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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Historic day for 'Briggan

BALBRIGGAN put the previous week's RSA National Cup Final defeat firmly behind them by clinching their first-ever promotion to Division 2 of the Leinster League on Sunday.

Barry Archer's men took on The Hills 2nds, who were battling to avoid relegation, and managed to eke out a two-wicket victory to put further gloss on a great season which also saw them win the Senior 2 Cup. The Hills were all out for 243 in the last of their 50 overs, with Jonno Andrews leading the charge with 54 and several of their other batsmen also making useful contributions, but a Balbriggan hero emerged in the shape of their wicketkeeper Barry Archer. The skipper claimed an amazing five catches in The Hills' innings, and then - batting at number six - proceeded to steer Balbriggan to an unlikely twowicket victory with a superb 82 not out. When three wickets fell with the score on 64 Balbriggan looked to have blown their chance of promotion, but Archer and tailender Ali Qasim (31 not out) put on a superb 85 for the ninth wicket and with results elsewhere going in their favour they can now look forward to Division 2 cricket alongside fellow Fingal clubs Rush and Malahide. Balbriggan 2nds are also going well and victory for them in their final match at home to Leinster next Sunday would guarantee them promotion as well. Play starts at noon and the club are hoping for a big turnout from members. Meanwhile, down in Division 13 Ring Commons made absolutely certain of the title on their return to the Leinster League with a massive 228-run victory over Rush's fourth string. Anto Coates made a remarkable 203 for the away side before retiring as they reached 380-5 off 40 overs, and although Josh Murphy made his first fifty at adult level for Rush and skipper Ellison was still there on 30 at the finish, there was never any hope of overhauling such a huge total. Chalissery made his mark in the Ring Commons attack by claiming a hat-trick.

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