IT’S not often that a player scores 66 not out and takes six wickets and doesn’t receive man of the match but in a ‘home town/underdog’ decision, Derriaghy’s Craig Lewis received the award in their first round Cup defeat by Waringstown.

Lewis certainly provided the entertainment value at Queensway, with a chanceless 122 from 88 balls, hitting eight fours and 13 sixes but it was Graham Hume who blasted the unbeaten Section One league leaders to defeat.

The South African, who qualifies for Ireland next year, scored even quicker than Lewis, facing just 37 balls, with nine fours and four sixes on the compact ground, after ripping through the Derriaghy tail, their last five wickets failing for two runs in the space of 13 balls.

When Lewis was in full flow, the home side were on course for a total well in excess of 300 but he was fifth out, in the 31st over, with the total on 201 and the rest added only 30 runs. Hume and Greg Thompson knocked off the last 60 runs in 33 balls.

It was wonderful entertainment throughout – a total of 24 sixes - and while it was Premier League status and cup history that told in the end, it was 16-year-old Ben Snell who ended the second wicket stand between Lewis and Dempsey.

The latest off the Waringstown youth conveyor belt – Sam Topping is set to follow Jack Carson to Sussex this year – he conceded only two runs off his first two overs, amid the mayhem before Lewis reasserted his authority and 24 came off Snell’s third over.

At the other end of the experience scale, Kyle McCallan also suffered at Lewis’ bat, but after being hit for two successive sixes, the veteran off spinner forced him to miscue high to mid-wicket where James Mitchell held the catch. Hume finished the innings in double quick time.

The first 20 overs of the Waringstown reply was dominated by James McCollum. The opening batsman may have lost his place in the Ireland team for next week’s one-day internationals against South Africa but he enjoyed the Derriaghy attack and the small ground yesterday, hitting 92 off 65 balls with 12 fours and four sixes.

He holed out to long-on but Hume finished the match in double quick time. He has at least one more round to win a man of the match award.

Elsewhere, it was a race to be the first team through to the second round in a series of one-sided games.
Lisburn won the race with a nine wickets win over Donaghcloney Mill in a match that lasted only 24.4 overs, with the visitors bowled out for 47, with Josh Manley taking six wickets.

But it was Woodvale’s Aditya Adey who had the best bowling figures of the day, seven for 14, as Templepatrick were dismissed for 128. Harry Warke and James Hall then knocked off the runs in just 15 overs – and that included two maidens!

There were also easy wins for Civil Service North, at Armagh, by eight wickets, chasing 94 and Instonians who beat Ballymena by seven wickets, needing three runs fewer, while North Down lost five wickets against Cliftonville Academy at the scenic Castle Grounds but still won in the 27th over.

The one-all Premier League tie of the round proved just as one-sided with CIYMS recovering from 20 for three and 64 for five to total 248 for eight. Carrickfergus were also in early trouble at 12 for three and 54 for five but the holders superior bowling didn’t let them off the hook and the final victory margin was 122 runs.

Graham Kennedy celebrated his call-up to the Ireland one-day international side with 72 in sixth wicket stand of 131 with Jacob Mulder and James Cameron-Dow, who scored 75 batting at number three last week, then showed he can finish the innings in style as well with 22 from 14 balls at number eight.

Carrickfergus rely on Jeremy Lawlor and Jacques Snyman to give them a good start but they scored only four runs between them – the South African professional out for a golden duck – and only Alex Haggan and Graham McCarter provided any resistance as the visitors innings folded quietly in the 34th over.

Other internationals making a rare appearance for their clubs included Mark Adair who was out first ball, back at No 3 for CIYMS, but bowled Lawlor in his second over, having already caught Snyman and Craig Young at North Down, who took a wicket with his first ball.

Cregagh will represent Section One in the quarter-final draw after beating League rivals Muckamore thanks to an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 114 by Aaron Johnston and Jonny Moore.