory, before a late fightback saw wickets tumble, leaving the Fingal side victors.
North County captain Eddie Richardson after the win over Terenure
Rush lost to North County by 2 wickets
Kenure, 31 July.
 Rush 229/9 (40 overs; N Rock 73, A McGuire 48, J Barnes 30, A Neary 26; S Sludds 3-52, A Ghaffar 2-28, M Nofal 2-31, E Richardson 2-40)
 North County 230/8 (38.5 overs; E Richardson 66, J Grassi 64, M Nofal 54; A Eastwood 4-55, J Barnes 3-30)
Jamie Grassi scored a half century in the chase
Three-times National Cup winners Rush bowed out as five-times Irish Cup victors North County won the Final derby to reach the decider at Bangor on August 28th. Rush lost early wickets to slide to 25 for 3, but rallied with skipper Neil Rock leading the way with 73 from 76 balls (10 fours, 2 sixes). Aaron McGuire hit 3 sixes and 3 fours in a rapid 48, while there were runs too for Jared Barnes (30), and Alex Neary (26) in their 229 for 9. For County, there were three wickets for Sean Sludds, and two apiece for Abdul Ghaffar, Malcolm Nofal and Eddie Richardson. Despite the early loss of Niall McGovern, the visitors looked in complete control as Macolm Nofal, Jamie Grassi, and Eddie Richardson all hit half centuries to lead them to 202 for 2 in the 33rd over. However, as the winning post loomed, there was a late wobble with four wickets for Allan Eastwood and three for Jared Barnes before victory was achieved in the 39th over.
Eddie Richardson
Terenure beat Railway Union by 3 wickets
Terenure Sports Club, 31 July.
 Railway Union 98 (25 overs; K O'Brien 23, K Carroll 20; B Tukrel 4-22, R Grover 4-27, Z Khan 2-24)
 Terenure 102/7 (30 overs; R Grover 43*; K O'Brien 3-13)
Kevin O'Brien took three wickets
Terenure knocked holders Railway Union out of the National Cup with a tense three-wicket win in a low-scoring encounter at Terenure Sports Club. Batting first the visitors struggled on the mat to 98 all out, with their main contributions coming from 2007 World Cup players Kevin O’Brien (23) and Kenny Carroll (20). The damage was done primarily by Bhavic Tukrel and Raghav Grover, who each claimed four wickets apiece. The chase was far from straightforward though as O’Brien picked up three wickets and at 23 for 4 the game was very much in the balance. However a fifth wicket stand of 56 between Mick Cotter (16) and Raghav Grover put Terenure well on top. Grover eventually got his side over the line with an unbeaten 43 (5 fours, 1 six) as the win was achieved in the 30th over.
Round 3
Derriaghy lost to North County by 8 wickets
Queensway, 17 July.
 Derriaghy 81 (25.1 overs; R Beckett 23; Usman Azhar 4-30, M Nofal 2-7, E Richardson 2-10, A Ghaffar 2-16)
 North County 82/2 (12.4 overs; J Grassi 42)
North County wasted little time in dispensing with the challenge of Derriaghy as the five-time Irish Senior Cup champions won by eight wickets at a canter. They dismissed the Queensway side for just 81, with Ryan Beckett’s 23 the best of a disappointing batting effort. Usman Azhar took four wickets, while there were two apiece for Malcolm Nofal, Eddie Richardson, and Abdul Ghaffar. County knocked off the runs with little trouble, with Jamie Grassi hitting 8 fours in his 42.
Cregagh lost to Rush by 67 runs
Cregagh Memorial, 17 July.
