Muckamore kept up their quite remarkable record in bowl-outs over the weekend with wins over Balbriggan and Sion Mills in cricket's equivalent of the penalty shoot-out.

Indeed some wags at the County Antrim club are suggesting they have German blood in their veins after making it ten successful shoot outs in a row over the years - 11 if you count their second string success in the semi-final of the Ulster Plate last season.

Muckamore have held their nerve over the years to oust The Hills (Irish Senior Cup), Sion Mills (twice) and Bonds Glen  (Ulster Shield), Lurgan and Armagh (Senior Cup), St Johnston and Balbriggan (National Cup), Dumurry and Saintfield (20/20 Shield).

Skipper Neil Gill though puts it down to hard work, practice, and of course a little bit of fortune: " I think the biggest thing we have going as a team and a club is our spirit and the will to win. We do practise hard and spend at least one or two nights per week at training. We have a real dead eye expert in our ranks with our professional Indrajeet Kamtekar who seems to hit  9 times out of 10 - he missed yesterday in our 1-0 win over Balbriggan, although did hit today as we beat Sion Mills 2-1. 

"We would of course prefer to win on the field of play, and understand that it's gutting for teams to exit in this fashion. We're on a roll in cup competitions and don't dread the bowl-outs the way some teams seem to. Maybe confidence allied with a bit of skill and fortune is the recipe for success."

Muckamore's nerve may well be tested again in the coming months with no reserve dates in either the National Cup or Ulster Shield.

Who would bet against them making it 11 or indeed 12 in a row!