Busy Weekend Can Bring Big Rewards !
After 3 games into the season we finally broke our duck with a win over Gorey. A fantastic opening stand of 87 from Barry Ashmore and Richard Greene gave us the platform to build an innings of 185-7. Richard Greene top scored with 58, and Clive Wardrop continued his good vein of form scoring 48. In reply, Gorey's Ross Norman gave a dogged innings of 62 Not Out, but it was the incredible bowling figures of 8-2-9-1 from John Threadgold that was the standout. A special mention should go to Umer Naru, who's death bowling put any stop to Gorey getting to their total.
So onto this weekend, and it's Russell Court Trophy action on Saturday as we take on Ashbourne and Merrion in a Round Robin group in Brannockstown. Then on Sunday, we make the trip to Balrothery to play North County in the League. It's been two years since we played in the T20 Russell Court Trophy where we knocked out Adamstown in the Opening Round, which included the highlight of 100 Not Out from Rehan Ali. We then crashed out in the Quarter Final to AIB. Merrion beat us in the Whelan Cup at this stage last year by 8 wickets. It's been 3 years since Ashbourne last paid a visit to Brannockstown. That's when we we both playing in Division 13 when Ashbourne won by 48 runs. In the return fixture that season, we managed to beat Ashbourne by 6 wickets where the highlight was Mahmoon Rashid hitting the ball onto the roof of the clubhouse for an enormous 6.
On Sunday we play return to the site of one of most enjoyable wins from last season against North County in a match that ended in virtual darkness. Chasing a big score of 208 from County, an brilliant 97 Not Out from Umer Naru, and a 56 from David Brown saw us home.
The action in Brannockstown on Saturday begins at 10:30am with the game against Ashbourne, and at 5:30pm against Merrion.
The game in Balrothery on Sunday begins at 1:00pm.