Sunday 20 October 2019

Collins puts Railway on right track

There were three centuries in the first round of the RSA Senior Cup, with Pat Collins of Railway Union leading the way with an undefeated 120.

The new Leinster Lightning cap lit up the game at Kenure as Railway eased past Rush's total of 213 to win by six wickets with more than 12 overs to spare.

Collins batted through the innings, facing 150 balls and hitting 16 fours and dominating a first wicket stand of 80 with Dharmendra Singh (16). Just for good measure he also took four wickets.

Ireland U-19 international Adam Coughlan led North County to back-to-back victories over Leinster with 110 in the Milverton side's 303 for eight. Coughlan hit 13 fours and a six as well as taking two wickets to ensure that international John Mooney was not missed.

Former Ireland international Nazeer Shoukat was the other centurion and ensured a quarter-final tie for The Hills who beat Balbriggan by 93 runs. Shoukat shared a fifth wicket stand of 203 with Darryl Calder, who finished 85 not out in the Hills' 299 for nine

Meanwhile, Alastair Cook closed in on a 25th test century after deciding not to enforce the follow-on as England built a big lead in the second and final test against New Zealand.

England were 180 ahead after the first innings and increased that to 296 in progressing to 116 for one at the close of the third day at Headingley. Cook was unbeaten on 88.

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