The Sticky Wicket
The Sticky Wicket
Laois on a winning streak
It’s a good sign when all your players are able to perform to the best of their ability and not relying on 2 or 3 people every week to win. It goes to show that team spirit and determination goes a long way.
Laois 1 were at home in a home league match against Malahide. Despite Laois’s recent success at the cups they were still at the bottom of the league. So league games were now very high on the club’s priority list.
Laois batted first and it soon looked all too familiar with the loss of 4 wickets and only a paltry total of 74 runs. But the pairing of Omar Rasool and Phillip Blackley came into bat to take Laois to a defendable total of 308. Omar scored 100 and Phillip made 81 in the end. It was a fabulous 154-run partnership.
In return Malahide started well but neat bowling by Armand Smit and Amir Khan held back the opposition. Then the ‘King of Spin’ Anis Siddiqui took 6 quick wickets to put the visitors away. Laois won by 74 runs.
Last weekend was a double whammy for Laois 1 with two games and Laois 2 were away to Pembroke. Laois 2 were still at the top of the table and needs to continue their good form to stay top. Laois 2 batted first and scored 246. Top scorer was Paul Croke with a classy 61 runs. Kamran Sabrie and Noman Raees were the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets each. Seeing off this opposition saw Laois retain the top spot in their division.
Saturday morning saw the dawn of the semi-final of the National cup tie against Newbuildings of Co.Derry. Newbuildings were ranked 42 in ireland and were hot favourites to proceed to the final. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. A good stand at the start saw the Derry men on their way. But it wasn’t until their Pro player P.Salmon came into bat that the fireworks started. He scored a quickfire 124 before being stumped by Ramazan. Newbuildings finished up on total of 238 runs as Amir Khan and Armand Smit were bowling well.
In return Laois set out in high spirits after recent success and proceeded to do so with a good start with Anis Siddiqui scoring 41 and then a captain’s innings of 91 from Rashid Meraj. This saw the Laois men ever so close to another victory. But wickets fell and nerves grew.
It turned out a full-blown drama at the end with Newbuildings requiring 2 wickets in the last over and Laois needing just 2 more runs. In a last ditch effort Amir Khan hit the winning runs and Laois are off to another cup final against fierce rivals Rush CC on Saturday 28th August.