YMCA reach first All-Ireland final
Ian Callender (Irish Independent)
YMCA will play in their first All-Ireland final on Saturday after easing past Cork County in yesterday’s T20 semi-final at Sydney Parade.
Jack Tector’s side will face Donemana, at an NCU venue to be confirmed, after the North West side shocked defending champions CIYMS at Bready on Saturday with a one run (DLS) victory in the first semi-final.
The only worry YM had was halfway through their innings when the captain was bowled for 15 to leave his side 62-5. But a stand of 45 in seven overs between Bobby Gamble and Wilhelm de Klerk put them back on track for a competitive total.
Cork opening bowler Rudolph Pollard dismissed Gamble with the first ball of the last over and when he dismissed Rory Anders next ball he had taken a hat-trick which no-one realised at the time because it had started 16 overs earlier with the last ball of his second over.
With Tom Anders hitting three of the last four balls for four, YM finished on 131-8 and when Curtis Campher then took two wickets in five balls to reduce the Munster champions to 22-3, it was one-way traffic to the finish, with Cork bowled out for 91.
YM had been just as clinical in the League Cup final on Saturday, to book their place in the All-Ireland semi-final, defeating Railway Union by seven wickets with 27 balls to spare.
Tom Anders dismissed Kevin O’Brien in his second over but Kenny Carroll batted through the innings for 73 – he was run out off the last ball – to take Railway to 117-7.
It was never enough and YM’s star-studded batting line-up saw the job through with Harry Tector hitting 46 off 36 balls before he was dismissed just two runs short of victory, but Campher finished 25 not out.