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Kerry's 3rd XI beat UC Clonmel at the Oyster Oval on Sunday

Kerry's 3rd XI beat UC Clonmel at the Oyster Oval on Sunday

Kerry's 3rd XI beat UC Clonmel at the Oyster Oval on Sunday

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Munster Cricket Premier T20 League

Kerry Seniors visited Adare Manor Fields on Sunday where they faced Galway 1st XI in the morning and Limerick 1st XI in the afternoon.

Galway chose to bat first, but failed to find any sort of rhythm against the tight lines of the Kerry bowling attack. Only Srinivasan(31) and Mehmood(20) managed to score at better than a run a ball, and only three other batters got into double figures as they struggled to a modest 117. You never know how good a score is until the second innings is complete, but Kerry made short work of demonstrating that this target was well below par.

Skipper Khurram Iqbal led the way with 39 and both Monil Patel and Josh Udin finished on 35 not out as Kerry raced to 120 in just 14 overs. That trio smashed eight 4s and five 6s between them as Kerry notched up a comfortable 8 wicket victory.

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Galway 1st XI: 117 for 6, lost to Kerry 1st XI: 120 for 2, by 8 wickets.

The Limerick match was a much tighter affair with Kerry opting to bat first. Awais Saghir has impressed consistently over recent years and is regularly selected to appear with Munster Heat, the regional development squad. He showed his class again against Limerick, top-scoring with 47 off 33 balls. He put on a whirlwind century partnership (in just 61 balls) with Monil Patel (35) before both of them were dismissed in quick succession.

In a rapid reversal of fortune, Kerry suffered a five wicket collapse, and after Josh Udin was trapped LBW for 9 the score looked much shakier on 113 for 5. But happily for Kerry, Khurram and Qassim Butt produced a late surge to get Kerry up to a respectable 159 for 8 after their full 20 overs.

Awais Saghir threw another spanner in the works for Limerick when he had Abdul Khan caught behind the wicket without scoring on the 4th ball of the Limerick reply. From there on, Arslan Sayyan took charge for Limerick and steadily regained control of the match for the home boys. His remarkable innings of 67 included four 4s and five 6s, and though it was the irrepressible Saghir who finally took his wicket, Limerick had recovered from their nervy start, to 88 for 4 with more than nine overs left.

Enter Farman Yousafzai who carried on where Arslan had left off. His 45 came off 30 balls, and included smacking the winning six for Limerick with just 3 balls to spare.

Kerry 1st XI: 159 for 8, lost to Limerick 1st XI: 163 for 6, by 4 wickets.

Munster Cricket Division 2

U.C.Clonmel struggled at the Oyster Oval on Sunday, but eventually compiled 131 against Kerry 3rd XI. Kieran Josey provided the stand-out bowling figures of: 8-1-23-4, but of the Clonmel batters, only Babar (25) and Sajan, who finished 27 n.o. made double-figures. Brian Hehir top-scored with 31 in the Kerry reply as the Kingdom squad strolled past their target with 11 of their 40 available overs to spare.

U.C. Clonmel 1st XI: 131a.o. lost to Kerry 3rd XI: 132 for 5, by 5 wickets


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