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Saturday 19 October 2019

County beat Railway to get themselves on the right track

Cricket: Senior League Cup

Paul Byrne

North County picked up their first win of the season as they edged out fellow strugglers Railway Union by just 12 runs following a tense afternoon in Inch.

Both sides had lost their opening two matches and were determined to get some points on the board in Group A of the newly formed Senior League Cup.

North County lost the toss and were put in to bat first with Jamie Grassi and Niall McGovern opening for the home side. The duo were just getting settled in when McGovern was caught by Prabhansu Kamal from a devilish Andy Jackson delivery with the North County man on just four runs.

Yassar Cook and Grassi steadied the ship somewhat with a decent quickfire 30 between them before Grassi went in the 11th over having scored 15.

North County's middle order got things back on track with Cook, Jonathan Andrews and Eddie Richardson scoring 46, 43 and 47 respectively to help North County quickly reach 181/5. Richardson's innings was especially impressive with the North County man hitting eight fours en route to his 47 before being caught LBW by Shariq Khan.

Having been on track to post a decent target, North County collapsed somewhat following Richardson's dismissal with their last five batsman only managing to add 17 runs in total to their score which meant that the home side were all out for 198.

It was a disappointing end to the innings for North County with Shariq Khan causing them all kinds of trouble late on with the Railway Union man finishing with six wickets to his name.

Railway Union began their chase with Eoin Barron and Prabhansu Kamal opening for the visitors and the pair had helped their side to 23 before Barron was clean bowled by Eddie Richardson having scored just five runs.

A mix up between new man Stiles and Kamal saw the former run out after some quick thinking from Jamie Grassi, which left the visitors on 45/2 after ten overs.

Kamal and Hashir Sultan helped Railway Union gain the upper hand with an excellent partnership of 60 before Kamal was caught by Grassi from a Jonathan Andrews delivery.

Railway were still in control at that point on 109/3 as the home side looked to put some pressure on the visitor's middle order. And they managed to do just that as Singh, Sheridan and Andrew claimed wickets in quick succession to leave Railway on 168/6 which meant we were in for a tense finish.

North County were on top now and they hammered home their advantage by taking out Railway Union's last four wickets for the loss of just 13 more runs.

A narrow win for North County who can now look forward to a crucial home game against YMCA next week.

North County: Jamie Grassi, Niall McGovern, Yassar Cook, Jonathan Andrews, Eddie Richardson, Andrew Sheridan, Ryan Tobin, Safdar Ali, Dhram Singh, Conor Sheil, Craig May

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