Week 2 Roundup (Part 1)
With Cork County involved in two games in LCU Division 2 over the Bank Holiday weekend, only one Premier game was played on Sunday. Co Kerry were the visitors to Adare and having lost the toss and asked to bowl they were soon in their stride with the wicket of Aditya Giduthuri falling in the 4th over. Farman Yousafzai replaced Aditya at the crease but struggled to get the ball away, scoring one "4" off 18 balls before being caught by Arslan Anwar off the bowling of, former Shannonsider, Ibrahim Khan. Opener Harry Broadburst, had batted solidly scoring 26 off 65 balls before being given out LBW off the bowling of, former Ireland A International, Yakoob Ali. With Limerick 75-3, Yakoob claimed the next four wickets for just 15 runs. Only Murtaza Sediqi with 31 off 45 showed any resistance. Zia Khan added 22 off 46 before Limerick were bowled out for 139 from 44.5 overs. Yakoob Ali finished with figures of 6-30 off his 10 overs and Kashif Khan taking 2 wickets for 12.
With 140 required for victory opener Usman Khan wasted no time in knocking off the runs scoring 53 off 80 balls scoring 7 boundaries before being stumped by Varsh Shetty off the bowling of Sajid Younus in the 28th over. Arslan Anwar, batting at 4, had earlier scored 39 off 36 to leave Kerry requiring 41 for victory. The target was reached with 6 wickets to spare with Shani Alam and Mohsin Taj unbeaten with Mohsin hitting the winning boundary off the third ball in the 33rd over.
Two games were scheduled to be played on Saturday but the local derby between Cork County and Cork Harlequins became the latest victim of the "wet spring". However, Tipperary County did manage to play their first home game of the season, in Ballyeighan, where they hosted Limerick 2nd XI. Winning the toss Tipperary asked Limerick to bat and with opener Mohammed Gouse scoring 24 off 30 and Zubair Rehman, batting at 5, scoring 21 off 49 being the only batsmen to score over 20, Limerick were all out for 134 with 3 balls left in the innings.
Tipperary would have fancied their chances of chasing down a low total but were soon in turmoil, losing 3 wickets for 10 runs with the 3rd over not yet completed. Wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals with only Kannan Sree with 26 off 41 providing any resistance to a now rampant Limerick side. Tipperary were all out for 109 runs (extras accounting for 30 runs) in the 32nd over coming up 25 runs short. Best of the bowlers were Abhishek Ramanujan with 3-15 off 6.3 and Junaid Shaik with 3-20 off 7.