Doheny in a Rush to chase Briggan down in Division 2

by Gazette Reporter
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Rush produced a cracking run chase to reel in north county rivals Balbriggan at Jack Harper Memorial Park, closing the gap at the top end of Leinster cricket’s Division 2 after a run-fest last Saturday.

Balbriggan batted first with Conor Fletcher and Adrian Harper opened up and reached 15 in the third over before the latter was caught behind by Neill Rock off the bowling of Allan Eastwood.

But the hosts recovered from the setback with Farooq Nasr joining Fletcher for a 62 run partnership, 48 of which were scored by Nasr with nine fours before he fell lbw to Neary.

Neary also bowled Fletcher for 21, pegging them back to 92 for three. Adam Keefe and Tim Maruma batted steadily for about ten overs, bringing the score to 141 where Keefe was bowled by Aaron Maguire. It brought Nathan Rooney to the crease and it brought about a brilliant partnership of 126 in 16 overs with Rooney scoring 63 off just 50 balls to up the rate massively with five sixes thrown in.

When he departed, Ehtesham Ahmed joined Maruma and the runs continued to flow. A partnership of 51 in six overs ended when Ahmed was caught and bowled by Stephen Doheny with Balbriggan on 318 for six after 46 overs.

Three runs later Timcen Maruma eventually fell for a brilliant 125 in 117 balls. After that Balbriggan lost their way and added just eight further runs to end on 326 all out, a little short of what they would have hoped for late in the innings.

With a fast outfield and a good wicket Balbriggan’s total was gettable. Conor Armstrong and Stephen Doheny opened the batting for Rush and immediately went about their job with vigour. They reached 113 in the 20th over when Armstrong was stumped by Adam Keefe from the bowling of Aidan Murray.

Conor Mullen joined Doheny and the pair put on 80 in 11 overs taking the score to 193 when Mullen was caught by Adam Keefe off the bowling of Syed Harris. It had Rush right on top of the run rate though and Neil Rock joined Doheny who was batting brilliantly for the biggest partnership of the innings.

The pair put on 126 in 15 overs. Rock was caught by Keefe from the bowling of Aidan Murray but Doheny had serenely passed his century by this time.

He was joined by Shahid Iqbal to seemingly knock off the winning runs. When the score was 323, Doheny was bowled by Ehtesham Ahmed for a magnificent 142 hitting 11 fours and fouir maximums.

It was a late glitch as Rush passed the total with 17 balls to spare.

The win moves Rush into third place with Malahide top and Balbriggan in second.

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