Friday 30 September 2016

Forrest on fire to put Clontarf on brink of title double

Cricket

Ian Callender

Published 22/08/2016 | 02:30

Captain Eoghan Delany and Robert Forrest both scored 76 and shared a fifth-wicket stand of 115. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Captain Eoghan Delany and Robert Forrest both scored 76 and shared a fifth-wicket stand of 115. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
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Clontarf closed in on the Division 1 League title for the second successive year with a rain-affected 26-run victory over The Hills yesterday.

Pembroke's thrilling two-wicket win against YMCA ensured Clontarf could not clinch the trophy yesterday but they now need to win only one of their last two games to become the first team to retain the league for 10 years.

Captain Eoghan Delany and Robert Forrest both scored 76 and shared a fifth-wicket stand of 115 in Clontarf's 288-7, Forrest facing just 42 balls and hitting five fours and five sixes.

Revised

Rain between the innings gave The Hills a revised target of 193 in 26 overs and only while Nazeer Shoukat was hitting 58 from 36 balls, with seven fours and two sixes, was the result in doubt.

When Pembroke were reduced to 123-7, chasing YM's 150, it looked as if the title chase might be about to come unstuck, but then Lorcan Tucker's 64 took his side to within two runs of victory, and Josh Little hit the second ball of the penultimate over for six.

There is no change at the bottom of the table as Railway Union's game with Merrion was postponed, but Leinster crushed Rush by 200 runs, bowling them out for 77, to move into pole position to regain their top flight status next season.

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