Monday 19 March 2018

Richardson brilliance not enough to halt YMCA march

Eddie Richardson helped safeguard North County’s place in Section A of the Leinster Senior League last weekend.
Eddie Richardson helped safeguard North County’s place in Section A of the Leinster Senior League last weekend.

EDDIE RICHARDSON can't be far from an Ireland call-up after the North County all-rounder took six wickets and scored 121 runs – albeit in a losing cause as YMCA opened up a 20-point advantage at the top of RSA Leinster League Division One.

The leaders scored 280-8 at Balrothery, with Sammi Singh hitting 120 and then taking four wickets as the home side were then bowled out in the 49th over for 245.

Singh's individual performance was trumped by the season's leading all-rounder Richardson, who took four wickets in his last two overs to finish with six for 39. He then went one better than Singh in a run-a-ball innings which included 20 boundaries – three of them sixes.

But while Singh shared a third wicket stand of 157 with his captain, the equally consistent Albert van der Merwe (73), the second top score in the North County innings was 30. It sent County plummeting from third place to fifth, passed by both The Hills and Railway Union.

The Hills beat Merrion, Ireland international Max Sorensen taking three for 49, which was respectable in Merrion's imposing 292-9, and then hitting 83, falling with his side just two runs short of victory, which they reached in the last over with two wickets to spare.

Railway Union prepared for life without Kevin O'Brien until the end of August by making little use of him in their nine-wicket win over Phoenix. Ireland's vice-captain, who heads off next weekend to play for Trinidad in the Caribbean Premier League, took an early wicket.

Chasing 221 for victory, Railway needed only three batsmen to chase down the total in the 44th over, Pat Collins scoring his second century of the season against Phoenix and Kenny Carroll finishing 98 not out.

There were 603 runs at Sydney Parade, without any batsmen reaching 80, as Pembroke beat Leinster by 35 runs, while Clontarf will be back in Division One year, their seven-wicket win over Rush confirming their promotion with four games to spare.

Irish Independent

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