Leinster Senior League Cup, round 5

With things beginning to take shape today’s results should have an interesting effect on the line up for the semi-finals but all will not be decided until next week’s sixth and final round is completed.

We had a few thought-provoking outcomes on Saturday as the interprovincial players returned to their home clubs so let’s take them in the Group order;

In Group A

Rush travelled to Observatory Lane to take on Leinster CC where Neil (Pebbles) Rock’s 103, including 8 sixes and 6 fours off just 54 balls, formed the basis of a 179/9 score for the Rush men. Pebbles was aided by 24 from Ashar Abassi and a bits and pieces from several others. The best of the Leinster bowling came from Aviral Shukla, 2/13 and Mark Tonge 2/33.

Leinster’s reply, 134/5, was led by Joey Carroll (47) and Devender Ranolia (22) but without further substantial assistance the Rathmines outfit fell short by 45 runs. Jarred Barnes, 2/22, Nathan McGuire, 1/24, and Allan Eastwood 1/25 topped the Rush bowling. Pebbles’ century is the first in this year’s T20 competition.

In the same group, YMCA had a facile 10 wicket win over Terenure. Jack Tector (43) and Rory Anders (37) did the bulk of the damage in YM’s 91/0. Terenure’s Daniel Wicks (42) and Mick Cotter (17) were the only ones to reach two figure scores as they put together a total of 90/10

Group B saw Clontarf, 176/4 beat Cork County, 124/6, by 52 runs.

Eoghan Delaney (53), Bobbo Forrest (40), and Fionn Hand (29) were best for ‘tarf , as Harvey Wootton took 2 for 35. Cork’s reply fell short despite the efforts of Joubert Pienaar (32), Rudolph Pollard (28) and Byron McDonough (24) Ben McCabe took two Cork Scalps for 19, and Conor Kelly, 2/23

At Malahide, the home side had an eight wicket win over a lack lustre Railway Union, who up to this point had been sparkling. Hashir Sultan (44/0 top scored for Railway but was swimming against the tide as James Newland 3/7, Callum Riches 2/12 and David O’Halloran 2/19 had a field day.

Alan Reynolds (38) and Arjun Muntha (20*) led the way home for the Village. Digamber Mishra took a couple of Malahide wickets for just 10 runs.

Malahide 76/2 beat Railway Union 72/9, by 8 wickets.

Group C. Merrion 140/10 lost to Balbriggan 143/7 by 3 wickets. This will probably be counted as the biggest surprise of the day but a superb 26* off 15 balls by Andrew Darroch, batting at no. 7 saw the ‘brigg home with a ball to spare. Michael Lewis (45) and Jack Carty (33) were the pick of the Merrion bats but Farooq Nasr, 3/22, Darroch 3/24, and Chris de Freitas 2/17 never loosened their hold and the favoured side couldn’t get their hands free to fend off the Balbriggan attack.

That result will have come as sweet music to Pembroke, 120/1 beat North Kildare 119/6 by 9 wickets. The Tucker brothers, Diarmuid (56) and Lorcan (54) made light of the task in reply to North Kildare’s efforts which were led by Josh Uddin (43) and Monil Patel (33). Barry McCarthy 2/29 and Scott Ruttle (2/35) were the best of the Pembroke bowlers.

Group D offered us a Fingal derby played out with the customary fire, fury and absolute top class cricket at Inch, where North County 131/5, beat The Hills 130/9, by 5 wickets. A half-century of pure brilliance by John Mooney (53*) was the difference between the sides, who started but the day on equal terms at the top of the section.

Mark Donegan (34) did his best to hold things together but he didn’t get a lot of help, it was only through a wagging tail that The Hills got as far as they did. Eddie Richardson’s 4/20 tore the heart out of the visitors.

John Mooney was assisted chiefly by Niall McGovern (37) while for the visitors only Dylan Blignaut with 3/18 made real inroads into the County ranks.

In The Park Phoenix entertained Dublin University and were not able to stem the flow as their visitors chased down the Phoenix score of 165/6, those runs coming, in the main, from Jamie Grassi (56), Louis McDonough (45) and George Dockrell (44).

The Students were once again well served by Nic Pretorius (45), who on this occasion was matched by Gavin Hoey (48*) and helped by thirties from Mikey and Danny Hogan to claim victory with two balls to spare. Phoenix 165/6 lost to DUCC 167/3, by 7 wickets.