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Fri 5th Oct 2018

By Paul Reynolds

Season 2018 review - Clondalkin 2 beat Finglas 1 in Minor 2 Cup

Minor 2 Cup stats

Leading all time run scorer (2014-2018) - Rocky Butt (Carlow) - 261 runs @ 52.20

Most runs in an Minor 2 Cup season - Rocky Butt (Carlow) - 261 runs (2015)

Highest score - Rocky Butt (Carlow) - 153 - Carlow 1 vs Ashbourne 1 - Oak Park - 12 Jul 2015

Leading all time wicket taker (2011-2018) - Abul Shapon (Clondalkin) - 13 wkts @ 9.92 (rpo 2.52)

Most wickets in an Minor 2 Cup season - Bharath Rao (Tyrrelstown) - 10 wkts (2015)

Best bowling - Syfuzzaman Khan - 8-5 - Wicklow County 2 vs Evening Herald Taverners 1 - Presentation Bray - 21 June 2014

Most matches - (8) Umesh Burraa (Tyrrelstown/Ashbourne) (2015-2018), Aaron Byrne (North Kildare) (2015-2018), Tarun Goel (North Kildare) (2015-2017), Abul Shapon (Clondalkin/Wicklow County/Civil Service) (2014-2018)

Club with most wins - (1) Leinster (2014), Carlow (2015), AIB (2016), Adamstown (2017), Clondalkin (2018)

Highest team score - 329 all out - Carlow 1 vs Ashbourne 1 - Oak Park - 12 July 2015

Lowest team score - 27 all out - North Kildare 4 vs AIB 1 - The Maws - 7 Aug 2016

On the penultimate weekend of the season, Clondalkin 2 won the Minor 2 Cup, with a dominant win over Finglas 1. It was Clondalkin's first cup win, and second trophy after the 2017 Whelan Cup.

The Clondalkin bowling attack won the match, after making 166 from their 40 overs. Keeper Wahed Firdous top scored with 45, but Finglas must have felt they had a chance of winning a trophy in their first season. But a devastating display, led by stalwart Munir Khan (4-16) saw Finglas collapse to 17-7, 21-8, 30-9 and then 43 all out. Syfuzzaman Khan, who holds the record for the best bowling in the Minor 2 Cup (8-5 in 2014), took 2-11.

Finglas' route to the final was relatively easy, with wins over Greystones 3 (44 runs), AIB 3 (34 runs) and Leinster 7 (61 runs), whereas Clondalkin's path was of the nail-biting kind. In the first round, they were 30-6 chasing 127 against Ashbourne 2; against North Kildare 4 they were 46-4 chasing 89, and then the semi final againbst Bagenalstown 3 saw another scare, with Bagenalstown 3 being 121-8 (chasing 171), but still got to 149.

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