Thursday 22 March 2018

Strydom shines as YMCA see off Lisburn

cricket Ian Callender

YMCA and Railway Union booked their places in the second round of the RSA Senior Cup next Saturday with comfortable wins against NCU opposition.

The Claremont Road side thrashed Lisburn by nine wickets, reaching their target of 179 in the 30th over. Reinhardt Strydom hit a run-a-ball 93, including 13 fours and two sixes and shared an unbroken stand of 129 with young Jack Tector, after Jeremy Bray had gone for just seven.

Railway Union, chasing just 112 to beat Downpatrick, brought up the 50 in the eighth over but they had already lost three wickets and two more in the space of four balls left them in a spot of bother. But an unbroken 49-run stand for the sixth wicket between Josh Uddin and Abu Baker saw them home without further loss.

Cork County exited the cup at the first hurdle on Saturday, losing to Carrickfergus at the Mardkye by 121 runs, while Andre Botha single-handedly beat Phoenix as Clontarf won their delayed RSA Senior Cup tie by 168 runs at Castle Avenue.

The former Ireland international hit 166 – one more than Phoenix's total – as Clontarf piled up 333 for seven. He scored 15 boundaries in his 112-ball century but then really powered on, scoring his remaining runs off just 39 balls with 11 more fours.

Phoenix, who must try to pick up the pieces in their league game at North County today, were never in the hunt after slumping to 32 for four and 76 for seven but Conor Kelly, with an unbeaten 94 from 90 balls (7 fours and three sixes), brought some respectability to the visitors' total.

There is a full programme of Division 1 and 2 league fixtures today with The Hills expected to retain the only unbeaten record in the top flight against bottom of the table Leinster at Rathmines.

Elsewhere, England fell 86 runs short in the chase of 359 for three, at the Ageas Bowl and have lost the Series to New Zealand. Despite centurion Jonathan Trott's best efforts to make up for dropping Martin Guptill on 13, England's batsmen had no answer to the Kiwi opener's 189 not out and could muster only 273 all out in reply.

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