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Leinster Senior Cup 2023
11 June Round 2: The Hills v Pembroke (The Vineyard)
11 June Round 2: North County v Leinster (Balrothery)
11 June Round 2: Railway Union v Rush (Park Avenue)
11 June Round 2: Malahide v Clontarf (The Village)
3 day: Essex v Ireland - Day 1 Close
Chelmsford, 26 May.
Essex 343 (71.5 overs: Robin Das 132, George Dockrell 74, Mark Adair 62: Tom Mayes 4-68, Fionn Hand 2-50, Andy McBrine 2-98)
Ireland 38/2 (16 overs: PJ Moor 20*; Jamal Richards 2-18)
George Dockrell scored 74 (Ray Lawrence)
Billed as a first-class match, the three-day fixture has more the look of a glorified practice session with Essex fielding four Irish players as well as fringe players. Robin Das took his opportunity, scoring 132 on debut, with half centuries too for George Dockrell and Mark Adair. Tom Mayes (4-68) was the most successful of the Irish attack, while Fionn Hand and Andy McBrine took two apiece as Essex made 343. Faced with 16 overs before the close, the Irish lost James McCollum and Andy Balbirnie cheaply. PJ Moor will be hoping to build on his 20 not out, while the batting will be boosted by the arrival on Saturday of Paul Stirling after his stint with the Brummie Bears.
NCU T20 Cup
Group B: North Down lost to Lisburn by 7 wickets
Comber, 26 May.
North Down 117/8 (20 overs: Jacob Mulder 36, Stuart Nelson 32, Alistair Shields 20; David Simpson 3-11, Josh Manley 2-18, Matthew Humphreys 2-23)
Lisburn 121/3 (17.2 overs: James Hunter 56*, Faiz Fazal 37)
James Hunter (CricketEurope)
Three quick wickets for David Simpson stalled North Down's progress before a 69 run partnership between Jacob Mulder and Stuart Nelson got them past 100. But that was never going to be enough as James Hunter shared half-century partnerships with Faiz Fazal and Nigel Jones to see the visitors across the line in the eighteenth over.
NCU T20 Cup
Group B: CSNI lost to Cliftonville Academy by 8 wickets
Stormont, 26 May.
CSNI 110/7 (20 overs: Stuart Thompson 53; Matthew McCord 2-21, Abhishek Raut 2-22, Ben Kane 2-26)
Cliftonville Academy 111/2 (16.2 overs: Jared Wilson 56*, Francis Collins 32)
Jared Wilson (CricketEurope)
There was a strange look to the CSNI batting card with skipper Stuart Thompson's 53 the only double figure entry. Both openers Ryan Hunter and Ryan Harrison fell to left-arm spinner Ben Kane in his two opening overs before Matty McCord and Abhishek Raut picked up another two wickets each. No problems for Cliftonville Academy in chasing down the win in the seventeenth over after Francis Collins and Jared Wilson added 66 for the second wicket.
NCU T20 Cup
Group A: Woodvale v Waringstown
Ballygomartin Road, 26 May.
Woodvale 177/7 (20 overs: Ludwig Kaestner 100, Wayne Horwood 42; Rory Bessell 3-37, Ben Snell 2-30)
Waringstown 181/4 (17 overs: Morgan Topping 90, Marcus McClean 28, Ross Waite 21; Aditya Adey 2-34)
Morgan Topping (CricketEurope)
A 54 ball century by Ludwig Kaestner was the highlight of the Woodvale innings in which he and Wayne Horwood added 133 for the second wicket. Kaestner hitt 9x4 & 7x6 in a boundary blitz while veteran Horwood scored his runs at better than a run-a-ball with 3x4 & 3x6. A tough ask for unbeaten Waringstown but it was a case of 'Anything you can do...' as Morgan Topping took the home side's attack to pieces with a deluge of boundaries. He scored 90 at exactly 2 runs-a-ball, with 8x4 & 7x6. From there it was a simple matter for skipper Greg Thompson to seal the win with three overs to spare, finishing 19 not out.
NCU T20 Cup
Group A: Carrickfergus v Instonians - postponed
Middle Road, 26 May.
Interpro 50 Overs
North West Warriors beat Northern Knights by 3 wickets
Magheramason, 25 May.
