IRISH CUP PROGRESS

Sunday 14th May 2017

IRISH CUP PROGRESS

FOX LODGE AND THE IRISH CUP

Since the first year of the Irish Cup competition in 1982, North Down and Fox Lodge have fought out on 4 occasions.

The notorious Bowl Out took place at Ballymagorry in 1986 and was recorded thus:-

Drawn away to Fox Lodge at Ballymagorry near Strabane was not the ideal draw and in very overcast conditions the match started well for North Down with Kevin Copeland picking up an lbw decision and Robin Haire claiming two other wicked to put the home side ‘on the back foot’ at 36 for 3. A partnership of 70 between R McBride and W Heywood looked menacing when the rain began in earnest.  There was no chance of further play and the dreaded ‘bowl out’ came into operation. Copeland, Ken Boucher and Garston Mowat put the visitors 3 up with 6 to go and one would have thought it over.  Fox Lodge struck with their 6th 9th and 10th ball to equalise but big John Gilliland struck with the visitors 10th to put North Down 4-3 up.A great way to win.  A long journey to lose

  John Gilliland strikes with the final delivery

 In 2006 North Down started this game against newly promoted North West side Fox Lodge as clear favourites and stamped their authority on the game from the outset. A typically aggressive opening partnership from Ryan Haire (88) and Neil Russell (42) realised 95 before Russell departed, Robinson taking the first of his two wickets and finishing with the best bowling figures of 2 for 32 off 10. Impressive in light of the 315 for 3 total. David Kennedy (114*) continued his dream season with another impressive century, unbeaten on 114 and supported by Ralph Coetzee who retired with a wrist injury on 38. The damage had been done and Fox Lodge faced a daunting task after tea. The 44 run opening partnership would normally ensure a good start but in the context of the game it was short of the requirement and when a second wicket fell without any addition to the total, the writing was on the wall.  Only Milligan (56) produced a ‘fifty’ and he fell victim to Andrew Haire whose 4 overs brought 3 wickets given the rare opportunity to bowl this season. Marty Dalzell took 2 for 27 and Marty Moreland 2 for 40 and the game soon became a formality for the home side as Fox Lodge totalled 139 and well beaten.

David Kennedy.- one of the best

 In 2012, again at The Green the visitors 142 was never going to be enough. Fox Lodge 142 (44.3 overs, M Moreland 3-21) North Down 143-3 (23.2 overs, A Sutherland 40*, R Haire 40, N Russell 35)

2017 saw the Comber side visit Ballymagorry and similar to 5 years earlier, the home side could only muster 139 with Peter Davison 4 for 47, Carl Robinson 3 for 29 and Stuart Nelson 2 for 2 doing the damage. Ruan Pretorious scored 52 not out and was supported with 46 from in form Ali Shields and Daniel Graham 31.

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