North County v North Kildare Cricket Club Under 15 on Wed 30 Jul 2014 at 1 pm
North Kildare Cricket Club Won North Kildare

Match report The Under 15s pulled off a very tight win at North County. The home team batted first and were clearly determined to race away to a big total. Matthew O'Meara and Matthew Bond sharing the opening overs were bowling good lines, but Grassi, the Ireland U15 wicket keeper, batting #1 for the home side, was intent on going after them. Off the first ball from O'Meara, a loose slap towards point nearly resulted in a catch to Matthew Gibbons left hand. In the third over, two further flashes to the covers had brought boundaries, but then a mistimed heave went skyward to be well held by Eoin Killeen. First strike to O'Meara. Matthew O'Meara then removed two more of the home top order to leave the County looking to steady their ship. The first bowling change brought on Matthew Gibbons and Sean Goodburn who both kept things very tight. Sean removing one caught and two clean bowled with his surprise pace and Matthew getting two well deserved wickets after some testing overs. The next bowling change brought more variation with Cathal's left arm over and Lochie Lipson's tight line bringing confusion and a stifling of run rate into the County batting. They could hardly put bat to ball. Lochie Lipson found an edge which was smartly taken at slip to leave the home team 9 down. The final pair somehow kept going against accurate bowling from Arran, Eoin and James, until Sean decided to bring the fun to an end by bringing O'Meara back on - fifth ball, job done, 76 all out.
North Kildare chasing 77 to win got themselves into all sorts of trouble early on with Cathal and Ruairi giving the scorers very little work to do. Matthew Gibbons managed a boundary, but it was when Matthew O'Meara and Sean Goodburn came together, the NK reply took on a very different complexion. Both were in commanding form with Matthew timing things beautifully and finding boundaries all around, including a six which was of some concern to the spectators until it crashed into the concrete wall above their heads to take the pace off it. Sean hit some crunching straight drives, one drilled splendidly past the non-striker stumps and one very nearly a straight six. Sean holed out on 21 and this precipitated another NK collapse with some golden ducks and Matthew being smartly stumped on 37, just lifting his heel at the wrong time. However Lochie stepped up to the mark, and with a neatly worked boundary and a little support from Eoin they eked out the necessary runs to get to the winning total with two wickets to spare.
A very welcome, if nerve-wracking win. Man of the Match - Matthew O'Meara.

North County Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
2nb 4w 2b  
for 10 wickets
69 (26.5 overs)
J Grassi ct  M O'Meara 14 3
C Murtagh ct  S Goodburn 23 3
D Hughes b  M O'Meara 7 1
A Moomey ct  M O'Meara 0
L Woodhouse b  S Goodburn 6 1
E Richersn b  S Goodburn 4
O Mc Donald b  M Gibbons 0
D O'Byrne lbw  M O'Meara 9 1
J Brady b  M Gibbons 1
S Farrin ct  L Lipson 1
S Cassin Not Out  4

North Kildare Cricket Club Under 15 Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Matthew O'Meara4.512045.004.14
Matthew Bond4.01900.002.25
Mathew Gibbons5.011628.003.20
Sean Goodburn5.001434.672.80
Cathal McLean3.00600.002.00
Lochlan Lipson-Ngai2.02010.000.00
Aaron Byrne2.01400.002.00
James Flattery1.00200.002.00
Eoin Killeen1.00400.004.00

North Kildare Cricket Club Under 15 Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 1b 1lb 
for 8 wickets

(16.3 overs)
Cathal McLean b  D Hughes 0
RuaraĆ­ Goodfellow b  D Hughes 0
Mathew Gibbons b  D Hughes 6 1
Matthew O'Meara st  C Murtagh 33 6 1 2
Sean Goodburn ct  C Richerson 25 5
Aaron Byrne st  C Richerson 3 1
Matthew Bond b  C Murtagh 0
Lochlan Lipson-Ngai Not Out  7
Zak Bursey b  C Richerson 0
Eoin Killeen Not Out  1 1
James Flattery  

North County Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
D Hughes5.012839.335.60
A Mooney5.011800.003.60
C Richerson3.302237.336.29
C Murtagh3.00824.002.67