Clontarf reach Antalis Cup final
After several weeks delay due to inclement weather the semi-final encounter between Clontarf and The Hills took place in Castle Avenue. 'Tarf won the toss and decided to bat. After the loss of Rigby to an excellent direct hit run out,'Tarf built a very promising platform with a second wicket stand of 131 between Rod Hokin and Adrian Darcy.However the Hills fought back with some tight bowling and restricted 'Tarf to what seemed to be a slightly under par score of 242 for 9 wickets in their allotted 60 overs.Darcy making a splendid 86 and Hokin 60.The pick of the Hills bowlers were Luke Clinton with 4 for 39 and Van de Merve 2 for 35.
In reply The Hills reached 70 for the loss of their first wicket and looked in command of the game.A fine spell of bowling from Alex Cusack with 4 for 27 broke the back of the Hills middle order as they slumped to 123 for 5,leaving Jeremy Bray to battle it out with the lower order. The Hills lost their last 5 wickets for just 49 runs and slumped to 172 all out in only 50 overs.Jeremy Bray making a solid 82 and Paddy Byrne 38 were really the only main contributors for the away side. Rod Hokin 3 for 29 and Greg Molins 2 for 15 ably supported Cusack in the bowling department.
Clontarf won by 70 runs and meet the winners of the North County and Railway Union game in the final.