Irish National Cup 2024
18 August Final: Strabane v Rush (Mardyke, Cork)
Semi-final: Ballyspallen lost to Rush by 254 runs
Ballyspallen, 14 July.
Rush 334/5 (40 overs; Josh Doyle 148, Prashanth Vishwanath 100, Hashir Sultan 59*)
Ballyspallen 80 (21.5 overs; James Cusack 38; Nasir Totakhil 3-16, Nathan McGuire 2-8, Jarred Barnes 2-21)
Centurions Josh Doyle and Prashanth Vishwanath (CricketEurope)
Three times winners Rush are into another decider after a 254-run demolition of Ballyspallen. The result was never in doubt after an opening stand of 223 between Josh Doyle - who top-scored with 148 from 109 balls (13 fours, 8 sixes) - and Prashanth Vishwanath. The former County Galway player made exactly 100 from 96 balls (11 fours, 2 sixes). His dismissal didn't being any respite for the NW side with Hashir Sultan clubbing a 21-ball unbeaten 59 that included 6 sixes - four of them coming in a last over that went for 26. A final total of 334 for 5 was a daunting one and the hosts didn't lay a glove on the Fingal side in the chase. James Cusack's 80 the best of their 80 all out - wickets for Nasir Ttakhil (3-16), Jarred Barnes (2-21) and Nathan McGuire (2-8).
Semi-final: North County lost to Strabane by 6 wickets
Balrothery, 14 July.
North County 106 (23 overs; Suliman Safi 65*; Ryan Gallagher 4-10, John Mooney 3-26, Andrew Mullen 2-14)
Strabane 107/4 (14.4 overs; Nasir Nawaz 69*; Eddie Richardson 3-57)
The Strabane side that beat North County to reach the National Cup final. (Joe Curtis/CricketEurope)
Strabane's quadruple trophy quest remains on track after a dominant 6-wicket win over 2022 winners North County at Balrothery. John Mooney returned to haunt his hold club with three early wickets to put them very much on the back foot, opening the doors for spinners Ryan Gallagher (4-10) and Andrew Mullen (2-14) to finish the job. Suliman Safi hit 8 fours and 3 sixes in his 59-ball unbeaten 65, but ploughed a lonely furrow as County were skittled for just 106. Nasir Nawaz bludgeoned 32 off the first two overs, intent on having the game wrapped up by tea. Eddie Richardson fought back with three wickets, but Nawaz hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in his 69 not out from 43 balls. It was perhaps fitting that it was Mooney (13*) was in the middle with Nawaz when the winning runs were scored.
Round 3: Rush beat Terenure by 5 wickets
Kenure, 30 June.
Terenure 153 (33.1 overs: Sidharth Nair 57, Sadiq Safi 23; Alex Neary 3-16, Asher Abbasi 3-29, Allan Eastwood 2-13,
Rush 154/5 (24.5 overs: Josh Doyle 37, Nasir Totakhiel 25*, Nathan McGuire 24; Jinal Khatri 3-54)
Three times winners produced a solid display to beat Terenure by 5 wickets in the all-Leinster clash at Kenure. Former Irish international Allan Eastwood returned from his hamstring injury to take the important early wickets of Seamus Lynch and Henry Dall. Sid Nair top-scored with a run-a-ball 57 that included 6 sixes, but three wickets apiece for Alex Neary and Asher Abbasi meant a target of 154 for the hosts. An opening stand of 64 dominated by Josh Doyle (37) and a plethora of extras put them well on their way, but a burst of three wickets from leggie Jinal Khatri meant a few nerves among the home support. They needn't have worried though as 20s from Nathan McGuire and Nasir Totakhiel ensured the victory.
Round 3: Strabane beat Templepatrick by 10 wickets
Strabane Park, 30 June.
