Waringstown ensured the NCU avoided complete Irish Cup humiliation as they overcame a poor batting display to beat Dubliners Terenure at The Lawn on Sunday night.
The villagers are one of just two NCU teams in the second round, with Instonians, Civil Service North and Lurgan joining the casualty list.
Instonians were victims of the weather, with rain ensuring their tie with Railway Union at Shaw’s Bridge finished in a bowl-out lottery. Kevin O’Brien was one of two Railway players to hit the stumps as Inst crashed out 2-0.
At one stage it looked like Waringstown could be joining them as they inexplicably collapsed to 178 all out batting first in little more than 40 overs. Shaheen Khan, the South African professional, struck five fours and a six as he top scored with 49 from just 45 balls.
Khan‘s 52-run partnership with Greg Thompson (23) looked to have dragged Waringstown out of trouble at 81 for five, but Thompson’s dismissal sparked another collapse.
Their last five wickets realised just 45 runs with Stephen Moreton taking four for 30.
Rain was in the air and initially a shortened game would have made things even easier for Terenure. However, the outstanding Khan struck two early blows, with Lee Nelson catching Moreton at mid-off and Jonathan Bushe diving to take Ted Williamson.
With the dangerous Conor Kelly seeing a slog sweep off Gary Kidd flying straight into Andrew Mitchell’s hands at deep mid-wicket and Corie Dickeson the victim of an incredible catch by Khan at mid-on, much hinged on Dave Langford-Smith, the big-hitting former Ireland international.
However, as he attempted a big hit down the ground off Thompson, James McCollum took a fine low catch at long-off.
Umar Jehangir struck three fours and two sixes, but he was last to go for 37, giving Kidd his fourth victim.
Waringstown host Railway Union in the next round.