NWCU Senior Cup 2023
NCU Premier League
Woodvale beat Instonians by 3 wickets
Ballygomartin Road, 22 June.
Instonians 282 (48.5 overs: Neil Rock 108, Nikolai Smith 67*, Ollie Metcalfe 20; Aditya Adey 5-69, Ludwig Kaestner 2-61)
Woodvale 285/7 (49.1 overs: Ruhan Pretorius 167*, James Rose 44, Ronan Restieaux 24; Cian Robertson 4-25)
Ruhan Pretorius, all smiles, wouldn't you be? - 167 not out (Robert Wills)
The Ruhan Pretorius show rolled on as he almost single-handedly beat Instonians with another incredible innings that keeps Woodvale top of the table. Neil Rock had crunched 13 fours and 5 sixes in his 72-ball 108, adding 140 in 22 overs for the fourth wicket with skipper Nikolai Smith (67*) but from 212 for 3 in the 36th over, Inst lost their way with Aditya Adey's five wickets keeping them to 282. It still looked more than enough as the home side slumped to 26 for 3 in the chase, but Pretorius produced another innings for the ages as he hit 14 fours and 10 sixes in his unbeaten 167 from 134 balls - the crucial stand 119 for the 5th wicket with James Rose (44). Too early or can Woodvale dare to dream?
NCU Premier League
Lisburn beat Cliftonville Academy by 54 runs
Wallace Park, 22 June.
Lisburn 258 (49.2 overs: Faiz Fazal 84, Nigel Jones 32, Mark Adair 30, James Hunter 33; Rory Bessell 3-64, Abhishek Raut 2-41, Matty McCord 2-46)
Cliftonville Academy 204 (48.1 overs: Abhishek Raut 60, Rory Bessell 34; Ryan Macbeth 3-23, Neil Whitworth 3-50, Faiz Fazal 2-15)
Thumbs up from Faiz Fazal (Dean Simpson)
Lisburn are in second place after a 54-run win over Cliftonville Academy at Wallace Park. Faiz Fazal hit 13 fours and a six in a top score of 84, while, there were 30's for Nigel Jones, Mark Adair (3 sixes), and James Hunter in their 258. Abhishek Raut made 60 in the chase, but they were always well off the pace - three wickets for Ryan Macbeth and Neil Whitworth.
NCU Premier League
Muckamore beat CIYMS by 1 wicket
Moylena, 22 June.
CIYMS 148 (48.4 overs: Tyron Koen 39, Bamanye Xenxe 24, Adam Heasley 20; Pavan Karthik 3-25, Jason vd Mewe 3-26, Sathish Suresh 3-41)
Muckamore 152/9 (47.3 overs: Shane Henderson 24, Curtis Moorhead 22*, Pavan Karthik 20*, Kyllin Vardhan 21; Jacob Mulder 3-15, Bamanye Xenxe 2-34, John Matchett 2-36)
Muckamore pulled off a thrilling 1-wicket win at home to CIYMS in the game of the day. Chasing 149, they looked dead and buried at 85 for 8 and 112 for 9, but firstly Shane Henderson (24) gave them hope, followed by a last wicket stand of 40 between Curtis Moorehead (22*) and Pavan Karthik (20*) that clinched an amazing win.
NCU Premier League
North Down beat CSNI by 6 wickets
Comber, 22 June.
CSNI 179 (36.2 overs: Colin Archibald 45, Harry Dyer 44, Adam Leckey 37; Peter Davison 4-41, Kerwin Mungroo 4-41)
North Down 184/4 (38.4 overs: Ani Chore 70*, Stephen Saul 57*, James Shannon 22; James West 3-31)
North Down were convincing six-wicket winners against CSNI thanks to a fine all-round display at Comber. Kerwin Mungroo and Peter Davison had identical figures of 4-41 as CSNI were in early trouble at 51 for 5, but they rallied thanks to a 69-run stand between Harry Dyer (44) and Adam leckey (37). Colin Archibald thumped four sixes in a top score of 45, but 179 looked very light. James West took three wickets as the visitors battled, but an unbroken 5th wicket stand of 91 in just 13 overs saw North Down race to the win in the 39th over - half centuries for Ani Chore (70*) and Stephen Saul (57*).
NCU Premier League
Waringstown beat Carrickfergus by 9 wickets
The Lawn, 22 June.
Carrickfergus 229/9 (50 overs: Ruan Haasbroek 71, Sam Gordon 52, Michael Gilmour 43; Josh Froggett 4-25, Adam Dennison 2-27, Graham Hume 2-30)
Waringstown 232/1 (40.4 overs: Adam Dennison 105*, Sam Topping 57, James McCollum 50*)
Adam Dennison scored another century as Waringstown made light work of a 230-run target to reignite their title challenge. Dennison hit 12 fours in his unbeaten 105, sharing stands of 120 for the first and 112 for the second wickets with Sam Topping (57) and James McCollum (50*) - both hitting seven boundaries in their half centuries. Carrick's innings also featured a century stand, with Ruan Hassbroek adding 104 for the third wicket with Sam Gordon (52). While the home side had a Test new-ball pairing in Bilawal Bhatti and Graham Hume, it was Josh Froggatt (4-25) who took the bowling honours.
NW Premiership
Eglinton beat Ardmore by 8 wickets
Eglinton, 22 June.