Templepatrick 87 (25.3 overs: Ben Cave 32; Andy Mullen 4-31, John Mooney 3-24, Nasir Nawaz 2-14)
Strabane 88/0 (8.5 overs: Nasir Nawaz 62*)
Andrew Mullen appeals successfully on his way to four wickets. (CricketEurope)
Strabane had little trouble defeating a severely depleted Templepatrick side - they only had three first team regulars - to advance to the semi-finals thanks to a 10-wicket win. The visitors thankfully called correctly and batting first they were bundled out for just 87, with Ben Cave (32), Max Braniff (18) and Sam O'Mahony (17) the three reaching double figures. Left-arm spinner Andrew Mullen was the pick of the attack taking 4 for 31, while there was three wickets for John Mooney and two for Nasir Nawaz. The former Pakistan U19 international then knocked off the modest target before tea, hitting 11 fours and a six in his 34-ball unbeaten 62, sharing an unbroken 88 opening partnership in just 8.5 overs with Muddy Rajput (18*) in a bloodless win.
Round 3: Ballyspallen beat Sandyford by 9 wickets
Ballyspallen, 30 June.
Sandyford 163 (32.3 overs: Aditya Gupta 38, Jawad Khan 31, Rajesh Manirajan 30; Stephen Kennedy 3-21, James Cusack 3-43, Dylan McElhinney 2-20)
Ballyspallen 168/1 (24.2 overs: Tevyn Walcott 76*, Andy Christie 36*, Kyle Morrow 36)
Action from Ballyspallen's win over Sandyford (CricketEurope)
Ballyspallen had little trouble accounting for Leinster Division Four side Sandyford, recording an emphatic 9-wicket win at Bridge Park. Aditya Gupta (38), Jawad Khan (31) and Rajesh Manirajan (30) were all in the runs in the Dubliners modest total of 163 - three wickets apiece for Stephen Kennedy and James Cusack. Openers Kyle Morrow and Andy Christie both made 36 in a stand of 64, but the real fireworks came from the in-form Tevyn Walcott who followed up his century from Saturday with an unbeaten 76. The Bajan's 38-ball knock included 5 fours and 7 sixes to power his side to victory in the 25th over.
Round 3: Donacloney Mill lost to North County by 55 runs
undefined, 30 June.
North County 310/4 (40 overs: Sulieman Safi 85, Niall McGovern 72, Abdul Sattar 58*, Luke Whelan 37*, Eddie Richardson 34; Timmy McClure 2-59, Atish Varape 2-84)
Donacloney 255 (37.1 overs: Atish Varape 70, Ryan Matthews 40, Neil Kilpatrick 31, Shane Warren 25, Mark Campbell 25, Aaron Kennedy 21; Eddie Richardson 3-35, Ash Jain 2-25, Abdul Sattar 2-32)
2022 winners North County travelled to Donacloney Mill and came away with a 55-run win in a high scoring game dominated by the bat. There are few more destructive players in Leinster cricket than Sulieman Safi, and the Afghan once again unleashed a barrage of powerful strokes, slamming 10 fours and 4 sixes in his 59-ball 85. He shared a second wicket stand of 121 with skipper Niall McGovern who made 72 (13 fours, 1 six) while Abdul Sattar's late assault saw him clear the ropes five times as well as 6 fours in a 19-ball 58 that got the Balrothery side over 300.To be fair to the hosts they came out swinging with professional Atish Varape hitting 12 fours and a six in his 60-ball 70. In the end scoreboard pressure told with Eddie Richardson taking three wickets in a DM total of 255.
Round 2: Adamstown lost to Sandyford by 4 runs
Corkagh Park, 16 June.
Sandyford 191/7 (40 overs; A Gupta 32*, A Khan 32, S Mohanasunduram 29, V Adhikari 24, V Kotnala 20; Prabhanshu Kamal 3-36, Vipul Kashyap 2-50)
Adamstown 187 (38.5 overs; Aditya Gupta 98; R Potluri 4-39, V Kotnala 2-26, A Sahota 2-37)
Sandyford won the closest game of the day as they scored 191 for 7 and defended it, just, by four runs despite the best efforts of Aditya Gupta, whose 98 from 89 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) meant the contest went right down to the wire. Their reward is an away day trip to Ballyspallen.
