Tuesday 21 November 2017

Bauer and Joshi on song in Cork County cup shock

Only five batsmen scored more runs in the top two divisions last year than Tom Fisher
Only five batsmen scored more runs in the top two divisions last year than Tom Fisher

CORK COUNTY produced one of the great upsets in the 33-year history of the Irish Senior Cup when they knocked out five-times finalists Donemana at The Mardkye.

After conceding 171 for eight, which dominated by Morne Bauer's run-a-ball 68, the Donemana target was inflated to 190 in 36 overs when rain ended the Munster side's innings early.

But Andy Wootton, Junaid Amin and Abubakar Saddique made early inroads to reduce the North West cup holders to 46 for four after 16 overs and give the Cork side their first hint of a shock victory.

Ireland international Andy McBrine had other ideas, however, hitting 65 from 49 balls, but when he was sixth out in the 31st over, Donemana still needed 42 from 33 balls.

They fell 15 runs short as Sid Joshi ripped through the lower order to finish with five for 37 and send Cork County into the second round draw for the first time since 2003.

By contrast, Cork Harlequins were the first team to exit the competition, bowled out for just 44 at Sydney Parade, with Jono Cooke taking six for 11. Pembroke knocked off the runs for the loss of just one wicket before the rain hit Dublin.

As a result, the weather thwarted North County and The Hills, who had victory in their sights, but now must head north west for the 'replays' on Sunday week.

County managed just three overs of their reply after restricting Ardmore to 136 for seven in 37.3 overs, while The Hills got even closer to the minimum 10 overs when a result could have been achieved.

After dismissing Glendermott for 199, they were 54 for two in seven overs when the rain returned.

Holders Clontarf, who did beat the rain, and Lisburn to go into tomorrow's draw.

Five home bowlers shared the wickets as the NCU side totalled only 129 for eight in their 30 overs and, in a 20 over chase, Ireland internationals Andrew Poynter and Alex Cusack both hit unbeaten 30s as 'Tarf won by eight wickets with 11 balls to spare.

Merrion, aiming for a third successive final, bowled out Muckamore for 118, but although rain prevented a restart, at least they have home advantage in 13 days' time.

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