Ardmore 117 (35.5 overs; Haydn Melly 34; Andy Millar 3-15, Liam Doherty 3-21, Lahiru Dilshan 2-28)
Eglinton 119/2 (17.2 overs; Adam Lamberton 56*, Andy Millar 31, Lahiru Dilshan 26*; Harry Zimmermann 2-45)
Successful appeal by Andy Millar (CricketEurope)
Eglinton ran out deserved and emphatic 8 wicket winners at home to an out of sorts Ardmore. The Bleachgreen side batted first, but were soon in trouble with a succession of their batters playing some very loose shots. Haydn Melly's patient 34 the best of their disappointing effort of 117. There were three wickets apiece for Andy Millar (3-15) and Liam Doherty (3-21), with two for Lahiru Dilshn (2-28). Liam Doherty went to the first ball of the reply, but that was a false dawn for the visitors, as the impressive Adam Lamberton hit 7 fours and 2 sixes in his unbeaten 56, sharing stands of 61 for the second wicket with Andy Millar (31), and an unbroken 58 for the second with Lahiru Dilshan (26*).
NW Premiership
Donemana beat Brigade by 8 wickets
The Holm, 22 June.
Brigade 137 (31.5 overs; Adam McDaid 38, Andy Britton 35; Andy McBrine 3-36, William McBrine 2-24)
Donemana 141/2 (25.2 overs; Gary McClintock 58, Rumesh Buddhika 54; Cameron Nawn 2-20)
Leaders Donemana widened the gap between them and the chasing pack with an emphatic 8-wicket win over rivals Brigade in a game reduced to 33 overs by overnight rain at The Holm. The Beechgrove side were looking to Scott Macbeth to hit them out of early trouble, but his wicket at 48 for 2 saw a mini-collapse as they slumped to 48 for 5. Adam McDaid hit 4 sixes in a top-score of 38 as he and Andy Britton (35) doubled the score. Three wickets for Andy McBrine and two for William saw Brigade 137 all out. Such totals rarely win matches at the venue, and this was again the case as Donemana's opening pair of Gary McClintock and Rumesh Buddhika both made half centuries in an opening stand of 99 that all but settled the contest. Buddhika hit 5 sixes and 5 fours in his 48-ball 54, while McClintock's 58 included 6 fours and 3 sixes, falling just before the end - Cameron Nawn with the two consolation wickets. A real statement win for the Tyrone side that gives them breathing space approaching the midway point next week.
NW Premiership
Newbuildings beat Killyclooney by 9 wickets
Foyleview Arena, 22 June.
Killyclooney 107 (22.2 overs; Jamal Anwar 50, Kenzie Hall 21; Jason Dunn 4-12, Ross Hunter 3-24, Trent McKeegan 2-30)
Newbuildings 108/1 (15.2 overs; Gareth McKeegan 76*, Jason Dunn 23)
Jason Dunn celebrates his four wickets (CricketEurope)
Newbuildings moved into joint-second place in the table after they recorded an emphatic 9-wicket win at home to Killyclooney. A half century from Jamal Anwar and 21 from Kenzie Hall saw 'Clooney reach 88-2 before the wheels came off in sensational style and the last 8 wickets added just another 19 runs. Jason Dunn (4-12) and Ross Hunter (3-24) did the bulk of the damage after Trent McKeegan's early 2-30 and chasing just 108 to win, the hosts made no mistake from there. Skipper Gareth McKeegan warmed up for Sunday's senior cup semi-final duel against Brigade hitting 9 fours and 5 sixes in an unbeaten 76 and with Dunn chipping in with 23, Newbuildings posted a bloodless victory.
NW Premiership
Bready beat Coleraine by 104 runs
Magheramason, 22 June.
Bready 284/3 (40 overs; David Rankin 106*, Kyle Magee 76, Gavin Roulston 50, Ryan Clarke 22)
Coleraine 180 (34.5 overs; Marcus Poskitt 69, Craig Averill 35; Nathan McCombe 3-17, David Rankin 3-25, Jamie Mutch 2-11)
David Rankin celebrates his century (CricketEurope)
A 164-run stand between David Rankin and Kyle Magee helped Bready see off the challenge of Coleraine at Magheramason by 104 runs. Gavin Roulston's half century and 22 from Ryan Clarke got the hosts off to a solid start, before Rankin and Magee lit the touch paper in the second half of the innings. Magee hit an even-time 76 while Rankin remained unbeaten on 106; moving through the gears late on to reach his 'ton' heading into the final over. The former Warriors man smashed 7 fours and 7 sixes- 46 runs coming off the last 15 balls he received as Bready set a mammoth target of 284-3. To be fair, Coleraine went toe-to-toe early on with Marcus Poskitt making 69 and Craig Averill 35 in a century stand for the first wicket. After that however, Gareth Burns with 16* at Number 11 was best of the rest as the Bannsiders were bowled out for 180; Nathan McCombe (3-17), Rankin (3-25) and Jamie Mutch (2-11) the best of the nine bowlers used as Bready picket up full points.
NW Championship
St Johnston beat The Nedd by 9 wickets
The Boathole, 22 June.
The Nedd 50 (16.5 overs; Scott Devenney 3-15, Ryan McAuley 2-3, Subhan Shirzad 2-6, David Anthony 2-14)
St Johnston 52/1 (8.1 overs; Jack Macbeth 21*, Michael Rankin 16*)
A tough season so far for The Nedd shows little sign of getting any better as they lost by 9 wickets at the Boathole. Scott Devenney (3-15), Ryan McAuley (2-3), Subhan Sherzad (2-6) and David Anthony (2-14) combined to see the Ballykelly side dismissed for just 50 in this one- Jamie Mills' 15 the best of that before Jack Macbeth 21*, and Michael Rankin 16* rattled off the required runs in 8 overs to ensure a maximum points win that keeps them very much in control of their own promotion destiny.
NW Championship
Fox Lodge beat Glendermott by 6 wickets
Ballymagorry, 22 June.
