Weekend 2 Roundup (Part 2)
Tipperary County 2nd XI played host to Cork Harlequins 3rd XI on Sunday at Ballyeighan with lots of similarities between this game and the 1st XI's game on Saturday. Tipperary won the toss and asked the visitors to bat. Cork Harlequins struggled with the bat and posted a low score of 91 all out off 32 overs. Sijil Marasseril was best of the bowlers with 3-14 from 4 overs. Extras of 25 runs proving the top scorer. Again like their counterparts on Saturday, Tipperary struggled to come to grips with the pitch and were never in the hunt. A six wicket haul for Siblee Islam for just 16 runs from 7 overs ripped the heart from the ring rusty Tipperary batters who were scuttled for 79 all out coming up 12 runs short. The lack of match practice, owing to the incredibly bad weather endured this spring, was no doubt the major factor in a poor game. There is better to come from both sides.
Limerick 4th XI took maximum points from their home game with North Kerry with an emphatic 147 run victory. Man of the match was Arslan Khalid who scored 159 off 134 balls (SR 118.66) including 17x4's and 2x6's.
In the other scheduled game, Cork Harlequins 4th XI won by forfeit over Waterford & District who continue to struggle to find players on Bank holiday weekends.
Next weekend is a free weekend owing to the much awaited Inaugural Test match in Malahide. Whether you are going to the game or watching it on the box - it is a weekend to be proud and feel apart of an historic occasion. This event would never have happened without the tireless work of so many players, coaches, volunteers, Club administrators, Cricket journalists throughout the short history of Irish Cricket and the vision and passion of one, Warren Deutrom.