One small step for Malan, one giant leap for Waringstown
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
WARINGSTOWN took another giant leap towards the Premier League title last night with a 82 runs victory over basement side Lisburn in their rearranged game at The Lawn.
Half centuries by their two South Africans, professional Andre Malan and Graham Hume, propelled them to 174 for six in their 20 overs – Hume hit 20 off the last over from Josh Manley – and despite a ninth wicket stand of 36 between Callum Atkinson and Manley Lisburn failed to even reach three figures.
Boyd Rankin took his first wicket since June 26 when he had former Ireland team-mate James McCollum caught first ball but a fourth wicket stand of 89 between Malan and Hume put Waringstown in control.
Malan faced 43 balls for his 68, which included nine fours and a six, and Hume, hit two sixes and his fourth four in the final over to finish 57 not out from 39 balls.
The other postponed fixtures from last Saturday have also been rearranged. CIYMS will host Instonians and Carrick face Civil Service North both on Thursday evening while second place North Down are away to Woodvale on Sunday.
There are also two vital Section One games this week in the race for promotion with leaders Cliftonville Academy travelling to Armagh tomorrow (4.45pm) and Derriaghy away to Muckamore on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Amy Hunter has been called up to the Ireland squad for the T20 European World Cup qualifying tournament in La Manga, which begins on Thursday.
The prodigious 15-year-old from Instonians, who made her debut in the series against Scotland in May, replaces Shauna Kavanagh who has tested positive for Covid.
Hunter joins Waringstown’s Cara Murray in the 14-strong squad which must win the six-team tournament to reach the 2022 global qualifying tournament.
Ireland will start with a double header on Thursday, a morning game against Germany followed by Turkey in the afternoon before facing the Scots on Friday afternoon.
The remaining two games are against France on Sunday morning and the Netherlands on Monday afternoon.