The boys’ Colts made the most of a rare outing on the main pitch to deliver an emphatic win against Adamstown in the cup.
Opening bowlers Diarmuid Burke and Oliver Manks soon settled into a groove that put the Adamstown openers under pressure. They were unlucky not to be rewarded with a wicket or two. When the first change bowlers came on after six overs the opposition had only just reached double figures. Matthew Clarke and James Dickinson continued to probe as the Adamstown batsmen were forced onto the attack. But an extraordinary haul of four wickets in three overs from Daniel Crampton (4 for 11) and two wickets from Oliver Jeffrey-Carrick in two (2 for 7) removed the heart of the batting. Diarmuid (1 for 4) came back to bowl a wicket maiden for the final over and Adamstown were left on 77 for 8.
Malahide’s opening pair of Jack Grant and Diarmuid Burke soon realised the opportunities offered by the expanse of outfield. Superb running between the wickets turned ones into twos and twos into threes. The pair put on 51 before Diarmuid was out. Elliot Manks joined Jack and the two continued to torment the fielders with quickly taken runs. Jack went on to retire for a well-deserved, chanceless 50. Malahide reached the target for the loss of three wickets with nearly five overs to spare.
It was a fitting team effort worthy of the main pitch. Leinster or Rush await in the next round.
Thanks to David O’Halloran for coaching and umpiring, Robert Dickinson for scoring, and the many parents for coming out to support.