 Rush 239/3 (40 overs; S Gull 115*, L Johnson 44, N Rock 28, A Doheny 26*; A McCormick 2-54)
 Cregagh 172 (31 overs; J Hunter 97, N Kelly 23; A Neary 4-37, G Smith 2-11)
Sadat Gull scored a century
Three times National Cup winners Rush beat Cregagh in a fine match, which saw experienced all-rounder Sadat Gull score a century. Batting first, Rush made 239 for 3, thanks primarily to Gull, who hit 15 fours and 3 sixes in an unbeaten 115 from 120 balls. There were runs too for Llew Johnson (44) and Neil Rock (28) while Andrew Doheny (26*) added an unbroken 114 for the 4th wicket with Gull. Alex Neary (4-37) made early inroads, but Cregagh were still in with a shout as long as Jay Hunter was there. He hit 11 fours in a brilliant 97, before being run out, and with that the Belfast side’s chances ended, losing by 67 runs.
Ballyspallen lost to Railway Union by 7 wickets
Bridge Park, Ballyspallen, 17 July.
 Ballyspallen 158/9 (40 overs; Stu Kennedy 36, D Perera 30, J Thompson 26; F Zaman 4-48, L McCarthy 2-27, Hamza Maan 2-30)
 Railway Union 163/3 (32 overs; F Zaman 49, H Sultan 43*, K Carroll 41)
Holders Railway Union are safely through after a solid chase saw them beat Ballyspallen by seven wickets at Bridge Park. The home side adopted a cautious approach batting first, and althought the top six reached double figures, a total of 158 was never enough. Stuart Kennedy (36), Demith Perera (30) and stand-in captain James Thompson (26) their main contributors. Fakhar Zaman took four wickets and top scored with 49 in the chase (4 fours, 3 sixes). Hashir Sultan (43*) and former Irish international Kenny Carroll (41) were also in the runs in a straightforward win.
County Galway lost to Terenure by 9 wickets
Lydican, 17 July.
 County Galway 148/9 (40 overs; C Mullen 47, Shariq Nasim 43; M Thomas 3-24)
 Terenure 153/1 (30.3 overs; H Dall 85*, D Vaughan 47*)
Terenure safely progressed to the last four as they had little trouble in accounting for County Galway at the Lydican. Chasing 149, the Dubliners lost Seamus Lynch early, but an unbroken second wicket stand of 150 ensured the nine-wicket win. Henry Dall top-scored with 85 from 81 balls (7 fours, 1 six), while Donal Vaughan made a more sedate 47 not out. Galway’s 148 for 9 was built around Conor Mullen’s 47 and 43 from Shariq Nasim, while Mark Thomas (3-24) was best with the ball.
UCC lost to County Galway by 3 wickets.
Curaheen, 19 June.
UCC 183
County Galway 186-7 (36.3 overs; C Mullen 59*, Swaroop 31, Kumal 26, Varun 3/33)
Conor Mullen guided County Galway over the line with an unbeaten 59 as they chased UCC's 183 to win by three wickets. Mullen received vital support from Swaroop (31) and Kumal (26) in a tight encounter that could have gone either way.
Derriaghy beat Glendermott by 110 runs.
Queensway, 19 June.
Derriaghy 329-9 (40 overs; C Lewis 154, M Venter 36, C Moorhead 36; C Ross 3-57, A Boyd 3-67)
Glendermott 219 (34.4 overs; B Mills 73, J Anwar 63, A Johnson 35*; M Venter 6-17)
Craig Lewis thumped 14 fours and 12 sixes in a brilliant 154 from just 95 deliveries as Derriaghy amassed 329 for 9 at home to Glendermott at Queensway. Morne Venter and Curtis Moorhead each made 36, while Curtis Ross and Adam Boyd each claimed three wickets. Skipepr Ben Mills and Pakistan professional Jamal Anwar both scored half centuries in the chase but Venter took six wickets as 2013 finalists Derriaghy won by 110 runs.
Strabane lost to Railway Union by 105 runs.
Strabane Park, 19 June.
