Waringstown are handed two away draws in cups

Junior cricket at Waringstown.
Junior cricket at Waringstown.

Waringstown have been handed two away draws in the Irish and NCU Challenge cups.

The villagers will travel to face North West club Eglinton in the second round of the Irish Cup this Sunday.

Lee Nelson’s team will also face a tough task in the Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup as they travel to play Lisburn at Wallace Park next month.

The villagers were frustrated by the weather on Saturday as they tried to maintain their 100 per cent record in the league.

The game against North Down was washed ou, although the teams got to within 2.5 overs of finishing the contest under Duckworth-Lewis.

The game was finely poised, with North Down, chasing a revised target of 196 in 34 overs, on 73 for two in the 18th over.

North Down required another 32 runs from 15 balls to get ahead on Duckworth-Lewis when the game became live at 20 overs.

But another deluge left the ground unplayable and it will now have to replayed.

Waringstown had got themselves into a commanding position on 124 for three.

Adam Dennison had batted beautifully, bringing up his 50 with his second six, rocking back to pull Moreland over mid-wicket, while Cobus Pienaar looked in ominous form with three lovely boundaries.

But the rain, which damaged large portions of the square, largely played into the hands of the home team.

When the sides eventually got back onto the pitch, the game had been reduced to 34 overs per side and Waringstown made a mess of their final five overs.

Moreland and Mulder bowled straight and four wickets fell in the space of 19 balls for the addition of just 12 runs.

North Down began their reply positively, but wickets for Pienaar and Phil Eaglestone checked their progress.

Waringstown return to league action on Saturday at home against Premier League newcomers Derriaghy.