Round 2: Templepatrick beat Fox Lodge by 3 wickets
The Cloghan, 16 June.
Fox Lodge 147/7 (33 overs; Charlie Simpson 38, Jamie McIntyre 23*, Gayan Maneeshan 21; Ben Cave 2-24)
Templepatrick 148/7 (32.2 overs; Samuel O'Mahony 36, Robert Smith 25, Ross Bryans 24, Ben Cave 23; Adam Walker 2-20, Gayan Maneeshan 2-40) (Delayed start - match reduced to 33 overs.)
It was another close game between Templepatrick and Fox Lodge with the home side just getting over the line in the final over to win by three wickets. The Foxes posted 147 for 7 in a game reduced to 33 overs, thanks primarily to a second wicket stand of 65 between Charlie Simpson, who top-scored with 38, and Gayan Maneeshan (21). Both fell in the space of three balls, and they never really kicked on from that. A solid batting effort ensured Templepatrick always had their noses in front, with runs from Sam O'Mahony (36), and 20s from Robert Smith, Ross Bryans and Ben Cave.
Round 2: Terenure beat St Johnston by 5 wickets
Terenure, 16 June.
St Johnston 252/7 (40 overs; Graeme McCarter 102*, Jack Macbeth 66; Raghav Grover 3-40, Sadiq Safi 2-30)
Terenure 253/5 (38.4 overs; Donal Lynch 92, Seamus Lynch 36, Gtehin Kelleher 36, Raghav Grover 22, D Singh 20; Scott Devenney 2-39, David Barnard 2-43)
Donal Lynch scored 92 (Terenure )
St Johnston were 'Lynched' at Terenure, with Donal hitting 9 sixes and 7 fours in a 52-ball 92, while earlier Seamus had cleared the ropes four times in a 12-ball 36 as the Dublin side chased 252 to win by five wickets with 8 balls to spare. Graeme McCarter made an unbeaten 102 from 76 balls (10 fours, 6 sixes), with Jack Macbeth making a fine 66 (9 fours, 1 six). Terenure's reward is a trip to three times winners Rush.
Round 2: Donacloney Mill beat The Nedd by 7 wickets
Factory Ground, 16 June.
The Nedd 75 (25.2 overs; Mark McCann 27, Stevie Moore 22; Andrew Bingham 4-22, Atish Varape 3-19, Aaron Kennedy 2-16)
Donacloney Mill 77/3 (8.5 overs; Ryan Matthews 43; Stevie Moore 2-17)
Andrew Bingham (4-22) and Atish Varape (3-19) were yet again among the wickets as Donacloney Mill made light work of The Nedd. Mark McCann (27) and Stevie Moore (22) the best of the NW's 75 all out. Moore took two wickets in the chase, but the home side raced to victory in just the 9th over as Ryan Matthews hit 9 fours in a quickfire 43. DM now face 2022 winners North County in the next round.
Round 2: Ballyspallen beat Laurelvale by 9 wickets
Ballyspallen, 16 June.
Laurelvale 72 (31.2 overs; David Sinton 29, Mark Thornbury 22; Graham Kennedy 5-8, Dillan McElhinney 2-3, Stuart Kennedy 2-15)
Ballyspallen 75/1 (12.1 overs; Kyle Morrow 50*)
Graham Kennedy took 5 for 8 (CricketEurope)
Graham Kennedy's five-wicket haul ensured an easy passage into the next round as Laurelvale were bundled out for just 72. Dillan McElhinney and Stuart Kennedy picked up two wickets apiece also. Kyle Morrow didn't hang about in the chase, hitting 5 fours and 3 sixes in a 34-ball half century.
Round 2: Strabane beat Derriaghy by 3 wickets
Strabane Park, 16 June.
