THE NCU Premier League trophy will divide
its time between The Lawn and Shaw’s Bridge
for the next 12 months after Waringstown won
a thrilling final game of the season on
Instonians already had a share of the title
guaranteed after their win over CIYMS on
Saturday, but their attempts to win it
outright ended as the villagers beat them by
18 runs at The Lawn.
After being inserted by Eugene Moleon,
Waringstown posted 128 for seven in their 20
overs, a better total than it looks on a
pitch which offered plenty of assistance to
In th e end it was Waringstown’s strongest
suit, their spin bowling attack, that
ultimately decided the outcome and earned
them a share of the title, as Kyle McCallan,
Lee Nelson, Gary Kidd and the man of the
match James Hall turned the screw on the
visitors’ batting line-up.
Captain Jonathan Bushe cleverly opened the
bowling with McCallan and with the superb
Kidd coming on in the third, they threw down
the gauntlet to an Instonians top order that
has enjoyed almost everything their own way
in recent weeks.
McCallan conceded 17 in his four overs, Kidd
claimed two for 16 including the prize
wicket of Rory McCann and Hall, whose 46 was
the cornerstone of the Waringstown innings,
completed a memorable afternoon with one for
Instonians richly deserved their share of
the title after a magnificent campaign in
league and cup, but Moleon may reflect that
he probably erred in deciding to bowl first
when he won the toss.
&nb sp;It is a tactic that has served the
double winners well throughout the season –
most notably in the Challenge Cup final win
over North Down last month – but with
hindsight it was a move that may have
invited pr essure on a wearing pitch.
Initially, the ploy looked inspired as
Waringstown scraped just 26 from their first
eight overs, with Simon Harrison back in the
Batting was never easy and it would have
been premature to criticise Hall for the
sometimes circumspect manner in which he
played in the first half of the innings.
Waringstown were just 44 for one after 10
overs, way short of where you would expect
in the Twenty20 era, but the platform was
there to launch an assault in the second
half of the innings.
Nelson (23) and McCallan, bowled unwisely
attempting a reverse sweep off Jack
Blackiston-Houston, departed within two
overs of each other, but the decisive stand
of the day=2 0was between Hall and Bushe for
the fourth wicket.
The partnership was just 38, but i n the
context of the match those runs were vital
as Hall began to hit strongly down the
ground, and it set the platform for an
explosive last six overs, when 50 runs were
Hall eventually fell four runs short of his
half century, after hitting four fours and a
six in 46 from just 48 balls, and the final
impetus with the bat came from his fellow
international Kidd, who struck two
boundaries in a vital 15 from nine
The 11 runs which came from Andrew White’s
final over of the innings probably made a
crucial psychological impact.
Instonians then promoted James Shannon to
open in place of John Stevenson but it
didn’t yield the result Moleon wanted. The
talented Ireland under-19 star took 14 balls
to get off the mark but then it wasn’t easy
as McCallan and left-arm spinner Kidd
Shannon eventually holed out to long-off but
probably the most important dismissal was
McCann’s. The wicketkeeper batsman, who has
been in superlative form, was looking
assured on 21 but, like McCallan before him
in the Waringstown innings, he was dismissed
reverse sweeping, giving Kidd his second
Neil Hamilton and Stevenson swiftly followed
and at 47 for four after 12 overs, it was
hard to see a way back for Instonians.
To be fair they showed the quality of
champions in fighting right to the death.
White briefly offered hope by hitting
Tharaka Kottehewa for a successive four and
six over the leg side but then in the
following over the Ireland all-rounder
struck a Nelson full toss to deep
With White should have gone Instonians’
hopes but Daniel Graham (23) and veteran
Andrew Rose, who made an unbeaten 22 from
just 16 balls, caused Waringstown hearts to
flutter momentarily3D2 0with a courageous
44-run partnership for the eighth wicket.
They required an unlikely 37 to win from the
last three overs and economical overs from
McCallan and Kottehewa meant it became an
impossible 27 from the final six balls.
Bushe and Moleon held the trophy aloft
together, a fitting end to a season which
both teams surely couldn’t have envisaged
back at the beginning of April.
