Tuesday 18 June 2019

Hills and Mals set pace

Cricket Senior League Cup, Group A

Paul Byrne

The Hills' impressive start to the season continued as they eased to a fifth consecutive victory against Dublin University in College Park.

They received a boost beforehand with the news that Trinity were without star player Lorcan Tucker who was away on international duty.

The Hills won the toss and elected to bowl and they enjoyed success with the ball early as Joey Carroll claimed the wicket of Junaid Altaf in the very first over.

Trinity recovered to reach 40 before The Hills took control of the match with five wickets in quick succession, with Tomas Rooney Murphy claiming three and Luke Clinton two.

That left Dublin University struggling on 48/6, and although a half century from Matthew Strong helped them fight back late on they were only able to post a modest 129 all out.

Daya Singh was on fire late on for The Hills, claiming four wickets as he continued his excellent start to the season.

In reply The Hills lost a wicket early on as Bhavesh Lakothia was run out in the first over.

They looked to be in trouble when Joey Carroll and Gregory Lambe went cheaply to leave the game poised, but The Hills eased to victory thanks to an excellent partnership between Cormac McLoughlin Gavin (52) and man of the match Daya Singh (34) and they sit proudly on top of Group A with a 100% record of 10 points from their opening five games.

The Hills closest rivals, Malahide, have also enjoyed a flawless start to the season and they continued their excellent start with a 36-run victory over bottom of the table Railway Union on Sunday.

Malahide posted an excellent score of 242 after 50 overs, with Fintan McAllister (47), Arjun Muntha (36), Matthew Ford (35) and Gregory Ford (38) all batting well for the visitors.

In reply Railway Union fought hard, but they were ultimately undone thanks to a great spell of bowling from Anish Desai who claimed four wickets in quick succession to end the home side's hopes.

Meanwhile, North County's hopes of progression from Group A ended as they were soundly beaten by third-placed Phoenix on Sunday afternoon.

County, who had lost two of their opening three matches, struggled with the ball as Phoenix posted a total of 255 for them to chase.

Yassar Cook was best of the bowlers for North County with figures of 3/42 from ten overs.

Cook was none too shabby with the bat either as he hit a magnificent 61 before he was stumped by Gordon Millar.

Unfortunately for North County, Cook's effort turned out to be the only notable contribution as the visitors fell short of their chase by 101 runs.

Fingal Independent