Old Belvedere won the Leinster Senior Cup for the first time when beating Malahide by 35 runs at Cabra Oval yesterday. They suffered many anxious moments, however, against the seasiders, who fought doggedly throughout the two days but more especially yesterday afternoon.

Indeed, the situation looked very much in favour of Malahide at one stage of Saturday's proceedings because Old Belvedere, playing in their first final and on their own ground, with first use of a splendid wicket, had suffered a number of serious reverses. Leslie O'Shea was in brilliant bowling form the visitors, whose fielding left little to be desired, and just before the tea interval they appeared to have a firm grip on the game with eight of the Old Belvedere wickets down for 92 runs.

It was at this stage, however that the Cabra side were allowed "off the hook" for, while the ninth wicket fell at 103, wicket-keeper Charlie Kelly and Leslie Lloyd put on another 55.  Just how valuable those runs were was not clearly apparent until yesterday, because once again Old Belvedere were to be subjected to a real "back to the wall" effort by their opponents and it took all the bowling skills of the O’Riordan brothers, Alec and Kevin, to finally decide the issue.

In the 75 minutes play that were possible before the close on Saturday, Alec O’Riordan had taken three extremely valuable wickets - those of Paddy Neville, Gerry O’Brien and CD Smith - while Leslie Lloyd had added further to the Malahide worries by bowling Joe Caprani at a time when he looked like settling down.

Caprani's dismissal followed an unsuccessful appeal against the light, but in the long run Malahide found themselves with 43 runs on the board but with four of their most valuable wickets gone. The lost a fifth wicket - that of Sean O’Brien - shortly after play resumed yesterday, but Gilmore and Cantwell managed to push the score along to 76 before the latter fell to Kevin O’Riordan.

Podge Hughes then joined Gilmore and 11 more runs were added before Gilmore fell victim to a neat piece of stumping by Kelly. The Hughes-Burgess partnership totted up 29 valuable runs before Tynan brilliantly caught Burgess and, though Hughes remained on to total 29 before falling victim to Alec O’Riordan, the last wicket realised only two runs, leaving Old Belvedere winners by the margin of 35 runs. Alec O’Riordan finished up with the very fine analysis of 5-36, while his brother, Kevin, took 4-24.

A couple of perhaps interesting asides.  The 22 runs scored by Leslie Lloyd in the last wicket partnership of the Old Belvedere innings, proved to be the only runs he scored during the entire season.  This proved to be the first of three successive cup finals between these two sides. This is the only occasion so far on which the same two teams contested 3 successive cup finals

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