An amazing bowling performance from North Kildare saw them secure an improbable tie against a Kevin O’Brien propelled Railway Union this evening.
Having won the toss and elected to bat first a good start from Railway reduced their visitors to 21/3 and then 54/5. Imran Ul-Haq’s late 20 pushed North Kildare up beyond 100 to give them a sniff.
Liam McCarthy stood out with the ball for Railway, his 4/10 from 4 overs particularly impressive and included this excellent Yorker to dismiss Danny Coad.
In reply, Railway started poorly, as two wickets apiece for Muzamil Sherzad and Wasif Ali reduced them to 27/5. Crucially however they had not dismissed Kevin O’Brien.
The Irish international put on 54 for the 6th wicket with Prabhanshu Kamal before the latter was dismissed leaving Railway needing 24 from the final 6 overs.
Murtaza Sidiqi bowled the 18th over, a double wicket maiden, to throw North Kildare right back into contention.
O’Brien’s 42 runs managed to marshal his side to needing just two runs from the final over. However they could muster just a single meaning that the game finished in a thrilling tie.
AT PARK AVENUE
NORTH KILDARE - 104/9, 20 overs (I Ul-Haq 20; L McCarthy 4/10)
RAILWAY UNION - 104/9, 20 overs (K O’Brien 42; M Sidiqi 2/0, W Ali 2/17, M Sherzad 2/18, M Singh 2/19)