Railway Union 183 (37.4 overs; H Sultan 69, L McCarthy 40; E Musuku 4-25, R Gallagher 2-29)
Strabane 78 (26.5 overs; A Matthew 3-14, H Maan 2-17, L McCarthy 2-23)
Three Gillespies were on the Strabane team - John (centre) with sons Gary and Aaron
Holders Railway Union are safely through after a 95-run win at Strabane. Hashir Sultan top-scored with 69, sharing a fourth wicket stand of 81 with Liam McCarthy (40). Ernest Musuku's four wickets saw the Dubliners stutter from 140 for 3 to 183 all out, but it still proved more than enough as the home side's batting failed. The Red Caps were bundled out for just 78.
Rush beat Midleton by 82 runs.
Kenure, 19 June.
Rush 260-6 (40 overs; J Barnes 102, A Dohney 53*, L Johnson 41; M Khan 2-9)
Midleton 178 (37.1 overs; M Khan 60; A Abbasi 3-25)
Three-times champions Rush look once again the team to beat after an 82-run win against Midleton. Jared Barnes was the Kenure side hero as he hit 11 fours and 5 sixes in his 103 from 84 balls, sharing a fifth wicket stand of 152 with Andrew Doheny (53*). LLew Johnson also made 41 in their total of 260 for 6. In reply Midleton made 178, with Majid Khan top scoring with 60, while Asher Abbasi took 3 for 25.
Round 2
St Johnston lost to North County by 2 wickets.
The Boathole, 19 June.
St Johnston 142-7 (40 overs; D Lapsley 75, N Cole 48*; A Ghaffar 4-18, U Azhar 2-28)
North County 143-8 (27.2 overs; J Mooney 41, A Sheridan 33; N Cole 3-38, J Maroske 2-26, D Anthony 2-50)
Five-times Irish Cup winners North County survived a St Johnston fightback to clinch a two-wickets win in Donegal. When the Saints slumped to 25 for 6, it seemed as if the Fingal side's trip would be a short one, but the Saints rallied strongly. Skipper David Lapsley (75) and Nathan Cole (48*) added 117 for the 7th wicket and a total of 142 gave their attack a sniff. Three wickets for Cole, plus to apiece for Jacob Maroske and David Anthony had County worried, but John Mooney's hard-hit 41 from just 23 balls (5 sixes) got them back on track and Andrew Sheridan's 33 ensured the narrow win.
Bonds Glen lost to Terenure by 9 wickets.
The Glen, 19 June.
Bonds Glen 125 (26 overs; D Cooke 27*, S Killen 26; S Safi 3-5, D Vaughan 3-20, R Grover 2-18, Z Khan 2-20)
Terenure 126-1 (15.1 overs; S Lynch 98*)
2017 finalists Terenure made short work of Bonds Glen, as Seamus Lynch's brutal assault made short work of their modest 126 target. Lynch hit 10 sixes and 8 fours in an unbeaten 98 from just 49 balls, dominating an unbroken second wicket stand of 80 in six overs with Donal Vaughn (4*). Vaughn and Sadiq Safi each took three wickets in the Bee Gees 125, in which former Irish international David Cooke top-scored with an unbeaten 27.
County Kerry lost to Ballyspallen by 2 wickets.
Tralee, 19 June.
County Kerry 201-9 (40 overs; A Saghir 64, O Gohar 28, K Iqbal 23; Stu. Kennedy 3-24, J Thompson 2-46)
Ballyspallen 206-8 (37.1 overs; D Perera 96, Stu Kennedy 38*, A Christie 32, ; A Saghir 2-24)
Ballyspallen made the long trek to the Oyster Oval and emerged victorious in another tense encounter, chasing 201 to win by two wickets. Their successful pursuit was down to Sri Lankan professional Demith Perera who hit 7 sixes and 7 fours in his 96 from juts 59 balls, with runs too from skipper Andy Christie (32) and all-rounder Stuart Kennedy (38*), who had also taken three wickets in the Kerry innings, which was dominated by Saghir's 64.
