County Kerry cricket club had a mixed weekend in their busy cup schedule On Saturday they travelled to Antrim in the national junior cup second round. The Muckamore club had the advantage of a big player pool as well as home advantage. Kerry batted first and after a pep talk from senior player Jamie Carnegie about patience made a solid start scoring 16 in the first 7 overs, that advice was then forgotten as they slumped to 21 for 5. Poor shot selection being largely to blame. This was followed by a more cautious rebuilding but no Kerry player ever got going and an unneccesary run out added to their disastrous batting and eventually were dismissed for 73 in 27 overs.
The Kerry bowling and fielding was more spirited but outclassed and Muckamore knocked the runs off in 11 overs for the loss of two wickets. Our excellent hosts fed and watered us well but this only partially made the long journey home easier.We had an insight on the standards we need to achieve to progress.
Sunday saw Kerry play Cork County in the quarter final of the Minor Cup and Kerry were first to bat.after the loss of an early wicket Eddie Garczynski joined Ni’all Riaz and they patiently put on 63 for the second wicket. Caution was necessary with the ball swinging around. Riaz scored 23 and went on to stand in well for the injured wicketkeeper, Garczynski scored 27. Later big hitting from the inform Ian Rutland (30) and Muhammad Mir (18) ensured a reasonable total of 171 was scored.
In reply Cork started cautiously and put on 35 for the first wicket. when Ravi came to the wicket he set about hitting the ball all around the ground. It was only when James Allman took an excellent catch from Dave Ramsays bowling that Corks victory challenge was slowed.The rest of their batting subsided and they were all out for 133. Ramsay was the most succesful bowler with 5 wickets for 7 runs. Gideon de Swardt (2 for 22) and Muhammad Yasin (2 for 30) were the other succesful bowlers.
So Kerry have a semi final date with either Limerick or Galway as their reward.