CRICKET | Dominant Dundalk sail to nine-wicket victory against Clondalkin

Local cricketers make it five wins on the spin

The Dundalk cricket team that beat Clondalkin on Saturday afternoon. Front L-R: Sajan Jayaseelan, Glenn Armstrong, Haroon Khan, Peter Phillips. Back L-R: Regin Samuel, Muhammed Zahid, Umer Khan, Waqas Khan, Michael Mullen, Andrew Williams, Gerry McKeever, Vishva Nagappan

Dundalk continued their fine run of form on Saturday afternoon with an impressive nine-wicket win over Clondalkin in Tymon Park.

Coming into the game, Clondalkin were unbeaten in the league, while Dundalk had strung together their own excellent run of form, winning their last four outings.

On a windswept pitch, captain Andy Williams elected to bowl first and got off to the perfect start as he combined with Sajan Jayaseelan to have Zahid Saikat dismissed, caught, in the third over.

MB Awan also then succumbed to Williams’ fine bowling to begin a ferocious spell with the ball from Dundalk. Two wickets in an over apiece from Muhammed Zahid and Haroon Khan turned the screws on the South Dublin outfit, as they were left with six wickets lost for a merciless total of 18 runs.

The seventh and eighth wicket partnerships brought them a slight bit of hope as Asraf and Royola put on 41 together before Khan replaced Royola and contributed 37 to the total himself.

However, once he was run-out by Glenn Armstrong so too did Clondalkin run out of defences, with Haroon Khan cleaning up the tail-end. Despite the disastrous start, Clondalkin went in at the break having set a target of 137 from 40 overs for Dundalk.

When play resumed, it seemed that the below-par target could prove a banana-skin for Dundalk, when Waqas Khan chipped his first ball to second slip off Wasim Asraf’s bowling. However, the second wicket partnership of Umer Khan and Muhammed Zahid was simply sublime.

The pair started gently, taking quick singles as they came, but soon started pushing onward. From the sixth over on, they started hitting freely, taking 23 off the over.

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Between the two, they hit 24 boundaries, including 14 sixes, posting a 50-run partnership after 10 overs. The pair doubled their tally, bringing up a 100-run partnership just three overs late, before wrapping up the game with two massive sixes.

In the end, Dundalk won by nine wickets after a blistering 16 overs with Muhammed and Umer finishing on 70 and 64 not out respectively.

Next week sees Dundalk travel to Porterstown Park to face fourth-placed Castleknock as both teams look to close the gap on league-leaders Greystones.

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