CIYMS to take on YMCA
Ian Callender (Sunday Life)
CIYMS will play YMCA for the right to represent Ireland in next April’s European League in La Manga today after the Dublin side confirmed their favourites tag to beat Donemana in yesterday’s All-Ireland T20 final at sunny Belmont.
It was still game on after 14 overs of the chase with Donemana on 86-2, needing another 46 to win their first all-Ireland title for 20 years. But, in a horrible collapse, the McClintock twins were both dismissed in the next over and Donemana lost seven wickets for 10 runs in 28 balls. It left the last pair to score 34 from the last over and although they survived, only four runs were added.
Simi Singh, one of three internationals in the YM line-up, had been hit out of the attack, conceding 26 in his first two overs, but after Curtis Campher, Ireland’s newest cap, bowled Gary McClintock and had William McClintock caught behind, Singh finished with three for 30 as the innings folded tamely.
Although the late subsidence decided the match, it was the opening two partnerships of the YM innings which put them in the driving seat, both dominated by Jack Tector.
Two years ago, Jack was tipped to be the first Tector to win an Ireland cap but although has been left behind by younger brother Harry, the YM captain is still capable of a classy innings – and he chose the perfect day to compile it.
With Belmont looking a picture, Tector produced the strokes to set it off, hitting five fours and a six in his 31-ball 50 which came up in the 10th over and added another maximum before he was stumped in Jordan McGonigle’s final over.
No-one was able to pick up the mantle and in a fine comeback, Donemana took the last seven wickets for 36 runs with Dwayne McGerrigle, not introduced until the 16th over, proving virtually unplayable and taking four wickets.
But the damage had been done. Donemana’s openers, which included North West Warriors captain Andrew McBrine, were back in the players’ tent inside six overs with just 24 on the board and although William McClintock took a liking to the bowling, especially Singh, hitting four sixes, one of the twins had to stay to the finish to maintain the momentum.
In the space of four deliveries that plan had been dashed and when big-hitting Dwayne McGerrigle followed in the next over, spectacularly caught on the long-off boundary by Harry Tector, there was only one winner.
There was still time for Campher to win the champagne moment, holding on to a catch while diving backwards in the covers, but YM were already looking forward to a night in Belfast – Dublin is in lockdown – ahead of today’s game to decide the All-Ireland champions. The action starts at 1pm.