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HALL THE DIFFERENCE
Tuesday 25th July 2017
A brilliant James Hall (Pictured) century thrilled the crowd at a packed Lawn last Sunday as Waringstown picked up the first hardware of the season when winning the LVS T20 Cup. With the good weather, good wicket and the great crowd, plenty of top drawer cricket was witnessed from the precursor game between Woodvale and triumphant Armagh to the Premier teams the hosts and North Down.
T20 Runners Up 2017
Back: A Frater (Scorer), C Robinson, P Davison, D Graham, N Russell, P Eakin, C Yelverton (Coach), D Irvine (Manager)
Front: R Pretorius, J Hunter, S Nelson, M Moreland, A Shields (T20 Capt), N Burns, T Carson (12th Man)
Ian Callender summed up the game in his Belfast Telegraph report thus:
Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
25 July 2017
WARINGSTOWN retained the Lagan Valley Steels Twenty20 Cup after James Hall treated the bumper crowd at The Lawn with an unbeaten century which the power hitters of North Down could not match.
It was always game on while Ruan Pretorius, who had scored a 53-ball century in the semi-final, was in the middle and even after the South African professional’s dismissal for 59, Neil Russell and Peter Davison threatened to keep the Comber side in the high-scoring contest to the final over.
But a victory target of 195 and a run rate of 14 runs an over for the last four proved too much as the accuracy of Gary Kidd, the perseverance of Kyle McCallan and the wicket-taking ability of Shaheen Khan eased Waringstown to a 26 runs success.
The win also sends them into All-Ireland finals day as the NCU representatives on August 20 and, as nominated hosts, they will have the other provincial T20 winners Bready, Cork County and Clontarf as their visitors. By then they could also be in the Irish Cup final and as current joint leaders of the Gardiner Bros Premier League it’s a season which is gathering momentum for Waringstown at the perfect time.
Yesterday’s action was T20 cricket at its best on a pitch which while not perfect because there was so much rain in the last few days, produced 362 runs and offered some turn.
Hall played the perfect innings, bringing up his first 50 in 34 balls with two fours and three sixes and then accelerated through his second 50 in just 19 balls with another six boundaries, every one of them clearing the rope.
Shaheen’s strike rate of 254 left everything else in the shade however (33 off 13 balls) and his four wickets must have given the man of the match adjudicator a more difficult task than he can have expected at halfway.
Kidd, who had taken seven wickets for nine runs in the previous game between the teams just three weeks ago, still had the psychological edge over the North Down batsmen, especially after his first ball spun past the bat.
He conceded just three runs off each of his first three overs and finished with one for 15 but it was the experienced Kyle McCallan who claimed the big wicket of Pretorius, his former team-mate, caught off the leading edge the ball after his sixth maximum.