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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Talented Rush boys reach two All-Ireland deciders

Published 30/08/2014 | 00:00

Rush U-11s wicketkeeper Nathan McGuire keeps his eyes on the ball during last week’s All-Ireland semi-final. Pictures: Fintan Clarke

RUSH CC's Under-11 Boys successfully chased down an impressive total of 171 against Instonians to book their place in this week's All-Ireland Final.

The victory completed an impressive club double as the Under-13 boys had also qualified for their respective All-Ireland decider, while it's also been a historic few days for the Rock family. Captain of the Under-11s is Cian Rock, while his older brother Niall is skipper of the Under-13s.

Rush hosted Instonians at Kenure last Monday in the semi-final for the younger age group in a game where the hosts could be considered underdogs despite having home advantage.

Coach Sean McCann explained that his side have a 'thing' about chasing totals rather than setting them, so when they won the toss Cian immediately decided that his side were going to bowl first and force Instonians to put it up to them.

Having taken an early wicket, the Rush attack stalled and allowed Instonians to reach the half-way point with a score of 60-1. With five overs remaining they had stretched that total to 132-1, and despite sacrificing two wickets along the way they kept the momentum going to close on 171-3.

It could have been worse for Rush as the Instonians opener had reached 93 with two overs still remaining when he was run out, and that gave Rush a renewed sense of belief.

That said, McCann said that before the game they were hoping to limit their opponents to a maximum of 150, and he knew his side were up against it.

Jack McGee was an early loss for Rush, but Cian Rock and Nathan McGuire settled together nicely and the duo formed a partnership of 54 before McGuire's wicket was taken.

However, Rock remained at the crease and he kept the scoreboard ticking over, ultimately finishing on 45 not out for what turned out to be a fantastic match-winning knock.

Jack Dickson made 52 as well as Rush chased down the total a lot easier than they may have expected. Daniel Thorne chipped in with 24 runs also, but it was a real team performance which carried Rush over the finishing line and into the final against NCWU.

Rush Under-11s: Cian Rock, Nathan McGuire, Danniel Thorne, Jack McGee, Adam Doheny, Adam Brogan, Luke Fletcher, Kadem Price, Sean McCormack, Evan Mackel, Callum Herbert, Thomas Hegarty, Bail Bolac.

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