Glendermott 221/7 (40 overs; Ben Mills 79, Malinga Amarasinghe 57*, Leyland McElwee 26; Aaron Heywood 3-23, Adam Walker 2-34)
Fox Lodge 222/4 (38.3 overs; Gayan Maneeshan 100*, Craig Doherty 64, Brian Allen 40*; Todd Killen 2-42)
Half century for Craig Doherty (CricketEurope)
Gayan Maneeshan's unbeaten century helped Fox Lodge chase down Glendermott's 221 to win by six wickets with nine balls to spare. The Foxies had been in real strife at 7 for 3 - two wickets for Todd Killen and a run out - but the Sri Lankan and Craig Doherty totally transformed the innings with a fourth wicket stand of 154 in 25 overs. Doherty hit seven sixes in a fine knock of 64 before being caught at long-on off a full toss. Brain Allen (40*) though was on the mark right from the outset taking any pressure off Maneeshan, who scored exactly 100 not out that included 7 fours and 6 sixes. Earlier, Ben Mills again top-scored for The Rectory side making a quickfire 79 from 65 deliveries that included 8 fours and 5 sixes, with Malinga Amarasinghe also clearing the ropes five times in his 57 not out. Aaron Heywood (3-23) bowled well, while there were two wickets for Adam Walker (2-34) in a win that keeps Fox Lodge promotion hopes alive.
NW Championship
Strabane beat Burndennett by 7 wickets
Strabane Park, 22 June.
Burndennett 113 (37.2 overs; Derek Curry 20; Rhys Logue 2-11, John Mooney 2-14, Ryan Gallagher 2-18, Usman Azhar 2-19)
Strabane 119/3 (20.5 overs; Nasir Nawaz 54*, Kevin Gallagher 33*; Mark Pollock 3-43)
Nasir Nawaz scored an unbeaten 54 (CricketEurope)
Strabane moved to second in the table with a convincing 7-wickets win over Burndennett in the all-Tyrone clash at the Park. The visitors never got any momentum batting first, with tail-ender Derek Curry's 20 the best of a disappointing 113 all out. The Red Caps bowling unit were all on the money with two wickets apiece for Rhys Logue, John Mooney, Ryan Gallagher and Usman Azhar. Mark Pollock too three wickets in the reply, and at 49 for 3 the door was slightly ajar. However, Nasir Nawaz and Kevin Gallagher settled any home side jitters with an unbroken 4th wicket partnership of 70 in 9 overs. Nawaz top scored with an unbeaten 54 from 52 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes), while skipper Gallagher cleared the ropes twice as well as hitting twp fours in his 30-ball 33 not out.
NW Championship
Bonds Glen lost to Ballyspallen by 6 wickets
Bonds Glen, 22 June.
Bonds Glen 147 (33.5 overs; Sam Kincaid 28*, Pushpender Singh 27, David Cooke 25; Stephen Kennedy 4-15, Graham Kennedy 3-17, Stuart Kennedy 2-45)
Ballyspallen 149/4 (28.4 overs; Graham Kennedy 92*, James Cusack 28; Kyle Moore 3-27)
Ballyspallen are very much on the move in Section 2 and the Roe Valley side stunned Bonds Glen as they recorded a 6-wicket win at Kildoag. Sam Kincaid (28*), Puspender Singh (27) and David Cooke (25) fared best with the bat for the home side as they were all out for 147 and again it was the Kennedy boys who caused all the trouble with the ball. Stephen helped himself to 4-15, Graham 3-17 and Stuart 2-45 and a sparkling innings by Graham ensured the visitors went home with the points. With a return to Australia now imminent, 'GK' thumped 9 sixes and 7 fours in an unbeaten 92 and with James Cusack adding 28, the win turned out to be comfortable despite Kyle Moore's battling 3-27 for the Bee Gees.
NCU Section 1
Donacloney Mill beat Laurelvale by 12 runs
Factory Ground, 22 June.
Donacloney Mill 247/5 (50 overs: Matthew Lyttle 75*, Mark Campbell 51*,Shane Warren 39, Ryan McCart 23*, Atish Varape 23; Michael Burns 2-26)
Laurelvale 235 (46.2 overs: John Livingstone 61, Daryl Henry 48, Adnan Malik 34, Babar Khan 33, Mark Thornberry 21; Mark Campbell 4-45, Andrew Bingham 3-34, Timmy McClure 2-38)
NCU Section 1
Drumaness Superkings lost to Armagh by 116 runs
Village Ground, 22 June.
Armagh 285 (49.4 overs: Jamie Rogers 52, Quintin Dreyer 48, Michael Villiers 47, Michael Hoey 42, Sam Wilson 38; Neil Walsh 5-61, Darren Oldroyd 2-42)
Drumaness Superkings 169 (36.2 overs: James Cunningham 53, Neil Gelston 24, Neil Walsh 23*; Michael Hoey 5-32, Matthew Wright 3-44)
NCU Section 1
Ballymena beat Cregagh by 48 runs
Eaton Park, 22 June.
Ballymena 156 (41.5 overs: John Glass 59, Jonathan Browne 31, Adam McCormick 6-10)
Cregagh 108 (39.5 overs: Nikhilesh Ravikrishnan 35, Craig Boultwood 21; Glenn Adams 3-18, Anthony Frazer 2-16, Samuel Glass 2-23, Michael Glass 2-31)
NCU Section 1
Derriaghy lost to Lurgan by 8 wickets
Queensway, 22 June.
Derriaghy 154 (42.4 overs: Ross Bailey 43, Craig Lewis 23; Reghard Els 3-14, Paul Stafford 3-48)
Lurgan 157/2 (30.4 overs: Johnny Hunter 52*, Reghard Els 33, Stephen Johnston 26, Stephen Chambers 24*)
NCU Section 1
Templepatrick beat Belfast by 8 wickets
The Cloghan, 22 June.
Templepatrick
Belfast
CL T20 Cup
Group D: Rush lost to Railway Union by 18 runs
Kenure, 22 June.
