Your friendly 4th XI reporter decided to take a well-earned break and as a result, a few match reports have remained un-typed and will do for ever more.
Instead, an unusual brief review of the last few weeks for the 4th XI.
First up was a trip to Marley Park to face Sandyford. Bowling first, the 4s bowled the home team out for 127 with Monjur Ahmad the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 31. He was ably supported by the rest of the bowling unit with a special mention to Dev Dismore for his 2 for 9.
After an early hic-cup or two or four, Naeem Shahzad (59* – and dropped when on 0) and Grant White (24* – finished the game with back-to-back sixes) saw the 4s home with 6 wickets in hand.
The following Sunday the 4th XI headed to Terenure for another game on a mat. (Some of us have forgotten what a grass pitch looks like!). As is customary these days, the 4s bowled first. Not sure we have a toss at all before the game. This time the 4s bowled Terenure out for 105 in 39 overs. Dev continued his fine form with the ball finishing with figures of 3 for 19 off 6 overs. Golden Arm Anders had figures of 2 for 7 and Nathan Kearns finished with 2 for 9. The two opening batsmen went early and in a surprise (and inspired) move the captain promoted Gordon ‘Murali’ Millar to the number 4 position. This was another example of the captain’s wisdom and experience coming to the fore. Millar finished up on 34 not out with Naeem (dropped 5 or 6 times again) on 65*. An eight wicket win to extend the unbeaten run and gap at the top of the table.
And finally, Ringcommons away in the Whelan Cup on a Monday evening. A below average performance with the bat was rescued by Nathan Kearns (46*) and Gordon Millar (29). But the bowling unit failed to fire as well and Ringcommons raced home by 8 wickets. The first defeat of the season for the 4s. No doubts a few lessons will be learnt from this result.
Next up is another trip to Ringcommons in the league on Saturday 21st June 2014.
Before I end this report, some stats for those would like that sort of thing:
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