Niall Black’s Mighty Sixes opening their 2016 campaign with a home fixture against Greystones. The usual mix of Dads and Lads were hoping to open their account with a home win. The Skipper won the toss and on a blustery day which made bowling difficult opted to have a bat.
The Skipper and Sankeerth Karpe opened and Niall conscious of waiting until the leaves were falling from the trees to open his account last season made a positive start as they put on 45 for the first wicket before the Skipper was plumb. In came Tom Walker after a years sabbatical for new Dad duties and quickly showed no rustiness as he as Sankeerth kept the score ticking over until they had one close run too many. After Liam Keating departed to a good catch Ronan Harris joined Sankeerth and Ronan attacked from the off and just when he was starting to motor he was out on Nelson for 23. Sankeerth has at this stage passed 50 and needed some support and this arrived with an excellent partnership of 89 between him and Callum O’Byrne which took the side to 200. Unfortunately time was running out for them and Sankeerth eventually perished on 94 having played an exceptional innings. Callum too fell short of his maiden senior 50 as he remained unbeaten on 46 as the innings closed on 202 for 6 – It looked an imposing total
In response it became immediately clear that Greystones had a stronger batting than bowling attack as their experienced openers quickly moved through the gears against a variety of bowlers to reach 75 without loss in quick time. Eventually Rehan Quareshi broke the partnership and then Tom Walker on return bowled a fine miserly spell which included a wicket. Unfortunately there were expensive overs at regular intervals but when Ronan Harris stormed in with some pace and took 3 quick wickets it was game on though time was running out. First senior wickets for Callum O’Byrne and David Jolley followed as the game reached its crescendo as it became apparent that the Greystones tail wouldn’t wag for long. However Greystones prevailed in the 38th over with seven wickets down for a three wicket win.
Overall an encouraging start for the Sixes and the game was played in exemplary spirit by the two sides