Strydom injury blow fails to halt YMCa
REINHARDT Strydom, the in-form YMCA all-rounder, requires surgery on his hand and is likely to be out of action for the rest of the month.
The 35-year-old Ireland international was injured when fielding a ball during YM's RSA Irish Cup victory over Pembroke and immediately went for an X-ray. He is definitely out of next Saturday's Senior Cup tie at North County, but he has a chance of playing in the next round of the Irish Cup on July 7.
Captain Albert van der Merwe replaced Strydom at the top of the order as YM set out in pursuit of Pembroke's 234-8 and duly put on 129 for the first wicket with former Ireland captain Alan Lewis (61).
Van der Merwe batted for 47 overs, scoring 78 to take his side to within eight runs of victory, which they completed with 11 balls to spare. They did, however, have a lot of help from Pembroke, who bowled 30 wides, thus rendering Theo Lawson's 102 a losing effort.
Leinster clubs will have five teams in Friday's quarter-final draw – but only just. Holders The Hills beat NCU champions CIYMS by one wicket at The Vineyard, winning by running a wide, despite chasing just 127.
A fourth-wicket stand of 125 between John Anderson (77) and Dom Joyce (65) was the basis of Merrion's 250 all out against North Down and it proved 23 runs good enough, despite 96 by Nick Larkin.
North County were the quickest winners of the day after bowling out Railway Union for 74. Pat Collins was again top scorer, but John Mooney dismissed him for 21, one of five wickets for the Ireland international and the Balrothery side won by eight wickets.
Clontarf won by the same margin, a second successive cup win over Phoenix easing them through.
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