Irish National Cup 2023
Cliftonville Academy lost to Derriaghy by 4 wickets (DLS)
The Lawn, Waringstown, 13 August.
Cliftonville Academy 155 (36.2/37 overs: V Chopra 35, M Burton 32, A Raut 25; P Kruger 4-27, C Lewis 3-31, C Moorhead 2-35)
Derriaghy 139-6 (28 overs: P Kruger 51*, M Halliday 41; B Kane 3-30) (Target 139 in 30 overs )
Curtis Moorhead raises the National Cup (CricketEurope)
Early wicket as Patrick Kruger strikes with his first ball, trapping Francis Collins (1) in front. And he has another as Jack Burton (6) slices to point. Max Burton the 3rd wicket as he slices an attempted lofted drive to cover off Curtis Moorehead. Jordan Wade then runs out Jared Wilson (15) with the total on 72. A lengthy rain delay saw game reduced to 37 overs. Raut charges Kruger but gets thin edge to the keeper. He got frustrated there, too many dots. It's 6 down now for CA as Matty McCord sweeps hard to deep midwicket but good catch by Bailey running in down the hill. Adam Forbes goes next as he top edges a pull and well caught by Ivan Sinovich at deep fine leg running in. First wicket for Craig Lewis as Adam Kelso is bowled. He gets his second in the same over as Chopra lofts to long-on where Sinovich holds on despite coming in too far. Good hands by the Croatian international. Last over and it's a third for Craig Lewis as Patrick Kruger takes another catch. Great start for CA as they strike in the first over. Richard Hood has Ross Bailey well caught by Jared Wilson diving forward. Wilson them picks up the second wicket as he gets Sam Gordon courtesy of a good grab by Matty McCord. Two wickets for Ben Kane brings it almost even steven before rain falls again. Going to be tense. Craig Lewis the 5th to fall well caught on the boundary. Certainly distracted by a crowd incident the ball before. Kruger dropped at point on 44, That could be their last chance. Late wicket for Raut - late twist? Surely not. Derriaghy win - Man of the Match display by Patrick Kruger.
Player of the Match was Patrick Kruger
Semi-final: Derriaghy beat Rush by 15 runs.
Queensway, 9 July.
Derriaghy 119 (26.3 overs; Ross Bailey 28, Nathan McGuire 3-28, Jarred Barnes 3-31)
Rush 104 (34.2 overs; Andrew Doheny 30; Craig Lewis 3-31, Curtis Moorhead 3-39, Patrick Kruger 2-15)
Derriaghy stunned three-times winners Rush with a 15-run victory in a low-scoring tussle at Queensway. Ross Bailey's 28 was the best of the NCU's disappointing total of 119 - three wickets apiece for skipper Nathan McGuire and Jarred Barnes. It shouldn't have been neary enough, but displaying all their tigerish qualities, cheered on by a sizeable home support, they pulled off the unlikely. Veteran Craig Lewis and Curtis Moorhead set the tone with early wickets and despite a battling 30 from Andrew Doheny, the NCU prevailed in dramatic fashion.
Semi-final: Muckamore lost to Cliftonville Academy by 3 wickets.
Moylena, 9 July.
Muckamore 126-9 (40 overs; Ben Calitz 39; Jared Wilson 3-11, Abhishek Raut 2-43)
Cliftonville Academy 129-7 (34.1 overs; Jared Wilson 67*; Sathish Suresh 3-28)
Jared Wilson and Abhishek Raut (CricketEurope)
Cliftonville Academy are through to the National Cup final after a three-wickets win over Muckamore in the all-NCU clash at Moylena. Jared Wilson was the star of the show for CA, taking 3 for 11 in an excellent eight-overs spell, and making an unbeaten half century in a nervy chase. Canadian U19 international Ben Calitz made 39 and Luke Allen 20 in the hosts modest 126 for 9. Three wickets for Sathish Suresh reduced CA to 105 for 7, but the cool head of Wilson steered them home, with an unbeaten 67 (5 fours, 2 sixes) to clinch the win and set up a final clash with Derriaghy at The Lawn on Sunday August 13th.
