North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 1st XI v Railway Union on Thu 02 Jun 2016 at 6.00pm
North Kildare Cricket Club Lost By 4 Wickets

Match report The firsts welcomed Railway Union to the Maws in what was their first ever contest against a Division 1 side. Having won the Tillain Cup the previous season, the firsts were confident in their ability in the shorter format and felt that they could carry their form into the Alan Murray, regardless of the jump in standard.

Having lost the toss against Kerry, Rob was dead-set on getting back to winning ways and did so against former international, Kenny Carroll. Rob elected to bat on a cracking grass wicket that Matt and the ground team had a solid two weeks to prepare; a great toss to win as the sun would play a major part in the second innings also. Mat Auret and Manny opened up and looked solid to start with which was aided by a number of wides in the opening overs. Throughout the NK batting innings, there was no one who really stood up to make a big score, but contributions from PR, Manny, Immy and a hugely important 11 ball 22 from Wazzie down the order got NK up to a competitive total of 140; eventually being bowled out on the last ball of the innings. With 140 on the board and the sun causing more and more difficulties from one end, the firsts were content with the performance. They knew that they were maybe 15-20 runs short, but if it wasn’t for Wazzie’s cameo down the order – NK may have only had 120 on the board going into the second innings – facing Kenny Carroll and co, which would not have been an easy total to defend by any means.

Rob chose to go with an opening partnership that had reaped rewards for North Kildare so far this season; PR & Immy. And, the pair continued on their rich vein of form with the ball and immediately pushed the RRR up to 8-an-over as they really put a squeeze on their opposition. Because of the immense pressure both Carroll and Ul-Haq were subjected to, Ul-Haq eventually played one shot too many and Rob took a comfortable catch. New man in and veteran, Murphy joined Carroll and the pair looked to counter. Murphy had just hit Manny for a monstrous six over cow, only to try again very next ball. This time however, he didn’t connect and the ball headed in Vossie’s direction. With the ball high up in the air, Vossie charged from long-off, broke the 30 yard circle and leaped forward to snatch the ball a couple of inches off the ground – an terrific catch that really spurred the NK men, knowing it was a massive wicket. Things got even better for NK, when Fernando (Railway’s pro), decided he would take on the short boundary – only to be greeted by the welcome hands of Vossie again, taking a much more straightforward catch this time. Following on - NK knew they were one wicket away from a historic history – the wicket of Kenny Carroll. Although wickets kept tumbling at the other end, Carroll began to show his class, but when Louis was introduced – he offered a chance that was unfortunately put down and proved to be the difference in the end. If NK could’ve held on to Carroll in that instance, NK would’ve been in a prime position to snatch another famous win, but it wasn’t to be on this occasion. Thanks to a brilliant knock of 84*(64) including 10x4’s & 3x6’s from Carroll, RU managed to just get home in the final over which was a bitter pill to swallow, but a further lesson learned that players’ of Carroll’s calibre only really offer one chance (if any).

Regardless of the result, NK were in the position to give themselves a moral pat on the back after a stellar bowling and fielding performance. Between Vossie’s catch to remove Murphy and another ridiculous run-out from Louis Hoff to remove Barron, the firsts had set the standards high and were by far the better team on the day; but just couldn’t hold onto Carroll when he offered a chance. Looking at the game as a whole, there were plenty more positives than negatives and with the margin of victory being so narrow, the firsts still have every chance of qualifying to the next round if they can beat Terenure & Rush in the coming weeks.


North Kildare Innings:

1) M. Singh – bowled N. Hunt, caught K. Carroll – 15(16) – 3x4’s
2) M. Auret – bowled C. Fernando, caught A. Murphy – 9(9) – 1x4’s
3) J. Uddin – Bowled, D. Singh – 4(7) – 1x4’s
4) I. Ul-Haq – Run Out (H. Mann) – 18(11) – 2x6’s
5) P. Ryan – Bowled, H. Mann – 25(23) – 4x4’s
6) N. Vorster – Bowled, H. Mann – 11(19) – 1x4’s
7) R. Neavyn – Bowled D. Singh, caught C. Divney – 3(5)
8) C. Auret – Bowled A. Jackson, caught K. Carroll – 10(12) – 1x4’s
9) L. Hofmeyr – Bowled, C. Fernando – 3(6)
10) W. Ali – Bowled A. Jackson, caught K. Carroll – 22(11) – 5x4’s
11) I. Walshe – Not Out – 0(1)

Railway Union Bowling:

1) C. Fernando: 4-0-30-2
2) A. Jackson: 4-0-15-2
3) N. Hunt: 3-0-31-1
4) D. Singh: 4-0-26-2
5) K. Carroll: 4-0-23-0
6) H. Mann: 2-0-12-2

Total: 140-10 from 20 overs

Railway Union Innings:

1) K. Carroll - Not Out - 84(64) - 10x4's, 3x6's
2) F. Ul-Haq - Bowled I. Ul-Haq, caught R. Neavyn - 14(13) - 2x4's
3) A. Murphy - Bowled M. Singh, caught N. Vorster - 17(13) - 1x6's
4) C. Fernando - Bowled M. Singh, caught N. Vorster - 1(2)
5) E. Barron - Run Out, Louis Hofmeyr - 1(8)
6) D. Singh - Bowled M. Singh, caught L. Hofmeyr - 7(6) - 1x4's
7) H. Mann - Bowled, N. Vorster - 6(9)
8) C. Kenny - Not Out - 1(2)
9) C. Divney - DNB
10) N. Hunt - DNB
11) A. Jackson - DNB

Total: 143-6 from 19.2 overs

North Kildare bowling:

1) P. Ryan: 4-0-19-0
2) I. Ul-Haq: 4-0-25-1
3) M. Singh: 4-0-24-3
4) W. Ali: 4-0-34-0
5) L. Hofmeyr: 1.2-0-18-0
6) N. Vorster: 2-0-20-1


North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
17w 3lb 
for 10 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Wasif Ali  
Louis Hofmeyr   1 1
Josh Uddin  
Ian Walshe  
Clint Auret  
Imran ul-Haq  
Mathew Auret  
Paul Ryan  
Neil Vorster   2
Manjeet Singh  
Robert Neavyn   1

Railway Union Bowling

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Railway Union Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2nb 7w 1b 2lb 
for 6 wickets
143 (19.2 overs)

North Kildare Cricket Club Men's 1st XI Bowling

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