Derriaghy 138/8 (30 overs: Craig Lewis 45, Ivan Sinovich 28*; Usman Azhar 3-18, Nasir Nawaz 2-19)
Strabane 139/3 (20.3 overs; Aaron Gillespie 63*, Nasir Nawaz 44) (Match reduced to 30 overs.)
Derriaghy's Ivan Simovich is bowled by Strabane's Aaron Gillespie (Lawrence Moore)
Strabane ousted holders Derriaghy with a convincing all-round display at the Park. Usman Azhar and Nasir Nawaz had the NCU side on the back foot early on in the 30-overs match. Craig Lewis thumped four sixes in a top-score of 45, but a total of 138 looked light and so it proved. Aaron Gillespie hit 7 fours and 2 sixes in a quickfire 63 not out - his second wicket stand of 75 with Pakistan professional Nasir Nawaz (44) ensuring the chase was a routine one.
Round 2: The Nedd v Donacloney. Match abandoned.
The Nedd, 9 June.
The Nedd
Round 2: Strabane v Derriaghy. Match abandoned.
Strabane Park, 9 June.
Round 2: Fox Lodge v Templepatrick. Match abandoned.
Ballymagorry, 9 June.
Fox Lodge
Round 2: St Johnston v Terenure. Match abandoned.
The Boathole, 9 June.
St Johnston
Round 2: Laurelvale v Ballyspallen. Match abandoned.
Laurelvale, 9 June.
Ballyspallen 11/0 (3.2 overs)
Round 2: Adamstown v Sandyford. Match abandoned.
Corkagh Park, 9 June.
Sandyford 139/2 (22.2 overs; A Pandey 48*, J Khan 31, A Khan 27)
Round 2: Civil Service lost to Rush by 7 wickets
Phoenix Park, 9 June.
Civil Service 119 (31.1 overs; A Bafanda 22; Nasir Totakhiel 5-35)
Rush 120/3 (29.1 overs; Hassan Shahid 36, Josh Doyle 32, Hashir Sultan 24*, P Viswanath 20)
Nasir took five wickets (Rush CC)
Three-times winners Rush are through after a comfortable 7 wicket victory against Civil Service. Nasir Totakhiel's five-wicket haul saw the hosts dismissed for 119. The chase was a straightforward one as Josh Doyle (32) and Hassan Shahid (36) shared an opening stand of 54, coasting to victory in the 30th over.
Round 2: North County beat County Galway by 6 wickets
Balrothery, 9 June.
County Galway 114 (26.1 overs; SS Burra 64, S Nasim 26; Suliman Safi 6-4, Abdul Sattar 4-19)
North County 118/4 (18.1 overs; Suliman Safi 48, Eddie Richardson 27*; Ned O'Reilly 3-24)
Suliman Safi had the remarkable figures of 6 for 4 (CricketEurope)
There was one of the all-time great collapses at Balrothery as County Galway collapsed when well placed against hosts North County. Sai Swaroop Burra had hit 10 fours and a six in his 64 from just 60 balls to help his team reach 98 for 0 against the 2022 champions. However, he and fellow opener Shariw Nasim (26) were both dismissed by Suliman Safi, who went on to have the remarkable figures of 6 for 4. Abdul Sattar joined in with 4 for 19, as Galway's line-up imploded to 114 all out. Safi then hit 8 fours and a six in a quickfire 48, while Eddie Richardson's unbeaten 27 ensured the 6-wicket win in the 19th over.
Round 1: University of Galway lost to Ballyspallen by 68 runs
Lydican, 18 May.