Railway Union 187-5 (20 overs; Ashil Prakash 68, Fakhar Zaman 58; Asher Abbassi 2-10)
Rush 169-7 (20 overs; Finn McGee 51, Jarred Barnes 50; Zaman Safi 3-20, Mark Canniffe 2-29, Sankeerth Karpe 2-46)
An opening stand of 138 between Ashil Prakash and Fakhar Zaman was the catalyst for Railway Union's 18-run victory in the afternoon clash. A target of 188 looked tough and even more so as Zaman Safi's three wickets saw the hosts in trouble at 60 for 5. Jarred Barnes hit 5 sixes in a quickfire 50, adding 95 with Finn McGee, who top-scored with 51. Despite their efforts, Rush fell short.
CL T20 Cup
Group D: Rush beat Railway Union by 8 wickets
Kenure, 22 June.
Railway Union 135-9 (20 overs; Philippe le Roux 42, Srihan Karpe 32, Fakhar Zaman 31; Alex Neary 3-24, Jared Barnes 2-27, Josh Doyle 2-27)
Rush 139-2 (12.5 overs; Nathan McGuire 62*, Josh Doyle 37)
There was little at stake at Kenure, but Rush gave the home support some cheer as they chased 135 to beat Railway Union by 8 wickets. Nathan McGuire's 33-ball unbeaten 62 (7 fours, 4 sixes) clinching the in in the 13th over.
CL T20 Cup
Group D: Pembroke beat Merrion by 5 wickets
Sydney Parade, 22 June.
Merrion 171-5 (20 overs; Swapnil Modgill 32, John Anderson 27; JJ Garth 2-20)
Pembroke 175-5 (19.5 overs; JJ Garth 53, Tim Tector 35; Melvin Devaraj 3-27)
Another thriller followed a similar pattern to the first match, but this time Pembroke prevailed to clinch a semi-final berth. Merrion's top 7 got runs with Swapnil Modgill's 32 and John Anderson's 27 the main contributions. A half century from JJ Garth and 35 from Tim Tector kept Pembroke ticking over, but with 18 needed from 7 balls their efforts looked in vain. Greg Hollins hit the last ball of the penultimate over for 6 to leave 12 needed from the last. Harbinson again took responsibility, but this time Jack Tector was the home hero, hitting the first ball for six, and the fifth for four to spark major celebrations at Sydney Parade.
CL T20 Cup
Group D: Pembroke lost to Merrion by 4 runs
Sydney Parade, 22 June.
Merrion 164-8 (20 overs; Adam Rosslee 29, Mick Lewis 27, Stephen Doheny 25; Byron McDonough 3-46, JJ Garth 2-23)
Pembroke 160 (19.5 overs; Nick Stapleton 46, Jack Tector 27; Melvin Devaraj 3-33, Sam Harbinson 2-26)
Merrion won a thriller to keep their qualification hopes alive and set up a winner-takes-all clash in the second match of the day. The Merrion top seven all got double figures with Adam Rosslee's 29 the best in their 164 for 8. Nick Stapleton's 46 kept Pembroke on track, but scoreboard pressure told, with Sam Harbinson's two wickets in the final over sealing an edgy victory.
CL T20 Cup
Group C: Terenure beat Adamstown by 5 wickets
Terenure, 22 June.
Adamstown 119-6 (20 overs; Prabanshu Kamal 48; Dylan Cleary 2-14, Nawaz Khan 2-20)
Terenure 120-5 (19.3 overs; Devansh Singh 45, Donal Lynch 30; Nithin Padmaprabhu 2-17, Prabanshu Kamal 2-22)
Terenure were made to battle all the way as they claimed a final over five-wicket win over Adamstown. Prabanshu Kamal's 48 was the best of the visitors modest 119 for 6. Devansh Singh's sedate 45 anchored the reply, while Donal Lynch's hard-hit 30 (5 fours, 1 six) got them back on track - victory sealed with three balls to spare.
CL T20 Cup
Group C: Terenure lost to Adamstown by 5 wickets
Terenure, 22 June.
Terenure 130-8 (20 overs; Sidharth Nair 57, Sadiq Safi 27; Nithin Padmaprabhu 4-23, Prabanshu Kamal 2-20)
Adamstown 133-5 (18 overs; Dinesh David 35*, Prabanshu Kamal 34, Suhas Yellur 30*)
Adamstown gained a morale boosting first win in the tournament as they chased 130 to beat Terenure by five wickets. Sid Nair hit 11 fours in his 57 as the hosts posted 130 for 8 - four wickets for Padmaprabhu. Dinesh David made a run-a-ball 35, while there were vital runs too for Kamal (34) and Yellur (30*).
CL T20 Cup
Group C: Leinster beat Phoenix by 7 wickets
Rathmines, 22 June.
Phoenix 121-8 (20 overs; Johit Munjal 27, Amish Sidhu 26; Jai Moondra 3-22)
Leinster 124-3 (17.3 overs; Bilal Azhar 64, Monit Patel 40; L Shields 2-23)
Leinster won the first game of the day that ensured their semi-final berth. Jai Moondra struck three early blows to put Shane Getkate, Jack Lalor and Tyrone Kane back in the hutch. Phoenix staged a mini-revival but 121 looked very light. Bilal Azhar hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in a 52-ball 64, adding 89 for the second wicket with Monil Patel (40) that made victory a formality.
CL T20 Cup
Group C: Leinster v Phoenix. Not played
Rathmines, 22 June.
Leinster
Phoenix
The game was not played with Leinster already assured of a semi-final place.
CL T20 Cup
Group B: Civil Service lost to North Kildare by 4 wickets
Phoenix Park, 22 June.
