CRICKET: Tommy Stewart fires Saints past Drumaness

North Down's Peter Eakin
North Down's Peter Eakin

Quarter-final stage in the Goldblatt McGuigan Junior Cup and in the battle of the villages it was Saintfield who took the honours against Drumaness with an eight wicket triumph. Innings of the game was played by Saintfield’s Tommy Stewart with 59 not out.

The cup holders North Down seconds blew away Cregagh with a 247 run margin. Batting first the Comber side racked up an astonishing 308-6, thanks largely to a century from Peter Eakin and Danny Graham chipped in with 51.

I was able to take in the closing stage of the other two games and between them there was over 1000 runs scored. At the Factory Ground, Academy’s Andre Halbert remarkable season continues unabated as he scored 148, backed up by 76 from Mitchell Atkins.

Donaghcloney were never really at the races in this one despite 40 from Gary Knox, it was that wily campaigner Davy Greenlees who proved their downfall with 4-41

Over at Banford Green, Millpark staged something of a recovery batting first with Johnny Breen hitting an unbeaten 50 and Stuart McCart 49 in a total of 235. Richard McConkey took 4-39 for Lisburn.

In the end Lisburn had a relatively easy passage thanks to 11 fours and 3 sixes in his knock of 88 from Ricky Finlay, backed up by Mark Berry (65) and Glenn Halliday (55).