Limerick lost to Cregagh by 36 runs.
Manor Fields, 19 June.
Cregagh 249-9 (M Simpson 52, D Cooper 39, J Moore 37)
Limerick 213 (37.3 overs, T Smithies 109; G Hassard 2-28, D Cooper 2-37, M Ravikrishnan 2-41)
Cregagh travelled to Limerick and won an entertaining game, their total of 249 proving 36 too many for the hosts. An opening stand of 71 between Dan Cooper (39) and Jonny Moore (37) set the perfect platform, for Matthew Simpson to make 52. Australian Tim Smithies hit 17 fours and 2 sixes in a brilliant century, but Cregagh chipped away and managed to defend it, bowling out 2018 finalists Limerick for 213.
National Cup
Strabane lost to Railway Union by 95 runs.
Strabane Park, 19 June.
Railway Union 183 (37.4 overs; H Sultan 69, L McCarthy 40; E Musuku 4-25, R Gallagher 2-29)
Strabane 78 (26.5 overs; A Matthew 3-14, H Maan 2-17, L McCarthy 2-23)
National Cup
Rush beat Midleton by 82 runs.
Kenure, 19 June.
Rush 260-6 (40 overs; J Barnes 102, A Dohney 53*, L Johnson 41; M Khan 2-9)
Midleton 178 (37.1 overs; M Khan 60; A Abbasi 3-25)
National Cup
Derriaghy beat Glendermott by 110 runs.
Queensway, 19 June.
Derriaghy 329-9 (40 overs; C Lewis 154, M Venter 36, C Moorhead 36; C Ross 3-57, A Boyd 3-67)
Glendermott 219 (34.4 overs; B Mills 73, J Anwar 63, A Johnson 35*; M Venter 6-17)
National Cup
UCC lost to County Galway by 3 wickets.
Curaheen, 19 June.
UCC 183
County Galway 186-7 (36.3 overs; C Mullen 59*, Swaroop 31, Kumal 26, Varun 3/33)
Round 1

Byes: Railway Union, Bonds Glen

Derriaghy beat Ballyhaunis by 248 runs.
Queensway, 29 May.
Derriaghy 383-4 (40 overs; M Venter 132, C Lewis 74*, M Halliday 63, R Bailey 56)
Ballyhaunis 135 (23.2 overs; H Arshad 36; W Hughes 4-16, C Moorhead 3-36)
At Queensway there was a barrage of boundaries for Derriaghy as they hit 32 fours and 22 sixes in their huge total of 383 for 4. An opening stand of 137 in 18 overs between Matthew Halliday (63) and Ross Bailey (56) set the perfect platform and what followed was sheer carnage. Morne Venter cleared the ropes 12 times, and also hit 8 fours in a savage 132 from just 55 balls, sharing a fourth wicket stand of 212 in just 16 overs with Craig Lewis. Lewis clubbed 6 sixes and 6 fours in his unbeaten 74 from 51 deliveries, as the beleaguered Ballyhaunis attack wilted. The visitors could only manage 135 in the chase, with runs for Arshad (36), Iqbal (23) and Akbar (23). Wayne Hughes took 4 for 16, while there were also wickets for Curtis Moorehead (3-36) and Ross Bailey (2-36). Derriaghy are home again in the second round as they entertain North West side Glendermott.
County Galway beat Ballaghaderreen by 9 wickets.
Lydican, 29 May.
Ballaghaderreen 94 (33.5 overs; Z Azfal 27*; R Srinivasan 2-6, J Juneja 2-9, K Mehmood 2-17, P Viswanath 2-28)
County Galway 96-1 (14.4 overs; S Bura 48*)
County Galway are also safely through after a 9-wickets win over Ballaghedreen at The Lydican. Jayesh Juneja (2-9), Ramgokul Srinivasanni (2-6), and Prashanth Viswanath (2-28) all took two wickets as Ballaghedreen were dismissed for 94 - only Afzal (27) offering resistance. The modest target proved no challenge as an unbeaten 48 from Sai Swaroop Burra sealed the comprehensive win in just the 15th over. They now face UCC away in the second round on Sunday June 19th.
