Limerick found themselves in a precarious position going into the last weekend of the season after results went the other way for them in the penultimate round of games for the year.
Although relegation is not in play, Limerick will be looking to avoid losses to stay off the bottom of at least two divisions in their games against County Kerry next weekend.
Limerick’s 3 rd XI suffered a heavy defeat at home to Cork Harlequins in Adare yesterday which sees them level on points at the bottom of Division Two.
Limerick’s youngsters were once again fearless in attack however, skipper Ajay Hari giving the new ball to Bilal Adil which paid dividends in quick timing, Adil finding the edge off Quins opener O’Mahoney before picking up his second wicket two overs later.
Jamel Saya came on first change for the Shannonsiders, his leg spin proving too much to handle and Quins were struggling at 39-4. Limerick seemed to take their foot off the gas as Quins stretched past the 100 run mark. Saya came back on in the latter stages of the innings to pick up two more wickets giving him career best figures of 4-35, Quins 178 all out.
Limerick’s batting woes featured once again however, Limerick struggling badly to find any partnerships and withstand the bowling attack of the away side. It wasn’t long before the scoreboard read 24-7 and the home side’s tail end were left with the job of trying to salvage some pride and make the scoreboard look respectable. That was done through Stephen Cheatley and, once again, Saya providing some useful runs; his 39* propelling Limerick into the 90’s before the last wicket fell.
Cork Harlequins 3: 178 all out off 37.3 overs
Jamel Saya 4-35
Ajay hari 2-22
Limerick 3: 92 all out off 34.3 overs.
Jamel Saya 39*
Stephen Cheatley 19
Limerick’s bid to retain their Division Three title on Saturday ended in heavy defeat as they went down by 8 wickets to a strong Lismore side at Castle Farm. Jatin Jaitley’s 61* was the only real talking positive for the away side who could only muster 111 with the bat which Lismore chased down in just 13 overs.
Limerick 4: 111-9 after 40 overs.
Jatin Jaitley 61*
John Lenehan 19
Lismore 2: 113-2 off 13 overs.
Gavin Devereux 1-36
John Daly 1-38