Civil Service 106 (18 overs; Asadullah Ahmadzai 31; Husnain Maroof 3-17, Bakhtyar Nabi 3-29)
North Kildare 109-6 (17.4 overs; Abidullah Taniwal 27*, Husnain Maroof 25; Aamir Bafanda 3-10, Vivek Srinivasan 2-33)
Abidullah Taniwal hit 3 sixes in an unbeaten 27 as North Kildare chased 106 to win by four wickets. Three wickets apiece for Maroof and Nabi kept the hosts to the modest target, and despite wickets for Bafanda (3-10) and Srinivasan (2-33) they weren't able to deny the visitors this time.
CL T20 Cup
Group B: Civil Service beat North Kildare by 4 runs
Phoenix Park, 22 June.
Civil Service 111 (19.1 overs; Mubasher Siddique 33; Kiran Patil 3-18, Bakhytar Nabi 2-17, Husnain Maroof 3-20)
North Kildare 107 (14.4 overs; Imran ul Haq 30, Yashraj Mate 25; Vivekanandan Srinivasan 7-22, Naveed Khan 2-19)
One of the games of the day saw an incredible bowling feat by Vivekanandan Srinivasan, who claimed seven wickets to help Civil Service defend 111, beating North Kildare by four runs.
CL T20 Cup
Group B: Malahide beat Clontarf by 33 runs
The Village, 22 June.
Malahide 160-7 (20 overs; Ali Frost 41, Jeremy Martins 37, Younas Ahmadzai 36; David Delany 2-10)
Clontarf 127-9 (20 overs; Mitchell Thompson 26; Mike Frost 2-17, Mohit Sane 2-20, Andrew Sheridan 2-26)
Malahide made it two from two thanks to another fine all-round display. Younas Ahmadzai (36) and Ali Frost (41) added 70 in 7 overs and with Jeremy Martins hitting 3 sixes in a rapid 37, a total of 160 looked challenging. Clontarf could only muster 127 in reply, with two wickets apiece for Mike Frost, Mohit Sane, and Andrew Sheridan.
CL T20 Cup
Group B: Malahide beat Clontarf by 8 wickets
The Village, 22 June.
Clontarf 135-7 (20 overs; David Delany 46, Robert Forrest 25; Andrew Sheridan 2-27, Timcy Khanduja 2-27)
Malahide 137-2 (14 overs; Younas Ahmadzai 69, Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin 56*)
Half centuries for Younas Ahmadzai and Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin saw Malahide win the first of their two clashes with Clontarf and a place in the last four. David Delany's 46 was the best of a modest Clontarf effort of 135 for 7, and a barrage of boundaries by the Malahide openers made it look even more modest. Ahmadzai hit 6 sixes and 3 fours in his 34-ball 69, as he and McLoughlin-Gavin (56*) added 109 in under 11 overs to all but seal the win.
CL T20 Cup
Group A: The Hills beat North County by 48 runs
The Vineyard, 22 June.
The Hills 159-8 (20 overs; Brandon Kruger 51, Yaseen Sherzad 48; Alan Mathew 2-20, Eddie Richardson 2-27, Abdul Ghaffar 2-28)
North County 111 (18.5 overs; Ash Jain 32*; Brandon Kruger 4-7, Nicolaj Laegsgaard 2-19, Cian Nulty 2-24)
Brandon Kruger's fine all-round efforts ensured the bragging rights were shared after the hosts fought back to make it one-all on the day. Kruger top-scored with 51, sharing a second wicket stand of 86 with Yaseen Sherzad (48) as The Hills made 159 for 8. Kruger then took 4 for 7 in a superb effort as County were bowled out for 111.
CL T20 Cup
Group A: The Hills lost to North County by 10 runs
The Vineyard, 22 June.
North County 132-4 (20 overs; Shreehari Madyalkar 43*, Sulieman Safi 42; Cian Nulty 2-18)
The Hills 122 (19.4 overs; Brandon Kruger 30; Eddie Richardson 3-13, Abdul Sattar 2-30)
North County edged out The Hills by just 10 runs in a tense encounter. Shreehari Madyalkar (43*) and Sulieman Safi (42) got County to what looked a modest 132, but fine bowling by Eddie Richardson (3-13) and Abdul Sattar (2-30) ensured a narrow win.
CL T20 Cup
Group A: Balbriggan beat Dublin University by 4 wickets
Jack Harper Ground, 22 June.
Dublin University 179-8 (20 overs; Gavin Hoey 63, David Vincent 47, Jamie Forbes 33; Sebastian de Oliveira 3-22)
Balbriggan 181-6 (19.3 overs; Jordan Hollard 53*, Sebastian de Oliveira 51, Ghanim Dara 28, Cameron Rowe 23; Gavin Hoey 2-22, Theo Dempsey 2-36)
Half centuries from Jordan Hollard and Sebastian de Oliveria guided Balbriggan to a four-wicket last over win. Gavin Hoey thumped 7 sixes in a 29-ball 63, after an earlier stand of 63 for the second wicket between David Vincent (47) and Jamie Forbes (33). A target of 180 looked tough, but the hosts prevailed, just.
CL T20 Cup
Group A: Balbriggan beat Dublin University by 4 wickets
Jack Harper Ground, 22 June.
Dublin University 177-4 (20 overs; Jamie Forbes 77, Gavin Hoey 58; Sebastian de Oliveira 3-20)
Balbriggan 178-6 (19.3 overs; Cameron Rowe 63, Ghanim Dara 43; Jack Atkinson 3-33)
Balbriggan made it through from Group A thanks to two wins against Dublin University. In the first game, a third wicket stand of 134 in 14 overs between Jamie Forbes and Gavin Hoey set the students up for a total of 177/4. Forbes 77 came from 55 balls and included 8 fours and 4 sixes, while Hoey's 58 saw him clear the ropes five times. An opening stand of 87 in 8.4 overs between Cameron Rowe (63 - 8 fours, 3 sixes) and Ghanim Dara (43) set Balbriggan on their way and although there were a few nerves as Jack Atkinson claimed three wickets, the Fingal side claimed the vital win that keeps them on course to defend their crown.
