RSA National Cup arrives at quarter-final phase
July 5th 2013 by Cricket Ireland | International
The RSA National Cup is down to just eight teams vying for the coveted four semi-final berths and with the weather set to hold for the weekend, all of the teams will be hoping for a good showing.
Rush welcome Dundrum (LCU) to Kenure. The home team won a cracking fixture against Civil Service Dublin, chasing 266 in the 44th over to win by two wickets, to earn their quarter-final place and will fancy their chances on home turf.
Dundrum’s Deepak Raj has other ideas, though. “Of course we’re excited, it’s easy to get excited for a game of cricket and the weather is supposed to be good so why not go for it?
“We have a few guys where if they get going, they can make big scores; players like Renjith Nair and Alex Mathew have the ability to reach a big total. I think batting is probably our strength, but having said that we have good bowlers as well.”
Raj will hope those bowlers can claim a few early wickets. “They are obviously a very strong team, but I think the player we will really want to get out early, the form player who scored 109* in the last round, is Saadat Gull. He has been in the runs and if he gets going he could be dangerous.”
County Galway make the trip to Dublin for an exciting game in Fortress Malahide, playing at the same venue England will descend upon when they take on Ireland on September 3rd. Malahide have the experience and the pedigree, but County Galway haven’t made it to this stage by luck.
They beat Ballaghadereen by four wickets after they were set the formidable target of 350 in the last round and. They reached 353 in the 48th over the to earn their quarter-final berth.
Derriaghy welcome Cliftonville and come into the round without having actually played a match so far. They won their first round match on a bowlout and were awarded their second round match against NUI Galway in the last round, so they are a somewhat unknown quantity in the competition. Cliftonville chased the small total of 105 in the last round to beat St. Johnston, but lost six wickets along the way which is something they will no doubt look to avoid in this match.
The final fixture is Laurevale against Mullingar. The visitors got past County Kerry by the margin of 73 runs in the last round - although they will have been disappointed to be all out in the 45th over setting the total of 230. Laurevale beat Killyclooney by a similar margin, 64 runs, setting the target of 308 after batting their overs.