Gill delight as Muckamore clinch trophy
The inaugural National Cup final at Milverton between Muckamore and Balbriggan proved to be a real thriller, with Muckamore bringing the cup North following a three wicket win.
For Muckamore skipper Neil Gill, it caps a magnificent season for the Antrim club, following up on their earler capture of the Ulster Shield.
Gill commented: "I'm delighted to be the first name on the Irish National Cup. It was a fantastic game of cricket that really could have went either way. I elected to bowl first as I thought there would be a bit in the wicket early on. I got a couple of early wickets but the danger men Barry Archer and Adrian Harpur were at the crease and so it proved as they put on 60 odd runs, although the latter was dropped twice in his innings of 60.
"We were more than happy to have restricted them to 183 on what was a fantastic wicket to bat on but it didn't start off to well as we were in a bit of trouble on 28 for 3 and 60 for 4.
"That brought myself ago the crease to join our professional Kamy and we added 60 odd runs which swung the match into our favour then disaster struck as myself and then Kamy got out and with 60 needed off the last ten with 4 wickets left was always going to be tricky.
"It proved far from it as Richard Keates smashed 34 off 21 balls which basically won the game for us - he was helped by Brian Dunlop who ended up 19 n.o.
"The Hills were fantastic hosts, the ground was immaculate and the teas were top notch and I thank them greatly for everything - our supporters were very well looked after as well.
"All in all it was a great day for the club and one which will live long in the memories of everyone involved with Muckamore."