T20 World Cup
Group 1: Bangladesh lost to India by 50 runs
Antigua, 22 June.
India 196/5 (20 overs: Hardik Pandya 50*, Virat Kohli 37, Rishabh Pant 36, Shivam Dube 34; Tanzin Hasan 2-32, Rishad Hossain 2-43)
Bangladesh 146/8 (20 overs: Najmul Hossain 40, Tanzid Hasan 29, Rishad Hossain 24; Kuldeep Yadav 3-19, Jasprit Bumrah 2-13, Ashdeep Singh 2-30)
Runs for India's top three for the first time in the tournament but it required a late blitz from Hardik Pandya with 50* off 27 balls, (4x4, 3x6) to push them towards 200. India then restricted Bangladesh to 42 in the powerplay and to 67 at the half-way stage meaning that their opponents needed an unlikely 130 in their second ten. While Kuldeep Yadav had three wickets with his lift-arm wrist spin to set up that position it was Ashdeep and Bumrah who returned to apply the finishing touches to a comfortable win for the group leaders.
T20 World Cup
Group 2: West Indies beat USA by 9 wickets
Bridgetown, 21 June.
USA 128 (19.5 overs: Andries Gous 29, Nitish Kumar 20; Roston Chase 3-19, Andre Russell 3-31, Alzarri Joseph 2-31)
West Indies 130/1 (10.5 overs: Shai Hope 82*, Nicholas Pooran 27*)
After the early loss of Steven Taylor, Andries Gous and Nitish Kumar gave the USA hope of a substantial total with a partnership that saw them reach 48 at the end of the powerplay. But from there it was all a struggle as wickets fell steadily, and the final total provided no challenge to a West Indies side that raced to the win. In a display of power hitting Shai Hope cleared the ropes 8 times in his 39 ball innings with Pooran adding 3 of his own, to seal the win, just five balls after the drinks break. In a group where NRR will likely decide the second semi-final place, the Windies were hoping for a boost to their NRR, and that is exactly what they got, so much so that a win against South Africa overnight on Mon/Tue will see them into the semi-finals.
Round 2: Bready lost to Eglinton by 128 runs
Magheramason, 1 June.
Eglinton 189 (49.3 overs; Andy Millar 85, Lahiru Dilshan 25; Gavin Roulston 3-31, David Rankin 2-31)
Bready 61 (21.5 overs; Mark Averill 6-35, Jamie Millar 2-20)
Mark Averill took 6 wickets as Eglinton beat Bready (CricketEurope)
Eglinton marched into the semi-final with a thumping 128 run win at Bready. Andy Millar curbed his natural aggressive tendencies to play a mature innings that ultimately laid the platform for the victory. His 85 (7 fours, 2 sixes) was the stand-out performance in the villagers total of 189, with only Lahiru Dilshan (25) chipping in. Gavin Roulston (3-31) and David Rankin (2-31) among the wickets. What transpired next though, few could have predicted as Mark Averill (6-35) and Jamie Millar (2-20) ripped through the normally solid Bready top-order to leave their cup hopes in shreds. The opening pair were backed up by some stunning catches on a day when everything went right for Eglinton as Bready were skittled for 61.
Round 2: Glendermott lost to Donemana by 166 runs
The Rectory, 1 June.
Donemana 277 (49.5 overs; Levi Dougherty 110, Andy McBrine 40, Raymond Curry 30, William McClintock 28, William McBrine 23; Ben Mills 5-54)
Glendermott 111 (27.1 overs; Alan Johnson 42, Ben Mills 23; Rumesh Buddhika 3-15, Gary McClintock 2-12, Raymond Curry 2-21, Gary Neely 2-54)
Boundary for Andy McBrine of Donemana (CricketEurope)
On paper, Donemana's 166-run at Glendermott looks the ultimate one-sided affair, but the Rectory side had their moments and there were a few furrowed brows as the Tyrone men were wobbling at 135 for 7. Crisis, what crisis, as there were shades of the Donemana of old as they launched one of their famous comebacks. Levi Dougherty counterattacked as he thumped 10 sixes and 6 fours in his 110 from just 61 balls, adding 72 for the 8th wicket with William McBrine - who made a run-a-ball 23, and rubbed further salt in the wound during a last wicket stand of 51 in 27 balls with Gary Neely. Ben Mills claimed a five-wicket haul but 277 looked too many for the Championship side and that's how it panned out. Mills made 23 and skipper Alan Johnson 42, but three wickets for Buddhika and two apiece for skipper Gary McClintock, Raymond Curry and Gary Neely ensured the victory as the hosts were dismissed for Nelson - 111.
Round 2: Brigade beat Coleraine by 6 wickets
Beechgrove, 1 June.
Coleraine 191 (46.2 overs; Craig Averill 76, Scott Campbell 50, Marcus Poskitt 21; David Barr 5-20, Iftikhar Hussain 2-30)
Brigade 196/4 (36.5 overs; Scott Macbeth 64, Ifty Hussain 42, David Barr 38, Cameron Melly 30*: Cephas Zhuwao 2-39)
DD Barr took 5 wickets for 20 runs (CricketEurope)
Holders Brigade eased into the last four, storming back after Coleraine threatened at one stage to set them a challenging total. Craig Averill's 76 (10 fours, 2 sixes) saw him and Scott Campbell (50) share a second wicket century stand to take the Bannsiders to 153 for 1 in the 30th over. They would have entertained hopes then of a total near 300, but in the end they didn't make it to 200 as they lost 9 wickets for 38 runs to be 191 all out. Ifty Hussain broke the stand with a diving return catch, and that opened the floodgates. DD Barr continues to be under-rated by many with the ball, but not by Coleraine as he took 5 for 20 - his second five wicket haul against them in two weeks. Hussain hit 8 fours and a six in a hard-hit 42, while Barr made a steady 38. Player of the Month Scott Macbeth continued his dream season with 64 (5 fours, 3 sixes) to take his season tally to 640 runs and remain on course to break the 1000-run landmark this month. Cameron Melly (30*) and skipper Britton (15*) ensuring the 6-wicket win in the 37th over.