Sat 29th Aug
WARINGSTOWN increased their lead at the top
of the NCU Premier League to eight points
after they recorded a crushing six-wicket
win over Lisburn at The Lawn on Saturday.
This result was rarely in doubt after
captain Jonathan Bushe won the toss and
asked the visitors to bat first.
Conditions were good for seam bowling and
the combination of Simon Harrison and Sri
Lankan professional Tharaka Kottehewa made
life difficult for the Lisburn top order.
Kottehewa, who has bowled without luck for
much of the season, was typically
economical, conceding just nine runs in his
nine overs, which allowed Harrison to wreak
havoc at the other end.
Harrison bowled some lovely swinging
deliveries. His first victim was teenager
Adam Berry, and then came the crucial wicket
as he trapped Gerry Strydom, the Lisburn
professional, for just three.
Craig Ervine, another dangerman, was also
dismissed lbw, and Harrison’s fourth scalp
was Lisburn captain Greg Thompson, one of
the most consistent players in the NCU this
season, caught behind by wicketkeeper Bushe.
At 26 for five Lisburn were in complete
disarray but they at least rallied with a
defiant sixth wicket partnership of 40
between David Simpson (25) and Hennie van
However, the visitors never really broke the
shackles, as the off-spinners Kyle McCallan
(2-16) and James Hall (2-12) continued where
the seamers had left off.
Lisburn were eventually dismissed for just
94 in 43.2 overs and clearly the only threat
to a Waringstown victory was the
The teams were forced off the pitch on
several occasions, but when they did resume,
James Hall was in superb touch.
The opener smashed seven fours and a six in
a stylish 38 from just 35 balls while
Harrison produced an impressive cameo of 15.
McCallan remained unbeaten on 20 as
Waringstown got over the finishing line
after 26 overs.
The title race is now poised for an
intriguing finale, and the villagers will be
hoping the weather forecasters have it wrong
yet again this week.
Heavy rain is expected until the weekend,
which would potentially postpone both of the
scheduled games against CIYMS and
Waringstown desperately need to win
both20games, with the latter match
particularly decisive. If Bushe’s men were
to win twice, it would guarantee them a
share of the title.
Instonians have two matches in hand, and
North Down, with one defeat more than the
two front-runners, are also still in
contention. They have six matches still to
Sat 15th August
Villagers go top after dramatic last-ball
WARINGSTOWN almost seem to take a perverse
delight in winning games in the most
dramatic of circumstances this season.
Saturday's three-wicket win over Ballymena
was the case in point. The match went right
to the final ball, before Jamie Matthews and
Ian Morrison scampered the winning leg bye.
Five runs were needed from the final over
from Steve Lazars with Waringstown having
three wickets in hand as they chased
Ballymena’s 170 for seven for a victory to
give them an outright lead at the top of the
Premier League table.
You would have assumed the visitors were in
the box seat, but this was a day when
nothing could be taken for granted. From the
first delivery, Matthews pushed forward and
it appeared that wicketkeeper Neil Fullerton
missed a stumping opportunity, which allowed
the eighth-wicket pair to scramble a bye.
Ian Morrison hit the next delivery to wide
long-on for two but after a dot ball, he hit
the fourth ball straight to mid-on and ran,
and between them David Kennedy and Lazars
really should have run him out.
The drama wasn’t over yet, because with the
scores level, Matthews failed to score off
the penultimate ball. A tie might well have
been a fitting result, but Matthews managed
to scramble the winning run off the last
ball courtesy of his pad.
Ballymena will reflect that they have only
themselves to blame for failing to exploit a
superb start with the bat given by their
talisman David Kennedy.
In a 47-over game, the home side were
inserted by Waringstown captain Jonathan
Bushe, who was probably suspicious of a
green-looking pitch at Eaton Park.
There should have been help for the
villagers’ attack, but they were mostly off
colour and the remarkable David Kennedy set
about delivering a batting masterclass.
This was a demonstration of how to bat in
difficult conditions. He was barely
troubled, dominating a second-wicket
partnership of 87 with makeshift opener
Michael Taylor (33). The Kennedy knock
featured his trademark shrewd placement,
some strong running between the wickets, and
six boundaries struck on either side of the
To be fair, Waringstown didn’t bowl well as
a unit. Simon Harrison was off colour with
the new ball and likewise the left-arm
spinner Gary Kidd.
