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Waringstown's thrilling victory in the Gallagher's Challenge Cup over CSNI yesterday served up a terrific run feast for those to savour in attendance, although I couldn't make the final myself, I followed this epic duel live, via ball by ball online commentary.
Young Ellison outstanding for CSNI, only bettered by a brilliant match winning innings from his counterpart young A. Dennison of Waringstown, emulating his dad's terrific 137 opening innings in the 1983 final against fellow derby opponents Lurgan C.C.
Some already opine this current talented pool of Waringstown cricketers are the finest on view for many decades, well personally I'd say that's very much open to conjecture, though there's no doubting, they're a powerful side with proven match winners throughout their squad and already their ornate
trophy cabinet is progressively filling, further substantiating the case.
Anyways, good luck lads in the semi final of the Irish cup and for the rest of the season, and since its been raining all day and I've time on my hands, looking back, here's my pick of the many epic senior cup finals Waringstown C.C. have been involved in down through their illustrious past and mostly winning them all...
(the following a resume' from 'History of NCU Challenge Cup 1887-2011')
1979 Snow-Covered Final
The '79 final a repeat of the previous year, Waringstown the holders
but Woodvale more experienced this year and had the added strength
of 32 yr old Uday Joshi.
It went all the way down to the wire, Woodvale needed 3 runs from last
over with two wkts remaining for victory, as tension mounted,
enter skipper Roy Harrison, there could no other person to bowl the last over..
First ball a scrambled single, next no run, third a runout, fourth
ball and 30 yards away, Roy Harrison focused like a lion about to
attack its prey, field set, reset, reset again, ground virtually silent
as 'Snowy' runs in delivers straight and true, last batsman swings
vigorously and misses, and mighty Waringstown lift the cup again
Yes Sir, this current crop of Waringstown players are superb, but the
best ever, I'm not so sure??
I was invited to Waringstown's Legends Celebration at the clubhouse last Friday night and it was a great party packed with nostalgia as many Waringstown celebs past and present were there. Wee Roy spoke about that famous last over in 1979 and he said I had to bowl and over the years I wondered why I was chosen? Ianny Harrison chirped in quickly "Because you were the Captain and nobody was asked!"
The gathering were in stitches, including Wee Snowy!
I was at the final for a while, I met Caleb there, he was scoring.
Taverners won in the last over.
I'm guessing there has been possibly a venue mix up here?
Caleb explained it was at Dungannon.
I'm just back home from the border league final, it was played at Dungannon Pk, Portadown won in the final over chasing 106, if
was a great game?
Caleb, that explained it!
What happened with the Border League final?
There was nobody there!
Clarence - home page pics,
Should have knew Stormont & Cambell College but its been a long time since I've played there so happy at least to get two of the feature pics correct.
And while I'm here, just a quick note to let you know that your kind donation of cricket books are proving very popular with members at our club.
Last week I overheard some of our lads chatting about the days of timeless cricket, dependence on train travel, both for players & supporters and ofcourse above all, the outstanding players and their achievements on the field for their clubs down through the generations, some exceptional talent back then and what dedication, few cars around never mind mobile phones in those days!
ps. On a personal level, you have renewed my interest in the fascinating, though sadly tragic story of the Titantic, the worst maritime disaster outside war ever to occur ...
Tommie Andrews, a pioneer and a local Comber man who never forgot his roots, what a gallant hero and brilliant man he was, as you so eloquently put it.. ' A true son of the soil '
Thanks Caleb. Will be at the Border League final later.
Just a couple of club visits to complete the NCU round-up this season. Hope to see you at Victoria again later.
Home page images are;
Dundrum, Stormont, Campbell College, and Mallusk
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced a Women's squad to play the North West Women, in a 50 over fixture, on Saturday 28th July (Noon Start), at Bready Cricket Club. The game has been rearranged after last weeks postponement due to the weather.
NCU Women's Squad
Hannah Grieve (Lurgan) Captain
Laura Campbell (North Down)
Alison Cowan (CSNI) Wicket Keeper
Sandi Harrison (North Down)
Amy Hunter (Instonians)
Lois Lyttle (Donaghcloney Mill)
Susie McCollum (Lurgan)
Molly Mathers (Donaghcloney Mill)
Staci Maxwell (North Down)
Suzi Morrison (Muckamore)
Cara Murray (Waringstown)
Sam Todd (Lurgan)
Belfast jewellers, Gardiner Brothers, are continuing their association with the Northern Cricket Union as new sponsors of the NCU Women’s senior leagues. The Premier league will be known as the NCU Gardiner Brothers Women’s Premier League.
Emerging Knights Fixtures in Dublin
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) has announced an Emerging Knights squad to play two, 50 over fixtures, on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd July (10:45am), against Leinster Lightning Bolts, at North County and Pembroke Cricket Clubs, respectively.
Emerging Knights Squad
Uel Graham, NCU Cricket Operations and Administration Manager, said, 'It is worth noting that these fixtures are going ahead when there are Clear Currency Irish Cup Quarter finals featuring CSNI and Waringstown, and a Robinson Services Premier League game involving Instonians and Armagh, which impacted on player availability. It is also a busy week of NCU activity when both the Under 11's and Under 14's are at the West Cricket Festival in Taunton, and the Under 16's are playing Jersey Under 15's as part of their preparation for the Under 16 Festival in August'.
Hi Ed I am very surprised you did not pull me up on the date of the 2 T20 Cup Final matches being this coming Sunday, an error on my behalf it should have been for the 29th July
Well done to Templepatrick on their T20 win over BISC on Thursday night. I will leave the tipping alone this week in the NCU Prem after my nightmare last week but my predictions stand in the rearanged Irish and National Cup matches from last week
Anyone fancy game at Millpark this Sunday 25 overs playing a young Indian touring team run by Mansing Nigade former Donaghcloney all rounder contact Jeff 02843751442 /07730334479 maybe Alan Chambers fancy game ?
Caleb, you know how competitive our matches are, you played last time. It was tense right to the final ball, and everyone enjoyed it.
Isn't a good game of cricket the priority regardless of standard or venue for the event?
Makes you wonder if 'grass roots' cricket is a misunderstood term, and is mistakenly applied to youth cricket at the expense of lower league cricket and mixed abilities friendly matches...Al
Border league final confirmed
Dungannon V Portadown Taverners
25th July at 6:30....
Kudos Alan for keeping these games going, a few guys that play with us on Saturday also play in the boarder league tournament and tell me of its competitive standard and how it's always played in fine spirit and who knows, perhaps a new team may emerge next season for Saturday cricket or maybe in may spark enough interest for some recently folded clubs to reform and similarly enter the NCU leagues?
At present there are 33 teams between Premier and section 2, divided accordingly 8, 10, 15, the latter only play each other during the course of the season, but with the addition of one more side, then for 2019, it may be more practical and satisfactory to reestablish the old section 3 again, e.g. 8, 10, 8, 8, or 8, 8, 9, 9, whatever formula as both = 34 teams.
This way means that all sides play each other home and away as is traditional which in my humble opinion, equates to a more harmonious and fairer opportunity as each team is able to reflect their overall ability twice against the same opposition over the course of the season?
We're still waiting on confirmation but the details should be.
Border league final between Dungannon and Taverners will be at Dungannon park on 25th July at 6:30....