Lismore 2XI win Division 3 honours.
Lismore 2XI won the MCU All Rounder Cricket Division 3 League this year, with a 8 wicket victory over rival contenders Limerick 4XI. This was the first year in about a decade where Lismore entered a 2XI team into the league. With 5 teams competing, the teams play each other 3 times each, with 12 matches in total.
The season got off to a slow start, with a 7 wicket loss to Waterford and two matches abandoned. It wasn’t until Round 4, the team finally y chalked down a victory with a 29 run victory over Kerry 4XI at home. From there the team started to gather momentum, with an away victory over Harlequins, Kerry and Limerick at home. Another loss to Harlequins at home, meant that the league looked as if it had gone away from us. However, a surprise victory by Kerry over Limerick in Round 12 meant that the team still had a chance of topping the table we they won their remaining matches with bonus points. This they duly did, with a home victories against Waterford in Round 14 and Kerry in Round 17.
It was left to the last round of the season, between us and Limerick, where it was a winner take all. Limerick posted 111/9 off their 40 overs, but the strength in Lismore’s batting saw them reach 113/2 off 13.1 overs, leading to an 7 wicket victory.
In all over 25 players participated in the Division 3 league this season, and the team really improved as the season strengthened. Many of the players will step up to Division 2 next year. The club is starting to get some real strength in depth, and it is a positive sign for the future.
Some notable performances this year were:
- Jamie Keating – played 10 matches and finished with an average of 21.29 with the bat and took 12 wickets with a strike rate of 28.
- Naveen George, who in his two matches took 8 wickets
- Shaoib Kath, who played 6 matches and finished with an batting average of 28.80
- Paddy Byrne who in 7 matches took 13 wickets with an economy of finished with batting average of 3.51.
So congratulations to Michael Condon and Jamie Keating who captained the side between them, and the rest of the squad. Here is to future success in 2020!
All Rounder MCU Division 3 – 2019