NW defeat LCU in U15 inter-pro thriller
The NW captured the Under 15 Interprovincial trophy when they held their nerve to defeat their Leinster counterparts in a last ball thriller at Stormont. With three runs needed from the final delivery, Aaron Heywood dismissed Adam Craig to spark scenes of jubilation amongst the players and fans.
The result was particularly tough on Lorcan Tucker who had looked to have brough his side to victory with an unbeaten 82 (6 fours, 2 sixes). He shared stands of 84 with Rory Anders (24) and 51 with Nathan Rooney (29) to take LCU to 147/4 after they had been 12 for 3 at one stage.
Aaron Gillespie (4-40), Ryan McBeth (2-18) and Aaron Heywood (2-25) were best with the ball for the North West as they worked their way through the lower order to restrict Leinster to 170 all out - five players making ducks. Earlier the McClintock twins had both scored half centuries in the NW total of 172 - Gary hitting 3 fours and a six in his 56, and Gary finding the ropes five times in his 51.
David Murphy (3-35), Adam Craig (2-14) and Rory Anders (2-23) were the most successful of the Leinster attack.
The NCU emerged victorious in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon, defeating Munster comfortably by 82 runs. Paddy Beverland hit 11 boundaries as he top scored with 60 receiving good support from Craig Kennedy (26), Ross Waite (23), James Mitchell (23), Ben McGavock (17) and Jack Beattie (17) as they made 194.
The Munster batting has struggled all week but here managed at least to inject some respectability as they posted 112 with Azher making 35 and Carey a quickfire 20. James Mitchell (3-21) again bowled well, with two wickets apiece for Ben McGavock (2-13), John Matchett (2-18) and Thomas Magowan (2-21) - Matthew Hurst (1-20) taking the final wicket.
The Irish youth selectors will now select the squad which will represent Ireland in the Under 15 European Championships in Guernsey from August 5-10.