Wexford v North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI on Sat 18 Jun 2011 at 1.30
North Kildare Cricket Club Lost by 62 runs

Match report From Fawlty Towers a few weeks ago to Benny Hill this week as a plethora of unavailability and a cry-off the morning of the game (due to illness) meant the mens 2nds travelled to Wexford with 10 players.

Losing the toss on a wicket that had the texture of very soft putty - not just putty - but VERY soft putty - North Kildare were not dis-pleased to find themselves in the field. Nigel Pyne (9-5-8-3) nibbled the ball over over the place and asked all sorts of questions of the Wexford batsmen - particularly on his follow through.

From the other end, Paul McGreivy (9-2-26-1) was his usual miserable self as both he and Nigel bowled in tandum to put the Wexford batsmen under pressure. Barra MacNiocaill (9-0-42-1) came on with the score at 21 for 2 in the 12th over and didn't allow the batsmen to get too excited.

With Zak Khan (9-2-17-0) getting through his overs as economically as he did, Wexford looked to be struggling to post a decent score - albeit on a pudding of a wicket - things looked promising for North Kildare. Dáire O'Neill's (6-0-31-3) introduction into the attack brought some wickets and the prospect of bowling out Wexford, with the score at 84 for 7. But their No. 9 Campbell made an effective (and ultimately decisive) 40 not out as they managed to get 144 for 8 in their 45 overs. Being short a fielder didn't overly hamper us, but the lack of bowling options made life difficult.

So chasing 145 to win, openers Barra & Paul strode out. As Barra attempted to flick a ball off his legs, the ball glanced the flap of his pad. An appeal went up and as he set off for a leg bye, the umpire's finger went up. Not a great start to say the least - but you can't control everything.

Sean Dalton came in at No. 3 and played a fine innings. He defended the good balls and punished anything loose. He too was given out LBW, making 30 off 42 balls.

However, at the other end, Paul "Boycott" McGreivy was attempting to make history by becoming the first North Kildare batsman to bore his opponents to death. A combination of watchful defense and eh...more eh..watchful defense brought his score after facing 32 balls to a total of eh..ZERO. To roars of celebration (and guffaws of laughter), his first run came off his 33rd delivery faced, by smashing one to cover who - clearly feeling great sympathy for Paul - somehow fumbled the ball through his hands to allow the run to be taken. There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that Nigel received instructions from the skipper to run Paul out. Paul then smashed another single and then lost the run of himself by hitting a half volley for four when up until then the policy had been to pat back half volleys. He was out shortly afterwards for 7 runs from 49 balls.

All joking aside, the rest of the batting was horrendous and only Nigel (23 off 27) and extras offered any resistance. North Kildare were eventually all out for 82 in 28.3 overs. The facts speak for themselves - as does our batting scorecard. We were never too far behind the run rate - in spite of some slow scoring at the top of the order.

Many thanks to Dave Kerrison for doing the scorebook, and even though Paul "Boycott" McGreivy was the butt of the jokes for his slow scoring, very few can match his enthusiasm (even if he hasn't worked out that the skipper has stopped listening to his ball-by-ball suggestions for field changes) and dedication for driving from Sligo for this and other fixtures.


North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 9 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Barra MacNiocaill lbw Redmond 0
Paul McGreivy ct Lagua 7 2
Sean Dalton lbw Redmond 30
Zakrya Khan b Campbell 2 1
Nigel Pyne ct Jones 23
Dáire O'Neill ct Lagua 0
Gordon Clarke b Lagua 5 1
Jack Kerrison b Lagua 0 1
James Machin b Lagua 0
Conor McGreivy Not Out  0
A.N. Other  

Wexford Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
S. Carty4.001100.002.75

Wexford Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
144 (0.0 overs)
Hudson ct Pyne 2
Jones b Pyne 9
Peiris ct Pyne 8
Honihan ct McGreivy 43
Redmond lbw MacNiocaill 23
S. Carty ct O'Neill 1
O'Neill b O'Neill 2
Carley ct O'Neill 2
Campbell Not Out  40
L. Carty Not Out  1

North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Nigel Pyne9.05832.670.89
Paul McGreivy9.0226126.002.89
Barra MacNiocaill9.0042142.004.67
Zakrya Khan9.021700.001.89
Dáire O'Neill6.0031310.335.17
Jack Kerrison3.001700.005.67

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