In the MCU Premiership, Cork County made the trip to Farmers Cross take on Cork Harlequins last Sunday, where there was a lot at stake due to how tight things were at the top of the table.
With the teams having met twice already in both formats and Quins coming out on top twice, they were looking to make it three in a row over their local rivals in 2022.
County won the toss and opted to bat on a dry wicket, which made sense as there would be some deterioration throughout the day. They also had in their armoury, 4 spinners, which when defending on a turning deck is crucial.
Ross Durity (17) and Sunil Gautam (10) made a solid, albeit slow start but when Adam Hickey joined the fray, County seemed to lose some clarity straight away. At one stage his figures were 3 for 1 as the visitorís batters gifted simple catches to the Quins ring.
Professional, Francois Mostert (35) shifted the momentum yet again with a number of boundaries but when he fell lbw to Seanan Jones it was left to Abubakar Saddique to manage the lower order, which he did with high skill, as well as scoring a brisk 41 himself (5x4ís, 1x6).
In the end the 216 total was a competitive one, due to the variety of Countyís bowling attack and the experience within the group in putting sides under pressure in the second innings.
Brandon Kruger, who is in ridiculous form the ball, returned figures of 10 overs 1 for 17 but Quins wonít be satisfied with the 18 wides and 3 no balls that were bowled.
Matthew Brewster fell for 14 early in the reply but Mubeen Ali, who always gets himself up for these local encounters batted with supreme skill and aggression. At 53 for 2 and in under a little bit of pressure he went all in, scoring 63 off 51 balls, including six 4ís and four 6ís and grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.
Devon Joyce, joined him in the attacking mindset smashing 42 runs in no time but the man of the match was Kruger in no uncertain terms as he finished off a fine game for himself with 66 not out. His tempo was excellent as he went down the gears when batting with Ali and Joyce and then he accelerated at the right time and in the right moments.
There was a slight wobble as three wickets fell for 12 runs but the result was never in doubt due to Quins controlling the middle overs and they seem to be reaching some good form at the right time of the season, with the league hotting up and the cup semi-finals due to be played this coming weekend.