Derriaghy through to last eight of Irish National Cup with win over Cork

Robert Cummins bowling for Derriaghy against Cork Harlequins. US1523-530cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Robert Cummins bowling for Derriaghy against Cork Harlequins. US1523-530cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Derriaghy reached the last 8 of the Irish National Cup on Saturday following their 5 wicket win over Cork Harlequins.

However, the win was not as easy as the score suggests as the home side were in trouble at 88 for 5 as they chased down the 214 required.

It took an unbroken stand of 126 between Andrew Kenny (49 no) and Rob Cumins (70 no) that saw them home with nearly 10 overs to spare.

Earlier the visitors having endured a near five hour journey up made first use of the beautiful Queensway pitch.

They were in early trouble at 18 for 3 and the next 15 overs saw them lose wickets regularly to slump to 90 for 8 - Peter Bell picking up 4 for 34 in his spell.

Rather than just roll over number 7 Zuhir Shah decided to put on a big hitting display clubbing 8 x 6s and 7 x 4s in an innings of 112 which saw his team to 213 all out.

Craig Lewis picked up 3 for 42.

None of the home side top order apart from Kaushik Aphale (43), performed well and at 88 for 5 appeared to be on their way out of the competition.

This was before the Kenny and Cumins partnership seen them home with Cumins striking 7 x 6s in his unbeaten 70.

Derriaghy now face the tough challenge of north Dublin side Rush away in the quarter finals on June 28.

The Queensway men have two home games this weekend with Donaghcloney in the league on Saturday at 12 noon.

On Sunday they play Killyclooney in the Ulster Shield, a game that was postponed from last week following the tragic death of a young ‘Clooney player in a car accident.

The club Second XI suffered a 5 wicket defeat to top side Carrick in the league despite hitting a formidable 171 with D Scott 40 and N Khan 35 being the top scorers.

J Bell 3 for 37 and K Beckett 2 for 29 were the wicket takers as the home side got home with 3 overs to spare.

Meanwhile the Third XI recorded a 45 league win over Carrick in midweek hitting 154 for 3.

J Bell 62 and R Malone 30 not out were the main contributors with the bat while the wickets were shared around as the visitors finished on 109 for 7.

The Thirds had less luck in the cup on Saturday going down by 6 wickets at Muckamore.

Only John Close with 30 made any impression with the bat as they were skittled for 76.

In youth games the Under 11s progressed to the next round of the Quoile cup with a nail biting win over CIYMS.

With the scores level going into the final delivery the CI batsman attempted a run but failed to make his ground, being run out, thus giving Derriaghy victory by virtue of losing fewer wickets.

Ben Kenny 21no and Ben White 17 had earlier laid the foundation for their sides 63 for 3 total.

The Under 13s recorded a much easier 10 wicket win in the Banogue cup over Ballymena and now face neighbours Lisburn in the quarter finals. The Under 15s also had a win by 17 runs in the league over CSNI.