Adam Dennison will open the batting for Waringstown against North Down at The Lawn – but he won’t be human if his thoughts don’t stray to events at Windsor Park.
Adam’s first cousin Gary Hamilton will be trying to secure the Irish Cup for Glenavon for the first time in 17 years, and indeed 17 years to the day since Adam was born.
Glenavon beat Cliftonville 1-0 on Saturday, May 3, 1997, the same day Adam was born to Jane and David Dennison, the former Glenavon footballer and Waringstown cricketer.
David managed to watched the 1997 final from the maternity ward at Craigavon Hospital but Adam will have settle for the highlights on TV tomorrow night as Waringstown prepare to take on their great rivals,
Like Waringstown captain Lee Nelson, Adam has followed Glenavon avidly all season, but his focus will be on facing the likes of James Cameron-Dow and PJ Muir on Saturday.
“It’s disappointing to miss the final, especially having been to the quarter-final and the semi-final, but North Down is a massive game for us as well, the games you really want to play in as a cricketer,” said Adam. “I hadn’t missed many Glenavon games until we started playing cricket on Saturdays a few weeks ago.
“It’s amazing to think that Glenavon haven’t won the cup since the day I was born. I can imagine that my dad was more interested in the football that day than me being born.”
Adam is one of the NCU’s rising young stars. He fully established himself into the Waringstown team three quarters of the way through last season and settled into an opener’s role alongside James Hall.
“I was playing in the seconds and Waringstown were going through a bit of a bad patch wit the bat,” Adam said. “They had been losing three or four early wickets and although I hadn’t been making as many runs as I would have liked on the seconds, Kyle (McCallan) gave me the chance to open. I did quite well in three or four games, getting a few scores and this year I want to go on and start making 70s, 80s and 100s.”
Adam’s success included a fine innings in a win over North Down at The Lawn, but the Comber men’s attack will be different this time with Taimur Khan, PJ Muir and Gavin McKenna all expected to play.
“Myself and James have developed a good partnership, he is a more attacking batsman than me, I find it easy to get him on strike and let him do some early hitting,” Adam added.
“North Down have a good attack, James Cameron-Dow is a good spinner, he is very economical and gives it a big tweak.”
Saturday’s other games see Instonians, stunned by an opening day defeat to CSNI, host CIYMS at Shaw’s Bridge. Civil Service North meanwhile hand a debut to Shane Getkate, the all-rounder, against Muckamore at Moylena. Christopher McMorran misses out as he has returned to university in England. The other game sees Ballymena, still without Indian professional Yogesh Takawale, host Lisburn at Eaton Park with both teams searching for a first win of the season. All games start at 1pm.