Saturday 3 December 2016

Simmi leads from front as YMCA claim Cup triumph

Published 01/08/2016 | 02:30

Meanwhile, Terry claimed a second trophy in as many days with a well-paced 85 not out to deliver a four-wicket victory for Leinster Lightning over the Northern Knights at Rathmines yesterday Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Meanwhile, Terry claimed a second trophy in as many days with a well-paced 85 not out to deliver a four-wicket victory for Leinster Lightning over the Northern Knights at Rathmines yesterday Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

YMCA captain Simmi Singh believes their latest Senior Cup final success will give them the momentum to ease them clear of any relegation worries in the month ahead.

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The D4 side's emphatic seven wickets victory over Leinster at Castle Avenue saw all but one of their top five batsmen hit form and Singh led the way with a five-star bowling performance as the Division Two team were restricted to 225 for eight.

He took out five of Leinster's top six batsmen, including George Dockrell for 70, the only half-century of the innings, and then scored 66 of the winning runs, in a second-wicket stand of 131 with Jack Tector who top-scored with 75.

When Tector was out in the 37th over, just 43 short of victory, it allowed Alan Lewis to join Sean Terry in the middle and he was there at the end with a modest 13 not out to celebrate an 11th Senior Cup winner's medal.

Meanwhile, Terry claimed a second trophy in as many days with a well-paced 85 not out to deliver a four-wicket victory for Leinster Lightning over the Northern Knights at Rathmines yesterday that secured the Hanley Energy InterPro Cup for the third successive season.

Elsewhere, Rangana Herath claimed four Australian wickets to spin Sri Lanka to a remarkable 106-run victory on an intriguing final day in the weather-hit first Test in Pallekele on Saturday.

A hamstrung Steve O'Keefe and Peter Nevill tried to delay the inevitable with nearly 30 overs of dogged resistance but could not deny Sri Lanka only their second Test win over Australia.

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