Round 3: St Johnston lost to Rush by 197 runs
The Boathole, 18 June.
Rush 280 (37.3 overs; Llew Johnson 87, Neil Rock 57, Jared Barnes 35*, Asher Abbasi 22; Graeme McCarter 3-35, David Barnard 2-56, Michael Rankin 2-58)
St Johnston 83 (21.2 overs; David Anthony 22; Cian Egerton 5-12, Alex Neary 3-16, Jared Barnes 2-27)
Ian Macbeth is trapped lbw by Jarred Barnes (Lawrence Moore)
Three-times winners Rush crushed St Johnston by a whopping 197-runs at The Boathole. The Fingal side never looked back after their blitzkrieg start which saw openers Llew Johnson and Neil Rock club 14 fours and 11 sixes in an opening stand of 145 in just 11.4 overs. New Zealander Johnson top-scored with 87, while Rock hit 57. Saints pulled it back a little with three wickets for Graeme McCarter and two apiece for Michael Rankin, but by that stage the damage was done. Jared Barnes added further punishment as he cleared the ropes three times in his 35 not out as Rush made 280. The hosts chase crumbled and they were skittled for 83, with five wickets for Cian Egerton, three for Alex Neary and two for Barnes in a very one-sided contest.
Round 3: Muckamore beat Terenure by 7 wickets
Moylena, 18 June.
Terenure 145 (35.5 overs; Donal Vaughn 32, Bhavic Tukrel 23; Pavan Karthik 4-12, Sathish Suresh 2-31)
Muckamore 146/3 (22 overs; Ben Calitz 65*, Ewan Wilson 43, Luke Allen 20*)
Muckamore advanced to the last four with an emphatic 7-wickets win over two-times finalists Terenure. Four wickets for Pavan Karthik and two for Sathish Suresh helped keep the Dubliners to 145 - Donal Vaughan making 32. The chase started nervously with two early wickets, but the complexion of the game changed completely with the arrival of Ben Calitz to the middle. He and Ewan Wilson shared a third wicket stand of 111 in just 14 overs to all but settle the contest. Wilson hit five boundaries in his 43 from 41 balls, while Canadian youth international Calitz hit 6 fours and 3 maximums in his unbeaten 65 from only 50 balls. Luke Allen also made 20 not out as the Moylena side - who were the inaugural winners back in 2012, join fellow NCU sides Derriaghy, Cliftonville Academy plus competition kingpins Rush in the semi-finals.
Muckamore captain Neil Gill after the win
Round 3: Cliftonville Academy beat Killyclooney by 169 runs
Castle Grounds, 18 June.
Cliftonville Academy 245/4 (40 overs; Francis Collins 94, Jared Wilson 48, Abhishek Raut 42*, David Reid 38*; Matthew Campbell 2-30)
Killyclooney 76 (17.2 overs; Blayde Capell 23; Matty McCord 5-6, Jared Wilson 3-8, Richard Hood 2-20)
Blayde Capell of Killyclooney pictured after reaching the 1000 run landmark (Ian Johnston )
Cliftonville Academy ended North West interest in the National Cup with a 169-run demolition of Killyclooney. The hosts were in early trouble at 11 for 2, but a third wicket stand of 84 between Francis Collins and Jared Wilson (48) regained control for CA who thereafter never relinquished their hold on the contest. Collins top-scored with 94 (9 fours, 4 sixes) adding a further 102 in 11 overs with David Reid (38*). Abhishek Raut cleared the ropes five times in a brutal 42 not out from just 14 balls as 96 came from the last 7 overs. A final total of 245 for 4 was always challenging, and Killyclooney's reply was soon in tatters. Three wickets for Jared Wilson and two for Richard Hood - including Blayde Capell for 23 meant the game was effectively over. Matty McCord then wrapped up the tail in double quick time as the NW side made just 76. There was one piece of good news though as Capell passed 1000 runs for the season, and looks well set to break the regional record.
