Thursday 18 January 2018

North County fall at first hurdle as Ardmore spring surprise

A great performance from Adrian D'Arcy saw Clontarf home by three wickets (stock image)
A great performance from Adrian D'Arcy saw Clontarf home by three wickets (stock image)

Ian Callender

NORTH COUNTY crashed out of the RSA Irish Senior Cup in a shock 11-run defeat to Ardmore on a day which also saw the exit of Leinster and Terenure at the first hurdle.

County, the five-time winners of the competition, were bowled out for 128 in a rain-affected game.

The Balrothery side probably thought they had done the hard bit when they dismissed their opponents for 143 inside 41 overs, but after a rain delay between the innings, they lost their first six wickets for 38, including skipper John Mooney for nine and Eddie Richardson for six.

A partnership of 46 between Terry Richardson (34) and Nathan Rooney (23 not out) put North County back on track but Lee Brolly broke the partnership and two quick wickets from Andrew Riddles left the visitors short and out.

Merrion, beaten finalists for the last two years, enjoyed an easy win over Muckamore. The home team made 208-5 from 30 overs and finished with the NCU side needing 128 off 15 overs, but despite reaching 68-3, they were out for 84.

Railway Union claimed the big scalp of NCU joint champions Instonians, thanks to a bowl-out in Belfast. Andrew White scored 40 for the home side in the 19 overs of play possible before a cloudburst hit the ground and Railway prevailed 2-0 in the bowl-out.

Leinster were dismissed for 85 at Rathmines by Fox Lodge, who eased to victory by nine wickets, while Terenure were in with a chance at halfway in their game at the Lawn, after bowling out Waringstown for 178, Stephen Moreton and Ken Brennan sharing seven of the wickets.

But the formidable Waringstown spin attack, led by former Ireland captain Kyle McCallan, took eight wickets and Terenure were dismissed for 104 in the 37th over.

Only one Division 1 league game beat the weather on Saturday, with North County moving into third place after beating Pembroke by four wickets, Tim Affleck following up his five for 31 with 60 in their successful chase of 156.

Clontarf were just three overs short of beating defending champions The Hills but here the rain had the final say with Bill Coghlan 49 not out.

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