Holders crash to heavy group stage defeat in Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup

Gary Kidd scored with the bat
Gary Kidd scored with the bat

As far as competitive matches go, it has not been a good week for the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup.

After three one-sided group matches on Tuesday, Waringstown made it a full house by thrashing the cup holders Civil Service North by 81 runs at The Lawn on Thursday night.

CSNI were down to the bare bones, with Jason van der Merwe, Allen Coulter, John Costain and Regan West out through a mixture of injury, illness and unavailability.

Their bowling attack was virtually a second string but led by the veteran off-spinner Colin Andrews, for long periods the visitors had designs on keeping Waringstown to a manageable total.

Andrews (2-16) plays mainly second eleven cricket these days but he had James Hall stumped and then professional Ruhan Pretorious bowled first ball in the fifth over.

The villagers were looking rusty and when Greg Thompson was held on the long-on boundary and captain Lee Nelson followed for 39 from 36 balls, the home side were struggling on 77 for four.

Kyle McCallan, Jonathan Bushe and Phil Eaglestone were all rested and with James McCollum at university, this was an experimental Waringstown side.

David Dawson, started their recovery, striking two maximums in a Jordan Wilson over, before taking professional Mansoor Amjad for the shot of the night, a beautifully lofted maximum over deep mid-wicket.

He slammed 24 from just 13 balls but when he, Adam Dennison and Andrew Mitchell fell in quick succession it was 115 for seven.

That they eventually posted 157 for eight, after plundering 51 of the last five overs, was almost exclusively down to Gary Kidd. The left-arm spinner is becoming an increasingly competent batsman and he struck two sixes in the final over to finish unbeaten on 27 from just 12 balls.

CSNI’s reply got off to a disastrous start, James Mitchell removing Charlie Beverland and then Pretorious taking two wickets in two balls, including the prize scalp of Shane Getkate first ball.

It was 21 for five by the fifth over and at that stage it was already a case of damage limitation for Mansoor. He unleashed some eye-catching strokes before eventually holing out off Thompson for 36.

Waringstown 157-8 (L Nelson 39, G Kidd 27 no, D Dawson 24, C Andrews 2-16, A Hodgkins 3-21). Civil Service North 76 (Mansoor 36, G Thompson 3-6, R Pretorious 3-11, G Kidd 2-6), Waringstown won by 81 runs.

The interprovincial between Leinster Lightning and North West Warriors finished in a draw after the third day’s play was washed out at Clontarf on Thursday.