Batsmen under par

Waringstown are out of the RSA Irish Cup after a dismal batting performance against Merrion at The Lawn on Sunday.

The villagers appeared to be in pole position to book a semi-final slot after restricting the Dubliners to 206.

Kyle McCallan’s men were excellent in the field after pegging Merrion back after a quick start.

The captain himself took two wickets, and there were two each for Gary Kidd and Obus Pienaar after Merrion collapsed from the comfort of 172 for four.

Waringstown required a solid start, but the recent failings of the top order reared their ugly head once again.

James Hall wafted needlessly at a wide ball in the second over and was well taken at slip and next ball Lee Nelson attempted an extravagant drive off the first ball he faced and was caught behind, McCallan didn’t last long either, dragging the ball onto his stumps and Obus Pienaar followed, edging Dom Joyce behind after a flat-footed drive.

Waringstown were 33 for five when David Dawson hit a long-hop into deep mid-wicket’s hands and from there it was damage limitation exercise.

Jonathan Bushe underlined just how good batting conditions were with a superb innings that at one stage threatened to bring Waringstown back into the game.

He reached 50 for the second consecutive day at a run-a-ball with some delightful shots as he added 69 for the eighth wicket with Andrew Mitchell.

However, Mitchell dragged a half-tracker into deep square leg’s hands and Bushe swiftly followed, run out for 70 from just 78 balls. He struck seven fours and two sixes.

Waringstown were all out for just 138 in the 35th over.