YMCA beat Donemana with stunning fightback
Ger Siggins (Sunday Independent)
YMCA claimed their first All-Ireland title at Belmont, thumping Donemana by 29 runs in the All-Ireland T20 cup final.
In a game that swung dramatically their young side turned the game over with some accurate bowling and stunning catches when all seemed lost.
Not having won the Irish Senior Cup has rankled with YM – ten other Leinster clubs have won it – but this is a worthy compensation, maybe even a stepping stone.
The Tyrone side started slowly but 19 runs in the 11th over set them off and they were strolling on 88-2 with just 44 more needed off 40 balls. Captain William McClintock was in command, mixing singles with sledgehammers as he smashed four huge sixes in a stand of 64 with twin Gary.
But Curtis Campher, who has not replicated his ODI heroics since returning to Ireland, chose a perfect moment to get it right. His skiddy deliveries accounted for both McClintocks and the door opened for his club.
As Shakespeare might have said, “In Belmont was a bowler, richly left”, and 17-year-old left-armer Cillian McDonnell seized the day. Only called in when William de Klerk was required to play rugby elsewhere – his game was cancelled – spinner McDonnell took 2-16 off his four overs.
From 88-2 Donemana collapsed to 98-9, with Singh (3-30) and Campher (2-11) twisting the knife.
YMCA’s batters had started solidly, with Jack Tector rattling to 50 off 41 balls. His fellow opener Singh was starved of strike and struggled to get going, but they were still well placed on 88-1 in the 13th over.
But on a slow, soft pitch Donemana’s spinners tightened the screw, drying up boundaries – just two came in the last eight overs.
McClintock appeared to miscount the overs, forcing him to use six bowlers, but perhaps it was a masterstroke. It certainly worked out that way for Dwayne McGerrigle. Capped seven times as a fast-bowler as a teenager, he’s now a 40-year old spinner and was richly rewarded for his wiles with 4-15 off three overs.
Oddly, the Donemana innings followed a similar course of early runs, middle overs stagnation and collapse. But in the end the Dubliners had a bit more, and Jack Tector took the player of the match award for his 62.