Ruhan Pretorius slays Lisburn to put Waringstown in title hunt

Lee Nelson
Lee Nelson

South African professional Ruhan Pretorius smashed a blistering half-century and took three cheap wickets as Waringstown got back into the NCU Premier League title hunt on Friday night.

The villagers beat Lisburn by 83 runs at The Lawn to banish memories of last week’s double defeat by North Down and CSNI.

Lisburn struck early after Waringstown won the toss and batted first, James Hall caught behind for a duck off David Simpson.

But James McCollum and Lee Nelson (28) steadied the innings with the former dismissed immediately after reaching 50 from 45 balls, including six boundaries.

Waringstown were 92 for two in the 14th over and possibly behind the clock but Pretorius took the game away from the visitors with a stunning display of hitting. He struck four fours and five sixes in an unbeaten 64 from just 30 balls.

David Simpson, the Lisburn captain, struck three fours in his 35 from just 34 balls but Pretorius’ three four eight and two wickets from fellow seamer Stuart Kidd soon had them on the back foot.

Hall, with a rare bowl, wrapped up the innings with a hat-trick as Lisburn were all out for 84 off the final ball of the 18th over.

Waringstown host Ballymena on Saturday while Lisburn face a crunch trip to fellow strugglers Carrickfergus. A victory will secure their top flight status.

In Section One Muckamore beat Donacloney to keep their promotion hopes alive. Sam Gordon top scored with 59 and Neil Gill an unbeaten 52 as they posted 175 for five in a 26-over match. Shane Henderson took five wickets as Donacloney were dismissed for 114.

At The Lawn: Waringstown 167-4, (R Pretorius 64 no, J McCollum 50, L Nelson 28). Lisburn 84, 18 overs (D Simpson 35, J Hall 3-6, R Pretorius 3-8, S Kidd 2-19), Waringstown won by 83 runs. Section One: At Moylena: Muckamore 175-5, 26 overs; (S Gordon 59, N Gill 52 no). Donacloney 114 (S Henderson 5-25)