Athlone 1 meet Tyrrelstown 3 in Corkagh Park, the home of Adamstown Cricket Club, for the final of the inaugural Adamstown Cup. The two teams have very similar recent histories, with both teams entering the Leinster league for the first time in 2019, with Athlone 1 being the crowned the Division 17 champions, consigning Tyrrelstown 3 to runners-up spot. The teams met three times in 2019, with Tyrrelstown wining twice, and Athlone prevailing in a narrow 1 wicket victory last July in Doon. Tyrrelstown have won six of their seven games this season, with the one loss being against Clondalkin 2. Athlone 1 lost their first game of the season against Lucan 3, but have won the last six on the bounce.
Tyrrelstown 3 - key players
Tyrrelstown's batting and bowlng has been all about Amit Sharma. He has been the only player to pass 50 for the team, and in total has hit 186 runs at 37.30. The last of those 50s was on August 22nd. and after three failures, he is due runs this weekend. He is also the team's leading wicket taker, and has already delivered once against Athlone this season, taking 6-5 against Athlone 2. Tyrrelstown 3 definitely aren't a one man team though, and Rajesh Karmakonda and Anup Kishen have both taken eight wickets so far this season.
Athlone 1 - key players
The feeling that this final is going to be decided by bowlers is added to by the relative paucity of runs by the Athlone 1 batsmen this year. No one has scored a 50, and no one has passed 100 runs for the season, with Bilal Iqbal's 97 at 48.5 being the most. Bilal has scored 891 runs for Slieve Bloom, but with Bloom not playing competitive cricket this season, a move to Athlone could bring silverware. George Jebaraj is the leading wicket taker with 10 wickets at 9.30, with support coming from Ihsan Ullah with 8 wickets at 9.38.
Athlone 1 are unbeaten in Corkagh Park, winning games against Adamstown 6 and Adamstown 7. Tyrrelstown 3 have never played at the ground. The average first innings score on the Corkagh Park ground this year has been 130. Sides batting first this year have won nine times, with the side batting second chasing successfully five times.