The Under 11's came up trumps, defeating CIYMS by 32 runs at a sun-drenched Shaw's Bridge Lower on Friday 2nd August.
Having won the toss, CI chose to have a bowl. We set ourselves a target of 120, with a lightning quick outfield. Matthew Humphreys and Oliver Metcalfe got the innings off to a flier. However we uncharacteristically lost wickets at regular intervals. James Hunter curbed his natural aggression to top score with 27 and formed an important partnership with Ben Crothers (19) who played the anchor role. Oliver Metcalfe was the only other batsman to get into double figures with a rapid 17. The innings ended on 103 after some wayward CI fielding in the last few overs.
A slightly disappointing total knowing the strength in our batting line-up.
The CI innings got off to a disastrous start. James bowled with pace and aggression, removing Thomas Kane and Charlie Maskery, CI's main threat. Jack Watson picked up a wicket and the introduction of Matthew Humphreys left CI floundering on 10 for 5. At this stage the game was over as a contest. We took the opportunity to use 9 bowlers who all acquitted themselves well.
Our fielding throughout was excellent—captain Sam McLarnon taking a fantastic catch at slip off the last ball of the innings.
Also prominent in the field were Matthew, Jack Watson and Jonny Mitchell.
The CI innings closed on 71 for 9 and credit must go to Paddy McAlpine and Ben Megarry who both batted well for 17 and 18 n.o respectively.
My Highlight of the Match was a Jack Watson full length dive to stop 4--up popped our youngest player James Rose with a direct hit run-out from the boundary to highlight his great potential.
The first and definitely not the last cup for this talented bunch!
The boys now progress to the All-Ireland Semi Final.
Instonians 103 for 7 (J Hunter 27, B Crothers 19, O Metcalfe 17)
(T Kane 2-15, A Leckey 3-26)
CIYMS 71 for 9 (B Megarry 18n.o , P McAlpine 17)
(J Hunter 2-1, M Humphreys 2-18)
Thanks to CI for the game.