Cricket - Schools' Cup Quarter Final Success

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s 1st XI Cricket team which defeated Foyle and Londonderry College in the quarter final of the Schools’ Cup on Monday 28th May.

Having won the toss on a glorious afternoon, Grosvenor elected to bat first. The innings started disastrously, however, when opener Stuart Smyth cut the second ball of the first over straight to backward point to reduce the hosts to 2 for 1.

Captain Alistair Shields and Aaron Johnston quickly wrestled the initiative back, however, with a brilliant partnership of 102 for the second wicket as both batsmen scored fluently all around the ground. When Shields fell for a fine 56 Scott Irvine maintained the scoring rate until Aaron Johnston was unfortunately dismissed just one short of a well-deserved half century. When Scott Irvine was bowled for 10 to leave the score at 131 for 4, there was the potential for a mid - innings wobble but Neil Adams, as he has done all season, proved once again to be Mr Dependable and another 26 not out, along with a brisk 18 not out from Peter Davison, ensured that Grosvenor posted a daunting 169 - 4 in their 30 overs.

Foyle have been a powerhouse of schools’ cricket for the past five years and so a determined home side took to the field looking to avenge last year’s defeat at the same stage of the competition.

Opening bowlers Peter Davison (2 - 10) and David Allison (3 - 9) demolished the Foyle top order with a brilliant display of accurate bowling, backed up by fine fielding from throughout the side, which soon left the visitors’ innings in tatters at 12 - 5. With the introduction of Alistair Shields (4 - 13) there was no respite and before long Foyle were out of the game at 36 - 9. A battling last wicket stand of 17 saw the 50 mark passed before Scott Irvine took the final wicket to see Grosvenor into the semi finals for the third time in four years, convincing winners by a huge margin of 116 runs.

Well done to all of the Grosvenor players who contributed to this superb victory on the day, as well as their coaches Mr Kyle McCallan, Mr Andrew White and Mr Johnny Young who have worked tirelessly to develop the team over recent years. 

The team now awaits the results of other quarter – final matches before learning the identity of their opponents in the semi – final: we wish them the best of luck for this encounter.