The Under 15’s continued their quest for cup glory with a visit from Clontarf on Monday. With skipper James Maginnis returning from international hockey duty and Neil Kirtane returning from injury it was a strong team minus only Ahmed Shah that took the field
The team (12) who played were as follows – James Maginnis, Stephen Black, Louis McDonough, Abdullah Tariq, Theo Dempsey, Callum O’Byrne, Joe McCarthy, Sarah White, Neil Kirtane, Ali Keenan, Ryan Condell, Georgina Dempsey.
James lost the toss (0/2 – time to start practicing) and we were in the field.
Theo and Abdullah opened and while Theo got an early wicket (good catch from Sarah White) it was clear that Clontarf had batsmen with a good level of “stickability”. First changes with Stephen and Joe and then second changes with Callum and James didn’t provide a breakthrough and there was a lack of something (decisive bowling, effective fielding, sleepiness !!, daydreaming !!) on the day. While Abdullah got a couple of late wickets and some typical end of innings run outs Clontarf closed on 152 for 6 off their 25 overs. Credit to batsmen McCabe 63 and Vincent 61* who showed good talent and skill.
Coach Nic and Manager weren’t overly impressed with the first half and while Alex Ferguson’s hairdryer wasn’t used the team were reminded that they hadn’t reached their own high standards. So off to bat we went with the usual “No Chipping” or “No Top Order Runouts” in their ears. Fortified with jellies and biscuits Stephen and Louis set about their task.
As a game of two halves our second half was much better, the openers got off to a quick start and were well ahead of the rate when Louis was caught for a solid 34 (partnership 71) and then Abdullah joined Stephen “Run Machine”. A further partnership of 66 ended with Stephen out for an excellent 71 and James joined Abdullah 31* to bring the team home by 8 wickets with 6 overs to spare.
Overall a professional second half display saw the team progress to a semi final meeting next Monday v YMCA – I would recommend anyone with an interest in the club’s next generation to see this match, we will be underdogs but hopefully we can bite !!
Thanks as always to the parents for getting the team there on time, thanks Louis for cycling cross town from rugby training to keep wicket and Adam Chester for umpiring (we definitely were looking for DRS on the run out !!)
Legend of the Day – Stephen Black 71 and 5 good overs of spinning
Onwards to a league game v Leinster on Thursday