Round 2: Newbuildings beat Ardmore by 4 wickets
Foyleview Arena, 1 June.
Ardmore 272/7 (50 overs; Dave Bezzant 76*, Rachit Gaur 54, Harry Zimmermann 49, Mark Chambers 24*, Dharm Singh 21; Ryan Hunter 2-32, Ross Hunter 2-36)
Newbuildings 278/6 (45.5 overs; Johnny Thompson 74*, Ryan Hunter 72, Ross Dougherty 52, Mark Hanna 23*; Dharm Singh 2-49, Rachit Gaur 2-55)
Mark Hanna and Johnny Thompsomn shared a match winning partnership (CricketEurope)
Johnny Thompson took the nail out of the boots for the second time this season and put a nail in Ardmore's hopes for cup glory. Batting first, Ardmore made 272 for 7, thanks to two significant stand. Skipper Rachit Gaur (54) and Harry Zimmermann (49) added 112 for the second wicket before they lost their way from 124 for 1 to 177 for 7. Dave Bezzant then pummeled the home side's attack hitting 6 fours and 7 sixes in a 27-ball unbeaten 76, adding 90 in 40 balls with Mark Chambers (24*) to get the Bleachgreen side up to a tough total to chase. Newbuildings - beaten finalists in the last two years - looked in trouble at 35 for 3 - but Ryan Hunter (72) and Ross Dougherty (52) added 112 for the 4th wicket to swing the momentum back. However, Ardmore kept chipping away and at 194 for 6 in the 37th over, the contest was in the balance. JT then took centre stage as he played some of his trademark lofted shots over midwicket and long-on and off, finding the boundary at will. He had a capable partner in Mark Hanna (23*) and the duo clinched the win with an unbroken 7th wicket stand of 84 in 9.3 overs - JT applying the killer blows with four consecutive sixes to end on 74 not out from 57 balls (4 fours, 8 sixes).
Johnny Thompson
Round 1: St Johnston lost to Brigade by 6 wickets
The Boathole, 11 May.
St Johnston 182 (45.5 overs; Graeme McCarter 47, Jack Macbeth 45, Subhan Shirzad 35; JP Millar 4-38, Scott Macbeth 3-42, Josh Wilson 2-28)
Brigade 186/4 (29.1 overs; Cameron Melly 76*, Scott Macbeth 58; Scott Devenney 2-23)
Cameron Melly and Scott Macbeth both scored 50s as they shared a century stand (Mervyn Robinson)
Brigade overcame a scare at St Johnston to record an ultimately comfortable six wickets win. Chasing 183, they were wobbling at 22 for 3 - two wickets for Scott Devenney (2-23). A fourth wicket stand of 134 in 100 balls between Cameron Melly and St Johnston old boy Scott Macbeth settled the Premiership side's nerves. Melly hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in a top score of 76 not out from 53 balls, while Macbeth's 58 from 61 balls included 4 fours and 3 sixes. Earlier St Johnston looked poised to post well over 200 as they reached 124 for 3 - runs for Graeme McCarter (47), Jack Macbeth (45) and Subhan Shirzad (35). They fell away though with JP Millar (4-38) , Scott Macbeth (3-42) and Josh Wilson (2-28) doing the damage.
Round 1: Ballyspallen lost to Eglinton by 24 runs
Ballyspallen, 11 May.
Eglinton 163 (31.4 overs; Andy Millar 46, Ross McLaughlin 33, Adam Lamberton 25; Stephen Kennedy 3-13, James Cusack 3-42, Promod Maduwantha 2-32)
Ballyspallen 139 (45.3 overs; Kyle Morrow 31, Promod Maduwantha 23; Josh Martin 5-12)
Josh Martin took 5 for 12 (David Coyle)
Ballyspallen lost a controversial tie against Eglinton with Josh Martin taking 5 wickets to spin the villagers to a 24-run win. Chasing 163, the home side were looking well at 63 for 2, when Promod Maduwantha was given out hit ball twice while defending his wicket. James Cusack was run out shortly after as 96 for 3 became 139 all out with Martin taking 5 for 12. Earlier Andy Millar had cleared the ropes four times in a 30-ball 46, but it was the runs down the order from Ross McLaughlin (33) and Adam Lamberton (25) that were to prove crucial in the final analysis.
Round 1: Bready beat Bonds Glen by 6 wickets
Magheramason, 11 May.
Bonds Glen 218 (50 overs; Divan Posthumus 54, Heinrich Roberts 40, David Cooke 38, Johnny Haslett 20; Parth Palway 4-43, Nathan McCombe 3-46)
Bready 220/4 (37.3 overs; Kyle Magee 107, Gavin Roulston 79; Sam Haslett 2-43)
Centurion Kyle Magee (CricketEurope)
Kyle Magee scored his maiden century for Bready as he and Gavin Roulston made light of a potentially tricky chase of 219 against Bonds Glen. The pair added 131 in 21 overs for the second wicket with Magee top scoring with 107 from 96 balls (12 fours, 2 sixes), while Roulston's 79 from 69 balls included 9 fours and 3 maximums. Sam Haslett took two consolation wicket but Bready were always in control of the chase. earlier Divan Posthumus hit 54 (9 fours), while there were runs too for Heinrich Roberts - a 27-ball 40 with 9 boundaries - and David Cooke (38). Parth Palawat's wicket laden start to the season continued as he claimed 4 for 43, while fellow spinner Nathan McCombe took 3 for 46.
Round 1: The Nedd lost to Donemana by 6 wickets
The Nedd, 11 May.