Round 3: Derriaghy beat Limerick by 7 wickets
Queensway, 18 June.
Limerick 82 (23.5 overs; Sarfraz Ramay 30, Tim Smithies 27*; Curtis Moorhead 4-13, Patrick Kruger 2-21, Wayne Hughes 2-24)
Derriaghy 83/3 (10 overs; Matthew Halliday 33*, Sam Gordon 26)
Derriaghy cruised into the semi-finals of the National Cup as they chased 82 in just 10 overs to record a 7-wickets win over Limerick. The victory was set up by their much vaunted and experienced bowling unit, with skipper Curtis Moorhead taking 4-13, and two wickets apiece for Patrick Kruger and Wayne Hughes. Sarfraz Ramay hit a run-a-ball 30 (4 fours, 1 six), while Tim Smithies was unbeaten on 27 in their 82 all out. No doubt mindful of the threat of rain, the Queensway side wasted no time in chasing their modest target. Matthew Halliday top scored with 33 not out (3 fours, 2 sixes) adding 51 in 5 overs with Sam Gordon (26) for the second wicket.
Round 2: Knockharley lost to Terenure by 3 runs
Knockharley, 4 June.
Terenure 142 (32.2 overs: H Dall 47, Niqash Ali 26, Seamus Lynch 21; Jack Condie 3-21, Ahmed Kayani 3-22, Kamran Mizra 2-26, Ramiz Sohail 2-31)
Knockharley 139 (39.5 overs: Daneyaal Janjua 27, Jack Ayling 22, Sumit Singh 21; Mark Thomas 2-13, Raghav Grover 2-34, Darsit Shetty 2-36)
Last season's beaten finalists Terenure are through to the quarter-finals, but only just after edging out Knockharley in a thriller. Henry Dall top-scored with 47 in their 142 - three wickets for Jack Condie and Ahmed Kayani. The chase was a tense one as the action ebbed and flowed throughout. The last pair came together with 17 needed and as they edged closer, four runs were needed with two balls left, Jack Ayling perished trying to hit Darsit Shetty for the winning boundary, but finding the safe hands of Seamus Lynch instead.
Round 2: Limerick beat Cregagh by 7 wickets
Limerick, 4 June.
Cregagh 213/6 (40 overs: Jay Hunter 52, Craig Boultwood 40*, Danny Cooper 39, Adam McCormick 34*, Aaron Johnston 31; A Anwar 2-12)
Limerick 216/3 (37 overs: Tim Smithies 90, Arslan Anwar 52*, Arslan Sayyam 39)
Tim Smithies of Limerick (Limerick CC)
Cregagh came unstuck at Limerick, losing by 7 wickets in an entertaining game. The NCU side posted 213 for 6 with Jay Hunter top-scoring with 52, while there were runs too for Craig Boultwood (40*), Danny Cooper (39), Adam McCormick (34*), and Aaron Johnston (31). The Adare side though chased it down to get revenge for their exit at the same stage last year. Australian Tim Smithies hit 10 fours in a brilliant 90 to take his side to the brink of victory, while runs too for Arslan Sayyam (39) and an unbeaten 52 from Arslan Anwar sealed the seven wickets win.
Round 2: Cliftonville Academy beat Athlone by 132 runs
Castle Grounds, 4 June.
Cliftonville Academy 309/6 (40 overs: Jared Wilson 129, Francis Collins 101, Abhishek Raut 25*)
Athlone 177 (Vishal Kumar 55, George Jeberaj 33; Abhishek Raut 5-37, Jack Burton 3-31)
Centuries from Jared Wilson and Francis Collins ensured a facile 132-run win for Cliftonville Academy against Athlone at the Castle Grounds. The pair shared a second wicket stand of 254 in 32 overs, with Head Coach Wilson hitting 15 fours and 3 sixes in his 129 - reaching his 100 in 69 balls. Collins hit 9 fours and 3 sixes in his even time 101, while Abhishek Raut hit a brisk unbeaten 25 in their 309 for 6. Raut them took five wickets and Jack Burton three as the Midlanders were dismissed for 177 - Visshal Kumar (55) and George Jeberaj (33) their main contributors.
