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U13's Win Banoge Cup

A very young side ensured that the Banoge Cup remains in the Shaw’s Bridge trophy cabinet with a comfortable win against CIYMS at Belmont on Thursday 9th August.


Carson McCullough, the CI captain won the toss and had no hesitation in opting to bat. Openers Callum Soper and Carson started cautiously against the opening pair or Rory Ellerby and George Palmer. Rory vs Carson was a good battle with Carson resolute in defence. Rory was determined to capture the prize wicket of his representative teammate however it was George who made the breakthrough in the 4th over, bowling Callum. This brought the rangy Ethan trill to the wicket. Scoring opportunities were few with Rory’s first 3 overs costing only 4 runs and after 5 overs, CI stood on 11 for 1. As Rory took a break, Tom Crothers was introduced into the attack and immediately found good areas. Conor Anderson was introduced into the attack however he struggled for consistency, allowing CI to score freely. Tom had other ideas and ensured his end was kept tight with a good spell, conceding only 7 runs in his 4 overs and unfortunate to be wicketless.

After 10 overs, the score had moved on to 51 for 1 with Carson looking dangerous, taking a liking to Conor’s leggies but still batting well within his capabilities. Ethan was mostly looking to take the aerial route and met his downfall courtesy of Ben McCausland, ending a 66 run partnership. Inst tails were up knowing that Carson was shouldering a massive responsibility and he became Ben’s second victim as he pulled a long hop to George at mid-wicket for a well-taken catch. At 77 for 3 after 15, the aim was now to keep the score under 100. Jed Dornan and Matthew Tindall struggled to hit boundaries but Rory’s return to bowl the 20th allowed them to use the pace of the ball to finish with a flurry as the innings closed on 99-4. An excellent fielding performance by all and the 6 Under 11 boys were unphased by the pressure of “playing up”.

In reply, Rory started well, dominating the bowling before Ethan bowled Luke Beattie with the score on 18 in the 3rd over. George Palmer and Rory partnered well as Rory dealt with the threat of spinner Carson McCullough. A bowling change resulted in George popping one to mid-off to leave the scoreboard reading 49 for 2 in the 7th over. With overs not an issue, CI needed to take wickets to keep themselves in the game but Tom had other plans. He and Rory batted maturely, hitting gaps and putting away anything loose. With the finish line in sight, Milo Carter bowled Rory for a fantastic 48-unfortunate not to reach a well-deserved 50 but a match winning innings nonetheless.
Rory’s 48 contained 9 x 4’s. Tom and Ben finished the job confidently to seal a 7-wicket victory for the visitors.

A good performance against determined opponents.
Thanks to CIYMS for the match and to our fantastic support.
Our team now progress to the All Irelands with the aim of fulfilling their potential and bringing another trophy back to Shaw’s Bridge.

CIYMS 99-4 C McCullough 48 G Palmer 2-14, B McCausland 2-19
Instonians 101-3 R Ellerby 48, T Crothers 23 n.o

Inst team
Rory Ellerby, Luke Beattie, George Palmer, Tom Crothers, Ben McCausland, Conoir Anderson, George Craigan, Will Park, Charlie Smith, Luke Crothers, Ben Walsh, James Nelson