U13s Progress to All Ireland Final

At a windswept Shaw’s Bridge, the 13’s recorded a 53-run victory over North West champions Coleraine on Thursday 23rd August.

Despite a less than average forecast and some top work by groundsman Scott and his helpers, the game went ahead as planned.

 

Visitors Coleraine won the toss and invited us to bat. When Rory struck 2 x 4’s and a 2 in the 2nd over, things were looking promising, however a full ball next up ended his stay at the crease much to the delight of Coleraine side. This brought together Amy Hunter and George Palmer. George looked solid as Amy worked hard at the other end. Unfortunately George played a loose shot across the line to leave the score on 27 for 2 in the 5th over. Tom Crothers joined Amy and this pair batted calmly in tandem. As Tom’s innings progressed, he became the more attacking of the two, with Amy happy to play a support role.

A larger then normal boundary (Cricket Ireland regulations) presented a new challenge as Amy accumulated 1’s and 2’s patiently, keeping the ball on the deck. Tom hit the ball hard down the ground and through the offside. Just as the partnership looked set to accelerate, Tom fell to a Yorker for 29 (28 balls) Ben McCausland followed Amy’s lead in looking for gaps and at 87 from 15, it was time to accelerate. In fairness to the bowlers, they restricted boundary opportunities at the death. Ben and Amy stuck to the task and continued to score at a run-a-ball for an undefeated partnership of 47. Ben (21 form 30 balls) and Amy (38 from 41 balls) showed great maturity in adapting their naturally aggressive batting styles to the pitch size and conditions. Only 6 boundaries were struck.

The side knew that they would have to bowl and field well against largely an unknown quantity in the North West Champions. Skipper Rory claimed the breakthrough with his second ball as the opener gloved a quick one to Luke Beattie who took the catch well. Rory bowled with pace and aggression signaled by a rapid bouncer which not many at this age have the capability to bowl. After his 2 over blast, the skipper decided to preserve his energy and the shrewd bowling change brought about another wicket as he took an orthodox catch at short cover off Tom’s bowling. George was rewarded the following over, bowling the other opener and followed this up with another the next over in a good spell. Tom’s tight spell was rewarded when he clean bowled the Coleraine number 7, leaving them in trouble . With 100 required from 12, Rory decided to share bowling duties with Michael Hollway and Amy Hunter bowling nicely before the introduction of Ben McCausland. By this stage, Coleraine were struggling to build meaningful partnerships as wickets fell regularly. Ben scooped 2 wickets to complete an excellent personal performance as the Colearaine challenge petered out.

A workman-like performance which showed good focus and adaptability.

Thanks to Coleraine for the game and to umpires Ian Houston and Alec Adams.

We look forward to meeting Leinster Champions YMCA in the final.

Instonians 121-3 A Hunter 38n.o, T Crothers 29, B McCausland 21n.o

Coleraine 68-8 J Bell 19 G Palmer 2-11, T Crothers 2-4, B McCausland 2-13

Team -- Rory Ellerby, George Palmer, Amy Hunter, Tom Crothers, Ben McCausland, Michael Hollway, Luke Beattie, Conor Anderson, George Craigan, Will Park, Max Willmott, Charlie Smith.