Round 2: Derriaghy beat Burndennett by 197 runs
Queensway, 4 June.
Derriaghy 368/5 (50 overs: Patrick Kruger 182, Jamie Magowan 144; Derek Curry 3-79)
Burndennett 171 (31.1 overs: Andrew Barr 64; Jordan Wade 2-8, Ross Bailey 2-19, Wayne Hughes 2-35, Curtis Moorhead 2-39)
A fourth wicket stand of 312 in 34 overs between Patrick Kruger and Jamie Magowan powered Derriaghy to a whopping 197-run win over Burndennett. Kruger peppered the Queensway boundaries smashing 15 fours and 13 sixes in his 182 from 110 balls, while Magowan also saved energy by hitting 19 fours and clearing the ropes three times in his 144 from 106 deliveries. A total of 368 for 5 was always going to be well out of the visitors reach and so it proved as they were dismissed for 171 - Andrew Barr's 64 (7 fours, 3 sixes) their top score. The wickets were shared by Derriaghy with two apiece for Jordan Wade, Ross Bailey, Wayne Hughes and Curtis Moorhead.
Round 2: Civil Service lost to Killyclooney by 73 runs
Phoenix Park, 4 June.
Killyclooney 298/8 (40 overs: Blayde Capell 136, Mark Gordon 39, Tim Dougherty 38, Kenzie Hall 32; Aamir Bafanda 3-46, Binson Thambhi 3-68)
Civil Service 225/9 (40 overs: Dhiraj Shetty 42, Arjun Chandrasekar 41, Aamir Bafanda 37*, Mubasher Siddique 24, A Ahmadzai 23, Naveed Khan 23; Jordan Nelson 4-29, Kenzie Hall 2-32)
Blayde Capell (CricketEurope)
The Blayde Capell show moved to Dublin and the South African professional continued his superb form to take Killyclooney into the quarter-finals. The left-handed opener hit 18 fours and 3 sixes in his 136 from 99 balls to take his season tally to 740 at an average of 148. He was given good support by Mark Gordon (39), Tim Dougherty (38) and Kenzie Hall (32) as the Tyrone side posted 298 for 8. Jordan Nelson took four wickets and Kenzie Hall two as the hosts were kept to 225 for 9.
Round 2: Muckamore beat North Kildare by 18 runs
Moylena, 4 June.
Muckamore 142 (26 overs: Ben Calitz 39, Sathish Suresh 20; Husnain Maroof 5-38, Yashraj Mate 2-18, Mohammad Zaman 2-45)
North Kildare 124 (35 overs: Samran Patel 35, Josh Uddin 28; Pavan Karthik 2-24, Trevor Britton 2-29)
Muckamore beat North Kildare by 18 runs in a tense, low scoring affair at Moylena. Husnain Maroof five wickets looked to have won it after the home side were bundled out for 142 - Ben Calitz top-scoring with 39. However, Kildare found the going equally tough, and despite recovering from 34 for 4 to 83 for 4, the run out of Samran Patel for 35 proved crucial. Pavan Karthik and Ted Britton each taking two wickets as they were dismissed for 124.
Round 2: North County lost to Rush by 110 runs
Balrothery, 4 June.
Rush 272 (39.1 overs: Jack McGee 71, Llewlyn Johnson 64, Nathan McGuire 42, Asher Abbasi 21; Tanvir Hasan 4-37, Eddie Richardson 2-55, Abdul Ghaffar 2-83)
North County 162 (31.2 overs: Jonathan Andrews 35, John Devane 32, Abdul Sattar 21; Asher Abbasi 3-21, Cian Egerton 2-17, Nathan McGuire 2-32, Alex Neary 2-33)
Jack McGee batting for Rush (Rodney Smythe)
Holders North County bowed out as they were well beaten by Rush in the Fingal derby at Inch. Llew Johnson hit 5 sixes in his rapid 64 from 40 balls to get the three-times winners off to their customary fast start. Skipper Nathan McGuire kept the tempo going with a hard-hit 42, while Jack McGee top-scored with 71 (9 fours, 1 six) in their total of 272 - four wickets for leg-spinner Tanvir Hasan. County's chase never materialised with 35 from Jonathan Andrews and John Devane's 32 the best of their 162 - three wickets for Asher Abbasi, and two apiece for Cian Egerton, Nathan McGuire, and Alex Neary.
