Pembroke shock North County
Pembroke won the toss and, after some hesitancy, elected to bat first. Within half an hour of the start rain intervened & when the match finally resumed it was as a 44 over game. Pembroke had already lost Andy Balbernie at this point and were reliant on their veteran opener, Brian O'Rourke, to give them a good base.
This he did with a well made 44 but when he was out it was left to Theo Lawson to bat with a lengthy Pembroke tail. When he was out of the final ball of the innings for a well made 48 Pembroke had scrambled their way to 194 all out, probably 25 more than they should have got but they were helped by some lack lustre North County fielding. For County, Richie Lawrence, on one leg, took 4-38 and Conor Shiels 2-27,
County made a slow start to their response and lost both openers with the score at 15. Pembroke bowled & fielded with great enthusiasm and wickets fell steadily. Ciaran Garry (44) batted well until top edging a reverse sweep straight to slip and John Mooney (28) looked like he might control the run chase until edging Andy Balbernie behind.
County were now well behind the required rate but this was tailor made for Terry Richardson who smashed a rapid 28 which looked like winning the game for County. Alas, he got too much height on a straight drive and was caught in the 3rd last over with County still needing 11 to win.
Richie Lawrence was stiill there, albeit on one leg, with John Mooney as his runner. 5 were required off the last over, Richie lost strike for the final ball and then the umpires had to be asked what the relevant regulations were. A quick check, if County scored one of the final ball, the match would be tied.
Under D/L, it would therefore go to a count back of scores after 15 overs, Pembroke were on 62, County 53, County therefore needed 2 of the final ball to win. A heave, attempted run, runout, Pembroke had won by one run and the Cup holders were out!!
A well deserved win, if only for the enthusiasm they showed in the field. Andy Balbernie (2-28), Andy Leonard (2-33) and Bill Whaley (2-33) were the pick of the Pembroke bowlers.