Academy Cricket Club will take on the might of Waringstown in the first round proper of the NCU Challenge Cup on Saturday.
After Saturday’s scheduled clash with Derriaghy was postponed, the local side defeated the Lisburn men by 14 runs in Tuesday night’s preliminary round clash, setting up a home match with the Premier League giants.
Mitchell Dickenson was named Man of the Match with impressive bowling figures of five for 21.
Match summary: Academy 104-7 (20 Overs, M Warke 20, K Aphale 2-16, P Bell 2-18, W Hughes 2-21)
Derriaghy 90 (19.2 overs, C Lewis 35, K Aphale 27, M Dickeson 5-21, W Muhammad 3-12)
Meanwhile, the wet weather also put paid to the club’s scheduled weekend National Cup game against Burndennett. Waterlogged conditions meant the match was called off on Friday, sparing the north west lads a long, wasted journey. This one is now pencilled in for Saturday, May 23, in Strabane.
Matches involving the 2nd and 3rd XIs also fell foul of the weather, but Adam Wilson’s 4th XI secured their second win of the season.
Roughfort was the venue for their Junior League clash with Armagh III who scored 122 for 8 after having been put in. David Moore, Niall Greenlees and Ben Kane each took a brace of wickets, while Andy Martin and David McLarnon had one apiece.
Greenlees, an all-rounder, top-scored with 65 not-out, with good support from Adrian O’Connor (31 not-out).
“Having been promoted last season the lads are settling in nicely at the higher level where they have won their first two matches,” said skipper Adam Wilson.
This weekend’s fixtures: Saturday, 1st XI v Waringstown, Challenge Cup round 1; Sunday v Derriaghy, away, league; 4th XI v Lurgan III, away, Saturday.