Round 2: Ballyspallen lost to St Johnston by 67 runs
Ballyspallen, 4 June.
St Johnston 300/5 (40 overs: Graeme McCarter 98, David Lapsley 61, Macbeth 57, Nathan Cole 38, Jack Macbeth 27)
Ballyspallen 233 (36.4 overs: Demith Perera 60, Kyle Morrow 57, Stuart Kennedy 47, Andy Christie 21; David Barnard 4-53, Graeme McCarter 2-40, S Devenny 2-61)
Nathan Cole batting for St Johnston (CricketEurope)
A first wicket stand of 146 between Graeme McCarter and David Macbeth set St Johnston on the way to a 67-run win at Ballyspallen in the North West clash at Bridge Park. The former Irish international top-scored with 98 from just 67 balls (10 fours, 6 sixes), while Macbeth made 57. David Lapsley inflicted further punishment as he clubbed 6 fours and 4 sixes in his 61 from 26 deliveries, while there were runs too for Nathan Cole (38) and Jack Macbeth (27) as they posted 300 for 5. The home side were always chasing the game after that, and despite half centuries from Demith Perera and Kyle Morrow, while Stuart Kennedy made a brisk 47. David Barnard took four wickets, while McCarter and Scott Devenney picked up two apiece in a fine all-round display.
Round 1: Athlone beat Glendermott by 5 wickets
Athlone, 28 May.
Glendermott 190 (34.3 overs: Ben Mills 70, Jake Montgomery 44, Gihahn Cloete 22; Awais Khalily 4-46, Nikhil Matta 3-33, Vivek Kashyap 2-34)
Athlone 194/5 (31.5 overs: N Vijayan 116*, Awais Khalily 33*, Himanshu Pardeshi 28; Curtis Ross 3-48)
The winning Athlone side (Keith Brennan)
A miserable Sunday in the Irish competitions for North West sides was completed when Glendermott travelled to Athlone as favourites, but were well beaten by the Midlanders. Rectory skipper Ben Mills rescued his side from a precarious 47 for 5 to 190. Mills hit 9 fours and 2 sixes in a tops score of 70, while teenager Jake Montgomery made 44. Awais Khalily (4-46), Nikhil Matta (3-33) and Vivek Kashyap (2-34) were best with the ball for the Athlone. Curtis Ross (3-48) struck early blows, but an unbeaten century from Naveenrohith Nijayan whose unbeaten 116 from 96 balls included 12 fours and 7 sixes meant Athlone were always in control. He shared in stands of 96 for the third wicket with Himanshu Pardeshi (28) and 60 in just four overs for the 6th with Khalily (33*) - the latter's unbeaten 33 coming in just 11 balls.
Round 1: Midleton lost to Civil Service by 120 runs
Midleton, 20 May.
Civil Service 265/9 (40 overs; Rahul Jadhav 66, Nilesh Joshi 50*)
Midleton 140
Round 1: Glendermott v Athlone - Abandoned
The Rectory, 20 May.
Glendermott Glendermott 244-5 (33.2 overs, Gihan Cloete 150, Jason Lynch 24; A Khalily 2-41)
Gihan Cloete scored another century but it was all in vain as the weather intervened in Glendermott's clash with Athlone at The Rectory. The South African overseas professional hit 150 in 113 balls (19 fours, 6 sixes) sharing a century stand with Jason Lynch (24) as they reached 244 for 5 in the 34th over before play was abandoned.
Round 1: Rush beat Strabane by 271 runs
Kenure, 20 May.
