Champions inflict heavy defeat on Derriaghy CC

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Derriaghy hosted current Premier league champions Waringstown on Saturday and came out a distant second best, losing by 175 runs.

The visitors made first use of a batting friendly pitch but got off to a poor start losing Dennison to the second ball bowled by Craig Lewis, Rob Cumins taking the catch.

Unfortunately for Lewis and his team this was to be their highlight of the day as the men from the Lawn amassed a total of 315 for 6. G Thompson 95, J Hall 57 and L Nelson 54 being the main contributors.

Wayne Hughes with 3 for 86 was the most successful of the home bowlers.

In reply the Derriaghy batsmen struggled against the accurate seam attack of Eagleson and Mitchell and could only muster 140 before the final wicket fell.

Andy Kenny tried in vain to hold the innings together but he eventually fell for a splendid 42.

The Thirds meanwhile virtually ensured promotion from Junior league 5 with their ninth win on Saturday against Cooke Collegians.

With two games remaining it would appear that one more win will see them match the Second XI and go up as league champions. At Shaws Bridge at the weekend the Thirds made a very respectable 213 for 7 in their 30 overs.

A solid 51 from Ross Mulholland and 30 from Michael Jones saw them off to a great start followed by 32 from Jonny Lynch. After a few wickets went cheaply it was skipper Michael Fell (56 not out) who gave the innings a final impetuous with a 28 ball fifty which included 10 fours.

It was Jonny Lynch picked up 3 wickets in his second over and this swung the game back in favour of the Derriaghy side, and the home side closed on 182.

Meanwhile the club’s youth teams have been enjoying recent success. The Under 11 side beat Lisburn by 7 wickets in Wallace Park last week.

The home side batted first and were restricted to 48 with Jonny Scott claiming a hat-trick in his 3 for 9. Alex Stevenson, Callum Smith, Bailey Hanna, Stewart Lyness and also picked up a wicket. Smith (14 not out) and Zack Stevenson (12) then reached double figures in their successful run chase.

The Under 15s recorded a win over CIYMS. Reece Malone, before he departed to play for Ireland U15s in 4 games against Scotland in Cork, hit a splendid 52 including 8 boundaries before having to retire. Rory Brown and Jack Harte also had decent knocks as Derriaghy totalled 118 for 5. CIYMS were not able to get close to the required total as Jamie White picked up 2 early wickets.

Michael Wilson then took the bowling honours being the second club player to record a hat-trick in the week finishing with fine figures of 4 for 11.

The Colts (Under 17) team reached the semi final of their knock out competition with a splendid 15 run win over Instonians on Monday. Sam Cardosi (41) and Connor Monteith (35) were the main contributors to their total of 122 for 6. It was then the turn of the bowlers who done well to restrict the visitors to 107 for 5.

Derriaghy now travel to Carrick on (Friday 12th) for their semi final and all support will be most welcome.