Ramanujan century helps Limerick Cricket Club batter Blasters

It was Abhishek Ramanujan’s day of glory on Saturday when he carried his bat for the full 45 overs in helping Limerick Cricket Club to a demolishing 199 run win over the Limerick Blasters in Adare on Saturday.

This was the first win for LCC in Division One and a much-needed one for them so they can try push themselves off the bottom of the table.

Ramanujan looked set from the off as he punished any bad bowling with some nice shots through the off side, the new ball doing the rest of the work on what was a very quick outfield.

U Khan was bowled early to an in swinging peach from former LCC CC player Rahul Polouse. The same man would also claim LCC number three Tarik Rehman to leave the home side on 60-2 at the turn of the 10th over.

The celebrations didn’t last long for the Blasters as the in form Swaroop Burra came in at four for LCC. He made 45 from 49 deliveries including seven 4s.

Abhishek Ramanujan’s century helped Limerick Cricket Club to victory over Limerick Blasters.

But what was more valuable to LCC at this stage was the 95 run partnership for the third wicket that helped Limerick CC to 155-3 after 25 overs.

Sourabh Teke came in at six for LCC and continued his good run of form with the bat as he raced to a quick fire 40 pushing his side past the 300 run mark.

Boundaries continued right up until the last over with the outstanding Ramanujan helping LCC to 335-6 from 45 overs.

Limerick Blasters could not gather the same momentum as their opponents could after the interval. Some tight bowling from LCC ensured no loose shots were available to play at.

Aussie born James Spencer took pleasure in taking the new ball, swinging the ball into the batsman and creating some real nerves in the middle.

Spencer bowled straight through and finished his spell of 9 overs with 3-23, a remarkable stint of from the LCC opener. Step in captain Asif Shahab also picked up a wicket to keep the home side’s foot on the gas.

Yassar Shah came on from the car park end after drinks and made light work of the Blaster’s tail as his pace rattled the stumps on a couple of occasions.

He would finish on personal best figures of 3-28. It was fitting that Ramanujan would take the final wicket of the match to help LCC curtail Limerick Blasters to 136 all out.

LCC will look to push on next weekend in the Division One league as they play host to Cork County in Adare on Saturday.

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John Keogh