Ballyspallen 286-8 (40 overs; James Cusack 100, Tevyn Walcott 37, Luke Gilfillan 36, Stephen Kennedy 22*; A Mohammad 3-42, A Sharma 2-51)
University of Galway 218 (34.4 overs; S Mishra 46, S Pidugu 42, N Bharadwaj 25, P Saner 25; Tevyn Walcott 4-14, Stephen Kennedy 3-43, Stuart Kennedy 2-35)
James Cusack scored 100 (CricketEurope)
James Cusack's 100 helped Ballyspallen to a 68-run win at Galway. The affable Aussie hit 8 fours and 4 sixes in his 100 from 75 balls, adding 77 in 9 overs for the 4th wicket with new professional Tevyn Walcott (37) and 71 for the 5th with Stuart Kennedy. There were runs too for Luke Gilfillan (36) and Stephen Kennedy (22*) as they ran up 286 for 8. The hosts battled bravely but four wickets for Bajan Walcott and a combined five between the Kennedy brothers ensured the 68-run win.
Round 1: Adamstown beat County Kerry by 118 runs
Airlie Park, Dublin, 18 May.
Adamstown 224 (39.1 overs; H Harshit 64, A Gupta 39, R Gulati 33, N Padmaprabhu 25; S Bacha 4-36, Y Ali 2-33, K Igbal 2-44)
County Kerry 106 (28.1 overs; K Igbal 37, I Pathan 25; Prabhanshu Kamal 5-5, N Padmaprabhu 4-30)
Adamstown knocked out County Kerry as Harshit's 64 helped them to 224 at Airlie Park. Prabhanshu Kamal then took 5 for 5 as Kerry were bowled out for 106.
Round 1: Laurelvale beat Ballyhaunis by 152 runs
Laurelvale, 18 May.
Laurelvale 327-2 (40 overs; Mark Thornbury 107*, Adnan Malik 96, David Sinton 94*)
Ballyhaunis 175 (35.2 overs; Asad Abbas 64; David Sinton 4-18, Mohammad Ajmal 2-17, John Speers 2-19)
Winners Laurelvale (Paul Irwin)
Mark Thornbury's unbeaten 107 helped Laurevale to 327 for 2 in their home match with Ballyhaunis. He hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in his 101-ball innings. He shared an opening stand of 139 in 17 overs with Adnan Malik - who bludgeoned 14 fours and 2 sixes in his 61-ball 96 - and a further 172 in 20 overs for the 3rd wicket with David Sinton. DS cleared the ropes 5 times and hit 4 fours in his 65-ball unbeaten 94. he then also starred with the ball as he took 4 for 18 as Ballyhaunis were dismissed for 175 - Asad Abbas making 64.
Round 1: Civil Service walkover versus Armagh
Phoenix Park, 18 May.
Civil Service
Civil Service received a walkover against Armagh as the Mall club had been entered into the competition in error and did not wish to participate.
Round 1: Terenure beat Glendermott by 7 wickets
Terenure, 18 May.
Glendermott 87 (24.1 overs; Dylan Cleary 4-13, Raghav Grover 3-40)
Terenure 90-3 (21.5 overs; Henry Dall 28)
It was a fruitless trip to Dublin for Glendermott who were on the end of a pasting at Terenure. Dylan Cleary (4-13) and Raghav Grover (3-40) doing the damage as the Waterside team were bundled out for 87. Henry Dall made 28 as the hosts eased to a 7-wicket win.
Round 1: Burndennett lost to Rush by 5 wickets
Burndennett, 18 May.
Burndennett 170 (39.3 overs; Niall McDonnell 50, Andrew Barr 22, Mark Pollock 22, Cody Mehaffey 21; Jared Barnes 3-26, Gary Smith 2-32, Allan Eastwood 2-36)
Rush 171-5 (32.5 overs; Jack McGee 53, Nasir Totakhiel 34, Josh Doyle 25; Derek Curry 5-49)
Three times winners Rush travelled to Burndennett and came away with a five wicket win. Head Coach Niall McDonnell's 50 (5 fours, 1 six) was the best of the hosts 170, with former Warrior Jared Barnes taking 3 wickets, plus two apiece for Gary Smith and Allan Eastwood. Jack McGee's 53 saw the Fingal side to victory despite the best efforts of Derek Curry - Fraggle taking 5 for 49.
