Lawson the hero as Pembroke clinch semi-final berth
Paul Lawson was the hero for Pembroke as he struck the penultimate ball for six to seal a semi-final berth for the Sydney Parade side in their clash with Dublin University.
With eight needed Nigel Jones had entrusted himself with the final over and had restricted Pembroke to four singles before Lawson launched the ball over the long-off boundary.
Chasing 127 Pembroke had been reduced to 48 for 5 in the 10th over, with 52 year-old veteran leg-spinner Conor Hoey taking three wickets and Milo Egan two.
Lorcan Tucker (45) and Lawson (45*) got them back on track and eventually over the line in a dramatic finale.
Earlier Nic Pretorius carried his bat, hitting seven fours in his unbeaten 54, with Sanil Gupta (35) and Diarmuid Tucker (27) chipping in to their total of 126 for 2.
Also through to the semi-finals are Phoenix who topped the group with a 50-run verdict against Leinster.
Jamie Grassi’s 59 was the bedrock as they posted 125 for 6. The former Irish Under 19 international faced 53 balls, hitting four boundaries and clearing the ropes three times.
He and Jeremy Lawlor (27) had been kept in check as the Rathmines side stuck to their task – George Dockrell (3-26) the most successful.
Aaron Cawley (20) changed the dynamic of the innings as he and Grassi added 48 in just over four overs.
The Leinster chase never got out of first gear, stifled initially by Theo Dempsey’s double strike, and with Cawley and Ben White also picking up a brace they limped to 75 all out.
The win guarantees Pembroke home advantage in the semi-finals next week.
The other group winners were this year’s surprise package, Railway Union who were comfortable 40-run winners against a Hills side who have struggled to adapt to the reduced overs format.
Kevin O’Brien’s first appearance in club cricket for the Park Avenue side saw him joint top -score with 26 alongside Glenn Querl as they made 120 for 9 – Tomas Rooney-Murphy (2-10) the pick of the bowlers.
Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin made a run-a-ball 22 but the rest stuttered and spluttered, eventually crawling to 80 for 8 – Prabanshu Kamal continuing his rich vein of form with three wickets.
Kings of the chase YMCA were at it again as they beat Terenure by six wickets to also make the last four.
Terenure made 123 for 8 with Seamus Lynch (39) and Donal Vaughan (35) their main contributors.
Curtis Campher was dealt some severe punishment conceding 35 runs from three overs, but Mikey O’Reilly (3-15) and Tom Anders with two wickets applied the brakes.
Harry Tector was clearly a man in a hurry as he clubbed 6 fours and 5 sixes in a top score of 64 from just 32 balls, sharing a fourth wicket stand of 82 in 44 deliveries with younger brother Tim (27*) as the target was passed in just 14.2 overs.
T20 champions Malahide therefore missed out on a semi-final berth despite edging out Balbriggan by four runs at The Village.
Greg Ford’s 48 helped them to a modest 104 for 9 – four wickets for Abdul Sattar -, but it proved enough as Balbriggan could only manage 100 for 7 when the overs ran out.
In the other game Rush completed their campaign with a 10-wicket win over North Kildare.
Three wickets for Eoghan Conway (3-10) restricted Kildare to 69 for 7 in a contest reduced to ten overs per side – Manpreet Singh making 30.
Neil Rock made light work of the chase as he thumped four maximums as well as three fours in a 17-ball unbeaten 44, as Rush chased in just 5.5 overs – Nathan McGuire (14*) keeping Rock company in the onslaught.
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