Cliftonville Academy lost to Terenure by 2 wickets.
Castle Grounds, 21 May.
Cliftonville Academy 157 (40 overs; D Hendricks 68; M Thomas 2-10, R Grover 3-26, D Vaughan 2-36, S Safi 2-35)
Terenure 159-8 (38.1 overs; S Nair 29, R Grover 54*, S Safi 25; M McCord 5-25)
A direct hit but it's not out!
Glendermott beat Athlone by 125 runs.
The Rectory, 21 May.
Glendermott 300-5 (40 overs; N Maguire 151, R Robinson 97; N Matta 2-45)
Athlone 175 (29.4 overs; A Khalily 61, V Rao 32; C Ross 3-39, N Maguire 2-40)
Ballyspallen beat Templepatrick by 4 runs.
Bridge Park, 21 May.
Ballyspallen 158-6 (40 overs; S Kennedy 42, D Perera 37; R Bryans 2-38, A Magee 2-30)
Templepatrick 154-9 (40 overs; R Bryans 36, S Gautam 34; S Kennedy 3-17, J Martin 2-14, S Kennedy 2-26, D Perera 2-43)
Cregagh beat Killyclooney by 37 runs.
Memorial Recreation Ground, 21 May.
Cregagh 245-8 (40 overs; D Cooper 111, J Hunter 67; J Wallace 2-38, T Dougherty 2-60)
Killyclooney 208-7 (40 overs; K Hall 62, T Dougherty 38*, M Gordon 29; D Cooper 3-30, C Shannon 2-33)
Laois lost to St Johnston by 55 runs.
Stradbally, 21 May.
St Johnston 238-6 (40 overs; J Macbeth 60, D Lapsley 38*, M Rankin 34, I Macbeth 28; M Auret 3-47, K Sabrie 2-35)
Laois 183 (35.5 overs; R Mehraj 40, J Hussain 39, J Amin 26, P Croke 25; J Maroske 6-38, I Macbeth 2-25)
St Johnston became the first non-Leinster club to play at Stradbally. Usama Raees made a presentation to his St Johnston counterpart David Lapsley
Strabane beat Civil Service by 7 wickets.
Strabane Park, 21 May.
Civil Service 151 (38.3 overs; AC 31; T Harpur 4-26, R Gallagher 2-25)
Strabane 145-3 (25 overs; Ehtesham Ahmed 75, A Gillespie 40)
A wicket for Strabane's Ryan Gallagher
Burndennett lost to North County by 10 wickets.
Burndennett, 21 May.
Burndennett 49 (18.2 overs; J Mooney 6-9, U Azhar 3-13)
North County 51-0 (5 overs; J Grassi 26*)
Former Irish international John Mooney tore through the Burndennett batting
Post-match interview with John Mooney
Rush beat Saintfield by 6 wickets.
Kenure, 21 May.
Saintfield 178 (33.2 overs; T McCavera 54, K Alleyne 53, A McCavera 42; A Abbasi 4-55, A Neary 3-28)
Rush 179-4 (21.2 overs; N Rock 54, L Johnson 37, J McGee 32, F McGee 25)
Neil Rock during his innings of 54 (Rodney Smythe)
County Kerry beat Muckamore by 3 wickets.
Oyster Oval, Tralee, 21 May.
Muckamore 219-9 (40 overs; L Allen 97, E Wilson 26; K Igbal 3-51, Y Ali 2-24, KM Khan 2-44)
County Kerry 220-7 (38.3 overs; I Pathan 59, Mohsin Taj 55; D Dineke 2-17, R Keates 2-39)
UCC walkover v The Nedd
The Farm, 21 May.
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