Big hitting Hall is rewriting the history books with run spree

James Hall
James Hall

James Hall is rewriting the record books during a remarkable season of batting exploits.

The Waringstown opening batsman smashed his second double-hundred of the season against Carrickfergus in the Challenge Cup semi-final on Saturday.

He has now made over 400 runs in two innings in the competition, following his previous double hundred against Academy in the previous round.

Of course there is also the small matter of the other two centuries he plundered against County Galway in the Irish Cup and CSNI in the Premier League.

Waringstown ran riot from the start in this quarter-final tie. They were 30 without loss in just two overs with Hall at that stage being outscored by James McCollum, his opening partner, who struck nine fours and a six in 52 from just 50 balls.

The punishment was relentless for Carrick’s understrength attack during Hall’s 218-run stand for the third wicket with Lee Nelson, the captain.

Nelson struck four fours and three sixes in 72 from 73 balls but this day was all about Hall who seemed to be using the nearby filling station as target practice at times.

He struck 14 fours but incredibly 15 sixes with his 200 taking 135 balls. It seems ridiculous but 250 was in his sights before he was dismissed six overs from the end.

Carrick at least didn’t throw in the towel despite losing three early wickets in reply.

Jamie Holmes struck a fine century and Indrajeet Kamtekar 72, but it was always going to be an impossible task chasing a target that not even England or New Zealand have managed in their run-crazy ODI series. Kyle McCallan took three for 31 as Carrickfergus were dismissed for 270.