North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI v Merrion 5 on Sat 11 Aug 2012 at 1.30
North Kildare Cricket Club Won by 5 wickets

Match report Summer arrived at the Maws on a glorious Afternoon last Saturday. So it was refreshing that the two’s had the pleasure of playing on a grass wicket for the 1st time at home this year!
As the Merion skipper called “tails never fails “……. it landed on a head. NK thought their luck like the weather maybe just about due a change!
With new ball in hand and some lush green grass the Kildare attack would need to make the best of this new found luck. Paddy Wall was distraught as the Merrion opening pair smashed him to all parts for 2 runs of 4 overs !! Arun Nair was also dispatched for 12 runs of his opening seven overs
The Merrion car refused to start and with the extras column top of the shop. It was little wonder that Mr. Yes-nomaybe-sorry! claimed the first wicket. Zak Khan made direct hit from extra cover, to add to his seasons growing total. Merrion decided to take on the arm of Greg Withey, from the tennis court boundary as they turned for the third. …….you cannot be serious!, over the top of the stumps from 50 yards…….. 30-love. Surely Merrion wouldn’t make the mistake a third time taking on the deadliest arm in the west …… 30 -3! They were on the ropes. An almost faultless display, from the NK fielding and bowling continued 3 balls into Paul Mc’s first spell. Cameron futter in the gully, took an absolute screamer above his head. 32-4. Just as NK where in command the Merrion middle order made some shapes as skipper Houston and no6 put on a very quick 50 together, shiv was brought back into the attack, bowling the ball of the day to dispatch their danger man for 36, who was timing the ball exceptionally well . Safdar Hussain twirled away at the other end with 2-25 from his 9 overs. It’s a great testament of safdar’s class how he can play just a handful of games a year for NK and bowl with such accuracy.
With Merrion at 100-7 in the 35th over, NK poured a large drink for the fat lady, but, the Merrion tail wagged all the way to stumps in the 45th with the help of the long handle to 161-9. N.k. had let this slip to 30 runs too many. Was this to be their down fall two weeks in a row?

Safdar & Paul’s nerve held well after tea as the score ticked along very nicely with no real panic to 47 off 15 overs. before Paul chose to pick out mid on. Safdar soon followed as NK chased some wayward bowling and tried to push on the score. With 3 & 4 departing for single figures, the door was slightly open at 71-4.

Center stage beckoned again, for the west’s deadliest arm Zak Khan. 1st ball, full toss leg stump?
2nd ball, half volley off stump ?. From this Bollywood script you can probably guess Zak smashed these and the winning runs over the line for 4. Zak made an effortless 53 not out helped an assisted by a very mature 30 by Cameron Futter which proved to be the winning partnership of 62. NK reached the 161 required with 11 overs to spare! As the wayward Merrion support bowling was left exposed by Zak & Cameron.
NK took last week’s good if somewhat unlucky performance and moved it up a notch. They dictated this game from start to finish playing to their strengths. Bowling and fielded very well a great all round team performance by everyone that took the field.

Man of the match …………well he got 53 and took 3 wickets but never bowled a ball in anger.
he’s got the deadliest arm in the west. Ask yourself this question “Do you feel lucky?” Take him on if you dare and make his day?


Merrion 5 Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
3nb 6w 2b 2lb 
for 9 wickets
161 (45.0 overs)
G Dungan run out  G Withey 8
B Rutherford run out  Z Khan 10
P. Nair run out  Z Khan 7
M Kerr ct  P McGreivy (Ct. C Futter) 7
W Houston ct  A Nair (Ct. S. Maqsood) 34
J Dunleavy b  S Sethi 32
P Konety ct  S Hussain (Ct. N Vorster) 7
L Naicker ct  S Hussain (Ct. Z Khan) 0
W Dassaneyalce run out  Z Khan 15
R Murali Not Out  22
K Reddy Not Out  6

North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Paddy Wall8.033400.004.25
Arun Nair9.0316116.001.78
Shiv Sethi9.0134134.003.78
Safdar Hussain9.0225212.502.78
Paul McGreivy8.0131131.003.87
Neil Vorster2.001700.008.50

North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
2nb 29w 3b 1lb 
for 5 wickets

(35.2 overs)
Paul McGreivy ct  K Reddy (Ct. R. Murali) 14 49 2 28.57
Safdar Hussain b  W Dassaneyalce 19 45 3 42.22
Neil Vorster ct  K Reddy (Ct. W Houston) 4 10 40.0 1
Paddy Wall ct  W Dassaneyalce (Ct. P Nair) 3 19 15.79
Zakrya Khan Not Out  53 55 11 96.36 1 3
Cameron Futter ct  R Murali (Ct. R Murali) 30 33 4 90.91 1
Shiv Sethi Not Out  5 16 31.25
Sajjad Maqsood   1
Arun Nair  
Gary Hunt  
Greg Withey   1

Merrion 5 Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
L Naicker8.202800.003.36
R Murali7.0132132.004.57
K Reddy5.0128214.005.60
W Dassaneyalce7.0121210.503.00
G Dungan3.003000.0010.00
J Dunleavy5.002000.004.00