Irish Senior Cup (cricket)

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The Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup, known for sponsorship reasons as the RSA Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup is a 50-over cricket competition for Irish amateur clubs. It is the most important knock-out cricket club competition in Ireland, is organised by Cricket Ireland and comprises the top teams from each of Ireland's four active provincial unions (Leinster, Munster, NCU and North West). Connacht Cricket Union, the youngest, smallest and weakest provincial union, do not enter teams in their own right, but County Galway CC enters as a member club in Munster.

It was sponsored initially by Schweppes and then Royal Liver,[1] and the current sponsor is RSA. It was renamed in honour of Bob Kerr, who died at the 2007 Cricket World Cup.[2][3]

Matches are of 50-overs duration, though this may be reduced to as few as ten overs per side where delays or interruptions necessitate.[4]

Each team must contain not less than nine players fully eligible to play for Ireland in all competitions.[4]

Waringstown are the most successful club in the competition with 6 wins, and as of 2019, Pembroke are the current holders after beating Waringstown in the 2019 final.[citation needed]

Summary of finalists[edit]

Performance Table
Team Wins Runners-up Total Finals Last Win
Waringstown 6 2 8 2018
North County 5 0 5 2008
Limavady 3 2 5 2004
North Down 3 2 5 1995
Lurgan 3 0 3 1990
Merrion 2 4 6 2016
Brigade 2 3 5 1999
The Hills 2 2 4 2014
Downpatrick 2 0 2 1991
Donemana 1 4 5 2000
Leinster 1 3 4 2009
Railway Union 1 3 4 2006
North of Ireland 1 2 3 1982
Strabane 1 2 3 1998
Malahide 1 0 1 2002
Clontarf 1 2 3 2013
Pembroke 1 0 1 2019
Phoenix 1 0 1 1986
St Johnston 1 0 1 1987
Rush 0 2 2 N/A
Ballymena 0 1 1 N/A
Bready 0 1 1 N/A
Cliftonville 0 1 1 N/A
Instonians 0 1 1 N/A
Sion Mills 0 1 1 N/A

List of finals[edit]

1980s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-Up Venue Match Notes
1982 North of Ireland Leinster Rathmines, Dublin North 91–4;
Leinster 77–9 (S Corlett 4–26).
North won by 14 runs. Match reduced to 30 overs per side.
1983 Waringstown North of Ireland Ormeau, Belfast Waringstown 190–8 (D Harrison 60);
North 118 all out.
Waringstown won by 72 runs.
1984 Lurgan Brigade Rathmines, Dublin Lurgan 257–6 (Rahul Mankad 130, P McCrum 56);
Brigade 170 all out.
Lurgan won by 87 runs.
1985 Downpatrick North Down Strangford Road, Downpatrick North Down 79 all out;
Downpatrick 85–4.Downpatrick won by 6 wickets.
1986 Phoenix Donemana Rathmines, Dublin Donemana 109 all out;
Phoenix 110–1 (A Masood 51).
Phoenix won by 9 wickets.
1987 St Johnston Brigade Beechgrove, Derry Brigade 93 all out;
St Johnston 94–3.
St Johnston won by 7 wickets.
1988 Lurgan North Down Rathmines, Dublin Lurgan 249–6 (G Hunter 100, S Kshirasgar 61);
North Down 153 all out.
Lurgan won by 96 runs.
1989 North Down Donemana Rathmines, Dublin Donemana 101 all out;
North Down 102–6.
North Down won by 4 wickets.

1990s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-Up Venue Match Notes
1990 Lurgan Clontarf Rathmines, Dublin Lurgan 251–9 (R McCollum 91, D Neill 52);
Clontarf 178 all out.
Lurgan won by 73 runs.
1991 Downpatrick North of Ireland The Green, Comber Downpatrick 203–6 (K Merchant 60 no);
North 200–8.
Downpatrick won by 3 runs.
1992 Waringstown Sion Mills Rathmines, Dublin Waringstown 171–5;
Sion Mills 122 all out.
Waringstown won by 49 runs.
1993 North Down Brigade Rathmines, Dublin Brigade 155–9;
North Down 156–3 (C McCrum 87).
North Down won by 7 wickets.
1994 Limavady Strabane Woodvale Road, Eglinton Strabane 159 all out (P Gillespie 55;
Limavady 160–6 (D Curry 111 no).
Limavady won by 4 wickets.
1995 North Down Bready The Green, Comber North Down 227–3 (P McCrum 100 no, Robin Haire 64 no);
Bready 226 all out (A Rutherford 70).
North Down won by 1 run.
1996 Brigade Leinster Rathmines, Dublin Leinster 199–6 (JV Byrne 56, JE Byrne 53);
Brigade 201–2 (C Jeffrey 84 no, Akram Raza 67).
Brigade won by 8 wickets.
1997 Limavady Leinster Beechgrove, Derry Leinster 172–6 (T McDonnell 50);
Limavady 174–0 (D Curry 102 no, D Cooke 64 no).
Limavady won by 10 wickets.
1998 Strabane Ballymena Beechgrove, Derry Strabane 189–4;
Ballymena 165 all out (Mark Gillespie 5–33).
Strabane won by 24 runs.
1999 Brigade Limavady Beechgrove, Derry Limavady 162 all out;
Brigade 163–6 (S Smyth 55).
Brigade won by 4 wickets.

