6th XI v Greystones 3 (away) – 5/6/2016

A glorious summers day provided the backdrop for the return fixture v Greystones 3. Having had a narrow defeat in the Park the Sixes were intent on seeking revenge. This was a much changed Sixes line up with Senior Debuts for Debjyoti Haldar and Joe McCarthy, League Debuts for Huzaifah Babur and the Scorer and a return to senior action for David McCullough.

With the sun beaming this was a key toss for the Skipper to win, which he duly lost and so the crew traipsed onto the field for 40 overs of toil in the heat.

Debjyoti and Paddy Keating opened with great accuracy but no luck and after 8 overs Greystones for 27 without loss but then they accelerated through aggressive batting, wayward bowling and indifferent fielding reaching 88 without loss at drinks. After drinks the runs continued though there was the odd breakthrough as Paddy Keating, Debjyoti, Callum, David McCullough and Rehan all eventually took wickets but at a cost as Greystones racked up 225 for 5 which set an imposing target.

The Skipper and Abdullah Tariq opened and after Abdullah departed David McCullough joined the skipper to form an experienced pairing. With a mixture of solid defence and regular quality shots (a fine six by David and some well stuck boundaries by the Skipper notable) the pair safely saw us through to drinks at 79 for 1. Ageing limbs are not suited to breaks and after drinks the runs dried up and David for out for a fine 38 followed soon after by the Skipper for 39, both excellent knocks in the heat. Callum and Emmet came and went notable for a glorious six from Emmet and then Huzaifah Babur batted strongly to the finish making 29 not out with Debjyoti also not out on 9. In the end we made 162 for 5 which is a solid 6XI batting total thus losing by 63 runs.

In truth the side was a little short in the field though the experience of giving more and more players the experience of league cricket is invaluable as we increase the strength in depth of the team and club in general. For next season we will have to find a way to get their opening 3 or 4 out cheaply as twice this season they have made large scores at the top of the order.

Aidan O’Byrne