The Munster Cricket Union Senior Cup Final took place at the Mardyke last Sunday between Cork Harlequins and Co Galway CC in what was to be a very competitive affair for different reasons.

Quins who are the form team in Munster, having already secured the T20 and are second in the league, versus Galway, who are some what Cup specialists having won it twice in the last seven years.

The Tribesmen won the toss and elected to bat first which worked out well for both sides as Quins would have inserted the Galway if they won the coin flip.

Galway began confidently reaching 41 without loss and at a decent rate but the first ball of the 11th over saw Adam Hickey dismiss Ashil Prakash for 18. He followed that with another victim in the 13th over and Brandon Kruger joined in with a third to leave the batting side 3 down in the 14th.

Matthew Brewster’s lively medium pace was then introduced to great affect as he peppered a hard length and claimed 3 wickets in four overs to leave Galway in depth trouble at 94 for 7.

Muhammed Sinan (46) took advantage of anything full offered up and counterattacked well to get his side to 131 but Hickey and Kruger, who are very effective as as bowling partners finished off the first innings, ending up with 3 a piece and Quins needed 161 to win on a deck which offered bounce if the ball was delivered on a length of just short of it.

Brewster led the attack well finishing with 4 for 21 of his 6 overs.

The attacking Shivam Kislay was dismissed in the 5th over with the score on 37 but it was his partner, Mubeen Ali who showed no mercy on the Galway bowlers, deciding that there was only one way to approach the tricky total and that was sending anything in his area for either four or six.

He fell in the 10th over with the score on 78 having smashed 47 off 33 balls which included six 4’s and three massive 6’s.

Ryan Joyce was then joined by Kruger and they continued the momentum by running well and pouncing on anything short, of which there was plenty.

The contest ended in the 21st over with Joyce hitting four boundaries in his 31 not out but Kruger was particularly brutal on the spinners with seven 4’s and a couple of maximums, finishing with 61 not out and claiming a well deserved man of the match award in the process.

It's two trophies out of two for the Farmers Cross men and next up is the All-Ireland semi on Sunday, where they will be massive underdogs against either side but one which they will definitely enjoy on the day.