Derriaghy captain Lewis hits a magnificent century to secure win

Action from the Challenge Cup match between Derriaghy and Academy US1915-409PM Pic by Paul Murphy
Action from the Challenge Cup match between Derriaghy and Academy US1915-409PM Pic by Paul Murphy

Derriaghy captain Craig Lewis hit a magnificent 123 not out on Saturday at Queensway against Downpatrick in what many spectators believe was his best ever innings for the club.

Not only did he score over half of his sides total runs – 232 for 9 – but he rescued them from the lowly position of 86 for 7 in a knock that included both power hitting (9 x 6s and 7 x 4s) and controlled defence.

The 8th wicket stand with Adam Jamison, who hit a patient but solid 19 put them back in the match.

There was then another useful partnership with Mark Stinson (18) and finally with Wayne Hughes for an unbroken last wicket stand that saw them use up all their overs, something that looked very unlikely at the half way stage.

At the interval the Downpatrick players looked somewhat shell shocked by Lewis’ heroics and this carried over into their innings as they lost wickets at regular intervals before eventually falling for 130 all out with 12 overs unused.

It was Peter Bell who did the damage with the ball taking 5 for 54 from his 7 overs although he will be disappointed to have conceded 10 wides in this.

Robert Cumins 2 for 6 and M Stinson 2 for 20 also chipped in with wickets as the home side ran out winners by 102 runs.

Full credit must go to Lewis for his century and this win gives Derriaghy their third league victory of the season and a record of 3 from 5.

This weekend sees two cup games at home for the locals. First up on Saturday in the Irish National Cup they have Cork Harlequins as the visitors in a match that starts at 12.30pm.

On Sunday Killyclooney travel down from the North West to play in the first round of the 40 over Ulster Shield competition with play due to get under way at 1pm. Both these cup games will be played in coloured clothing.

All other Derriaghy teams recorded wins at the weekend to make it a clean sweep for the club.

The Third XI maintained their unbeaten league record when they easily disposed of an under strength Ards Second XI by 8 wickets.

Josh Cardosi picked up 3 wickets for 5 runs and there were also 3 run outs as Ards were skittled for 37.

Despite losing 2 men R Mulholland 17 and J McMullan 16 saw them to victory.

The Fourth XI had an impressive 10 wicket win chasing down 134 set by Instonians V. Michael Jones let the way with a solid 84 not out.

The Under 11s also recorded a 10 wicket win against CSNI ‘B’ as they got their league campaign underway on Friday evening.

Ben Kenny was the star of the show here with the ball picking up 5 for 5 including a hat trick, all bowled.

The Under 15s had a much tighter game against Ballymena requiring all but 4 balls of their allotted 20 over to win by 6 wickets.

After restricting their opponents to 83 for 5 Reece Malone and Michael Jones were again among the runs in their victory chase.