If you assume that anything around 160 is a
par score at Eaton Park, when Ballymena were
132 for two in the 37th over, with David
Kennedy and Lazars at the crease, they were
poised for a total in excess of 200.
That would almost certainly have guaranteed
victory but instead Ballymena pressed the
self destruct button. Lazars hit a waist
high full toss from Kidd to point and then
most crucially in the 40th over, David
Kennedy hit Keith Morrison to deep
mid-wicket where Matthews held the second of
his two impressive catches.
Just 23 runs came from the final seven overs,
a tribute to some fine bowling from Keith
Morrison (2-20) and Tharaka Kottehewa, who
although wicketless went for just 23 in his
Ballymena almost certainly would have taken
170 at the start of the game, but that late
innings slump allowed a Waringstown batting
line-up without Kyle McCallan and James Hall
a sniff of an opportunity.
In truth, the run chase was mostly grim
viewing. Kidd and Lee Nelson failed to get
going, and Waringstown were gradually
falling behind the asking rate during a
second wicket stand of 33 in 12 overs
between Harrison and Andrew Cousins as the
spinners turned the screw.
Cousins was beaten by a shooter from Simon
McDowell, and that allowed Jonathan Bushe to
come to the crease.
The captain signalled his intent by crashing
his first delivery from McDowell to the
boundary, and his 34 from 34 balls changed
the whole momentum of an innings which had
been in danger of grinding to a complete
Perhaps the game-changing moment came when
Bushe was dropped on 18 on the long-on
boundary in the 30th over with Waringstown
still more than 70 runs from victory.
The nerves continued to jangle as Harrison
was bowled after making a gritty and crucial
48 from 106 balls, and Bushe was caught at
mid-wicket after striking five boundaries in
a crucial cameo.
Every time Waringstown looked like they had
the game under control, they lost a wicket.
K eith Morrison, who had a fine match,
looked to be winning it before he was lbw,
but it was his brother Ian with 10 not out
who held his nerve in that nail-biting
Sunday 16th August
JUST when Waringstown's supporters thought
they had one nerve-racking weekend match to
contend with, along came Sunday's remarkable
victory over CIYMS.
Surely even the most optimistic fan couldn't
have believed Waringstown could pull off a
win when they were reduced to 57 for five as
they chased CI’s 172 for six in a match
reduced to 38 overs per side.
Waringstown were already missing Kyle
McCallan and James Hall, so when the top
order failed in spectacular fashion, it
seemed only one result was possible.
Simon Harrison managed a brief flurry to
reach 19, but the remainder of the top five
were hugely disappointing.
CIYMS appeared to be in complete control,
but the game turned on its head, first as
Sri Lankan professional Tharaka Kottehewa
and veteran Alan Waite added 60 for the
Kottehewa, better known as a seam bowler,
was the dominant partner with a series of
superb boundaries and scampered singles, but
Waite rolled back the years with a gritty 26
from 49 balls.
Waite, who aggravated a hamstring injury and
struggled to run as his innings progressed,
was eventually run out attempting a single.
It may have been a blessing in disguise as
Kottehewa then found a willing ally in
teenager Jamie Matthews, who kept his cool
admirably during a quickfire 49-run
partnership for the seventh wicket.
It was nerve-racking stuff as Matthews
eventually fell for an impressive 19, but
Kottehewa remained at the crease on 69 from
just 68 balls, a magnificent knock which
included five fours and a six.
There was a brief wobble as Matthews fell in
the 36th over which realised just a single,
but Kotthewewa was coolness personified
until the last.
Steven Allen, another of the talented
teenagers coming off the seemingly
never-ending conveyor belt at The Lawn, hit
the winning boundary through the covers with
nine balls remaining off Derek Heasley to
break CI hearts. It was his first scoring
shot in senior cricket, and provoked wild
celebrations in the home camp as Waringstown
maintained their four-point lead at the top
of the Premier League table.
