Cork County and Limerick meet in Cup final dress rehearsal
Munster Senior Cup finalists Cork County and Limerick Raiders will play out a dress rehearsal of the September showcase event when they meet each other at the Mardyke this Sunday in the Munster Senior League.
Both sides have been playing well over the last number of weeks with the Raiders in particular scoring big runs in the league, despite being let off the hook in their semi final win over Cork Harlequins earlier this week.
Farukh Bhagat will be the man for County to watch at the top of the Raiders innings as the gutsy left hander has found form and will be looking to add to the hundred he scored against Quins in the league last Sunday. Also in the runs on that occasion was Asif Hussain who is capable of taking the game away from the best of bowling attacks with his big hitting all around the ground.
County, however, also have some in form players doing the business for them at the moment; none more so than their aggressive opening batsman Ross Durity.
Durity is coming into form at the right time for the city side as their Munster double aspirations are very much alive. The hero against Cork Harlequins a fortnight ago, Durity also masterminded County's win over Midleton in the Munster Senior Cup semi on Monday with a well played 48 that set the platform for his to progress to the final.
Spectators at the Mardyke will also be treated to a feast of fast bowling on Sunday with County duo of Bruce Koch and Parvez Ali going head to head with the firey Sharif with the ball in what should be a close fought encounter
Up the hill at Farmers Cross, struggling Cork Harlequins take on the league's basement side WIT in a clash that neither side will want to lose given the fact they both could use the points in order to rescue their season.
While Quins bowlers have been performing well this season, but they will no doubt be feeling frustrated that their efforts seem to be in vein as the batsmen are continuously failing to do the business.
Quins have yet to surpass 70 in their last three outings, but Cormac Wilcox will be hopefull his side can turn that around this weekend against what is probably the weakest bowling attack in the league. If one of the Quins top three gets a big score, they will be a very hard team to beat.
WIT have a reputation of throwing wickets away at crucial times and with young off-spinner, Brad Morgan, taking a club record 9 wickets last Monday; If he can continue that form, it'll make Quins task a whole lot easier.