North West 15’s and 17’s win on another busy day

The North West underage sides enjoyed a profitable day in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Wednesday with both the 15’s and 17’s recording wins over Munster Heat. 

Gavin Roulston top scored with 69 (4 fours, 2 sixes) as the 15’s posted a competitive 179 all out after Jay Scott (14) and Stephen Magowan (13) had given the visitors a solid start with the bat. The Munster lads rarely threatened in reply after Roulston again with 3-10 and TJ Boyd (3-14) had the young Warriors on top from the start. A late 34 from Ahmed Zai took the Reds up to 82 all out leaving Davy Scanlon’s charges to close out a 97-run victory.

The 17’s were in impressive form too- bowling Munster out for 117 in their game which was also played at the huge Dublin landmark. Hassan Khan top scored with 28 while Eshan O’Sullivan chipped in with 26 for Munster while for the North West, Kat Bhavsar bowled superbly to return figures of 4-9.

Bonds Glen pair Sam Kincaid (2-14) and Raymond Curry (2-13) took care of the rest and once again it was Scott Macbeth who top scored in the reply. The St Johnston teenager continued his remarkable run of form with 44 not out while DJ Dougherty added 26 in a 7-wicket win.

There were runs aplenty as an MCC Select took on the Emerging Warriors at a lush Rectory this afternoon as well. Daniel Hogan and PJ Moor both scored centuries for the visitors after a shaky start for them- Hogan with 10 fours and 8 sixes in his 106 and Moor with 11 boundaries and 6 maximums in his 102 before both men retired unbeaten. Stephen Ogilby added 23 in a total of 287-7 with Graham Hume claiming the honours with the ball with his 3-35.

The home side were soon in trouble and a very early finish looked on the cards at 26-5 after a brilliant opening burst from Alistair Frost and David Delany. Encouraged by Jared Wilson’s 46 however, the Emerging side rallied late on and a superb 80 from skipper Hume (7 fours, 6 sixes) closed the gap considerably.

An unbeaten 36 from Reece Kelly, 25 from Varun Chopra and 19 from Rachit Gaur kept it interesting enough until near the end, however Frost (3-53), Delany (2-17) and Cillian McDonnell (2-48) had done enough to see the MCC through to a 41-run verdict as the Warriors ended on 246.

Once again the hosting was excellent at Glendermott and this was a more than useful work out for the North West side.

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