Earlier in the day, Waringstown had
initially taken charge when Kottehewa
claimed two early wickets, but Heasley and
Barry Cooper hit half centuries for the
relegation threatened Belmont club to help
reach what looked to be an impregnable
WARINGSTOWN joined Instonians at the top of
the NCU Premier League on Sunday after
completing back to back weekend wins over
The villagers took just 25.1 overs to chase
down the home side’s 158 for nine at
Ballygomartin Road, with Lee Nelson and
James Hall once again in superb touch in an
Nelson, the Ireland under-19 star, struck
five fours and three sixes in an unbeaten
56. Hall was scarcely less impressive,
hitting five fours and three sixes before he
was dismissed by Woodvale captain Paul
Robinson for 46.
Simon Harrison (21) had enjoyed a 49-run
partnership for Hall for the first wicket,
with Hall and Nelson adding 40 for the
In the Woodvale innings Nigel Palmer top
scored with 47 and professional Sujit
Khablor made 30, but they rather lost their
way, losing seven wickets for 38 runs after
they had reached 119 for two.
Kyle McCallan did most of the damage with
four for 39 while Tharaka Kottehewa claimed
two for 19 from his 10 overs. Hall was also
economical with his off-spin, conceding just
23 runs in his 10 overs.
The previous day, Waringstown clinched what
must be one of the earliest league finishes
of the season when they thrashed Woodvale by
ten wickets at The Lawn.
The visitors managed just 80 all out in 28.1
overs. Professional Kottehewa and Harrison
both bowled their overs straight through,
with Kottehewa bowling his opposite number
Khablor for a duck on his way to claiming
two for 29.
Harrison bowled beautifully in claiming four
for 23, with the only resistance coming from
Darren O’Neill, who struck one four and one
six in his unbeaten 27. Kyle McCallan mopped
up the tail with three for 11.
Waringstown obviously had to be somewhere in
a hurry as they clinched a 10-wicket win in
12.1 overs by 3.20pm. Hall smashed six fours
in an unbeaten 41 from just 35 balls, while
Gary Kidd, promoted up the order, struck
four boundaries in his unbeaten 27 from 38
balls. The match would have been over 22
minutes earlier had it not been for a rain
Waringstown have now won nine of their 12
Premier League matches, and they have
another double header this weekend. They
face a difficult assignment at Eaton Park on
Saturday against Ballymena, before CIYMS are
the visitors to The Lawn on Sunday
WARINGSTOWN would not have envisaged this at
the start of the season, but Saturday’s
Premier League victory over Carrickfergus at
The Lawn has put them right in the hunt at
the top of the table.
The villagers ruthlessly defeated their
visitors by nine wickets to go joint second
in the table along with North Down, Lisburn
and Civil Service North. They are just four
points behind leaders Instonians with a
match in hand.
Waringstown have won seven of their 10
league matches, a remarkable achievement
when you consider how many of the teams in
the top division strengthened their squads
over the winter, and that they are still
awaiting a major contribution from
professional Tharaka Kottehewa.
Saturday was very much a vindication of the
club’s youth policy with young gu ns James
Hall, Lee Nelson and Gary Kidd combining to
destroy a Carrickfergus team who continue to
Kidd, the Ireland left-arm spinner, is
improving as the weeks go by. He was
unfortunate not to get more wickets in the
TCH Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by North
Down but here he claimed three for 27,
including the prize scalps of big guns Gavin
Ewing, the Zimbabwean professional, Andrew
Cowden (44) and the Australian Matt Mangan.
Simon Harrison (2-24) meanwhile produced
another excellent spell of swing bowling
with the new ball, which included the prize
wicket of Ireland batsman Paul Stirling.
Carrick, who are a much better team than
their recent results suggest, scraped their
way to 180 for eight in their 50 overs and
although they di smissed Ian Morrison for
just a single, the visitors were badly
missing the influence of captain Ryan
Eagleson with the new ball.
Eagleson was away coaching the Ireland
under-17 side and Nelson and Hall cashed in,
producing a superb unbeaten partnership of
183 for the second wicket.
