RSA Irish Senior Cup Reaches Business Stages
July 5th 2013 by Cricket Ireland | International
We are coming into the business end of the club season and July is when the RSA Irish Senior Cup gets serious.
With the semi-finals beckoning for four of the eight teams left, the stakes are high and all of the clubs on show will be looking for their players to perform on the big occasion.
RSA Irish Senior Cup Quarter-Finals
Leinster have the biggest representation left in the competition with five teams, the NCU have two and the North West have just one.
For the neutral observer, Waringstown’s tie with Merrion is set to be the tie of the round. Merrion have had good success when travelling north in the last few seasons, including a win over Sunday’s opponents at the semi-final stage in 2010. Waringstown, however, will feel that home advantage could give them the edge they need to get over the line and into the semi-finals.
Waringstown’s Kyle McCallan knows that you’re always going to come up against tough opposition at this stage in the competition. “We’ve very much looking forward to it. With good weather, a good wicket and a quick outfield it looks like it should be a cracking match.
“Certainly with conditions set to be good it should be a high-scoring match, especially with two strong batting sides on paper. I wouldn’t say there is one person who could win us the game, we know that to win the big matches you need everyone to perform, but our pro Obus Pienaar is due a big score.”
After a few weeks where injuries have cost them in the league, the Anglesea Road side are back to full strength on Sunday. “Merrion have a lot of quality but I suppose you’d have to look out for John Anderson who is just coming off the back of a big hundred in Holland for Ireland, and he got a century against us in a corresponding fixture a couple of years back. But we’re not stupid, we know that they have a lot of good players and we’ll need to bowl in good areas, field well and bat smart to win.”
Fox Lodge have the all important home advantage for their tie with Clontarf. The ‘Tarf have a point to prove after they were relegated to Division Two last year, and so far they’ve made their point, losing just one game (a Twenty20 match against Phoenix) so far in the season.
Zander van der Merwe has been Clontarf’s in form bowler having already taken 27 wickets for the season while others to look out for are Andre Botha and Andrew Poynter. They will be missing Alex Cusack for the match. Fox lodge captain Jonny Robinson is hoping his spinners can restrict the free-scoring Leinster side.
The fourth quarter-final sees holders The Hills travel to Stormont to take on CSNI without star player Max Sorensen who is away on International duty. With quality and in-form players like Griffin Nieuwoudt and former international Nigel Jones in their side, CSNI will be looking to make it to the semi-final after being beaten at the same stage by Merrion last year.
In the all-Leinster tie, YMCA will fancy their chances at home against North County, although they will be aware of the threat of Eddie Richardson who has been in cracking form this season. Albert van der Merwe is alive to Richardson’s ability to change any game.
“He’s probably the in-form player in Leinster so far this season, so he’s going to have an impact on the game. He’s dangerous with the new ball and then batting in the middle order, he’s like the glue holding them together. But they have other very good players like Adam Coghlan too so we can’t discount them.
“There will be players missing on both sides, Trent Johnston and Jeremy Bray for us and John Mooney and Shane Getkate for them, but we’ve had to do without some of our bigger players all season so we’re used to dealing with that.
“Reinhardt Strydom is back this weekend after being out for a number of weeks due to injury so that’s a boost for the team. He was in top form prior to his injury and he’s been doing more than just blasting a 40 and getting out, he’s actually taken on a lot of responsibility and he’s a match winner.
“We lost at this stage last year on the last ball which was tough to take, and North County have the best record of all the clubs in this competition over the years, so they will take some beating. They are a team that fights and scraps to the end so we will have to play very well to win. The wicket looks well so hopefully there will be plenty of runs in it and it will be a good game for all the supporters who make their way down.”
All of the games will be scored live on CricHQ which you can find on the Cricket Ireland website here.