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Nenagh Cricket Club Notes June 24th

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Nenagh Cricket Club Notes June 24th

Nenagh Cricket Club notched up a record seventh consecutive win on Saturday last when they met North Tipp rivals Thurles in the quarter-final of the Junior Cup. With the sides ground-sharing Ballyeighan Cricket Ground this year, neither side could claim home advantage over the other, and so a vital toss was won by Nenagh, who put their opponents into bat with unsettled weather and showers forecast to interfere throughout the day. After a cagey opening few overs, with the batsmen unwilling to play adventurously and Nenagh trying to keep things tight, a stalemate began to develop until V Anulal pitched the ball up and found some late in-swing to clean bowl Thurles opener Aaron Cawley for 2. Ginson Abraham then made a second breakthrough at the other end, although the decision was somewhat dubious. It left Thurles' solid start rocking at 11-2, but also brought in-form batsman Fintan Moore to the crease, the top scorer in all Munster cricket this season and seen as the key wicket by Nenagh. Again though, tight bowling by Nenagh coupled with conservative batting to produce a slow-scoring partnership which was eventually broken through by Kannan Sreenivas, who picked up one wicket clean bowled, and then the crucial dismissal of Moore for 15, as well as running out a third to leave the Thurles innings in disarray at 54-5. Jojin Mathew and Colin Cummings then took up the torch of tight bowling to restrict the tail from adding many more runs, with Mathew winkling out two scalps with his box of tricks bowling. Abraham took a second and Sreenivas then returned to claim two more strikes, finishing the innings with excellent figures of 7-1-10-4, and setting Nenagh a target of 71 to earn a place in the semi-final.

With showers having interrupted play on three occasions and more rain set to come, Nenagh didn't want to lose the tie to the weather, so set about their batting with intent to score quickly, however this encountered a setback when opener Jojin Mathew departed for 0 after being adjudged lbw to Sean Cawley. Nenagh's progress was further checked when Mathew Thomas was dismissed for 4 by Aaron Cawley, but opener Tom Paul set them on the path with a brisk 15 off 16 balls, including a monstrous 6 over deep midwicket. When he departed, also to Aaron Cawley, Nenagh were wobbling somewhat, but V Anulal and Jomy Joseph calmly put together a solid partnership to take them to the brink of victory. Anulal scored a well-paced 17 before falling with the end in sight, while Joseph played elegantly for his 21 from 26 balls, with his signature cut shot earning him many of those runs, including the boundary that sealed the win.

Nenagh's astonishing progress this season is far removed from the turmoil they found themselves in a year ago: bottom of the league and struggling for runs. They now find themselves in two semi finals and top of the league at the halfway stage, with whisperings of a unique opportunity for a treble being heard. No-one wants to look too far ahead at this stage though, and Nenagh's next assignment, the semi final of the Minor Cup away against Midleton on the 29th, will prove a tough text of their resolve.

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