The villagers reached the target in just
35.1 overs, with Hall unbeaten on 72 off 96
balls. He struck four fours and three sixes
and was back hitting the ball strongly down
the ground in the manner that originally
earned him Irish selection. Nelson meanwhile
was 91 not out from 111 balls. The Ireland
under-19 star hit nine fours and two sixes
and he has now passed 500 runs for the
Waringstown may ultimately not win the
league this season, but it is a credit to
Jonathan Bushe and his team they remain in
contention with favourite s North Down,
Instonians and Lisburn, all of whom
strengthened their squads considerably over
The key now is to keep the foot on the pedal
and try to finish as high as possible in the
league, with eight matches still remaining.
hopes of silverware this summer are almost
certainly over after they were beaten by a
strong North Down side in the TCH Challenge
Cup semi-final at The Lawn on Saturday.
The villagers, who were always going to be
underdogs, will reflect that their batsmen
once again failed to score enough runs to
make themselves competitive against the
After winning the toss and batting first,
Waringstown progressed to the relative
comfort of 35 without. The critics will say
that the openers were too slow, but at least
they had seen off the threat of Peter
Connell without losing a wicket.
However, they failed to build on that start,
with first James Hall offering a return
catch to slow bowler Marty Moreland and Lee
Nelson was probably unlucky to be given out
caught behind off Taimur Khan.
But with Kyle McCallan stumped as he fell
over in his crease off Moreland and Tharaka
Kottehewa run out by a distance attempting a
risky single, Waringstown were suddenly in
Ian Morrison had fought valiantly, at least
showing some aggression in a battling 30,
but as wickets fell around him he was caught
at slip off Connell.
At 54 for five Waringstown were in the
deepest of holes. That they set any kind of
a target was down to Jonathan Bushe, the
captain, and Keith Morrison, with the sixth
wicket pair adding 76 in a comfortable
They must have been wondering what all the
earlier troubles were about with Bushe in
particular timing the ball sweetly and North
Down’s ground fielding became increasingly
When they reached 130 in the 43rd over, the
villagers had serious aspirations of topping
180, but they missed opportunity of setting
a testing target. First the excellent
Morrison (28), attempting to improvise
against Connell, succeeded only in lobbing a
catch to mid-wicket and in the same over
Simon Harrison was trapped lbw.
Bushe, who has never done justice to his
considerable talents with the bat,
compounded the agony with the first mistake
in an otherwise courageous innings,
attempting a se cond run that was never
there and he was yards out of his ground as
Shields took off the bails.
It had been a fine 48 from just 55 balls,
including five fours, but he must have known
that a final total of 155 was about 70 runs
short of a par score. North Down will be
delighted that they decided to fly Kiwi
Connell in from his base in London, with the
Ireland international claiming figures of
three for 11 off 10 overs.
By now the only barrier to North Down and
victory was the rain, and for the second
time in eight days, it seemed that a
torrential storm might yet scupper the
visitors. There was a huge downpour shortly
after Ryan Haire fell to Gary Kidd for five.
By the time play finally resumed North
Down’s target was reduced to just 96 in 24
overs under Duckworth-Lewis Waringstown's
bowlers had nothing to work with.
Overseas professionals Iain Robertson and
Taimur Khan made it look easy with an
unbeaten stand of 72 for the second wicket.
Beating North Down when they have two
overseas stars with the standing of
Robertson and Khan will never be easy, but
Waringstown will reflect that they should
have done better against a bowling attack
that, Connell apart, is not as fearsome as
it once was.
WARINGSTOWN recorded their sixth victory in nine
Premier League matches with a comfortable triumph at
Bangor on Saturday.
The villagers posted 183 for seven batting first, a
fine total on a track that was never easy to bat on.
Waringstown owed much to a second successive half
century from James Hall, with the Ireland
international hitting 54 from 101 balls, including
Kyle McCallan contributed 28 from 57 balls, while
spinners Yasis Tillakaratne (2-24) and Ryan Adair
(2-32) kept things tight for Bangor.
Bangor’s troubles this season are probably summed up
by the damning statistics on the batting front. Mark
Hutchinson and Yasis Tillakaratne are among the most
consistent batsmen in the NCU, but they have
received next to no support from the remainder of
Hutchinson battled manfully against the odds,
hitting fi ve fours in an highly impressive 52 from
107 balls, but once Tillakaratne holed out in the
deep off Gary Kidd (3-45), Bangor resembled a beaten
Hutchinson was eventually eighth man out, confused
by a slower ball from Tharaka Kottehewa (3-10), and
Bangor were dismissed for just 102 in 38 overs,
leaving Waringstown winners by 81 runs.
