Richard Simpson and Robert Rankin in double century stand

Farhan Saced bowling for Woodvale against YMCA Leinster on Saturday
Farhan Saced bowling for Woodvale against YMCA Leinster on Saturday

Cricket historians will be trolling the record books after a remarkable partnership between Lisburn batsmen Robert Rankin and Richard Simpson at The Rectory on Saturday.

The second-wicket pair added 225 undefeated runs as the NCU Premier League side made short work of a revised Glendermott target of 257 in 47 overs.

Both men struck unbeaten centuries, Simpson 103 not out and Rankin, the former Bready batsmen, 128 back in his native north west.

Simpson, the left-handed opener, struck 13 fours and a six and faced just 118 balls.

Rankin was even more aggressive, smashing 17 fours and four sixes with his 128 also coming from 118 balls.

Glendermott, the North West Championship side, must have thought they had an opportunity to reach the second stage when they overcame a catastrophic start to post 267 all out batting first.

David Simpson (4-44) took two wickets in the first over the match and although Darryl Brown and Richard McConkey shared six wickets, Glendermott exploited the lack of depth in the Lisburn attack.

Alan Johnson struck 14 fours and three sixes in a brilliant 95 from just 66 balls but in the end it wasn’t enough.

The one bright spot for the North West came at Eaton Park where Ardmore recorded a battling win over Ballymena.

The home side were dismissed for just 126 with professional Azeem Ghuman making his second successive half-century.

Gary Neely blew away the lower order to finish with five for 12 but then his fellow veteran seamer Michael Glass took three for 20 to make life difficult for Ardmore in their run chase.

Forster Murtizwa (35) and Paul McDowell (21) led the charge but wickets at regular intervals kept Ballymena interested until Neely’s unbeaten 13 got Ardmore over the line.

Eglinton gave a strong account of themselves before losing to one of the competition favourites Pembroke.

The Dubliners had been reduced to 90 for five batting first but Australian Jono Cook struck seven fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 84. His unbroken stand of 87 for the sixth wicket with Danny Hogan (26 no) helped the visitors reach 177 for five in 50 overs.

Eglinton were quickly in trouble in reply, as they slumped to 45 for five with Stuart Thompson gone for a duck and leg-spinner Cook taking five wickets.

Jamie Millar, who struck four fours and two sixes in his 53, and Mark Averill (28) launched a stirring fightback during a 92 run-stand for the sixth wicket.

However, Eglinton lost their last 15 wickets for 16 runs to lose by 24 runs.