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James Newland's wickets for Malahide brought the Clontarf innings to an early end.

James Newland's wickets for Malahide brought the Clontarf innings to an early end.

James Newland's wickets for Malahide brought the Clontarf innings to an early end.

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Malahide beat Clontarf by 8 wickets

Malahide picked up their first win in the Premier League this season as they beat Clontarf by eight wickets in a one-sided game at Castle Avenue.

A 61 from in-form Ryan Hackney as well as two wickets in the space of four balls from Cameron Shoebridge proved decisive as Malahide lifted themselves off the bottom of the table.

Malahide won the toss and elected to bowl, with the home side sending out Fionn Hand and PJ Moor to open for the hosts.

Clontarf began well, reaching 10 overs without loss with 42 runs on the board. However, Malahide got themselves into the game thanks to a quickfire double from Shoebridge who took the wickets of Moor and Ruan Cronje in the space of just four balls.

Hand’s innings was ended shortly afterwards when he was bowled by Michael Frost which left the home side on 57/3 just shy of the 20-over mark.

Clontarf rallied, with Eoghan and David Delaney putting on 50 between them before Frost claimed his second wicket of the afternoon to dismiss the latter.

Eoghan continued to frustrate Malahide, but all the while wickets were falling around him, with Shoebridge claiming his third wicket of the afternoon when he dismissed John McNally.

James Newland then claimed the wicket of Eoghan Delaney which all but ended the Clontarf innings, with Newland wrapping it up soon after when he took the wicket of Cillian McDonnell for a duck. That left Clontarf all out for 162 as Malahide sent out Hackney and Arjun Muntha to begin the chase.

Hackney has been in excellent form in recent weeks for Malahide and he showed he was in the mood here with a quickfire start, hitting a couple of boundaries during the opening two overs.

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Hackney and Muntha were looking rock-solid as they helped Malahide reach 67 without loss after 12 overs. That partnership was broken up shortly afterwards, not by the loss of a wicket but by an injury to Muntha, with Alistair Frost coming in to replace his stricken teammate.

Cronje took the wicket of Frost very quickly to give the home side hope and when Matthew Ford went cheaply shortly afterwards the home side must have started to believe.

However, all the while Hackney kept chipping away as he made his half-century with his fourth four of the innings. Fittingly it was Hackney who hit the winning runs shortly afterwards as he helped his side record a facile eight-wicket victory.


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