It was a short-lived agony for Limerick when they went crashing out of the Munster Senior Cup losing just 1-0 in a bowl out to Cork Harlequins on Sunday.
With just 23 overs of the match being able to be played due to the severe weather conditions that hit Cork just after two o’ clock, it was decided by umpires Greg Scully and Mike Griffin that no further play would be viable.
Of course, in this scenario as per rules and regulations, a bowl out must take place between the two teams with all eleven players having one shot at the stumps.
Limerick could not succeed with any attempts with the opposition hitting just once from their eleven to secure the victory.
It was tough timing for Limerick who motoring quite well with the bat, Azeem Khan and Arsalan Anwar hitting 12 boundaries between them to put the away side on the front foot; Azeem would get caught on the boundary before Arsalan’s attempted scoop shot hit him plumb on the pads for LBW, both players would finish on 34.
It was Swaroop Burra (4) and Saurabh Teke (11) who would be left at the crease for Limerick when the rain hit, Limerick finishing on 103-2 at the delay.
It was a cruel ending to Limerick’s Senior Cup campaign but such is cricket!
One side Limerick side did manage to get the rub of the green yesterday, as Limerick’s 3rd XI were victorious in their bowl-out against County Kerry by a score of 2-1, captain Ajay Narayanan hitting the stumps on the 22nd ball after Yousaf Sarwari hit earlier in the shootout for the Shannonsiders.
Limerick will now face off against Cork Harlequins in the final of the Minor Cup on the August Bank Holiday Monday (August 5th) at Farmer’s Cross.
In the other leagues, it was a but one-sided game in Adare on Saturday as Limerick 2 nd XI went down to Cork County at home by a margin of 119 runs to leave the home side rooted to the bottom of the Munster Division One League.
Limerick’s 4 th XI came up just three wickets short of victory when they were defeated by Lismore on Saturday in a tense and cagey affair at the Castle Grounds, Gavin Devereaux’s side still remain 20 points clear at the top of Munster Division Three
However, they go on to face Cork Harlequins 4 away next weekend to try cement their place at the top of the table.