Tillain Cup final

"It's not just about how many you get but also when you get them. If you can somehow sync the first with the second, when the team needs it most, you're a true match winner" Adam Gilchrist.

The expectation in twenty overs cricket is for fours and sixes, big scores, that is the deal. Big scores make big entertainment, seems to be the idea.

Of course it is not always that way at all and the low scoring Tillain Cup Final was an example that sometimes the bowlers can be the dominant participant but still be trumped in the winning of the game by intelligent batting.

Clontarf captain Shane O'Brien had no hestiation in opting to bat when he won the toss, he himself has been the star turn at the top of the order this season but today was not be his day as the impressive Naveed Khan had him caught behind in the game's third over.

His partner Andrew Delany started brightly clipping 3 boundaries before mistiming a pull shot to midwicket giving Khan his 2nd wicket. Things did not get any better for Clontarf when Mubasser Siddique picked up two more wickets in 2 balls, yorking Joe Morrisey and producing a beaut to see off Niall Delany.

 

39 for 4 quickly became 42 for 5 and 50 for 6 as Clontarf's innings seemed about to implode. Andrew Vincent was still there having come in at the fall of the first wicket, biding his time and hoping to establish a partnership that might give the bowlers something to defend.

A rain break gave some respite but merely meant two overs would be lost. On resumption Vincent took complete control of the innings mixing agression and intelligence in adding 20 for the 7th wicket with Pankaj Bhamare and 32 with Daire Vickers for the 8th, during which Vickers faced just one ball.

Vickers however played his part with excellent running between the wickets which subtly changed to momentum of the game from one that Civil Service seemed to be dominating heretofore.

Though he was run out on the final ball Vincent's 56 off 51 balls out of a total of 102 (18 overs) was the standout performance with the bat while there were two wickets each for Khan, Siddique and Mahommad Javed.

Clontarf came out to defend their total with a spring in their step and had the ideal start when Shariful Islam got Ramji Paomanaban to tickle one down the leg where Aaron McGeehan waited to take the catch.

Always straight Islam hit Razath Parashurama in front and Umpire Peter Searson agreed that it would have hit the stumps.

From then on the excellent Clontarf bowling unit were relentless, Joe Morrisey induced two catches to mid on in one over and Daniel O'Sullivan made no mistake with either.

Only Ronak Modi (18) and Siddique (19) threatened but Andrew Delany entered the attack and his length and line immediately found its reward with four wickets for 14 in his three overs.

Islam returned to wrap up the innings also taking four wickets while conceeding just 11 as Civil Service finished on 66, still 36 short of their target.

On a good wicket it was the bowlers who dominated however when it came to the decisive contribution Andrew Vincent's batting stood out as the performance which gave Clontarf the opportunity to win.