Clontarf 3rds v Terenure Women’s Div 3

Every club has its heroes.

Years back when Terenure were redeveloping their youth structures, Madeline Lynch was in charge. Fulfilling fixtures no matter how tough it got to field a team and doing so with good grace and humour, knowing that in the long term the value would be seen.

She is also an extremely nice person.

So, it was no surprise that when I arrived to watch the Clontarf Women 3rds take on the Terenure side that marking the book for Terenure was none other than the good lady, while her son took their umpiring role.

It was almost inevitable. This was not originally the fixture that I intended on seeing this week but Pfizer no. 2 took the wind out of my sails for a few days and plans had to change. Happily the late start to the season has meant that there are plenty of mid week games, so I choose the closest option. And a good choice it turned out to be.

Clontarf captain Moya Kernan won the toss and decided to bowl and her opening bowlers of Charlotte McCabe and Charlotte Synnott justified her faith in the young bowling attack. They both bowled with a good pace and shape, with the Synnott’s Charlotte nabbing a wicket with her first ball of the day when she bowled Avril Robinson for 1 and number 2 followed soon after in identical fashion.

The first wicket had brought Caoimhe O’Brien to the crease. With the score at 22 Moya Quigley tried to force 2nd change bowler Lucy Webster away on the off only to flatten her wicket in the process.

Captain Kernan was not afraid to rotate her bowlers and they justified her faith, only Alyssa Pasley would not take a wicket but in conceding only 8 runs off her 5 overs she more than did her job for the team.

O’Brien continued on, severe on anything short but disciplined bowling and excellent fielding limited the opportunities to cut loose. She would eventually fall for an excellent 27. Wickets continued to fall and a flurry of run outs near the end meant that Terenure closed their innings at 78 with 5 balls remaining.

Synnott finished with 3 wickets, with 2 for McCabe and 1 for Julie McNally and Webster. A special word for the excellent Clontarf fielding in particular the boundary runners Pasley and McNally who cut off a number of balls intent on crossing the rope while wicket keeper for the first 10 overs Caitlin Gray was very impressive.

Clontarf looked to get a good start to their reply with Saranya Venkatasubramanian and Sarah O’Reilly at the top of their order. However, there was no keeping Caoimhe O’Brien out of this game when she took a caught and bowled to dismiss O’Reilly in the fourth over.

And it was not too long before Clontarf found themselves in a spot of bother as 3 run outs saw the end of Saranya, McCabe and Lisa Coulter. It was excellent composure from Terenure to complete the dismissals but the home side will query their decision making.

Into the mix, add an exceptional one handed caught and bowled by Jennifer Burns, however the no ball call took a slight shine off that moment for her. So when Kernan was joined at the wicket by 13 year old McNally, Terenure will have sniffed their opportunity.

It was not to be.

Excellent batting from this two, mixing the singles with the regular boundaries brought victory in sight by the 15th over when they closed the deal. Kernan finished not out on 22 while McNally ended on 14 not out.

And while Clontarf took the points, there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful for Terenure. In only their second season back since there was last a women’s team in the club and with promising youth, they can only improve with more game time.

Clontarf who have a large numbers of girls playing can use this league to provide additional game and experience to their players.

A nice way to spend a Wednesday evening, oh and Madeline kept an impeccable book as well.