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U13s complete clean sweep

The boys hosted big rivals CSNI at Shaw’s Bridge in the Premier League final play-off on 27th August and edged a thriller by 3 runs.

The CSNI attack started well with Adam Leckey breaching George Craigan’s defence in the third over. Tom Crothers fell 9 runs later. At 20 for 2, a partnership was required. George and Ben McCausland set about repairing the damage and at the halfway point with 57 on the board, the platform appeared to be solid. Ross Minford bowled George as he attempted to sweep a straight one and CSNI had the much-needed breakthrough. They took advantage and continued to break partnerships as Ben was needlessly run out. A tight final five overs with a defiant knock by the effervescent Luke Beattie brought the total to 95.

A tactical change meant that Lorcan Donnelly and Daniel Henry opened up. A fantastic 4 over spell each restricted the score to 24 for 1 with Daniel claiming the wicket courtesy of a Ben Oberholzer stumping. Michael and Tom paired up against the Ryan Hunter/Harry Dyer duo and continued to add to the pressure with some top bowling. The standard of fielding was excellent. Tom took Ryan’s off stump in his first over to raise the intensity further. At the halfway point CSNI were 27 for 2 and up against it. However Harry and Adam Leckey battled hard as the new pairing of George Palmer and Max Willmott toiled. The batting pair had managed to swing the game with some quality batting from Adam in particular. Harry’s scoring areas had been well protected by the fielders. After 17 overs, CSNI were 78 for 3 with Michael having claimed Adam’s wicket courtesy of an LBW. With 18 balls remaining, CSNI required 18 to win with 7 wickets in hand. Tom still had to bowl the 18th and 20th with Michael the 19th. Tom’s first ball of the 18th clean bowled Harry Dyer. A tight over meant that 15 we required from the last 12 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Michael delivered under pressure (again!) through a Ben Oberholzer stumping and a clean bowled. With 6 balls remaining, 11 runs were required to win. The field spread to protect the boundary and with 1 ball remaining, CSNI required a 4. Tom produced a dot ball to seal the win.

An outstanding performance in the field and with the ball. There was a real intensity to this performance as the fielding unit showed their ability to restrict a chase by having fielders in each batter’s scoring areas. A tight match between two strong sides.

This means that the U13s have achieved the “clean sweep”-the Banoge Cup, the Premier League Trophy and the All Ireland Cup. An outstanding year and well deserved based on the hard work and great attitude of the squad.

Particular thanks to the parents for their amazing support and to the players who are a pleasure to work with.

Instonians 95-7 ( G Palmer 24, B McCausland 23, L Beattie 15, H Dyer 3-15)

CSNI 92-6 (H Dyer 20, A Leckey 32, M Hollway 3-21, T Crothers 2-14)