Friday 20 October 2017

Clontarf look good to keep hold of Cup

YMCA welcome back Ireland U-19 captain Jack Tector after a successful week with Glamorgan seconds
YMCA welcome back Ireland U-19 captain Jack Tector after a successful week with Glamorgan seconds

Ian Callender

It's a familiar line-up in the Leinster Senior Cup final today with YMCA, the 2013 winners hosting holders Clontarf, who also won the cup in 2012 and are still on course for an eighth success this millennium from 11 appearances

If the Division One game, played six weeks ago at today's venue, is a true guide there is nothing between the teams, YM winning that one by one wicket with three balls to spare, chasing 246.

Another high-scoring final - there are an extra 10 overs in cup games - should be on the cards especially as YMCA welcome back Ireland U-19 captain Jack Tector after a successful week with Glamorgan seconds, the highlight of which was an innings of 91 off 108 balls in a one-day game against Hampshire seconds.

Decisive

Tom Fisher, Simmi Singh and Tector are all in the top four of the batting averages so there should be no shortage of runs; however, Bobby Gamble, who took three of the four Clontarf wickets to fall in the league game and is another of the YM youngsters playing county cricket this summer, is not available and could be a decisive loss.

Clontarf are at full strength, also with a formidable top order in Bill Coghlan, Andrew Poynter, Stephen Moreton and Eoghan Delany. With an attack including Michael Granger, Alex Cusack and Joe Morrissey, they have all bases covered and will start favourites to continue their remarkable cup record.

And the omens are good. This is YM's eighth cup final appearance since 1990. They have won six of the previous seven; their only defeat was in 1992 - to Clontarf.

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