Balbriggan v North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 1st XI on Sun 29 May 2011 at 12.30
North Kildare Cricket Club Lost By 3 Wickets

Match report In a fixture that North Kildare always seem to struggle in, the firsts put in a resilient and fighting performance against a side going well in the league above us. On another day with one or two things going our way, the result could have even gone the other way but not to be. Balbriggan won the toss and decided to put us in, perhaps something to do with our well below par batting performance in the t20 earlier in the week. Ian Walshe and Imran Ul-Haq opened up the batting and we got off to a good start until Imran was bowled by the impressive Harper. Manjeet came out and looked his classy self until he hit a ball back to Kerr off his own bowling, on another day Manny could have easily got it over the bowler's outstretched hands for four. Tom Satchwell came out and after a slow start himself and Walshie started to up the run rate and were going well until Walshie, just one short of another half century chipped one to mid wicket. a very good knock from the dog none the less. Gareth Holland strode out and got a good ball first up from Al Harper which was given as lbw.Gary Singh came out and settled in to his innings nicely hitting a few crunching drives whenever the bowling strayed full. Satchwell was next to go chasing a wide one from Albert Harper and feathering it strayed into first slips hands. This brought Nigel to the crease and himself and Gary had a good knock with plenty of singles and the odd boundary which kept the run rate up. Gary went for a big shot but had his stumps rattled by the consistent Harper. Wasif arrived to crease but after launching a big 6 over cow corner managed to top edge the next one straight up and the keeper, Russell took a comfortable catch. Unfortunately, Nigel was then given out leg before just as he was starting to look very comfortable at the crease.The tail then knuckled down and batted out the overs which we set out as our primary goal, Horn, Dalton and Small nurdled and pushed the ball around to leave us with a competitive total of 215.

North Kildare started reasonably well with the new ball but a few too many loose balls meant that the Balbriggan openers got off to a good start reaching 52 off 8 overs before Wasif made the breakthrough, Ger Horn taking a tidy catch at mid wicket. The bowlers settled into a good rythm then but Gavin Morgan still punished anything that strayed off a good line and length. Wasif then picked up the other opener, sneaking one through to clean bowl him. Morgan and Kerr then put up a stand of a hundred together and the game apppeared to be getting taken away from North Kildare. Both Manny and Imran bowled well without any luck. Nigel then came on to bowl and managed to tie down both batsmen by hitting some good areas, cramping both batsmen for any width. Tom then brought himself on from the other end and when he eventually managed to bowl resonably straight picked up the wicket of Morgan for 59. Nige then removed Kerr for 45 so Kildare had two new batsmen to try and unsettle with 40 runs still to be got. The next over brought more success as Tom trapped AD.Harper leg before.. getting interesting perhaps.. In Tom's next over, the sixth wicket fell as O'Herlihy was clean bowled. A few overs of tight bowling followed and Nige was rewarded as he trapped Malone lbw.. 7 down with about ten still needed. Al and Dwayne Harper then saw their team home from there.

Plenty of positives to take from the match though as the Firsts go into a crunch league match away to Malahide next monday. Good fielding and some good fighting spirit in particular.


North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 9 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Ian Walshe ct Al. Harper 49
Imran ul-Haq b D. Harper 3
Manjeet Singh ct R. Kerr 14
Tom Satchwell ct Al. Harper 38
Garret Holland lbw Al. Harper 0
Gary Singh b Al. Harper 43
Nigel Pyne lbw D. Harper 19
Wasif Ali ct S. Anwar 7
Gerard Horn Not Out  5 1
Sean Dalton b D. Harper 5
Max Small Not Out  1

Balbriggan Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
D. Harper10.022839.332.80
S. Anwar10.0234134.003.40
R. Kerr10.0035135.003.50
D. Martin7.002700.003.86
Al. Harper10.0058414.505.80
S. Malone3.002300.007.67

Balbriggan Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 7 wickets
217 (0.0 overs)
G. Russell ct W. Ali 14
S. Anwar b W. Ali 39
G. Morgan lbw T. Satchwell 59
R. Kerr lbw N. Pyne 45
K. O'Herlihy b T.Satchwell 1
AD. Harper lbw T. Satchwell 0
S. Malone lbw N. Pyne 9
D. Harper Not Out  11
AL. Harper Not Out  3

North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Wasif Ali7.0030215.004.29
Max Small7.004200.006.00
Manjeet Singh7.013900.005.57
Imran ul-Haq8.003100.003.87
Nigel Pyne8.2033216.503.96
Tom Satchwell7.002638.673.71