AN unusual quirk to end the season’s fixtures left Muckamore with two games to play against Waringstown.
With nothing at stake for either team they agreed to finish off with two Twenty/20 games at Moylena last Saturday.
Muckamore missing several regular players drafted in replacements David Steen, Jamie Jackson, Ben Cunningham, Luke Allen and David Miller for these games.
Waringstown were also missing several regulars for these games also.
In the first game, which started at noon, Waringstown won the toss and deciding to bat first sent A Dennison and J Hall in to face Muckamore opening bowlers Neil Gill and Pavan Karthik.
Instant success for Gill for off only his third delivery Hall edged the ball into wicketkeeper David Miller’s hands to be out before he had even scored.
The new batsman was the Waringstown professional S Khan and with Dennison they took the score to 41 runs into the seventh over.
Aswan Shetty had to replace Gill to bowl from the Nursery End and in his second over Dennison, going for a big hit, was confidently caught by ‘long on’ fielder teenager Jamie Jackson after scoring 16 runs.
L Nelson was next and with his partner Khan they quickly took the score to 77 runs adding 36 runs in the next five overs.
Making a very rare appearance on the senior team, the Third Eleven Captain David Steen replaced Aditya Adey to bowl from the River End and off only his second delivery he tempted Khan to go for a big hit and the ball fell into the safe hands of ‘long on’ fielder Gill to dismiss him after he had scored 35 runs.
J McCollum joined Nelson to face the fired up Steen.
He blocked two deliveries before slamming the next towards the boundary on the leg side.
There waiting was teenager Jackson who took a magnificent diving catch to send the stunned McCollum back to the pavilion with his little duck, much to the delight of his team mates and the watching Muckamore supporters.
G Thompson was the new batsman and with Nelson a single run was taken off new bowler Craig Drummond’s first over.
Then Steen returned to bowl his second over and with the adrenalin still flowing he trapped Thompson lbw to send him back to the pavilion with only four runs, to give him his third wicket of the game.
The hot favourites Waringstown were struggling on 83 runs for five wickets into the 15th over as new batsman G Kidd came to the wicket and with Nelson they took the score to 111 runs into the penultimate over before the former, swinging at a Drummond delivery edged the ball into wicketkeeper Miller’s gloves to end his 16 run innings.
The next batsman was M Waite and off bowler Karthik’s third delivery wicketkeeper Miller took a spectacular juggling catch to dismiss the dogged Nelson for 30 runs.
R Carson was batsman number nine and he could only watch as Karthik bowled Waite for a duck with the last ball of the innings to leave the Waringstown total on 112 runs for eight wickets after their allocated 20 overs.
Best of the Muckamore bowlers were David Steen who took three wickets for 18 runs, Pavan Karthik who took two wickets for 19 runs and Neil Gill who took one wicket for nine runs.
Aditya Adey and David Miller open the batting for Muckamore against Waringstown bowlers S Khan and P Eaglestone.
They took the score to 58 runs into the eight over before Adey was bowled by G Kidd after scoring 15 runs.
Adam McDaid joined Miller to face 11 deliveries before his mistimed shot off a Nelson delivery was caught by ‘deep mid on’ fielder Eaglestone after scoring only two runs.
Sam Gordon was the new batsman and with Miller they added 22 runs in the next five overs taking the score to 95 runs.
Then Gordon who had scored 14 runs top edged a delivery from Khan which went high enough for the bowler to have the time to take the catch himself.
Next man in was Craig Drummond and as Miller completed his half century they scored the remaining 18 runs required to clinch the deserved seven wicket victory.
So the underdogs had sealed a memorable win - but there was still the small matter of a second game.
Waringstown may have dropped the ball first time out, but they were determined to spoil the party at Moylena...