Donemana Aussies claim under-13 World Cup
The 2023 Under-13 NW World Cup tournament came to an end on Friday afternoon with Australia (Donemana) beating West Indies (Bready) by 44-runs in the final at Magheramason.
In a repeat of last year’s decider it was the Holm side’s turn to claim the honours this time, having finished runner-up 12 months ago.
Early runs from the impressive Ryan McClintock (32) and 27 apiece from Roy McGerrigle and Ollie Britton helped the Aussies to a total of 107-6 from their 16 overs as they batted first.
The wickets to fall were shared between Sam Loughlin, Travis Faulkner and C McClay and it was C McClay who offered the Windies’ resistance with the bat- his 27 not out by far the best of their 63-9 in reply.
Roy was the pick of the bowlers- his 3-13 from 4 overs deservedly helping him to the man-of-the-match award as the Donemana boys lifted the cup.
England (Newbuildings) led the table the whole way through to the knock-out phase and they were rewarded with a win over Portugal (Ballyspallen) in the Shield final.
In the Plate- Ireland (St Johnston) were too strong for The Netherlands (Glendermott) at the Rectory.
Neelansh Singh hit 49, Gareth O’Neill 29 and Alfie Rodger 22 in the Donegal side’s 132-3 with the hosts then bowled out for 77 in reply.
At the end of another hugely successful tournament, much of the credit goes to the players, officials, clubs and parents who braved the elements to ensure as much cricket as possible was played.
Thanks of course as well to our ‘host cities’ who did everything in their power to get games played and to Foyle College and Limavady Grammar for helping out when the rain threatened to win.
Thanks as well to our Irish Internationals- Andy McBrine, Craig Young and Conor Olphert who were on hand to look after today’s presentations.
Finally- there were a couple of additional player prizes to be handed out to Suyesh Kumar who was the tournament’s top run-scorer and Ryan McClintock who won both top wicket taker and player of the tournament.