Malahide Cricket Club News story

5ths endure loss to Greystones

10 Sep 2018

The 5ths travelled to Greystones with an experimental team, comprising 9 youths and 2 adults.  The experiment started with putting the opposition (fielding 10 adults) into bat and bowling as many of our team as possible.  All eight bowlers acquitted themselves well, but many found it difficult to maintain line and length over a longer spell than youth cricket generally allows.  Eoghan Keohane (1 for 26) and Adam Doyle (2 for 32) probed and tested and were unlucky not to take more wickets.  Matthew Jeffrey-Carrick's 4 for 34 was reward for making all bastmen look uncomfortable.  Aaron Doyle kept his head in his first encounter in senior cricket.

Our fielding had moments of brilliance, notably Paul Devine's sharp catch off a leading edge at backward point.  There were good catches too by Oliver Manks and Matthew.  Eric Lacey's speed around the boundary saved several runs.  James Dickinson's kept well for 40 long overs in testing conditions. But along with the good, came the less good: simple catches dropped, overthrows and some indifferent ground fielding.  Greystones preyed on these weaknesses and amassed runs.  In that they were assisted by our more than generous donation of 51 extras. Greystones finished on 233 for 7.

It left us a mountain to climb and our top-order batsmen facing some testing bowling seemed mentally overwhelmed by the challenge.  We quickly slumped to 19 for 5.  Matthew (15), Paul (top scorer on 18) and Chris Deacon settled the nerves to salvage some pride.  Aaron showed he was quite able to bat at this level hitting a couple of lovely boundaries in his 15 at the end.  Malahide were finally bowled out for 79.

Maybe our young team would rather forget this match, but, if they can learn from the experience and reflect on what went right as well as wrong, they will come back next season wiser as well as older.  There's a good deal of ability, and the promise of more, in the youth-team players who turned out for the 5ths this year.  So keep your heads up and look to better days in the future.

Thanks to Ciaran, Shirley and Hamish for driving, to Robert for umpiring and Hamish for scoring.