Northern Knights 253/9 (50 overs: Ross Adair 76, Ruhan Pretorius 50, Morgan Topping 32, Neil Rock 24; Mike Erlank 4-46, Scott Macbeth 2-41)
North West Warriors 257/7 (49.4 overs: Stephen Doheny 78, Shane Getkate 58*, Ani Chore 36, William McClintock 32; Theo Van Woerkom 2-32, Ruhan Pretorius 2-50, Matthew Humphreys 2-54)
Ross Adair acknowledges the applause for his half century. (CricketEurope)
The Knights missed the chance to go two wins clear at the top of the Table as the Warriors got home by three wickets with two balls to spare. After a century opening partnership in twenty overs between Adair and Pretorius the Knights lost wickets at regular intervals and with no acceleration in the final overs their 253 was somewhat less that they would have hoped. The Warriors matched the Knights bringing up their hundred in the twenty second over but with Doheny anchoring the innings they were always in touch and it only took a burst from Warriors skipper Getkate to provide the impetus that put them in a winning position.
NCU Section 1
Saintfield lost to Templepatrick by 64 runs
The Demesne, 25 May.
Templepatrick 196/6 (20 overs: Mark Thompson 61, Bradley Munro 54, Robert Smith 38; Calvin Yeates 3-29)
Saintfield 132/8 (20 overs: Gareth Harrison 57, Adam Sofley 27; John Busby 3-11, Robert Smith 3-25)
A 95 run opening partnership in 10 overs between Mark Thompson and Robert Smith Bradley set Templepatrick on their way to an almost 200 total with Bradley Munro's 54 coming off 29 balls with 3x4s & 4x6s. It proved to be too big an ask for the as yet winless home side, Gareth Harrison with a spectacular 6 maximums in his 57 and Adam Sofley the only players to reach double figures. Three wickets each for John Busby and Robert Smith as Templepatrick completed a comfortable win.
Round 1: Dublin University lost to The Hills by 8 wickets
College Park, 13 May.
Dublin University 76 (19 overs; Nicolaj Laegsgaard 3-7, Jonathan Tall 2-9, Matthew Weldon 2-15)
The Hills 79/2 (17.5 overs; Bhavesh Lakhotia 24*, Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin 23)
Pulled away (Deryck Vincent)
The Hills made light work of a Dublin University side that would have gone into the game with a degree of confidence after four early season wins in the T20 Cup. The students were bundled out for just 76 with wickets for Nicolaj Laegsgaard 3-7, Jonathan Tall 2-9, and Matthew Weldon 2-15. They did lose two wickets chasing their modest total, but 20s from Bhavesh Lakhotia and Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin sealed the bloodless win.
Round 1: Pembroke beat Terenure by 10 wickets
Sydney Parade, 13 May.
Terenure 35 (14.2 overs; Nicholas Stapleton 8-8)
Pembroke 38/0 (5.4 overs; Diarmuid Tucker 28*)
Holders Pembroke are safely through after a crushing 10-wicket win against a hapless Terenure. Nicholas Stapleton had the remarkable figures of 8 for 8 - including a hat-trick of lbw's! His superb figures saw Terenure skittled for 35 - Piyush Sharma and Barry McCarthy the other successful bowlers. Diarmuid Tucker's unbeaten 28 saw the target passed without loss in just the 6th over on a day to forget for the visitors.
Nick stapleton who took a hat-trick on his way to 8 for 8
Round 1: North Kildare lost to North County by 8 wickets
The Maws, 13 May.
North Kildare 136 (31.2 overs; Sayed Mehdi Shah 34, Ahmed Dar 21; Eddie Richardson 6-36, Simi Singh 3-46)
North County 138 (25.2 overs; Simi Singh 50*, Eddie Richardson 47*, John Devane 28)
It was the Eddie Richardson and Simi Singh show as North County overpowered North Kildare to win easily by 8 wickets. Richardson took 6 for 36 and Singh 3/46 as Kildare were dismissed for 136. Sayed Shah hit 4 sixes in an entertaining knock but there was little else. Singh then shared stands of 63 for the second wicket with John Devane (28) and 70 for the third with Richardson (47*). Singh cleared the ropes four times in his unbeaten 50, while Richardson's undefeated 47 came from 36 deliveries (6 fours, 2 sixes).
Round 1: YMCA lost to Leinster by 46 runs
Claremont Road, 13 May.
