Delight at Derriaghy for Waringstown

Waringstown's James Hall
Waringstown's James Hall

Waringstown cantered to a comfortable victory in the Ulster Bank Premier League last Saturday with a 175-run success at Derriaghy.

Put in to bat, the visitors piled up 315 for six from their 50 overs – with Greg Thompson top-scoring with 95 from just 91 balls during an innings that included six fours and six sixes.

Cobus Pienaar – with 36 – and half-century hits from James Hall (59) and skipper Lee Nelson (54) set Waringstown up for a big total.

Then, towards the back end of the innings, the experience of Kyle McCallan on 34 not out helped Waringstown pass the 300 mark.

All the home side’s bowlers went around the ground apart from young left-arm spinner Curtis Moorhead, who conceded just 16 runs from his 10 overs whilst picking up the wicket for Hall.

In reply, Derriaghy were never in contention and, without injured professional Kaushik Aphale, the only batsman to pass 20 was Andrew Kenny on 42.

Pienaar conceded just seven runs from his five overs, picking up one wicket. His opening partner, James Mitchell, racked up four wickets at a cost of 40 from his 10 overs.

Phil Eaglestone took three for 27 while Morgan Topping got through 10 overs taking one for 47 and Kyle McCallan (1-12) picked up the other wicket to fall from his four overs – marking Derriaghy all out in the 38th over for 140.

Next up for Waringstown firsts will be tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) massive Irish Senior Cup semi-final at The Lawn against Instonians from 11 o’clock.

Waringstown seconds stayed top of Junior One at the weekend with double delight.

On Saturday, they dismissed Muckamore seconds for just 48 – with captain Stuart Kidd (5-12) and Alan Harrison (4-26) doing the damage as they raced to a nine-wicket victory with Jamie Matthews 24 not out and Johnny Hunter 18 not out.

They travelled on Sunday to Shaw’s Bridge for an early start against Instonians seconds in a Twenty20 game.

Instonians batted first and scored 134 for four from their 20 overs.

This proved well below par as Waringstown powered to the victory target for the loss of just two wickets – with James Mitchell scoring 76 and Ben Carson on 36.

Waringstown ladies picked up the seventh win out of eight in the Women’s Premier League on Saturday morning with a thumping 95-run victory at North Down.

Batting first, Waringstown scored 148 for three from 20 overs – with Cara Murray retiring on 51 while her opening partner, Charlotte Lyons, scored 36.

Other good contributions came from Naomi Matthews (14) and Naomi Costley (12).

Cara Murray put in a player-of-the-match performance by taking five North Down wickets for just six runs.

Charlotte Lyons (3-16), Naomi Costley (2-8) and Naomi Matthews (1-19) were the other wicket-takers in another fine win for the ladies.

The weekend fixtures are as follows: firsts v Instonians (Saturday, home, Irish Senior Cup semi-final, 11 o’clock start); seconds v CSNI seconds (Saturday, away, league); thirds v Bangor seconds (Saturday, away, league); fifths v Instonians fourths (Sunday, home, league).

Waringstown’s Adam Dennison scored a record-breaking double hundred as the Northern Knights assumed total control on the first day of their Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Championship clash with the NW Warriors at Comber.

The 19-year-old made the highest individual score at the North Down venue - overhauling the 203 by the late Indian Test star Raman Lamba back in 1987 - and the more recent 204 in a schools’ match by Warwickshire’s Mark Adair.

Dennison’s 206 allowed the Knights to declare on 400 for six. He became increasingly confident as the innings progressed, reaching his century from 171 balls, while taking only a further 71 to make it to the double hundred - the last 50 of which came off just 23 deliveries.

Dennison became the second double centurion in the competition’s history, after Nick Larkin’s 247.

Other Waringstown players selected for the three-day event were Lee Nelson, Greg Thompson and Phil Eaglestone.