Waringstown barely break sweat at Lawn

Simmi Sing batting for YMCA and Jamie Gibson wicket kepper for Woodvale on Saturday
Simmi Sing batting for YMCA and Jamie Gibson wicket kepper for Woodvale on Saturday

The 2011 Irish Cup winners Waringstown are through to the second round after belatedly taking the field for the first time this season on Saturday.

The villagers saw their opening two fixtures wiped out by the weather, a fate that also befell their rearranged match with Carrickfergus at Middle Road on Sunday.

Their rustiness showed at times during the field against St Johnston at The Lawn, with the North West side showing commendable fighting qualities after being put into bat on a pitch with more than a tinge of green.

Ruhan Pretorious and Phil Eaglestone, the new-ball pair, probably didn’t make Ardmore play enough early on and it was left to third seamer James McCollum to finally break through in the game’s 14th over.

Ardmore were dismissed for just 64 in their opening league match against Bready and when Kyle McCallan struck twice in his first over to reduce the visitors to 44 for three, they may have feared the worst.

Kevin Martin, the player-coach who joined from North West champions Strabane over the winter, dropped anchor thereafter and ensured there was no repeat. It was a policy never likely to give them a chance of winning the match - he made an unbeaten 28 from 89 balls - but the left-hander shepherded the middle and lower order and helped Ardmore towards what looked like a total of around 140.

However, their last four wickets fell for six runs to leave them 119 all out. McCallan finished with three wickets and conceded just six runs in 10 overs, six of which were maidens.

Any misgivings about the pitch were soon dispelled by Waringstown’s openers, James Hall and McCollum. They were initially quite circumspect but before long Hall in particular was batting with a typical flourish.

He whipped one maximum off his legs and over mid-wicket before a trademark straight six flew over the sight-screens. McCollum brought up the century stand with a sweetly-struck four over the top and the formalities were completed from the third ball of the 16th over.

Hall had struck 67 from just 52 balls, including eight fours and a six with McCollum’s 36 coming from 51 balls and including six fours.

Two of the NCU’s other likely Irish Cup contenders, CIYMS and Instonians, will have to wait before starting their campaigns.

Shaw’s Bridge was almost under water after a heavy deluge struck Belfast on Friday and the postponement was inevitable.

CI’s opponents Merrion did travel north to Belmont on Saturday. The home side’s players and officials were keen for the match to go ahead and there were repeated inspections up until 3pm.

In the end a wet area in the run-ups did not improve sufficiently for the match to start.

Both games have been rearranged for Saturday, May 23, and the NCU clubs must now travel to Dublin.