Rush 415-9 (40 overs, Neil Rock 142, Llew Johnson 106, Nathan McGuire 57, Jarred Barnes 35, Brandon Morris 29; Rhys Logue 4-91, Usman Azhar 2-68)
Strabane 144 (25 overs, K Gallagher 36, R Gallagher 25; A Abbasi 3-20, J Barnes 3-36)
Neil Rock's brutal assault on the Strabane attack saw the three-times winners progress after a comprehensive 271-run win. He hit 16 sixes and 7 fours in his 142 from just 53 deliveries. He shared an opening stand of 231 in 15 overs with New Zealand professional Llew Johnson who also peppered the boundary in his 106 from 52 balls (8 fours, 9 sixes). Nathan McGuire (57), Jared Barnes (35) and Brandon Morris (29) took the total to a whopping 415 for 9. Barnes then removed Nasir Nawas and Aaron Gillespie cheaply as the Tyrone side were dismissed for 144 - the Gallagher brothers their top scorers. On this form, who would bet against a fourth triumph for the Kenure side?
Round 1: North Kildare beat Bonds Glen by 3 wickets
The Maws, 20 May.
Bonds Glen 140 (38.3 overs, David Cooke 45, Sephen Dunn 23 not out; A Dar 4-19, A Sharma 3-18)
North Kildare 141-7 (26.1 overs, Z Afzal 37, B Zaman 25 not out, S Shah 22; Stephen Dunn 4-26, Raymond Curry 3-27)
North Kildare chased 141 to beat Bonds Glen despite the best efforts of Stephen Dunn and Raymond Curry who shared a combined seven wickets. Former Irish international David Cooke hit 7 fours in their total of 140 - four wickets for Dar and three for Sharma.
Round 1: Burndennett beat Laois by 13 runs (DLS)
Burndennett, 20 May.
Burndennett 199/8 (39 overs; Mark Pollock 105*; O Khan 3-34, U Raees 2-26, M Auret 2-35)
Laois 109/5 (22 overs; M Auret 50, J Amin 28; Corey Roulston 3-17, Andrew Barr 2-35)
Mark Pollock celebrates scoring a century (CricketEurope)
Mark Pollock's second century of the season helped Burndennett to a narrow 13-run (DLS) at home to Laois. He reached the landmark just before the rain arrived in their innings - hitting 15 fours and 2 sixes in his unbeaten 105 from 99 balls. Auret's hard-hit half century from just 36 balls ( 4 fours, 4 sixes) had the game in the balance, but Corey Roulston's third wicket from what turned out to be the last ball of the day ensured the win.
Round 1: Ballymena lost to Knockharley by 3 wickets
Eaton Park, 20 May.
Ballymena 184/8 (40 overs: James Kennedy 59, Michael Caithness 35; Daneyaal Janjua 2-17, Ramiz Sohail 2-34)
Knockharley 186/7 (38.2 overs: Lorcan Craik 31, Jack Ayling 29, Sumit Singh 22; Glen Adams 3-17, John Glass 2-32)
Ballymena's bowlers handed Knockharley victory conceding 51 extras including 44 wides and 2 no-balls as the Leinster side chased 185 to seal a three-wicket win in the penultimate over. James Kennedy hit 12 fours in his 59 as the Eaton Park side made 184/8 which looked a challenge until their hospitality to the visitors ensured a happy return journey.
Round 1: Wexford Wanderers lost to Muckamore by 3 wickets
Wexford RFC, Wexford, 20 May.
Wexford Wanderers 144/6 (40 overs: Khalid Shirzada 50, James Harmse 33; Pavan Karthik 3-15)
Muckamore 147/7 (38.3 overs: Kyllin Vardhan 37, Pavan Karthik 33; Anjith Varghese 2-23)
Muckamore edged competition debutants Wexford Wanderers as they passed their 145 target with three wickets and nine balls to spare. Khalid Shirzada (50), and James Harmse (33) were among the runs as the hosts made 144/6 - three wickets for Pavan Karthik, who also made a valuable 33, while Kyllin Vardhan top-scored with 37.
Round 1: Derriaghy beat Ballyhaunis by 8 wickets
Queensway, 20 May.
