Bready beaten in Ulster Cup decider

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Bready beaten in Ulster Cup decider thumbnailBready's Davy Scanlon batting against Waringston in the Ulster Cup final.

WARINGSTOWN clinched their first Ulster Cup triumph in the 19 year history of the competition as they overcame Bready with a solid batting display at Comber on Sunday.

Waringstown posted 158 for 7 - skipper Greg Thompson top scoring with 32, while there were breeezy cameos from James Hall (31), Shaheen Khan (25) and Marcus McClean (25).

James Mitchell struck a decisive blow in his first over removing the influential David Rankin, and when James McCollum dismissed Irosh Samarasooriya soon after, Bready were always chasing the game.

The Waringstown spinning triumvirate of Lee Nelson (3-11), Gary Kidd (3-16) and Kyle McCallan (2-14) then had combined figures of 8 for 41 as Bready limped to 79 all out - only half-way to the total.

Bready defeated hosts North Down thanks a very disciplined all-round display semi-final at Comber on Saturday.

David Scanlon's first over of the innings proved crucial as he dismissed both Danny Graham and the prolific Ruhan Pretorius inside six balls.

Peter Eakin's half century and Nathan Burns (32) helped North Down to 119 for 9 - Andrew Lucas taking 3 for 17, and David Rankin, Irosh Samarasooriya and Scanlon picking up a brace apiece.

Rankin (58) and Samarasooriya (35) then shared a second wicket stand of 83 as Bready won at a canter - seven wickets and 19 balls to spare.

The sides meet again next Sunday when they will be joined by Clontarf and Cork County in the inaugural All-Ireland T20 competition.


Ulster Cup Final at Comber, Waringstown beat Bready by 79 runs

Waringstown 158-7 (20 overs; G Thompson 32, J Hall 31, S Khan 25, M McClean 25, R Kelly 2-30, A Lucas 2-33)

Bready 79 all out (14.4 overs; L Nelson 3-11, G Kidd 3-16, K McCallan 2-14)


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