The Sticky Wicket
Laois Cricket News
It was a clean sweep for Laois weekend with both the masters team ( over 50’s ) and Laois 1 XI winning.
The Masters played their first league game on Saturday against Leinster north. Laois captained by A.Tudor batted first and scored an impressive 155 with I.Woodward scoring a solid 50 runs. In reply Leinster north started off on a high in the clear skies at togher but fell short only managing 86 runs all out. Leinster south ( Laois ) won by 69 runs.
Laois 1st XI won the Senior 2 Cup last season. The first time in 100 years this honour went to a club outside of Dublin. On Sunday Laois battled against a very strong Merrion team. A team which beat Laois last Sunday in the league by 130 runs.
The match was reduced to 38 overs due to a damp pitch. Laois won the toss and batted first and posted a competitive 255. A captain’s innings by R.Meraj of 74 and a quick fire 64 by P.Blackley were the pick of the batsmen. Merrion started of well and looked as though they were going comfortable until tight bowling by A.Smit and U.Raees tied Merrion up. In a tight finish Merrion ended up with 221 all out with an over left.
Next weekend’s games:
Laois 1 vs Clontarf ( Away ) ( Saturday )
Laois 3 vs Knockharley ( Away ) ( Saturday )
Laois 2 vs Sandyford ( Away ) ( Sunday )