The Magnificent Sixes © continued their 2016 campaign with a home game against Dundalk 2 in the Park hoping to open their winning account for the season.
On a damp day and with skies foreboding there was no major pre toss discussions this week and the skipper guessed right again and decided to have a bat. Little did we know of the excitement that was to follow.
Bolstered by Louis McDonough and Stephen Black we got off to a solid start against a sharp opening Dundalk pair before Stephen was out for 11. Harry Fay joined Louis and they put on a fine 55 partnership with both contributing solidly before Harry was out for an excellent 31. Drinks arrived at 94 for 3 and a good total looked on with Louis well set. Alas the middle order came and went in the blink of an eye and we were 120 for 7 when the skipper (moving from opening to No 9) arrived to shepherd Louis. A very critical partnership of 33 was achieved with the skipper contributing a solid 12 and Louis moving through the gears into the 70’s. Paddy Keating arrived at No 11 for the last few overs as Louis tried manfully to reach three figures but eventually we were all out off the last ball of the innings for 173 with Louis carrying hit bat for a superb 86 not out.
Various rain showers were occurring at regular intervals at this stage as we took the field.
Openers Abdullah Tariq and Ronan Harris set to their task with Abdullah opening with 2 maidens and Ronan removing their opener for a duck. Dundalk then got moving but lost a couple of wickets in the process but at 85 for 3 just before drinks were looking set when Paddy Keating bowled a wicket maiden and then was removed from the attack. After drinks we had a purple patch with Abdullah Tariq moving to figures of 2 for 2 off 5 with further wickets for Harry and Louis (some fine keeping by Liam Keating contained) and all of a sudden they were 93 for 7. They wagged a little before Ronan and Stephen added wickets to have them 133 for 9. Enter my fellow scorer Seamus at Number 11 who clearly had understated his cricketing ability in the shed as he and his No 10 colleague set amount turning the game around. Bowling hindered by the wet conditions (!) allied with some strong hitting and all of a sudden Dundalk are 170 for 9 and needing 4 to win off 4 overs. Enter Paddy Keating he of the wicket maiden and after conceding a single tempted Seamus who skied into the gloomy air for Liam backpedalling fast to take a fine match winning catch and thus providing the Sixes with the win and also one of the many Father/Son moments that the Sixes are famous for
Snatching defeat from victory and then victory snatching it back again – all in a normal weekend as the Sixes win by 3 runs