Ballyhaunis 131 (19 overs: Asa Abbas 42, Kamran Afzal 29; Wayne Hughes 3-27, Curtis Moorhead 2-11, Ross Glover 2-19)
Derriaghy 137/2 (11.5 overs: Sam Gordon 48*, Matthew Halliday 36, Jordan Wade 30)
Derriaghy wasted little time in making the second round as they raced to their 132 target in the 12th over, Sam Gordon hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in his 48 not out from just 18 balls, while there were quick runs too for Matthew Halliday (36) and Jordan Wade (30). n total the Queensway side clubbed 19 fours and 5 sixes in a powerful display of hitting. Earlier Wayne Hughes took three wickets, while there were two apiece for Curtis Moorehead and Ross Glover as Ballyhaunis were bowled out for a modest 131 - Asa Abbas (42) and Kamran Afzal (29) their main contributors in the heavy loss.
Round 1: Cregagh beat Letterkenny by 5 wickets
Cregagh Memorial, 20 May.
Letterkenny 128 (32.3 overs: Ramees Machingal 30, Aswin Sreedharan 21, Vamsi Dasari 21, Rammohan Goud 20; Charlie Shannon 3-36, Adam McCormick 2-11)
Cregagh 132/5 (27.5 overs: Aaron Johnston 49, Paul Douglas 34*; Wasiq Riaz 2-9)
Cregagh kept the NCU flag going in the National Cup as they put in a good all-round display to beat Letterkenny by 5 wickets. Ramees Machingal top scored with 30, while Aswin Sreedharan, Vamsi Dasari, and Rammohan Goud all got 20s in their total of 128. There were 3 wickets for Charlie Shannon plus two for Adam McCormick. Wasiq Riaz (2-9) struck early blows, but home nerves were eased as Aaron Johnston (49) and Paul Douglas (34*) got them over the line to seal the five-wickets win in the 28th over.
Round 1: UCC lost to Cliftonville Academy by 8 wickets
The Farm Curraheen, Cork, 20 May.
UCC 107 (26.1 overs: Navam Gupta 36, Albert Lorance 33; Richard Hood 3-26, Abhishek Raut 2-3, Jared Wilson 2-24, Andrew Forbes 2-27)
Cliftonville Academy 108/2 (13.3 overs: Max Burton 55*, Abhishek Raut 28*)
Cliftonville Academy can make an early start to their journey home from Cork after they wrapped up an 8 wicket win over UCC in quick time. Skipper Max Burton hit 10 boundaries in his 55 not out from just 31 balls, sharing a third wicket stand of 73 in 9 overs with Abhishek Raut (28) as they passed their 108 target in the 14th over. Navam Gupta (36) and Albert Lorance (33) were best with the bat for the Munster side. The win was set up by a superb bowling effort with Richard Hood (3-26), Abhishek Raut (2-3), Jared Wilson (2-24), and Andrew Forbes (2-27) best with the ball.
Round 1: Killyclooney beat Templepatrick by 7 wickets (DLS)
Killyclooney, 20 May.
Templepatrick 174 (31.5 overs: Ross Bryans 47, Bradley Munro 20; Mark Gordon 3-23, Kenzie Hall 3-44, Jason Wallace 2-48)
Killyclooney 145/3 (14.1 overs: Blayde Capell 93*, Tim Dougherty 24) (Target 142 in 29 overs.)
Boundary for Templepatrick (CricketEurope)
Blayde Capell's boundary blitz powered Killyclooney into the last 16 of the National Cup as they won a rain-affected match against Templepatrick. The South African professional hit 14 fours and 3 sixes in his unbeaten 93 from just 49 balls as the home side raced to their DLS target of 142 in 29 overs in less than half the allotted overs. He dominated an opening stand of 76 in 6 overs with William Finlay (5), while also adding 46 with Timmy Dougherty (24). Ross Bryans 47 was the best of Templepatrick's 147 - three wickets for left-arm seamer Mark Gordon and off-spinner Kenzie Hall (3-44).
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