North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI v Wexford on Sun 02 Sep 2012 at 12.30
North Kildare Cricket Club Won by 2 wickets

Match report The Mens 2nds welcomed Wexford to The Maws last Sunday in a proverbial 6 pointer.

Having lost the toss, North Kildare found themselves in the field. Despite several good shouts for LBW and a catch behind, we found ourselves wicketless at drinks, with the score on 79 for 0.

Shortly afterwards, Guy Donald (5-0-24-1) made the breakthrough as he clean bowled the opener Campbell for 44. Then Shiv made light work of the skipper's quickly released (but inaccurate) throw to remove the other opener for 43.

So with both openers back in the hutch, North Kildare hoped to make inroads into the Wexford batting lineup. Shiv Sethi (9-0-21-0) produced another tight spell and was eventually replaced by Safdar Hussain (9-1-30-3) as North Kildare managed to keep Wexford in first gear. Good and disciplined bowling all round meant that Wexford managed 165 for 6 off their allocation of 45 overs. Next up - the run chase.

Chasing down a score can be a tricky affair - especially if you're from North Kildare!! Rhymes, doesn't it? Anyway, less of the jokes - back to the run chase. Gareth Moxom played all round a straight one, Safdar was bowled between the gate, Paul McGreivy nicked behind, Zak was bowled around his legs. Thankfully, Neil Vorster kept his head for a well played 39. But by the time Guy Donald sliced to cover, we were 77 for 6, needing a further 89 runs to win off 19 overs. Another fine mess....

Conversation between Shiv Sethi and the skipper along the lines of "Skip - why am I number 11?" Answer: "Because you've had scores of 0, 0, 0, 0, 0...get the picture?". "But I promise you runs today"

So enter Shiv Sethi at Number 8 , with a batting average this season of well...not very high shall we say. We reckon Shiv's been batting with a hole in his bat all season long because for a man with such ability, quite why he hasn't fired is a mystery to all.

Meanwhile, Dáire O'Neill (25 off 39 balls) was as usual going about his business with little fuss and he and Shiv put together an invaluable partnership of 47 in 9 overs. A great knock from Dáire, playing the perfect foil to Shiv, who at this stage had decided he liked the look of the Wexford bowling. His shot selection was pretty impressive as he clubbed the Wexford attack to all parts of The Maws (including one that is still travelling to Kilcock as we speak). I mean - why hit the ball along the ground for four when you can smack it over the ropes repeatedly for six?

Sajjad Maqsood joined Shiv and these two combined to put knock a further 36 off the target. Sajjad's contribution was 7, but his support along the way was priceless. Alas, the drama wasn't finished, as Sajjad was stumped with 9 runs required to win. So 8 wickets down with 9 to win. Next batsman - Arun Nair. Surely Arun wouldn't take any chances and would nudge the ball around as by this stage - thanks to Shiv taking 19 off an over - overs weren't an issue. So Arun played himself slamming his first ball for six over cow corner.

Next over, Shiv waited until a ball was in the slot before dispatching it into the trees for six. His innings of 51 not out came off 43 balls and included 6 sixes. An absolute gem of an innings, played under immense pressure and perfectly timed.

So back from the dead once again. Lazarus is alive and well and living in The Maws!!

Gordon Clarke

North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
10w 7b 1lb 
for 8 wickets

(39.2 overs)
Gareth Moxom b Adrian Campbell 3
Paul McGreivy ct Abdullah Khan 8
Safdar Hussain b Alan Murphy 5
Neil Vorster ct Steve Hadley 39
Zakrya Khan b Steve Hadley 4
Dáire O'Neill b Adrian Campbell 25
Guy Donald ct Steve Hadley 3
Shiv Sethi Not Out  51
Sajjad Maqsood st Steve Hadley 7
Arun Nair Not Out  6
Gordon Clarke   1

Wexford Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Alan Murphy9.0314114.001.56
Adrian Campbell9.0248224.005.33
Martin Sheridan-Pope9.012400.002.67
Abdullah Khan5.0026126.005.20
Steve Hadley6.003448.505.67
Paul Messette1.00900.009.00
Martin Redmond0.20600.0018.00

Wexford Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 10w 10b 1lb 
for 6 wickets
165 (45.0 overs)
Martin Sheridan-Pope Run out  43
Adrian Campbell b Guy Donald 44
Alan Murphy lbw Safdar Hussain 19
James Redmond ct Safdar Hussain 10
Steve Hadley Not Out  19
Aidan Seaver b Safdar Hussain 1
Herbie Honohan lbw Neil Vorster 0
Martin Redmond Not Out  7
Jamie Franckis  
Paul Messett  
Abdullah Khan  

North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Arun Nair5.011800.003.60
Paul McGreivy9.002900.003.22
Safdar Hussain9.0130310.003.33
Sajjad Maqsood5.012500.005.00
Shiv Sethi9.002100.002.33
Guy Donald5.0024124.004.80
Neil Vorster3.00717.002.33

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Gerry Fennell