Under-13s unlucky on first outing
WEXFORD WANDERERS firsts went down to a heavy 101run defeat at the hands of league leaders Leinster at Rathmines on Sunday.
The game was reduced from 45 overs a side to 35 as heavy rain delayed the start of the game by over an hour. The home side batted first and it was immediately apparent that Wexford were facing a very difficult task.
Merrion ended up scoring 207 runs for seven wickets off their 35 overs. The Wanderers bowlers tried hard but the wet conditions made it very unpleasant in the field, although six catches in all were held, including two excellent efforts by Steve Hadley and Sharjeel Shaikh.
Alan Murphy took two wickets for 41 runs off seven overs and James Redmond two for 42 off seven, while Anthony Jones, Eugene Brennan and Anjith Varghese each took one wicket.
In reply Wanderers were never really at the races and were all out for 106 runs in the 28th over. Eugene Brennan batted very well for his 35 and Sharjeel looked in good nick before he was caught brilliantly in the slips for 20. Steve Hadley continued his good form with 17 not out.
Team: Aidan Seaver (capt.), Stefan Carty, Peter Hudson, Anthony Jones, Herbie Honohan, James Redmond, Alan Murphy, Sharjeel Shaikh, Steve Hadley, Anjith Varghese, Eugene Brennan.
Wexford Wanderers Under-13s played their first game of the season against Bagenalstown on Saturday at Park. It was a wonderful occasion and even a heavy storm just at the start of play failed to dampen the enthusiasm of all involved.
Bagenalstown batted first and scored 72 runs off their 18 overs. David Corcoran was in terrific form with ball in hand and took three wickets for seven runs off three overs. Steve Hadley, Matthew Roche and William Bone each took a wicket. The team fielded very well with Christopher Glover in particular looking very sharp.
Needing 73 runs to win, Wexford good off to a great start with Abdullah hitting 22 runs. Ben Bone, Matthew Roche and Steve Hadley all hit five runs as Wexford failed by just two runs in a very exciting finish. Hopefully the team will gain their revenge when they travel to Bagenalstown in a couple of weeks' time.
Many thanks to all the parents and supporters from both sides for their wonderful support and finally a huge thanks to all who provided such a splendid tea. It was a brilliant day all round.
Team: Páraic O'Leary, Mindy Senevi, Ruth Hendrick, William Bone, Adam Peilow, David Corcoran, Steve Hadley, Abdullah, Christopher Glover, Ben Bone, Matthew Roche.