4th squad show no mercy to Quins
On Saturday, Kerry 2nd XI travelled to Ballyneety for their MCU Division 1 match against Limerick Blasters.
The visitors started quickly, a quick fire 31 from Imran Pathan, (two 4s and two 6s) helping to set a decent foundation as they progressed to 86 for 3 in the 22nd over. But Blasters bagged four wickets for only 19 runs in 8 overs.
Kerry, at 106 for 7 were suddenly in need of urgent renovations. Majid Yousuf hit a fluent 20 n.o, but Thomas Raju robbed him of two more partners (Raju finished with impressive bowling figures: 9-1-29-4) before Valsala bowled Jophy John to close the Kerry innings on 142 in 39 overs.
The Blasters run chase got off to a shaky start, wickets falling at 24, 42 and the third on 45. But in spite of early successes with the ball the Kerry bowling attack failed to keep the pressure on.
It was Rahul Polouse who took control of the situation, smashing four 4s and two 6s on his way to a match-winning contribution of 44. Limerick Blasters hit their target with 5 wickets and nearly 12 overs in hand.
Kerry 2nd XI recently claimed the 2022 Munster Junior Cup to add to their T20 Championship Trophy, but they continue to struggle in the 45 over league.
Kerry 2nd XI: 142 a.o., lost to Limerick Blasters 1st XI: 144 for 5, by 5 wickets.
MCU Division 4
Sunday was a gloriously warm summer day, but Cork Harlequins 5th XI found the cricket too hot to handle.
Only four of their batsmen made double figures, Nasir Khan top scoring with 12. But though the Quins batters struggled, Kerry's bowling was also somewhat mixed; indeed, a rather unfortunate proportion of wide ball penalties helped the visitors up to 108. On the plus side for Kerry, Farrukh Hussain finished with three wickets for only 10 runs off his five overs.
The run chase could not have gone much better for the home squad, and though they lost opener Jonathan Boulding for 10, Majid Yousef and Brian Hehir combined with real confidence to secure a nine-wicket victory.
Brian Hehir smacked three 4s on his way to 35 n.o. but it was Majid Yousaf who took the honours with a fine half century, his 51 n.o. included eight 4s and a magnificent 6, which put Kerry across the winning line on 112 for 1.
Cork Harlequins 5th XI: 108 a.o., lost to Kerry 4th XI: 112 for 1, by 9 wickets.