Leinster 118/9 (46.3 overs; Patrick Lynch 29, Saqib Bahadhur 24; Tim Tector 3-29, Ashley Burton 2-19)
YMCA 72 (36.3 overs; Saqib Bahadur 4-6, Joey Carroll 2-8, Jai Moondra 2-15)
Leinster won a battle of attrition in a low-scoring match at Claremont Road. The Rathmines side struggled to 118 in 47 overs with 20's From Patrick Lynch and Saqib Bahadhur. It may not have looked many but it proved more than enough as YM could only muster 72. Four wickets for Bahadhur and two apiece for Joey Carroll and Jai Moondra in a 46-run win.
Round 1: Merrion lost to Railway Union by 1 wicket
Anglesea Road, 13 May.
Merrion 133 (30.5 overs; SwapnilModgill 44, Sam Harbinson 27, Dom Joyce 26; Hamza Maan 4-13, Fakhar Zaman 3-19, Sean O'Brien 2-24)
Railway Union 136/9 (42.2 overs; Kenny Carroll 44, Brandon Kruger 30; Mohammed Sinan 3-26, Sam Harbinson 3-31, Tom Stanton 2-23)
Railway edged out Merrion by 1 wicket in the game of the day. Swapnill Modgill (44), Sam Harbinson (27) and Dom Joyce (26) took Merrion to 119 for 3 before wickets for Maan (4-13), zaman (3-19) and Sean O'Brien (2-24) saw them lose 7 wickets for 14 to slump to 133 all out. Railway's chase was in control thanks to Kenny Carroll (44) and Brandon Kruger (30) who added 60 for the 4th wicket and it looked a foregone conclusion at 88 for 3. However, they had a collapse of their own as Sinan (3-26), Harbinson (3-31) and Tom Stanton (2-23) reduced them to 116 for 9, needing 18. They got them with Nitin Mehta (17*) and Esmat Ibrahimi (5*) holding their nerve in a tense finale.
Round 1: Civil Service lost to Rush by 10 wickets
Phoenix Park, 13 May.
Civil Service 117 (Jarred Barnes 3-21)
Rush 119/0 (Neil Rock 58*, Llew Johnson 52*)
There was another one-sided contest as Civil Service were bowled out for 117 - three wickets for Jarred Barnes. The opening pair of Neil Rock and Llew Johnson both scored 50s in the easiest of wins.
Round 1: Malahide beat Balbriggan by 7 wickets
The Village, 13 May.
Balbriggan 259 (50 overs; Conor Fletcher 53, Farooq Nasr 50, Andrew Darroch 38, Cameron Rowe 33, Chris De Freitas 26; Peter Chase 3-45, Ali Frost 2-44, James Newland 2-54)
Malahide 260/3 (48 overs; Hunter Kindley 86*, Younas Ahmadzai 57, Matty Ford 47*, Ali Frost 27, Jamie Grassi 24)
Hunter Kindley's unbeaten 86 spearheaded an impressive 260-run chase by Malahide in the Fingal derby at home to Balbriggan. Their pursuit was given a flying start by Younas Ahmadzai (57) and Jamie Grassi (24), who added 74 in the first 7.4 overs. Ali Frost (27) also kept the board ticking, and Kindley and Matty Ford (47*) brought home the bacon in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 96. Earlier Conor Fletcher had cleared the ropes four times in a top-score of 53, while there was also a half century for Farooq Nasr. Peter Chase took three wickets, while there were a brace each for Ali Frost and James Newland.
Round 1: Phoenix lost to Clontarf by 35 runs
Phoenix Park, 13 May.
Clontarf 224 (49.4 overs; Eoghan Delany 67, John McNally 43, Aaron McGeehan 42, Ruan Cronje 23; Oliver Hald 5-36, Tyrone Kane 2-28, Ben White 2-35)
Phoenix 189 (46.3 overs; Levon Shields 34, James Maginnis 30, Tyron Kane 29, Jed Wiggins 27; Liam Gilhooly 4-27, Ruan Cronje 3-37)
Eoghan Delany's 67 was the glue that held Clontarf together in a total of 224. He shared stands of 50 with Ruan Cronje (23) and 80 with John MCNally (43), while there were also vital runs from Aaron McGeehan (42). Danish international Oliver Hald took 5 for 36, while there were two apiece for Irish internationals Tyrone Kane and Ben White. Several Phoenix batters got starts with runs for Levon Shields 34, James Maginnis 30, Tyron Kane 29, and Jed Wiggins 27. However, the visitors teenage seamer Liam Gilhooly took advantage of his promotion up the ranks to claim four wickets to be the Castle Avenue hero in their 35-run win.
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