No Surprises in Challenge Cup
There were no surprise winners in the Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals as both Section One sides fell by the wayside on a day of emphatic wins in all the games.
Derriaghy’s Challenge Cup reprieve proved to be a short one as they crashed to a 178 run defeat at the hands of CSNI.
Ross Adair bludgeoned the Section One leaders attack into submission with a typically aggressive century and when the visitors set off in pursuit of CSNI’s 285/7, it was seamers Matthew Foster and Luke Georgeson who proved to be too hot to handle.
Bowling unchanged the pair shared all the wickets, Georgeson taking 5-40 and Foster 5-63 as Derriaghy were bowled out 1 ball before the first bowling change was even required.
A massive defeat for the Section One favourites and an indication of what could await them next season if, and when, they step up to the top tier.
Cregagh, the other Section One side in the Quarters fared a little better losing by eight wickets at the Memorial Ground.
Asked to bat by Instonians skipper Andrew White they set off in style, Jay Hunter and Danny Cooper putting together a half-century opening stand.
It was the spinners who put a brake on proceedings with Ben Rose having Cooper caught by Andrew White at slip in his first over.
Rose would add another four wickets as he lodged the first claim of the day for MOM honours finishing with 5-53.
In total nine of the home sides wickets fell to spin, Ben Rose’s ‘five-for’, Andrew White with two, and Cian Robertson and leg-spinner James Rose one each.
A few big blows at the back end of the innings saw Cregagh to 215, bowled out with one over unused.
Ollie Metcalfe and Jack Dickson opened the Instonian reply, and it took a mix-up between the pair to claim the first wicket, Metcalfe left stranded mid pitch as the bails were removed.
That brought James Hunter to the crease and he produced a Man of the Match performance 86*, as he and Nikolai Smith with 70* put together a 146 run unbroken partnership that saw Instonians in to the semi-finals in the forty fifth over.
North Down moved one step closer to a Home Ground Final with a nine wicket win at Wallace Park.
Ryan Haire’s 5-23 the main cause of Lisburn’s downfall and their total of 155 was never going to be enough.
Only Robert Rankin with 58 held up against the North Down attack, although it wasn’t until Ryan Haire came on as the sixth bowler that things really fell apart for the home side.
The North Down reply had reached 82 before Lisburn claimed their only success, Ally Shields caught by Matthew Humphreys off Cameron Doak for a 46 that contained 10 boundaries.
Runs continue to flow for Aniruddha Chore whose 69* saw the game over in the twenty seventh over.
He may have been disappointed not to have won consecutive MOM awards but it was Haire’s spell that set the course of the match and the decision to name him rather than the highest run-scorer in the game more than justified.
No doubt about who would pick up the award at Ballygomartin Road after his 104 steadied the CIYMS ship that saw Matchett, Dougherty and Van Der Merwe back in the pavilion with only fifty on the board, James Cameron-Dow the only contender.
Skipper Nigel Jones helped along the way with 34 and David Miller with 40, the CI innings closing on 240 with the fifth ball of the final over.
Pavan Karthik, the seventh Woodvale bowler amazingly bowled a full quota of ten overs, picking up both Miller and Cameron-Dow’s wickets plus the final two, finishing with 4-53.
Opening bowler Ruhan Pretorius actually had the best figures for the home side, also claiming four wickets in his ten over spell, at a cost of only 28 runs.
And it was Pretorius who provided the only resistance from Woodvale, his 53 standing alone in a card that highlighted the difficulty their batsmen had in keeping up a strike rate that would see them make a realistic challenge on the day.
Two wickets each for Chris Robinson, Jason vd Merwe and two for JCD, as if any were needed, to confirm him as the Man of the Match winner.
Woodvale lost the game and lost their skipper Stephen Bunting to a shoulder injury while fielding.
An injury that prevented him from batting and a reoccurrence of one that will seemingly now require surgery and may have ended his first season in charge and that will see the youthful Harry Warke take the reins.
The Semi-Finals draw will be made early this week with games scheduled for Sunday 1st August.
CHALLENGE CUP - QUARTER FINALS
CSNI beat Derriaghy by 178 runs
Stormont, 18 July.
CSNI 285-7 (50.0 overs, R Adair 111, A Johnston 47, C McMorran 37; M Stinson 2-38, R Bailey 2-52, J Wade 2-57)
Derriaghy 107 (19.5 overs, L Georgeson 5-40, M Foster 5-63)
Cregagh lost to Instonians by 8 wickets
Cregagh Memorial Recreational Ground, 18 July.
Cregagh 215 (49.0 overs, Jay Hunter 65, C Boultwood 32; B Rose 5-53, A White 2-34)
Instonians 218-2 (44.2 overs, J Hunter 86*, Nikolai Smith 70*, J Dickson 30)
Lisburn lost to North Down by 9 wickets
Wallace Park, 18 July.
Lisburn 155 (43.2 overs, R Rankin 58, A Berry 26; Ryan Haire 5-23, P Eakin 2-32, C Robinson 2-35)
North Down 157-1 (26.2 overs, A Chore 69*, A Shields 46, G Maneeshan 34*)
Woodvale lost to CIYMS by 90 runs
Ballygomartin Road, 18 July.
CIYMS 240 (49.5 overs, J Cameron-Dow 104, D Miller 40, N Jones 34; R Pretorius 4-28, P Karrthik 4-53)
Woodvale 150-9 (39.3 overs, R Pretorius 53; C Robinson 2-21, J Cameron- Dow 2-25, J van der Merwe 2-28)