U13s All Ireland Champions Too!

Not to be outdone by the U11s, the 13s secured the All Ireland Cup beating an excellent YMCA side by 27 runs at Balbriggan on Sunday.


Skipper Rory Ellerby called correctly and chose to bat on the grass track. The wicket looked like it would offer something for the bowlers but appeared firm. The pair started well until George Palmer offered a simple catch off the opening spinner Yash with 19 on the board. As always, Rory started positively and looked set for a big score as he found gaps at will. As is often the case, a bowling change brings a wicket as Amy was caught in two minds and she offered a simple caught and bowled opportunity, much to the delight of the YMCA crowd. The new partnership of Rory and Tom Crothers proved to be a successful one at an important stage of the game. Tom was happy to rotate the strike to allow Rory to pressurise the bowlers. With the score on 73 after 10 overs, 150 looked likely. Tom smashed successive 4’s off spinner number three as he also looked set. After an earlier opportunity had been missed, the same fielder didn’t miss a second chance, pocketing a good catch at extra cover to leave the score on 98 for 3 in the 13th over. As Rory departed for a superb 61, the partnership had yielded 62 crucial runs . Rory’s innings contained 8 x 4’s and 1 x 6 and he is arguably the top batsman in this age group, intimidating both bowlers and fielders.

Ben McCausland was next up although he mistimed one early on to bring Luke Beattie to the wicket. As Tom looked to accelerate, he became the 5th wicket to fall after looking set. He was followed by Michael Hollway. Within the space of three overs, YM had pulled themselves back into the match. Luke Beattie showed maturity as he finished the innings off with George Craigan.

At the break, Instonians had the advantage of runs on the board, however the side knew that a top display in the field would be required and that YMCA would have a strong batting line-up.

The Instonians energy was evident as an early breakthrough came courtesy of George. Rory bowled with pace at the other end without success. George claimed his second victim in his fourth over and Lorcan Donnelly added another in his first over to leave YM on 57 for 3 at the halfway stage. When Rory introduced Michael Hollway in the 13th over, the pressure was on. With the required run rate at over 7’s, Michael produced a fantastic spell of spin bowling. Meanwhile, the fielding was almost faultless at everyone got behind each other and worked as a unit. While the YM batsmen looked strong off their legs they struggled to score in front of the wicket on the off side, so “outside off stump” was the instruction to the bowlers. The bowlers choked the scoring opportunities as the dot ball count increased and the pressure mounted on the batsmen. Amy put the ball in good areas before Rory came back on for his last 2 overs.

As boundaries dried up, YM managed to reach 102 in the 20 overs. An excellent spell by George however spell of the day was undoubtedly Michael, returning figures of 3-10 from his 4 overs. Outstanding bowling at a stage when the game could have been won by either side.

This was a top performance against a strong side and Rory led from the front with his tactically astute captaincy.

Many thanks to Balbriggan for hosting the final. Thanks also to YMCA for a competitive match and to the umpires.

A fitting end to a successful year.

Instonians 129-6 R Ellerby 61, T Crothers 23, S Yeremsetti 3-9

YMCA 102-6 J Flannigan 31, S Yeremsetti 22n.o, G Palmer 2-16, M Hollway 3-10