August Week-end

Kerry CC – saved by the rain – beaten by Quins.

SATURDAY, in the Munster Division 1 match, Kerry were bowled out for 175 and Cork knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets with 15 overs to spare. Shani Alam (28) top scored for Kerry whilst Bilal returned 4 for 28 – the best of the Cork bowling.

Hassett 51 n.o. was the highlight of Corks confident reply.

On SUNDAY, the Munster Senior Cup Final was washed out just before a result could be settled. Kerry posted a well below par 117. Jack Leenards (34) Yaqoob Ali (29). Cork replied briskly and were well ahead of the run rate and were within 2 overs of forcing a win under DL rules when the rain changed from discouraging drizzle to dramatic down-pour, robbing the home side of certain victory. Cork County captain, Stephan Grobler’s hat-trick was arguably the highlight of the abandoned match.

Cork were left understandably unimpressed.

MONDAY provided the second Munster Final in two days. The Munster Senior Shield Final pitted Kerry against Cork Harlequins, once again at the Marydyke. In spite of the torrential rain which forced an abandonment on the previous day The Marydyke looked superb at lunchtime on Monday. After some delay for deliberation the umpires decided play would be safe and for a contest reduced to 35 overs each. For the third day running Kerry batted first, but again, below the standards they set through the earlier part of the season. With Kerry on 23 for 5 it was looking like a walkover for Quins, but after Khurram Iqbal (18) steadied the ship slightly Moshin Taj (38) and Azeem Khan (30 n.o.) put a defiant partnership together, adding 66 for the 8th wicket, taking Kerry to a total of 125.

That total gave the Kerry bowlers something to defend, but with the experienced Ted Williamson (Leinster coach) in Quins batting line up, Kerry would have to conjure up something very special to get their hands on the trophy. Credit to Kerry bowlers for creating some significant pressure, but though they made Quins work hard for their runs, only three wickets were lost in chasing down the total with an over to spare; Williamson (60) top scored. But the umpires awarded the Man Of The Match honours to Dermot Carey for his superb bowling return of  7-3-14-3 which created early havoc from which Kerry never quite recovered. Cork Harlequins take the 2015 Munster Senior Shield.