Addicott goes to 'War'
Barry Chambers (News Letter)
Glen Addicott produced one of the greatest innings ever witnessed in Irish Senior Cup history to help his Waringstown side maintain their grip on the trophy following a breathtaking encounter with Brigade at Beechgrove.
The 27 year old South African had been living in the shadow of his fellow countryman Obus Pienaar, following the latter's legendary performances last season.
Following his brutal attack on the Brigade bowling, Addicott has now firmly secured his own place in Waringstown folklore, as he masterminded a quite incredible run chase of 246 in just 30 overs in the gloom late on Saturday night.
Addicott smashed ten sixes and four fours in an unbeaten 116 from 75 balls - his second fifty taking just 22 balls as he targeted Brigade's weak link - their absence of a recognised top quality fifth bowler.
After Nick Donnell had conceded 34 runs in two overs - Simon Harrison (39) taking advantage of Donnell overstepping to hit two sixes - compounding the agony for the Brigade bowler who had struck the stumps with one of those no balls, skipper Mark Simpson was forced to try Harry Chappell.
The Essex 2nd XI player is primarily a batsman, who bowls occasional leg-spin and immediately Addicott took a shine to the part-timer, taking 14 runs from his first over. That however was just a prelude to the match changing over as with 80 needed from 7 overs, Addicott unleashed a fiersome assault striking five sixes in the over, four of which sailed out of the ground as the noisy home support was silenced for the first time in the game.
Even when Kyle McCallan went for 35, after a stand of 91 with Addicott, the South African refused to panic as Brigade still had to find two more overs from their part-timers. With 29 needed from 3 overs, Dale Culbert went the same way as Donnell and Chappell before him, as Addicott clubbed 20 from the over to leave the equation at just nine from the final two overs.
In the event, only one over was needed as Addicott finished the proceedings fittingly with yet another boundary to spark off scenes of jubilation amongst his team mates.
It was clearly a shell-shocked Brigade who must have felt they had gained revenge for their semi-final defeat last year when they posted 245 for 7 in the abbreviated 30 over game.
It was a scarcely recogniseable Waringstown team in the first half of the game. Dropped chances, loose bowling and a litany of mistakes in their ground fielding as a rampant Brigade took full advantage.
Gareth McKeegan (59), Iftikhar Hussain (71) and Johnny Thompson (89) all benefitted from reprieves to set Brigade up for what looked an insurmountable total. Thompson dominated partnerships of 102 with Hussain and 55 with Chappell. The powerful all-rounder has been in superb touch this season following a mediocre 2011 when he managed just 341 runs. His 89 (5 sixes , 8 fours) took his season tally to 455 at an average of 65.
The day however rightly belonged to Addicott and Waringstown skipper Kyle McCallan was quick to pay tribute saying;"It's been a frustrating time for Glen who hasn't maybe got the opportunities to show his talent as we've been playing so well this season and winning games by convincing margins. He got his chance today to show what he's capable of and certainly delivered in some style. He hit the ball with tremendous power and has definitely shaken off the spectre of Obus Pienaar which some felt was hanging over him."
While the second half of the game clearly delighted McCallan, he didn't gloss over the shoddy first part as Waringstown wilted under the Brigade onslaught; "I can honestly say that was one of the worst fielding performances I've seen from us in the past few years, but I'm delighted with the character and team spirit that the side showed in fighting back. It would have been easy to let the heads drop and skulk away, but this team are fighters and we can take great confidence from knowing we can play badly and still win - that's the true mark of champions.
"We genuinely felt we had a real chance at the halfway stage - it's a smallish ground and the pitch played superbly all day as it has all seaon I'm told. We treated like it a 20/20 game and were sure we could manage 170-180 from the final 20. James Hall, Simon Harrison, and Lee Nelson all struck the ball well, and we got the momentum at the right time. Their lack of a fifth bowler has cost them - we scored 98 runs from their five overs and that was probably the crucial factor in the game."
The challenge of five times winners North County now awaits Waringstown and McCallan knows all about their calibre; "People are saying they aren't the force of old but they've beaten a very strong North Down side so we certainly won't be under-estimating a team of their pedigree. I'm just delighted to get a home draw at this stage - we beat them en route to winning the trophy last year, and looking at the draw there are some very strong teams left which is only to be expected when you get down to the final eight. If we play as well as I know we can then it'll take something special to take the trophy away from us."
Brigade must have thought they had produced that 'something special' but reckoned without the phenomenal hitting of Addicott - Obus who?