WARINGSTOWN produced arguably their best batting
performance of the season on Sunday as they thrashed
Premier League title contenders Instonians at Shaw's
One of the villagers' main problems in the last
couple of seasons has been posting totals in excess
Too often they come up short in that regard, but
there was no such difficulty on Sunday as some
excellent batting saw them post a superb 239 for
four batting first.
Crucially, they were given a sound start with
openers James Hall and Ian Morrison adding 108 for
the first wicket.
Hall was back to his best after a recent sticky
patch. He was hitting the ball nicely from the start
and he largely dominated that opening partnership
with Morrison in more circumspect mood.
Waringstown, it has to said, were helped by some
generous Instonians bowling, with the home side
conceding 50 extras, including 33 wides which were
well received by the villagers.
Hall eventually departed for 56, but he was unlucky,
as he felt he got an inside edge which should have
ruled out a successful appeal from Neil Hamilton.
Morrison (36) then added 32 with Kyle McCallan for
the second wicket, before he was a leg before victim
to Ireland all-rounder Andrew White.
The partnership that gave Waringstown the impetus to
pass 200 was the 69-run stand between McCallan and
captain Jonathan Bushe for the third wicket.
They scored at a healthy rate, with Bushe
particularly aggressive in making 40 before he was
dismissed by Eugene Moleon as he attempted to
accelerate the scoring rate.
McCallan took up the mantle on Bushe's departure, as
he reached a fine 53 before he was caught off the
final delivery of the innings with Waringstown
having posted 239 in 48 overs, with the innings
reduced by two overs because of rain.
Instonians' target was initially increased to 245
under the Duckworth-Lewis system, but Waringstown
were far from out of the woods yet, because Moleon's
men boast a powerful batting line-up.
Divan van Wyk, their professional, has been in
sensational form all season, and he and John
Stevenson added 49 for the first wicket before the
latter was an lbw victim for McCallan.
Gradually Inst started to fall behind the clock, and
van Wyk's frustration saw him attempt a rash reverse
sweep off Hall and he was given out lbw one run
short of his half century.
With Rory McCann and James Shannon missing, Inst
lacked depth and by now all that stood between
Waringstown and probable victory was White, who is
capable of winning matches on his own.
But after hitting successive boundaries off Simon
Stokes, White was lbw next ball for 34, much to the
delight of the Waringstown seamer who has worked
hard to establish himself as a first eleven regular
once again after being troubled by injury.
Stokes went on to claim excellent figures of four
for 30, while Hall continued his wicket-taking
exploits with four for 47 as Inst slumped to 162 all
out. Simon Harrison was economical, conceding just
20 off his ten overs, while McCallan took one for 22
off seven as Waringstown won by 72 runs on
Instonians v Waringstown
J Hall lbw Hamilton 56
I Morrison lbw White 36
K McCallan c Sheard b Moleon 53
J Bushe c Bunting b Moleon 40
K Morrison not out 4
Total (four wickets, 48 overs) 239
Fall: 1-108, 2-140, 3-209, 4-239
E Moleon 7-2-39-2, S Bunting 10-2-42-0, D van Wyk
7-1-31-0, J Gilmer 5-0-13-0, N Hamilton 4-0-25-1, A
White 10-0-46-1, R Sheard 5-0-26-0
Instonians (target 235 in 43 overs)
J Stevenson lbw McCallan 14
D van Wyk lbw Hall 49
A White lbw Stokes 34
N Hamilton c Kottehewa b Hall 16
E Moleon c Bushe b Hall 4
A Dhareula c K Morrison b Stokes 4
C Kirk b Stokes 0
S Bunting b Stokes 0
D Graham b Hall 8
R Sheard b Kottehewa 4
J Gilmer not out 7
Total (41 overs) 162
Fall: 1-49, 2-97, 3-121, 4-130, 5-135, 6-135, 7-135,
8-144, 9-147, 10-162
T Kottehewa 7-1-28-1, S Harrison 10-1-20-0, K
McCallan 7-1-22-1, J Hall 9-0-47-4, S Stokes
7-0-30-4, S Kidd 1-0-2-0
Waringstown won by 72 runs Duckworth-Lewis
WARINGSTOWN'S Challenge cup semi-final with North
Down at The Lawn was ended prematurely last
Saturday, after prolonged heavy rain stopped the
match at its midway point.
