Belvedere win 35th Senior Cup
May 23rd 2012 |
St. Andrew’s College bridged a 32 year gap last year by winning their first Senior Cup since 1979. They were back again this year trying to win two Senior Cups in two years, as they faced Belvedere College in the Leinster School’s Cup final at Leinster Cricket Club on the 22nd of May.
Belvedere captain Robert Forrest won the toss and chose to bat first on a beautiful sunny day in Rathmines. Following an early breakthrough from Leinster U17 fast bowler James Smith, it brought Forrest, a man in form following his 154 not out for Clontarf in the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup, to the wicket . He played a captain’s role but was ably supported by Andrew Delany and Fergal Sullivan in important partnerships which helped bring Belvedere to 76 for 2 before a collapse including the wicket of Forrest for a well made 60 saw Belvedere slump to 121-8 thanks to some consistent St. Andrew’s bowling. With less than 5 overs left it looked as though the pendulum has swung firmly in the defending champions favour, but Belvedere College Number 7 Ian Guerin had other ideas and over the course of the last 5 overs of the innings batted beautifully mixing power and placement throughout his crucial 45 not out which helped Belvedere to end their 50 overs on 157-9. St. Andrew’s bowlers put in a good performance overall with Michael Kirk and Cameron Shoebridge both ending with two wickets each.
St. Andrew’s reply started slowly and regular wickets hurt the score as did the slow run-rate but this was mainly due to Belvedere’s bowlers putting in a disciplined display that really put the shackles on the St. Andrew’s chase. With Hohn, Balbirnie, Lee Cole and Kirk all falling cheaply it was left to Aaron Bailey and Mark Loughrey to try and re-build the St. Andrew’s innings. The recovery hit a stumbling block though as Aaron Bailey and Geoff Cole fell in quick succession and the game looked dead and buried as all of Belvedere’s six bowlers made an impact. Mark Loughrey and Cameron Shoebridge though showed there was still life in the game and put together a very handy partnership which gave St. Andrew’s a chance and needing just over a run a ball from the last 5 overs. The opening bowler for Belvedere, Tom Tatton came back for his second spell and ended the game within a few overs with three quick wickets as the St. Andrew’s tail had no more to give. Tatton spearheaded the Belvedere bowling attack and ended with 4-23 and helped Belvedere to finish as deserved winners by 39 runs.
This was Belvedere’s 35th Senior Cup and will live long in the memory as a great day’s cricket that lasted right into the beautiful summer evening. Speeches at the end of the match commended both sides for putting on such a great match played in a competitive and very sporting fashion. For his vital innings that saw Belvedere get up to that winning total of 157, Ian Guerin was very deservedly awarded Man of the Match.
You can see the full scorecard Here
Photo: Captain Robert Forrest poses with the trophy and a very happy Belvedere squad