Waringstown 3rd XI claimed the Junior Two title last Saturday with a comfortable nine wicket victory over Academy seconds at the Lawn.
Winning the toss the home side took to the field first and the visitors got off to a flying start with 31 coming off the first four overs.
Andrew Magennis (1-18) removed the dangerous Thompson for 26 as the scoring came to a halt with Alan Harrison picking up 1 for 8 from his three overs. Rory Carson (2-17) bowled with pace and picked up the big wicket of Davy Greenlees as Academy limped to 100 for 5 from their 20 overs with Robyn MClimond (1-17) taking the other wicket to fall.
It took Waringstown just 11.5 overs to reach their target as Andrew Beattie (13) was the only wicket to fall. Jamie Matthews with 44 not out (5×4, 1×6) and Ross Waite 41 not out (3×4, 2×6) rushed their side home to claim the Junior Two league title and become the first 3rd XI side in history to do so.
In the final standings Waringstown finshed top with 11 wins from their 14 games to finish on 44 points one win clear of second placed Carrickfergus seconds.
It has been a fine couple of seasons for the 3rd XI with back to back winning titles following their Junior 3 success in 2015.
Waringstown 3rd XI have put themselves on the brink of a little bit of history at the weekend. Following a midweek victory over Donacloney II and their two victories on Saturday (Downpatrick II) and Sunday (Woodvale II) they require a victory from their final game this Saturday.
A win against Academy II at the Lawn this weekend would see Mark Fitzpatrick’s side claim the Junior Two title and become the first ever 3rd XI side to play in Junior One next season.
Having three games in five days Waringstown got off to a fine start last Wednesday at Donacloney as they chased down 117 to win by eight wickets with Ian Morrison finishing 51 not out.
On Saturday the thirds entertained Downpatrick seconds and the visitors set a target of 194 for 5 from their 30 overs. Robyn McClimond claimed four for 27 including the dangerous Dale Mullan for 65.
In reply the 3rd XI reached their required target with two overs to spare as Sam Wilson top scored with 46, Andrew Beattie and Ian Morrison both scored 40 and Mark Carpenter was there at the end on 21 not out in a five wicket victory.
Sunday saw the thirds make the trip to Ballygomartin Road as they faced a strong Woodvale seconds outfit. Waringstown took to the field first and the home side got off to a strong start as they moved to 60 without loss after 10 overs.
A mixture of dropped catches and bowling of wides looked like it was going to cost the visitors chasing a big score. But they gradually dragged it back and never let the home side get away and with a final total for 155 for five from 25 overs Mark Fitzpatrick’s side were confident for chasing down the 156 target.
Matthew Allen picked up two for 27 while there were wickets apiece for Robyn McClimond (1-36) and Ian Morrison (1-28).
Waringstown got off to a steady start as opener Jamie Matthews pounced on any loose bowling. He did lose opener partner Ben Carson (4) and then Ross Waite (5).
Ian Morrison joined Matthews and they took the score into the nineties before Morrison fell for 15. Ryan Dennison joined Matthews and the pairs took their side to the brink of victory with Dennison playing some beautiful drives through the cover region.
He fell caught and bowled for 35 with just one required for victory and it was left for skipper Fitzpatrick to hit the winning run for a six wicket victory.
Jamie Matthews finished 83 not out with seven boundaries and three maximums as he pushed himself well ahead at the top of the 3rd XI run scoring charts.
The thirds now move onto their last game of the season on Saturday at the Lawn against Academy seconds. This game is a match two game and will be played as a T20 starting at 11:30am.
Junior One Champoins Waringstown second XI rounded off their league campaign on Sunday with a last ball T20 victory over Lisburn seconds at Wallace Park. Having been set 137 for victory and with the scores tied Andrew Mitchell launched the final ball for six to leave the Junior One champions 12 points clear at the top of the table with 12 victories from 14.