Glendermott crash out along with Downpatrick

Ian McGregor keeps his eye on the ball.
Ian McGregor keeps his eye on the ball.

Glendermott and Downpatrick exited the RSA Irish Cup last night on a rain-ravaged day of cricket.

The North West Championship club produced a sterling display as they went down to a five-wicket defeat to 2012 winners The Hills at The Rectory.

Downpatrick, the NCU Section One side, were denied the chance to upset highly fancied Dublin YMCA in a conventional match. Rain ensured the game was abandoned with a bowl-out won 3-0 by the Dubliners.

Batting first in the only game of the day in league and cup to survive the weather in the North West, Glendermott got off to a fine start as Roy Silva, the Sri Lankan professional, set about The Hills attack in typically aggressive fashion.

Silva struck five fours and three sixes but just as the visitors might have been growing concerned, he was clean bowled by Luke Clinton for 46 from just 36 balls.

With Bob Robinson, who made a half-century in the washed out match between the games last weekend, following to the same bowler for just a single, the momentum shifted decisively towards the visitors.

Glendermott didn’t just lie down though. Alan Johnson played a useful cameo before Trevor McDermott and Charlie Elder combined in a 39-run stand for the seventh wicket. McDermott hit three fours and a six in 31 from 42 balls but his departure saw Glendermott lose their last four wickets for just 16 runs to be all out for 163.

Clinton was the pick of The Hills attack with three for 25 while there were two wickets apiece for Ireland bowler Max Sorensen and Tomas Murphy.

Glendermott’s bowler briefly gave the visitors something to worry about as Stuart Cochrane removed Nicolaas Pretorious for a single and Silva removed Mike Baumgart.

However, a 73-run stand for the fourth wicket between Conor McLoughlin (58 and Jonathan Andrews (34) effectively ended Glendermott’s hopes before Gordon Montgomery (2-25) removed both.

The Hills reached a Duckworth-Lewis adjusted target of 154 with more than 10 overs to spare.

All four matches in the Longs Supervalu North West Premiership were washed out. No play at all was possible between Eglinton and Donemana and Coleraine against Fox Lodge, which were both called off early.

Bready and Ardmore followed but at least there was some cricket at Beechgrove between Brigade and Strabane.

Brigade were struggling on 72 for four after 25 overs when the teams finally had to give up hope of achieving a result. The visitors’ bowlers were largely on top with Mark Snodgrass, playing against his former club, removing Ian McGregor and Adam McDaid.

Yesterday’s Danske Bank North West Senior Cup quarter-final draw produced an exciting tie between Strabane and Donemana at Strabane Park. Last year’s beaten finalists Brigade will host Fox Lodge and favourites Coleraine are at home to Glendermott.

Draw: Strabane v Donemana. Creevedonnell v Bready. Brigade v Fox Lodge. Coleraine v Glendermott.

The National Cup replays were also ruined by the weather with bowl-outs all too common.