Friday 15 December 2017

Cricket: Umpires knock Railway off track in controversial finale

Kenny Carroll
Kenny Carroll

Ian Callender

There was uproar at Rathmines on Saturday when the umpires awarded Leinster the match despite the home team scoring five runs less than Railway Union in their RSA League Division One game.

The umpires ruled that Railway took too long to bowl their overs, penalised them two and took the score after 48 as the Railway total, reducing them from their 50-overs total of 310-5 to 292-3, giving Leinster, the bottom team, victory by 13 runs.

Pat Collins, dropped down the order to No 3, returned to form with 113 for Railway but even that innings was upstaged by Kenny Carroll (right), the former Ireland international, who finished 140 not out from 125 balls with 20 fours and a six. The pair put on 237 in 38 overs.

But half centuries from Hugh MacDonnell and Stephen Moreton were to prove the match-winning ones, despite Leinster being bowled out for 305 off the last ball of their 50 overs.

YMCA retained the leadership of Division One after a 61-run victory over Pembroke at Sydney Parade.

Former Ireland captain Angus Dunlop, back in the first XI team at the age of 46, top-scored from No 8 with 39 to help the visitors to 189 and that proved more than enough as Pembroke were bowled out in the 46th over.

Merrion stay second, now three points behind, after impressively chasing down North County's 278-8 with 10 balls and three wickets to spare, returning professional Brett Thompson scoring 76.

Top performer in the match was in-form Eddie Richardson who hit 106 for County from 95 balls with 13 fours and three sixes and then took two for 37, including the wicket of Thompson.

Best finish of the day was at Milverton where The Hills beat Phoenix off the final ball with their last pair at the wicket.

No 11 William Archer, who came to the middle with four wanted from two balls, tied the scores with a three and Tomas Murphy then hit the winning single for The Hills.

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