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Munster Cricket will need to examine the distribution of some points in the Premier Division this season made through off-field machinations, opposed to gained on the field of play

Munster Cricket will need to examine the distribution of some points in the Premier Division this season made through off-field machinations, opposed to gained on the field of play

Munster Cricket will need to examine the distribution of some points in the Premier Division this season made through off-field machinations, opposed to gained on the field of play

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MCU PREMIER DIVISION

Kerry Seniors penultimate match of the season took place at The Marydyke against Cork County 1st XI in what was a crucial weekend with both these squads and Cork Harlequins all in contention for the top spot.

Kerry won the toss and elected to field. The visitors started well removing opening bat Niall Donnelly for a duck before reducing the home side to 66 for 4 at the end of the 18th over. But when the fifth wicket fell with 96 on the board Abdul Ghaffar, who top-scored with 41 and Nabeel Anjum (12) put an excellent partnership of 59 together to steady the ship. But when Kerry broke that stand, they triggered a lower-order collapse and closed the Cork County innings on 164 in the 46th over.

Yaqoob Ali has been in superlative form in recent weeks, and added yet another 5 wicket haul to his CV: 9.2 overs, 2 maidens, 15 runs conceded and 5 wickets taken; top quality performance.

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Kerry's run chase started disastrously, by the end of the seventh over, Tabish Ali, Monil Patel and Owais Bacha were all back in the pavilion, the scoreboard showing Kerry 3 wickets down with a paltry 4 runs on the board. Of the Kerry batting line-up, only Qassim Mohammed and Imran Pathan went past 20, and of the lower order, only Brian Hehir made double figures.

Five of the six bowlers used by Cork took wickets, Nabeel Anjum did most of the damage taking 3 for 24, as Kerry Seniors were peremptorily dismissed for a disappointing 99.

Cork County 1st XI: 164.a.o. beat County Kerry 1st XI: 99a.o., by 65 runs

Meanwhile, just up the road at Farmer’s Cross, Cork Harlequins secured the Premier Championship with a win over Limerick. Richly deserved, Quins really have been the standout Munster club of the 2022. For Kerry, even a win over Galway next week won't be enough to claim second place in the final standings of the Premier Division, though given the roller-coaster season that 2022 has provided, a third place finish would be a very respectable outcome.

Finishing third would, indeed, be particularly impressive given that some of the points distribution in the Premier Division this season have been made through off-field machinations; circumstances beyond the control of Kerry Cricket, as opposed to gained on the field of play. That problem raises issues which Munster Cricket will need to examine closely before the start of the 2023 season.

MCU DIVISION 2

Midleton 3rd XI: 195 a.o. lost to Kerry 3rd XI: 196 for 7 by 3 wickets.


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