Our Development team were the first in action against Adamstown at Corkagh Park on Saturday, continuing what is for most of them, their first summer of cricket. They posted a total of 75 but they pushed the hosts all the way only to unfortunately lose by just one wicket. They are aquitting themselves very well and that first win is surely not too far away.
The 1s returned to Knockharley just six days after their Cup defeat to the Meath side. In a rain affected game, we struggled to get any partnerships going and despite a 30 from Sachin and an unbeaten 23 from Urvin, we still failed to bat our alotted overs and were dismissed for 145. Further rain interruptions eventually revised the target to 115 off 29 overs which the hosts reached with four wickets in hand.
The 3s got their first win in over a month against North County in the Park. Batting first, we lost wickets regularly, but good knocks from Alan and Matt Nugent got us to a modest but respectable total of 119. We chipped away the visitors batting order and Tariq's impressive spell of 3-8 off 8 overs gave us a fighting chance but defending 4 off the last over with a set batsman on strike it was Tom Ryan (dodgy finger and all!!!) who got the all important last wicket to seal a 1 run victory.
On Sunday, the club hosted the annual Frank O'Farrell Memorial Cup Day in aid of St. Francis Hospice. An enjoyable day was had by all in aid of a very worthy cause.
The 2s' difficult League season continued as they were beaten by Wicklow County in Bray. Again, early lost wickets were our downfall. Although both Hamza and Hasan scored well later, our total of 138 was well short of what was required. Despite early wickets for Anbhav and Vishal, Wicklow were never in any real danger and rounded off a four wicket win in the 27th over.
The 4s are still unbeaten in Division 16 after their match against Leinster went down to the wire. Leinster had hit some big scores in recent games so we did well to restrict them to 156. Jestin was the pick of the bowlers with 3-18 including some very tight bowling at the death. In the chase, we lost early wickets but a good partnership between Manish and Tariq put us in a strong position. However Leinster picked off our middle order so it was down to the tail seal the deal. Thankfully Conor and Dermot held their nerve and with a little help from extras, got us over the line with just four balls remaining.