U15 Boys v Leinster – 13/7/2017 (match report)

The Under 15’s continued their league campaign with a visit from Leinster to the Park on Thursday. This was going to be a step up in class of opposition as Leinster have been on a good run and although they were missing a couple of players so were we.

The team that took the field was – James Maginnis, Stephen Black, Louis McDonough, Abdullah Tariq, Theo Dempsey, Callum O’Byrne, Joe McCarthy, Ryan Condell, Sarah White, Ali Keenan, Georgina Dempsey – 12th Alison Black.

Clearly James has not been practising tossing as he lost for the third match in a row and so into the field we went with the objective of keeping the score to a chaseable target.

We got off to a flyer, Abdullah got one opener to nick off to Louis and the other took on Callum’s arm looking for a second run, bad idea 10 for 2. They rebuilt well and had got to 85 for 2 when a bit of Joe magic resulted in a stumping for Louis. Callum, Joe and Stephen got wickets and they were 112 for 6. However they wagged a bit and the girls had to take over with Sarah getting rid of their last dangerman and Ali getting two in two balls though the lads should have given her an aggressive field for the hat-trick ball. They closed on 174 for 9 off 30 overs

Half time team talk, usual guff from the Manager about no chipping, run outs or general stupidity

Stephen and Louis opened with their now usual skill and application and had got us to 57 when Louis was out for 21, followed quickly by Stephen for 33. First collapse of the season ?, not a chance as James and Abdullah restored order with a 76 run partnership with Abdi going for 26. James brought up his 50 and no sooner had he raised his bat when he was back in the sheds. Callum and Theo were charged with getting us home and although it took a bit longer than hoped they got the job done with 3 balls to spare, Theo 20* Callum 13*. Never felt we were going to be short.

Overall best win of the season given the opposition and onwards to Cup and League fixtures v YMCA.

Legend of the Day : Less obvious than previous but James Maginnis for 50 and three economic overs

Honourable Mentions : Ali Keenan 2 for 19; Joe McCarthy 2 for 43