Round 1: Cregagh lost North County by 138 runs
Cregagh Memorial, 18 May.
North County 230 (39.2 overs; Alan Mathew 60, Niall McGovern 52, Eddie Richardson 24, John Devane 23, Luke Whelan 21; Adam Beattie 4-51, Danny Cooper 2-30, Alistair Watt 2-34)
Cregagh 92 (30.3 overs; Nikhilesh Ravihrishnan 29*; Tanvir Hasan 2-7, Abdul Ghaffar 2-17)
2022 winners North County progressed with a convincing 138-run win at Cregagh. Skipper Niall McGovern's 52 laid a solid base but it was Alan Mathews hard-hit 60 from 54 balls (8 fours, 1 six) that took the total beyond 200. His contribution saw 69 added for the last two wickets and a final total of 230 was a good one. Adam Beattie took four wickets while there were two each for Danny Cooper and Alistair Watt. The hosts were bundled out for just 92 - their cause not helped by three run-outs, while there were two wickets each for leggie Tanvir Hasan and opening paceman Abdul Ghaffar.
Round 1: Ballymena lost to Fox Lodge by 161 runs
Eaton Park, 18 May.
Fox Lodge 232-7 (40 overs; Gayan Maneeshan 90, Jason Milligan 58, Adam Walker 28; Owen Dick 3-21)
Ballymena 71 (20.1 overs; Jamie McIntyre 4-25, Levi Kerr 2-11, Adam Walker 2-14)
Fox Lodge (CricketEurope)
Fox Lodge were easy 161-run winners at Ballymena with Sri Lankan professional Gayan Maneeshan and Jason Milligan both making half centuries. Maneeshan top scored with 90 from 96 balls (8 fours, 1 six) adding 114 with Milligan, who hit 8 fours in his 65. Adam Walker had made 28 in an unfamiliar opening role and a total of 232 for 7 looked a decent one. And so it proved as the Eaton Park side were bundled out for just 71 - four wickets for Jamie McIntyre as he continues to impress on return from injury, while there were two each for Levi Kerr and Adam Walker.
Round 1: Bonds Glen lost to Donacloney Mill by 136 runs
Bonds Glen, 18 May.
Donacloney Mill 232-9 (40 overs; Atish Varape 61, Shane Warren 42, Mark Campbell 34*, Aaron Kennedy 30, Craig Kennedy 24; Sam Kincaid 3-35, David Robinson 2-32)
Bonds Glen 96 (19.4 overs; David Cooke 25, Divan Posthumus 25; Aaron Kennedy 6-41, Atish Varape 2-3, T McClure 2-22)
Happy Donacloney contingent afetr the win (Donacloney Mill)
Six wickets for Aaron Kennedy and a fine all-round display by Atish Varape led Donacloney Mill to an emphatic 136-run win at Bonds Glen. Shane Warren (42) and Craig Kennedy (24) shared an opening stand of 71 in 15 overs, and that laid the platform for Varape (61) and Aaron Kennedy (30) to add 63 for the 3rd wicket. Mark Campbell (34*) added late runs a total of 232 for 9 looked challenging. The hosts David Cooke and pro Divan Posthumus both made 25, but Kennedy's 6 for 41 saw the Bee Gees bundled out for just 96.
Round 1: North Kildare lost to Templepatrick by 87 runs
The Maws, 18 May.
Templepatrick 278-8 (40 overs; Sam O'Mahony 152; A Ahmad 2-54)
North Kildare 191 (26.5 overs; A Taniwal 65, W Azmat 28; Levi Cave 2-17, Ben Cave 2-32, Robert Smith 2-68)
Australian overseas professional Sam O'Mahony hit 152 to help Templepatrick oust North Kildare at The Maws. O'Mahony hit 13 fours and 10 sixes in his 124-ball knock that powered the NCU side to 278 for 8. Aman Taniwal made 65 in the reply, but they finished well short on 191 - two wickets apiece for Robert Smith, plus Ben and Levi Cave.
