Belfast Royal Academy have retained the Ulster Bank Schools’ Cup after a tense three wicket win over RBAI on Friday 17th June at Muckamore C.C.
The Academy won the trophy for the first time in our history last year and this successful retention of it came with less than two overs to spare, and thanks to a brilliant 78 not out by Max Burton in 94 balls.
He scored virtually half the team’s required total of 159, having come to the middle with his side in serious difficulty at 34 for 3. None of the other batsmen managed to reach the twenties and only three claimed double figures.
Early in their innings RBAI promised a higher challenge than their total of 158 off 38 of their 40 overs, with a second wicket stand of 71 between Ben Mellor (41) and Matthew Lightbody (32). The fact that the later order could not bat out their full quota of overs was to cost dearly.
At Moyelena, Muckamore CC – 17th June 2016
RBAI 158 (B Mellor 41, M Lightbody 32, B Cochrane 22, M Wilson 2-32, J Burton 3-37)
BRA 159-7 (M Burton 78no, L McNamara 2-34, D Robinson 2-28, D Whitten 3-27)
BRA beat RBAI by 3 wickets
(thanks to Robin Walsh at NCU for the match report)