Chairman pays warm tribute after club’s landmark double

Celebration time at The Lawn for Waringstown following the Irish Senior Cup final. Pics by PressEye Ltd.INLM37-104
Celebration time at The Lawn for Waringstown following the Irish Senior Cup final. Pics by PressEye Ltd.INLM37-104
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Waringstown chairman Alan Waite has paid tribute to the club’s playing and coaching staff after a remarkable season culminated in a double triumph for the first eleven on Saturday.

The villagers beat Merrion by 107 runs to lift the Irish Cup at The Lawn.

Earlier in the day Lee Nelson’s team had been officially confirmed as Premier League champions after Instonians had defeated their only challengers North Down.

The league success is particularly sweet because Waringstown’s last two titles, in 2009 and 2013, were both shared with Instonians. This victory is their first outright title since 2006, when Waringstown won the trophy after North Down were deducted points for playing an ineligible player.

But the firsts have not been the club’s only success story by any means.

The thirds have already been confirmed as the winners of their league and the under17s and under 11s won their respective competitions.

Waite said: “It’s been a truly remarkable season. The success the club has had is testament to the hard work that a lot of people have put in.”

Waringstown finish their league campaign at home to Instonians on Saturday (11am).

The seconds can win Junior 2 if they beat Civil Service North on Sunday.