St Johnston’s Irish Cup adventure is fast turning into a fairy-tale.
The North West Championship club might have anticipated a short stay in this year’s competition when the first-round draw was made but Sunday’s stunning and unexpected triumph over Strabane means they are mixing it with the big boys in the last eight.
The Co Donegal outfit caused one of the shocks of the first round by beating the NCU’s Civil Service North by 130 runs at The Boathole.
Sceptics might have attributed that result to the absence of Nigel Jones and the element of surprise but Strabane, who went into the game having lost just once all season, were emphatically beaten by 50 runs.
Jassi Wallia, who top scored in that first-round win over CSNI, was at it again, making 56 in a fine total of 220 all out. Ryan Gallagher claimed three for 37 for Strabane.
Strabane’s reply got off to a good enough start as Matthew Bentley made 42 but as wickets clattered only Johnny Robinson (46) offered much resistance as they were dismissed for 170.
Rammohan Goud was the pick of the Saints attack with three for 47 while Wallia claimed two for nine as Strabane were out in the 35th over.