Mark Thomas was Terenure’s star of the show today, as his 4/23 from 10 overs including 5 maidens saw his side to a 9 run victory over Railway Union, and claim top spot in the Championship in the process.
Earlier in the afternoon, Terenure skipper Dónal Lynch won the toss and elected to bat first, but his side got off to a dreadful start, as two wickets for each of Oliver Perry and Liam McCarthy reduced the home side to 22/4.
Bhavic Tukrel and Dónal Vaughan then put on 38 for the 5th wicket, which ended up being the highest partnership in the whole game. Before a bowling change to Digamber Mishra bowled Vaughan for 6.
Tukrel continued to play fluently, making 42 from 49 deliveries before he was eventually the 8th man out caught by a brilliant catch to Ciaran Divney off the bowling of Prabhanshu Kamal. There were important runs yet to come, as Sadiq Safi made 13 and Diarmuid Lynch’s 8 not out helped Terenure to 104 all out in 33.4 overs.
Kenny Carroll made 31 of the first 38 runs in the Railway Union chase before he was the third man dismissed caught by Mark Thomas off the bowling of Zubair Khan.
Again it was two wickets apiece for the openers, Thomas and Khan, as well as the massive run out of Kevin O’Brien on the final ball before drinks, saw Terenure reduce Railway to 53/5 at the tea interval after 15 overs.
The over after tea saw Diarmuid Lynch dismiss Prabhanshu Kamal caught by Séamus Lynch. Thomas and Khan then returned to the attack, taking three more wickets between them to see Railway 77/9.
Last pair Perry and Divney managed to scramble 18 of the 28 runs they needed to win, before Bhavic Tukrel rounded off a good day for himself, as he uprooted Divney’s leg stump with an inch-perfect Yorker and see Terenure to a 9 run victory.
Terenure - 104/10, 33.4 overs (B Tukrel 42; A Jackson 2/4, L McCarthy 2/15, P Kamal 2/22)
Railway Union - 95/10, 24.5 overs (K Carroll 31; M Thomas 4/23, Z Khan 3/41)
By 9 runs