The Nedd 100 (31.1 overs; Mark McCann 25; Rumesh Buddhika 4-22, Andy McBrine 3-24, William McBrine 2-10)
Donemana 101/4 (18.2 overs; Rumesh Buddhika 50; Jacob Logan Wilson 2-46)
Donemana eased into the second round with a six wickets win at The Nedd, who battled bravely in the Ballykelly sunshine. The home side will have been thankful to bat first, and managed to muster exactly 100 with McCann top-scoring with 25. Sri Lankan professional Rumesh Buddhika took 4 for 22, while Andy McBrine (3-24) and brother William (2-10) also were among the wickets. Buddhika made exactly 50 in the chase from 52 balls ( 4 fours, 2 sixes) but the home side did have four wickets to cheer about - two of which came from Jacob Logan Wilson.
Round 1: Killyclooney lost to Glendermott by 277 runs
Killyclooney, 11 May.
Glendermott 377/6 (50 overs; Malinga Amarasinghe 125, Ben Mills 105, Alan Johnson 87*; Andrew Neil 2-48)
Killyclooney 100 (20 overs; William Finlay 31, Matthew Campbell 27*; Trevor Britton 5-38, Ryan Nolan 2-8)
Centurion Ben Mills (Fred Simpson)
Highest scorers, biggest winners and the only non seeded team to advance to the last eight were Glendermott, who took merciless advantage of an understrength Killyclooney to rack up 377 for 6 and win by 277 runs. Professional Malinga Amarasinghe top scored with 125 from 89 balls (13 fours, 8 sixes) sharing stand of 125 for the 3rd wicket with Ben Mills and 129 for the 4th with skipper Alan Johnson. Mills missed out on a century last week when the rains left him stranded on 88, but he made no mistake this time as he hit 12 fours and 6 sixes in 105 from 83 balls. Johnson almost made it a trio of centurions but was 87 not out (9 fours, 4 sixes) when the overs ran out. The chase was soon in tatters and despite 31 from William Finlay and 27 from Matthew Campbell, they only managed 100 - five wickets for Ted Britton and two for Ryan Nolan.
Round 1: Ardmore beat Burndennett by 107 runs
The Bleachgreen, 11 May.
Ardmore 304/6 (50 overs; Harry Zimmermann 95, Rachit Gaur 71, Dharm Singh 48, Edrees Kharotai 26; Cody Mehaffey 2-33, Mark Pollock 2-52)
Burndennett 197/5 (50 overs; Mark Doherty 62, Galvin Pollock 36, Conan Pollock 36*)
Mark Doherty scored 62 for Burndennett (CricketEurope)
Ardmore ran out comfortable 107-run winners over Burndennett in a high scoring game at The Green. Harry Zimmermann hit 6 fours and 4 sixes ina top score of 95, adding 123 for the second wicket with skipper Rachit Gaur (71 - 10 fours) and 94 for the third with Dharm Singh (48 - 4 fours, 3 sixes). A late spurt by Edrees who cleared the ropes three times in his 26 got the total to 304 for 6. Burndennett were never in the hunt as the rate climbed and climbed, but they did manage to score 197 for 5, with Mark Doherty hitting 10 fours in a top score of 62, while Galvin and Conan Pollock each made 36.
Round 1: Fox Lodge lost to Coleraine by 17 runs
Ballymagorry, 11 May.
Coleraine 117 (31.2 overs; Marcus Poskitt 43; Gayan Maneeshan 5-26, Aaron Heywood 3-20, Jamie McIntyre 2-19)
Fox Lodge 100 (31.1 overs; Charlie Simpson 19; Craig Averill 4-20, Stephen Hutchinson 3-39, Scott Campbell 2-18)
2022 Cup winners Fox Lodge bowed out in the first round as they were beaten by Coleraine in a low scoring game at Ballymagorry. Marcus Poskitt got the Bannsiders off to a decent enough start with a hard-hit 43 (5 fours, 2 sixes), but the Bannsiders slumped from 60 for 3 to 70 for 8 - wickets for Gayan Maneeshan (5-26) and Aaron Heywood (3-20). The tail wagged to add 47 crucial runs - James Bell (18) and Gareth Burns (17) and a final total of 117. The Foxies found the going equally tough and despite late runs too from their tail, they fell 17 short - four wickets for Craig Averill, 3 for Stephen Hutchinson and two for Scott Campbell.
Round 1: Newbuildings beat Strabane by 8 wickets
Foyleview Arena, 11 May.
Strabane 207/9 (50 overs; Rhys Logue 66*, Usman Azhar 38, Nasir Nawaz 32, Muddy Raijput 24; Trent McKeegan 4-47, Samarth Seth 2-18, Ross Douigherty 2-24)
Newbuildings 208/2 (26.3 overs; Jason Dunn 80, Samarth Seth 46*, Ryan Hunter 41*, Gareth McKeegan 37)
John Mooney is bowled (Lawrence Moore)
Newbuildings made light work of a potentially tricky tie at home to Strabane to ease into the last eight. Johnny Thompson's retirement lasted two weeks of the new season and he was in the action right away taking two catches including Aaron Gillespie. Rhys Logue top-scored with 66 not out, as he and Nasir Nawaz (32) added 69 for the third wicket. late runs from Usman Azhar (38) and Muddy Raijput (24) saw the Red Caps post 207 for 9 - four wickets for Trent McKeegan and two apiece for Samarth Seth and Ross Dougherty - who got John Mooney for 4. The reply raced out of the blocks with Jason Dunn hitting 7 fours and 7 sixes in a top score of 80 - sharing stands of 74 with Gareth McKeegan (37) and 56 in 5 overs with Ryan Hunter. Hunter (41*) and Samart Seth (46*) had little trouble getting the remaining runs with an unbroken third wicket stand of 78 as the win was achieved in the 27th over.
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