Muckamore relishing Merrion challenge
Davy Holmes (News Letter)
Ed Joyce’s last appearance in the Irish Senior Cup was back in 2001, when Merrion made it through to the semi-finals; he played in the first three rounds picking up two Man of the Match awards along the way. His exploits since then elsewhere are well documented.
If things go according to plan he will turn out on Sunday against Muckamore as part of a team that are the current holders of the Bob Kerr:
“I hope to play Sunday but to be honest I don’t know an awful lot about the Muckamore players apart from Ryan Haire. From what I have heard though they are a team currently punching above their weight in the NCU.”
A more than reasonable compliment given the exceptional start the men from Moylena have had on their return to the top section of the NCU. Two games this weekend, tomorrow a trip to The Green to face North Down and then it is down to Dublin.
If it all seems a bit much to take in then Muckamore captain Neil Gill hides it well:
“I’m really enjoying it, what we have discovered is there are no easy games and this weekend is no exception. North Down are top of the league, so for the neutral perhaps a hard one to call, but maybe not; they would probably go for a home win. It is going to be tough but we are confident.
In the last few weeks our bowling has improved, we have been working on reducing the wides and generally the fielding has been excellent; the exception last week against Waringstown where we dropped four. Here I am saying we are disappointed not to have beaten them twice already this season!
Batting has been good and we have shown some depth but we need someone to kick on and get that big score.
Sunday was not really the draw we wanted, Ed Joyce, Anderson, Kane, need I go on. As a club, we are really looking forward to the day and have nothing to lose.
For me and I expect for the rest of the team it is going to be fantastic to be on the same pitch as Ed, it will be great just to see him close up and for me personally to bowl to him, for most maybe a once in a lifetime experience.
We have a coachload of supporters travelling and we will look to give them some entertainment.”
As we all know it only takes one ball in cricket, perhaps come Sunday evening another chapter will be added to Muckamore folklore!