Friday 24 March 2017

Cricket: Phoenix soar to success as Railway crash out

Phoenix are the last Dublin club standing in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup after both of last year's finalists along with 2009 winners Leinster crashed out in Saturday's quarter-finals.

There was disappointing news for Phoenix when they were drawn away to Instonians in the semi-finals, hardly the reward for knocking out holders Merrion.

An innings of 83 from 36 balls by former Ireland international bowler Dave Langford-Smith hurtled Phoenix to 269-8 and with former Ireland opening batsman Jeremy Bray then taking three wickets, Merrion fell 64 runs short.

Instonians ended Railway Union's hopes of going one better than last year with a seven-wicket win in Belfast.

Railway, already without Kenny Carroll, again had to make do without the bowling of Ireland vice-captain Trent Johnston and the hopes that Kevin O'Brien's all-round talent would be available were dashed when he was given permission to stay in Bristol and play in yesterday's Twenty20 game for Gloucestershire against Sussex.

It proved a bridge too far, with Johnston's 80 over three times more than any of his team-mates managed. Ireland all-rounder Andrew White then replied with an unbeaten 73 to help Instonians to victory with 12 overs to spare.

Leinster managed to dismiss Waringstown's professional Obus Pienaar for 35 but the damage had already been done by an opening partnership of 143 between James Hall and Andrew Cousins and, despite a dominant start, Leinster collapsed from 82-0 to 154 all out and defeat by 118 runs.

In the other semi, Waringstown will be away to Brigade, who beat Pembroke by six wickets, passing the Sandymount side's 196 in the 45th over.

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