North Down were certainly the favourites, having
made 255 for six, largely thanks to a superb century
from opening batsman Ryan Haire.
But a prolonged and heavy downpour while the teams
took tea left much of the square and outfield
For a while, it seemed as if the teams may get back
on, with Waringstown chasing a reduced target, but
further rain caused the game to be officially
abandoned before the 6pm cut-off time.
Haire will certainly be disappointed that his
century won’t go down in the record books. The
left-hander dominated much of his team’s innings. He
was dropped at mid-off when he was just 14 and was
caught behind off a no-ball by Tharaka Kottehewa a
short time late r.
Those pieces of luck apart, Haire struck the ball
beautifully as he brought up his century in 118
balls. He was eventually stumped off Kyle McCallan
for 105 from 125 balls, including 13 fours and two
North Down were given further impetus as Jo
Montgomery and Ralph Coetzee added 57 unbeaten runs
for the seventh wicket. Montgomery made 36 not out
from just 32 balls, while Coetzee, hit 30 from 24
Waringstown will have to improve on a shoddy
fielding display when the teams meet again at The
Lawn next Sunday. They will be boosted by the return
of Ireland under-19 star Lee Nelson, who was
unavailable on Saturday because of his commitments
in the European Championships in Jersey
Waringstown beat CIYMS by 5 wickets to reach
the Semi Final of the Challenge Cup
WARIINGSTOWN booked their place in the
semi-finals of the TCH Challenge Cup after a
comfortable five-wicket win at CIYMS on
The victory owed a lot to Kyle McCallan,
with the Ireland all-rounder taking four
wickets with his off-spinners and later
producing a batting masterclass.
After winning the toss and batting first
CIYMS, missing the suspended Thinus Fourie,
just never got going. Barry Cooper started
brightly enough, with a flurry of
boundaries, but when he was well caught at
slip by James Hall off Tharaka Kottehewa for
15, CI began to struggle.
Derek Heasley and Neil Gelston couldn’t
manage the big score they desperately
needed, and it was left to Richard Lucas,
who fought valiantly for 64 from 91 balls,
including three sixes and three fours, to
help them reach 159 all out in 47.5 overs.
McCallan was the star with the ball,
claiming the crucial wicket of Heasley on
his way to four for 26.
Kottehewa claimed two for 36, James Hall
bowled tightly and Stuart Kidd helped polish
off the tail with two for 12.
A Waringstown victory looked a foregone
conclusion as Hall and Ian Morrison added 63
for the first wicket. Hall hit two fours and
two si xes in his 28, while Morrison hit six
fours in his 34 from 62 balls before he was
yorked by Gelston.
With Lee Nelson bowled behind his legs by
leg spinner Ryan Hanna for a duck,
Waringstown might have wobbled but for a
sublime McCallan knock.
Quite simply, he just about every delivery
he faced off the middle of the bat.
Ireland’s most capped cricketer struck four
successive boundaries off leg-spinner Ryan
Hanna and brought up his half-century with
possibly the shot of the day, a glorious
straight drive past Heasley’s outstretched
In total he struck 10 fours and one
perfectly executed six in a majestic 56.
He faced just 45 balls before he eventually
holed out at mid-wicket looking for another
maximum off Gelston (3-27). Waringstown were
home and dry from the second ball of20the
33rd over with Keith Morrison (20 no)
hitting the winning runs.
Waringstown are joined in the semi-final
draw by North Down, Instonians and Lisburn.
It will take place today (Thursday).
Waringstown beat Carrick by 3 runs at Middle
WARINGSTOWN snatched victory from the jaws of defeat
after a nerve-racking victory at Carrickfergus on
The villagers were staring down the barrel for long
periods of the home side's run chase, after they had
posted 226 for nine batting first.
