YMCA on course to end drought
Ian Callender (Irish Independent)
YMCA remain on course to win a senior T20 competition for the first time in 14 years after beating Phoenix by four wickets in the semi-final of the League Cup.
In next Saturday’s final at Sydney Parade they will play Railway Union who knocked out neighbours Pembroke
Although Simi Singh and Harry Tector each took two wickets for YM, opening bowler Tom Anders was his side’s bowling star with 4-18 as Phoenix were bowled out for 102 with not one batsman reaching 20.
In-form Singh was promoted to open but although he lasted only 10 balls, Jack Tector with 24 and Harry Tector’s 32 ensured a straightforward chase. Harry was out six runs short of victory but YM still reached their target in the 16th over.
Railway also enjoyed a surprisingly comfortable 19 runs win, despite Kevin O’Brien being caught second ball. Kenny Carroll, however, hit 58 and shared a fourth wicket stand of 76 with captain Glenn Querl was scored 55 off 39 balls.
Pembroke skipper Fiachra Tucker broke the partnership with the total on 108 but Railway still added 29 off the last three overs, including two sixes from Querl who failed by just one ball to see the innings through.
At 64-2 off 12 overs in the Pembroke reply it was game on but next ball, Digamber Mishra had Lorcan Tucker caught for 12 and despite 44 from Theo Lawson, Pembroke were bowled out with four balls unused.
The winners next Saturday will play Cork County the following day in the All-Ireland T20 Cup semi-final while the other semi-final will be between CIYMS and Donemana at Bready. Donemana won the North West senior Cup on Saturday with a 14 runs victory over holders Brigade.