2000s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-Up Venue Match Notes
2000 Donemana Limavady Beechgrove, Derry Limavady 215–8 (50 overs G Harron 83 no);
Donemana 219–7 (49.1 overs, W Porterfield 59)
Donemana won by 3 wickets.
2001 North County Cliftonville The Lawn, Waringstown North County 272–7 (A Botha 66, J Mooney 61);
Cliftonville 198–9 (K McCallan 60).
North County won by 74 runs.
2002 Malahide Rush Castle Avenue Rush 148 all out;
Malahide 149–6 (N Shaukat 4–26).
Malahide won by 4 wickets.
2003 North County Railway Union Castle Avenue North County 217–7 (E Morgan 70);
Railway Union 146 all out (C Mullen 58, P Mooney 4–19).
North County won by 71 runs.
2004 Limavady Strabane Woodvale Road, Eglinton Limavady 198–6 (50 overs, I McGregor 89);
Strabane 110 all out (42.1 overs).
Limavady won by 88 runs.
2005 North County Railway Union Castle Avenue Railway Union 182–8 (50 overs A Murphy 80);
North County 185–5 (44.2 overs J Mooney 57 no).
North County won by 5 wickets.
2006 Railway Union Rush Castle Avenue Rush 206–7 (50 overs, S Iqbal 58);
Railway Union 210–9 (43.2 overs A Murphy 50, N Mullen 4–32).
Railway Union won by 1 wicket.
2007 North County The Hills Castle Avenue North County 259–8 (50 overs, A Botha 84);
The Hills 154 all out (B Archer 52; R Lawrence 5–38).
North County won by 105 runs.[5]
2008 North County Donemana Strabane North County 165–8 (Conor Armstrong 68; Junior McBrine 4–42);
Donemana 112 all out.
North County won by 43 runs.[6]
2009 Leinster Donemana Milverton Leinster 265–8 (50 overs A Scholtz 75, JP O'Dwyer 61);
Donemana 238 all out (48.4 overs R Kee 61, A Shafique 55, R Miley 4–46).
Leinster won by 27 runs.

2010s[edit]

Season Winners Runners-Up Venue Match Notes
2010 Merrion Railway Union Balrothery Railway Union 317–3 (50 overs Kevin O'Brien 76, Trent Johnston 71, T Fisher 69);
Merrion 164–1 (26 overs Greg Clarence 80no, Dominick Joyce 72no).
Merrion won by 36 runs. (Duckworth-Lewis par score: 128 in 26 overs)[7]
2011 Waringstown Instonians The Green, Comber Instonians 237–8 (50 overs Andrew White 76;
Waringstown 125–2 (29 overs Simon Harrison 68).
Waringstown won by 21 runs (Duckworth-Lewis).[8]
2012 The Hills Merrion Castle Avenue Merrion 153 (48 overs D Joyce 51, J Anderson 47;
The Hills 154–2 (39.1 overs D Calder 64 not out).
The Hills won by 8 wickets.[9]
2013 Clontarf Merrion Malahide Merrion 253-7 (50 overs, B Thompson 78, J Anderson 87, D Joyce 51no, Z van der Merwe 4-46)


Clontarf 254-4 (49 overs, A Botha 42, A Poynter 102no, E Delany 42no, S Morrissey 2-58)
Clontarf won by 6 wickets.[10]

2014 The Hills Clontarf Castle Avenue The Hills 239 (50 overs, N Pretorius 34, C McLoughlin 75, M Baumgart 62, Z Van Merwe 4-30, J Morrissey 2-30, P Ryan 3-54)


Clontarf 230 (41 overs, B Coghlan 40, A Poynter 41, E Delany 41, A D'Arcy 51, M Sorensen 3-50, N Shoukat 3-40)
The Hills won by 9 runs.[11][12]

2015 Waringstown Merrion The Lawn, Waringstown Waringstown 276-7 (L Nelson 44, G Thompson 78, J de Villiers 31, K McCallan 30no, D Joyce 4-62)


Merrion 169 (D Langford-Smith 70, M Lewis 52no, J de Villiers 4-24, G Kidd 2-44, K McCallan 3-30)
Waringstown won by 107 runs.[13]

2016 Merrion Waringstown Castle Avenue Merrion 252-9 (J Anderson 109, D Joyce 67)


Waringstown 196 (L Nelson 48, W von Behr 3-38)
Merrion won by 51 runs.[14]

2017 Waringstown The Hills Bready The Hills 135 (M Donegan 40, M Sorensen 24no, H Shah 20; K McCallan 3/18, S Khan 2/14, P Eaglestone 2/21)


Waringstown 136-6 (A Dennison 45, G Thompson 24no, J Hall 22; Yagoob Ali 4/25, R Cartwright 2/33)
Waringstown won by 4 wickets.[15]

2018 Waringstown Merrion Stormont Waringstown 264-7 (J Hall 73, S Khan 71 not out; J Anderson 3-28)


Merrion 179 (M Lewis 46; S Khan 2-23, G Kidd 2-35)
Waringstown won by 85 runs.[16]

2019 Pembroke Waringstown Milverton Pembroke won by 135 runs.[17]

Summary of winners by province[edit]

Team Wins
Northern 15
Leinster 15
North Western 8
Connacht 0
Munster 0

By country[edit]

Wins
 Northern Ireland 22
 Republic of Ireland 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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