Round 1: Cork Harlequins lost to Strabane by 5 wickets
Farmers Cross, 18 May.
Cork Harlequins 85 (28.3 overs; Zubair Hasan Khan 26; John Mooney 5-8, Ryan Gallagher 2-26, Nasir Nawaz 2-32)
Strabane 86-5 (23.5 overs; Nasir Nawaz 38, Rhys Logue 29*)
John Mooney a happy man after 5 for 8 (CricketEurope)
John Mooney rolled back the years with a five-star display to help Strabane into the next round with victory over Cork Harlequins. The former Irish international had the excellent analysis of 5 for 8 as the hosts were bundled out for 85. Only some late hitting by Zubair Hasan Khan (26) getting them to even that modest total having been 56 for 9. There were two wickets apiece for Ryan Gallagher and Nasir Nawaz. Pakistani professional Nawaz top scored in the chase with 38, while Rhys Logue's unbeaten 29 ensured the five-wickets win in the 24th over.
Round 1: Sandyford beat Midleton by 45 runs
Marlay Park, 18 May.
Sandyford 240-8 (40 overs; V Adhikari 71*, R Potluri 50, Kotnala 25*; J George 2-24, K Khan 2-55)
Midleton 195 (39.5 overs; M Khan 54, F Khan 50; V Kotnala 3-23, A Pandey 2-24, M Abdulla 2-28)
Half centuries from Adhikari and Potluri saw Sandyford post 240 for 8 against Midleton. The visitors had two half centurions themselves with the Khans, but they ended on 195.
Round 1: St Johnston beat Wexford Wanderers by 6 wickets
The Boathole, 18 May.
Wexford Wanderers 119 (34.5 overs; James Harmse 41; David Anthony 3-20, Ryan McAuley 3-30, Graeme McCarter 2-11)
St Johnston 120-4 (29.5 overs; Michael Rankin 33*, Graeme McCarter 29*, Deepak Reddy 26, Subhan Shirzad 20; James Harmse 2-36)
Boundary for Deepak Reddy (Lawrence Moore)
St Johnston ran out comfortable 6-wicket winners over Wexford Wanderers at the Boathole. The visitors made 119 with James Harmse top scoring with 41. David Anthony and Ryan McAuley each claimed three wickets while Coach Graeme McCarter took two in a fine bowling display. McCarter (29*) shared an unbroken 5th wicket stand of 55 with Michael Rankin (33*), after earlier runs from Deepak Reddy (26) and Subhan Shirzad (20).
Round 1: Limerick lost to County Galway by 70 runs
Galway, 18 May.
County Galway 143 (38.5 overs; Thomas Mahon 41, Lewis Randell 31; Angvesh Bogavelly 3-23, Arslan Anwar 2-29)
Limerick 73 (33.2 overs; Arslan Anwar 28*; S Singh 4-13, Iliff Sumit 3-8)
A second wicket stand of 73 between Thomas Mahon (41) and Lewis Randell (31) laid the platform for a County Galway total of 143 in their home clash with Limerick. In the chase, Limerick never got going with Arslan Anwar's 28 not out the best of their 73 all out - four wickets for Singh and three for Iliff Sumit.
Round 1: The Nedd beat Belfast by 76 runs
The Nedd, 18 May.
The Nedd 289 (40 overs; Stevie Moore 87, Neal Stewart 57, Jason Mills 48*)
Belfast 213 (Ferhan Saeed 52; Neal Stewart 5-36, Johnny Young 4-53)
Stevie Moore scored 87 (CricketEurope)
Stevie Moore's 87 powered The Nedd to 289 and a 76-run win over Belfast. The former Irish youth international hit 9 fours and 5 sixes in his knock, ably assisted by runs too for Neal Stewart (57) and Jason Mills (48*). Ferhan Saeed made 52 in the chase, but five wickets for Stewart completed an excellent match for the all-rounder, while there were four wickets too for Johnny Young as Belfast were dismissed for 213.
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