Cricketers make cup exit
WEXFORD WANDERERS firsts were comprehensively defeated by Dundrum in the quarter-final of the Leinster Middle Cup at Park on Sunday last.
The visitors batted first and made a cautious start to their innings and after ten overs their score stood at 28 runs with one wicket down.
However, they soon increased the tempo of their innings against a Wexford attack that was missing regulars Eugene Brennan and Paul Wise.
A couple of catches were also missed in what was not one of Wanderers' finest fielding displays.
Dundrum went on to amass a huge total of 277 runs for the loss of just three wickets off 40 overs with Vinu Jacob hitting eight sixes in his innings of 144 not out.
Alan Murphy was the pick of the Wanderers bowlers, returning very respectable figures of one for 19 off eight overs.
In reply, Wexford got off to a disastrous start, losing two wickets with only five runs on the board. Despite useful contributions from skipper Aidan Seaver 31, Sharjeel Shaikh 20 and Stefan Carty 17, Wanderers were all out for 145 in the 33rd over.
Team: Aidan Seaver (capt.), Peter Hudson, Jer Dunbar, Steve Wood, Adrian Campbell, Steve Hadley, Steffan Carty, Anthony Jones, Peter Lague, Shajeel Shaikh, Alan Murphy.
Meanwhile, Wanderers seconds put in an outstanding performance when they defeated high-flying Merrion at Ballsbridge on Saturday.
Merrion batted first and at the drinks break after 20 overs, an accurate Wexford bowling attack, well supported by a superb fielding display, had restricted the home team to 43 runs for the loss of three wickets. James Redmond conceded just ten runs off his eight overs.
Merrion picked up the tempo of their inning after and at the end of their 40 overs, their score stood at 139 runs for nine wickets. Dave Sugden and Anjith Varghese both took two wickets.
A superb third wicket partnership of 95 between Sudath Peiris 55 and Herbie Honohan 49 not out saw Wanderers reach their target with seven wickets to spare.
This was a fine all-round team effort and a feature of the game were two wonderful fielding efforts by James Redmond and Dave Sugden that led to two vital run outs.
Team: Martin Carty (capt.), Ravi Kumar, Tim Monahan, Martin Sheridan-Pope, Martin Redmond, Sudath Peiris, Dave Sugden, Athol Henwick, James Redmond, Anjith Varghese, Herbie Honohan.