LCU Championship Round Up

On a very wet weekend in the Leinster Area, Balbriggan v Railway Union was a victim of the weather. However, the other games went ahead as scheduled. Clontarf made the long trek to The Mardyke to take on Cork, finally getting their season up and going, just shading it over Cork. Terenure made the daunting trip to The Inch to take on North County, and pulled of one of the wins of the season so far.

North County v Terenure

In what could only be described as premium bowling conditions North Count batted first at The Inch. Niall McGovern and Ryan Tobin started brightly with a stand of 35. Ryan Tobin was caught by Jack Webster off the bowing of Patrick Ryan for 18. Yassar Cook and McGovern then batted well bringing the score to 98. Donal Vaughan then had Yassar Cook caught by Ishaq for 39. Niall McGovern was caught by Jack Webster off the bowling of Dylan Cleary for a well made 39. Terenure fighting back.

Eddie Richardson lasted 7 balls caught by Mark Thomas from the bowling of Donal Vaughan. County moved on to 157 when Jamie Grass who made 29 from 40 balls, fell to Jack Webster caught and bowled. Jonathan Andrews made 9 when he was caught by Mick Cotter off Mark Thomas. Dhram Singh made a fighting 33 before being caught by Donal Vaughan from Jack Webster, County not in the two hundreds.

Sean Rooney was caught by Mark Thomas off the bowling of Kenny McDonald for 13. Craig May was bowled again by Kenny McDonald for 6. Owen Graham was caught by Jack Webster off Kenny McDonald for 2.
Sean Sludds remained not out 4. North County all out for 222 in 45.3 overs.

All the Terenure bowlers stuck to their task excellently. Kenny McDonald took the honours with 3 for 17 from 7 overs. Donal Vaughan 2-42, Jack Webster 2-50, Dylan Cleary 1-31, Patrick Ryan 1-35 and Mark Thomas 1-42.

In drying conditions Terenure set about their task of causing an upset. They lost early wickets when Kenny McDonald fell lbw to Craig May for 10 and Liam Harris went the same way, lbw to Eddie Richardson for 6, leaving them 2-22 n the 7th over. Jack Webster and Seamus Lynch got together and batted beautifully. They brought th score to 73 before Lynch was run out for a run a ball 26.

Mick Cotter joined Jack Webster and the pair took control. Jack Webster batted superbly well, ably backed up by Cotter. The pair had put on 125, Webster reached a magnificent century, finally falling caught by Yassar Cook, caught by Sean Sludds for 106 from 97 balls. He hit 5 fours and 8 maximums. Donal Vaughan joins Mick Cotter to bring Terenure Home. Mick Cotter an excellent 51 not out from 49 balls, 3 fours and 2 sixes. Donal Vaughan not out 2. Terenure were home, finally finishing on 226 for 4 in just 36.3 overs.

Eddie Richardson bowled excellently with 1-38 from his 10 overs. The other wicket fell to Craig May who as well had 1-38. County's six other bowlers failed to get through the excellent Terenure batting effort.


Cork County v Clontarf

Cork batted firs and were in trouble early. Jose George went for 2 bowled by Shariful Islam. One run later, Ross Durity was caught by Macalister Wright again off the bowling of Islam. Cork 2-11 in the third over. Cormac Hassett and Brandon Kruger brought the score to 60 before Hassett was bowled by Macalister Wright for 22. Jeremy Benton joined Kruger for the biggest partnership of the innings.

They had put on 75 when Kruger was caught by Andrew Vincent from the bowling of David Vincent for 41. 15 runs later Jeremy Benton who made an excellent 50, went the same way as Kruger, again caught by Andrew Vincent off the bowling of David Vincent. It was then time for the Shariful Islam show. Harvey Wootton was bowled by Islam for 0. Aaron Cawley fell lbw to Islam for 4. Anthony O'Reilly was bowled by Islam for 5.

Muhammad Zuhair Shah was run out by Islam for 17. Kevin O'Sullivan remained not out 2. All through the Islam mayhem, Robert Duggan fought the good fight, he was left stranded on 46 at the end. Cork ending up 221 for 9.

Clontarf's bowling was dominated by Shariful Islam who took 5-40, David Vincent 2-37and Macalister Wright 1-26 the other wicket takers.

Clontarf Openers Andrew Delany and Robert Forrest batted well. they had put on 46 before Delany fell to Robert Duggan, caught by Cormac Hassett for 14. Eoghan Delany made 15 when he fell to Brandon Kruger, caught by Jeremy Benton. Macalister Wright joined Robert Forest and the pair battle hard to put on 97 in 18 overs before Forest Fell for a fine 84 with 7 fours and 1 six.

The next nine overs only produced 28 runs, after which Andrew Vincent was run out by Jeremy Benton for 14. Macalister Wright went soon after for an excellent 55 with 2 fours and 2 sixes, lbw to Kevin O'Sullivan. A slight wobble. Conor Gallagher at the crease. Shariful Islam couldn't produce the fireworks he did on the field and went caught Hassett bowled by Kevin O'Sullivan for 2. David Vincent went soon afterwards caught Duggan again bowled by O'Sullivan for 5. Things getting a little tight at that stage with over running out. But Kevin Prior 2 not out and Conor Gallagher 22 not out from 26 guided Tarf home, just.

Cork bowled gallantly but just failed to defend their total, but extras didn't help. Kevin O'Sullivan with 3-14 starred. Brandon Kruger 2-48 and Robert Duggan 1-63 also took wickets. The heroics of Shariful Islam with the ball giving Clontarf a close 3 wicket victory.