Castleknock 1 v North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI on Sat 23 Aug 2014 at 13.00pm
North Kildare Cricket Club Won by 4 wickets (22/25 points)

Match report The seconds traveled to one of their most despised grounds in Leinster cricket - Porterstown Park. Events got underway a half an hour later and NK had lost the toss by default - Castleknock choosing to bat first... who'd have thought that would've been the outcome...

The seconds' first innings started in peculiar fashion. Andy and Gilly took the new ball and from ball one, were all over the Castleknock batsman, although NK looked to be in the habit of giving Salmon and the opposition lives - lives that on another day, NK would've lived to rue, particularly with Salmon Mohammed at the crease (who had already been dropped twice in the first 5 overs). Andy got the first wicket and after this, the NK bowling attack ran right through the Castleknock lineup. The opposition looked all at sea, especially during the opening period where Andy and Gilly were making the most out of the bowler friendly mat. To put a long story short, NK rolled their opposition for a well below par score of 72 A/O. Although NK had just bowled their counterparts out for less than 100, there was still a fair bit of head-shaking as the seconds left the field dismayed at how truly shocking they were in the field - dropping a total of 6 catches in their innings. Despite their comical fielding at times, all of the NK bowlers had just put into a stellar shift that ultimately showed the difference in standard between the two sides.

Less than half an hour later, Behzad and Gilly were on their way out to the middle. Behzad picked up right were he left off against Longford, dispatching his first ball back over the bowlers' head for a tasty six - not a bad way to get off the mark! Behzad's innings was short lived though however as he went for a quick 13, which got NK off to the desired start. Gilly went soon after which left Dollars and Vossie at the crease. The pair got the deficit down to just 20, but both fell within an over of each other, playing very ordinary and lazy shots. Safdar and Matt went for 0 and 2 respectively, which led to a slight bit of unease as NK didn't expect to ever be 6 down chasing such a small target. Nevertheless, Andy Chase and Richie got the job done comfortably, which brought up the seconds' fourth league win in a row, which means that NK are still in with an outside chance of promotion and ultimately means that things would have to go seriously wrong at the back end of the season for there to be any fear of relegation.

Thanks to a seriously good bowling performance (Andy Chase, Gilly and Happy in particular), the seconds are now pushing up the top of the table looking to cause an upset, but they'll be well aware that performances with the bat and in the field that were exhibited today, will not be good enough to push for promotion.

The seconds can now look forward to their first home game in weeks against Phoenix. The excitement of having a home fixture again (having played Longford and Castleknock away in consecutive weeks) may never be as high. Phoenix (who are third in the table), will be very much up for grabs and if the seconds can continue their winning streak, they'll have an even bigger chance of causing one of the biggest upsets in Leinster cricket this year.


Castleknock 1 Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
2nb 7w 6b  
for 10 wickets
72 (34.0 overs)
S. Tariq b  A. Singh 12
A. Mohammad b  A. Chase 2
S. Khaja lbw  bowled A. Chase 0
Sharjeel ct  A. Singh, bowled A. Chase 1
A. Mateen ct  B. Majeed, bowled M. Gilchrist 9
Shan ct  S. Dalton, bowled N. Vorster 9
H. Mohammed ct  & bowled, bowled N. Vorster 6
Nadeen b  N. Vorster 0
Rabbani ct  M. Gilchrist, bowled A. Chase 9
Nody b  M. Zeb 1
Heren Not Out  8

North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Michael Gilchrist7.0212112.001.71
Andrew Chase8.021744.252.13
Amardeep Singh6.02414.000.67
Neil Vorster7.011434.672.00
Matthew O'Meara3.02300.001.00
Muddasir Zeb3.01414.001.33

North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 2lb 
for 6 wickets

(23.0 overs)
Michael Gilchrist ct  bowled Nadeen 14 16 2 87.50 1
Behzad Majeed b  Nadeen 13 12 2 108.33 1
Sean Dalton ct  bowled Shan 13 27 48.15 1
Neil Vorster lbw  bowled Noor 12 25 48.00 1
Safdar Hussain ct  bowled Noor 0 5 0
Andrew Chase Not Out  16 21 2 76.19
Matthew Chase b  Nadeen 2 4 50.0
Richard Withey Not Out  1 15 6.67
Matthew O'Meara  
Amardeep Singh  
Muddasir Zeb  

Castleknock 1 Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
H. Mohammad2.001500.007.50