North County lost their Fingal derby against Malahide. Picture: Bernie O’Farrell

Leinster senior league cup
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BALBRIGGAN produced the shock on the first full day of the Leinster cricket season as they beat a fancied Clontarf side by 32 runs in the new IBI Corporate Finance Senior League Cup.

On another occasion Balbriggan’s 228/7 might not have seemed a particularly daunting total but, on the first day of the season, it was always going to be a challenge.

However, with Clontarf on 150/2 with 12 overs to go the visitors seemed well in control. But the combination of Farooq Nasr [4/38] and Ehtesham Ahmed [3/37] engineered a collapse that saw Clontarf fall well short in the end.

Earlier in the day Dean Carlisle had made 79 to provide the foundation for the Balbriggan innings. The victory was the first for Balbriggan in a senior match against Clontarf in four attempts.

A strong looking Malahide batting line-up delivered in their Fingal derby against North County with Damien Mortimer [52], Matt Ford [39] and Peter Chase [37] all in the runs.

Their total of 235/7 was going to be challenging so early in the season. And so it proved as County lost early wickets and were soon chasing the game.

Eddie Richardson [52] led a fight back but Malahide always looked to be in control. Wickets for Kelvin Donnelly [3/42] and two each for Chase [2/25], James Newland [2/38] and Matt Ford [2/35] saw Malahide winners by 42 runs.

The accolade for the most exciting match of the day must go to YMCA and Skerries side The Hills. YMCA started disastrously and were 69/6 after 16 overs.

That the game went beyond tea was down to the efforts of Tim Tector who made 53 before being run out, his maiden half-century in senior cricket.

With some late support from James Parkinson, YMCA were able to post a score of 156, though they left 10 overs unused, that was at least defendable.

As it turned out, none of the top five batsmen for The Hills made it to 20 and at 88 for 7, it looked like YMCA might be able to force a win that looked very unlikely earlier in the day.

But they didn’t account for the efforts of Daya Singh who saw the visitors home with 68 not out, ably supported by Cian Nulty and Mark Dwyer.

Victory in the end came in the last over and by a margin of two wickets.

Rory Anders did well in his first game for YMCA, taking 3/19, and Joe Carroll likewise for The Hills in taking 3/43.

On another occasion Balbriggan’s 228/7 might not have seemed a particularly daunting total but, on the first day of the season, it was always going to be a challenge.

However, with Clontarf on 150/2 with 12 overs to go the visitors seemed well in control. But the combination of Farooq Nasr [4/38] and Ehtesham Ahmed [3/37] engineered a collapse that saw Clontarf fall well short in the end.

Earlier in the day Dean Carlisle had made 79 to provide the foundation for the Balbriggan innings. The victory was the first for Balbriggan in a senior match against Clontarf in four attempts.

A strong looking Malahide batting line-up delivered in their Fingal derby against North County with Damien Mortimer [52], Matt Ford [39] and Peter Chase [37] all in the runs.

Their total of 235/7 was going to be challenging so early in the season. And so it proved as County lost early wickets and were soon chasing the game.

Eddie Richardson [52] led a fight back but Malahide always looked to be in control. Wickets for Kelvin Donnelly [3/42] and two each for Chase [2/25], James Newland [2/38] and Matt Ford [2/35] saw Malahide winners by 42 runs.

The accolade for the most exciting match of the day must go to YMCA and Skerries side The Hills. YMCA started disastrously and were 69/6 after 16 overs.

That the game went beyond tea was down to the efforts of Tim Tector who made 53 before being run out, his maiden half-century in senior cricket.

With some late support from James Parkinson, YMCA were able to post a score of 156, though they left 10 overs unused, that was at least defendable.

As it turned out, none of the top five batsmen for The Hills made it to 20 and at 88 for 7, it looked like YMCA might be able to force a win that looked very unlikely earlier in the day.

But they didn’t account for the efforts of Daya Singh who saw the visitors home with 68 not out, ably supported by Cian Nulty and Mark Dwyer.

Victory in the end came in the last over and by a margin of two wickets.

Rory Anders did well in his first game for YMCA, taking 3/19, and Joe Carroll likewise for The Hills in taking 3/43.