That total was at least 30 runs short of a par score
on an excellent batting wicket and fast outfield at
Middle Road, despite a brilliant 95 from Lee Nelson.
However, Waringstown did at least make a promising
start with the ball. Simon Harrison had Michael
Gilmour caught and bowled and then cruciallly he
claimed the key scalp of Ireland's Paul Stirling,
lbw for 15, at the ground where he made a
magnificent 150 just eight days previously.
When Harrison (3-36) rounded off his spell by
dismissing the dangerous Ross Gelderbloem cheaply,
Carrickfergus were struggling on 53 for three and
were in dire need of a big partnership.
That is exactly what they received from Andrew
Cowden and Gavin Ewing, their overseas professional.
The fourth wicket pairing added 130 runs in a
superb, chanceless partnership and although
Waringstown largely bowled well, they were up
against it, having not posted the total they should
have with the bat
However, the breakthrough eventually came when an
excellent throw from the boundary from Nelson saw
Ewing run out for 71.
Carrickfergus, who also should have beaten
Waringstown last season before a similar collapse
with the bat, started to panic. After a courageous
89, Cowden was stumped attempting a big hit off Gary
Kidd and from requiring just 20 runs with five
wickets remaining at around five runs per over, the
match soon turned on its head.
Going into the final over Carrick still required
eight runs for victory but when Matt Mangan hit the
second ball from Gary Kidd to the boundary, the home
side were again odds-on to win with just four needed
from four balls.
However, Waringstown held their nerve with Mangan
then caught on the boundary by Simon Harrison.
From the last ball, Carrickfergus required three for
victory but Ricky Stirling could only hit the ball
up into the air for James Hall to complete the
It was a truly remarkable win for Waringstown, who
will reflect that they still need to make bigger
scores with the bat. After getting set, Hall again
only made 28 and although Keith Morrison made 25,
there wasn't enough support for Nelson who fell
agonisingly short of a deserved century.
Waringstown beat CSN by 5 wickets
A STUNNING display of hitting from Keith Morrison
helped Waringstown clinch a dramatic five-wicket
victory over Civil Service North at Stormont on
Morrison, who continues to enjoy a magnificent
season with the bat, hit an unbeaten 31 from just 13
balls to help the villagers home with four balls to
spare in a rearranged Twenty20 clash.
With five overs to go, Waringstown still required an
unlikely 46 for victory after Kyle McCallan (42) and
particularly Lee Nelson (32) struggled for fluency
in the closing stages of their 72-run third wicket
The pair had come together with Waringstown
struggling on 13 for two chasing Civil Service
North's 127. Ian Morrison had been bowled second
ball by Kieran Noema-Barnett as he aimed a big hit
and then James Hall was beaten for pace as he
tickled the same bowler through to wicketkeeper Rob
McCallan and Nelson rebuilt the innings impressively
but they had appeared to leave themselves too much
to do as CSN kept back Nigel Jones and Regan West,
in theory their best performers with the ball.
Nelson, visibly tired after his brilliant 95 the
previous day against Carrickfergus, soon holed out
against West and when McCallan followed straight
after, Waringstown appeared to be deep in trouble.
But Morrison wasted no time in getting into stride,
hitting two sixes, the first beautifully clipped off
his legs off Jones and then one massive blow
straight down the ground off West to turn the match
on its head.
Waringstown required 25 from the last three overs
but in truth it wasn't a problem and two boundaries
from Simon Harrison rounded off a nerve-racking win,
the second time in two days Waringstown have won in
the final over.
Earlier, Nigel Jones hit two fours and two sixes in
a fine 56 as Civil Service North posted what
appeared to be a moderate 127 in their 20 overs.
There were also good contributions from Gareth McKee
(24) and Stephen Dyer (25 no) but Waringstown
spinners McCallan (1-22) and Gary Kidd (1-19) never
let them score at the rate they needed to make the
Crucially, Waringstown bowled no wides and their
fielding was excellent. That, along with a better
team spirit, are the differences between their
performances so far this season in comparison with
2008. They have now won four of their five league
matches, although a sustained title challenge is
unlikely with talisman McCallan sure to miss long
periods of the season.