Staffordshire Youth festival 2012
September 26th 2012 | Other
The Leinster under 15 boy’s squad enjoyed a successful visit to Wolverhampton in August when they participated in the Staffordshire Youth Cricket Tournament. They recorded four wins out of five during the festival week, with a narrow loss to Cheshire costing them the title.
They enjoyed wins over Cumbria, Norfolk, Staffordshire and Lincolnshire. Between the Interprovincial and the Wolverhampton tournament, 23 players were used which reflects the depth of cricketers at this age-group in the province.
Great weather, pristine pitches, quality opposition and the Olympic buzz in the UK at the time all helped make it a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable week of cricket for all the young players. The leading run scorer for Leinster was Brian Smyth who scored 191 runs at an average of 63. Fiachra Tucker was Leinster’s leading wicket taker with nine wickets at an miserly average of 9.5 runs per wicket. Fiachra was in fact named the bowler of the tournament as he picked up the Peter Jones Bowling Award. His controlled leg spin impressed many seasoned watchers on the boundary.
Danny Hogan ably led the team and it was great to see him set imaginative and attacking fields throughout the week.
The tournament at Wolverhampton remains a key part of the development programme and Leinster sides have always made a good account of themselves over the 10 years they have been participating at the event.
Leinster Under 15 Boy’s Squad who participated in the 2012 Staffordshire Youth Cricket Festival.
Danny Hogan (Terenure) Capt.
Kashif Ali (North County)
Eoin Cleere (Phoenix)
Colin Currie (Clontarf)
Andrew Delany (Clontarf)
Mikey Hoey (Terenure)
Marc Gibson McKenna (Phoenix)
David Murphy (Laois)
Nathan Rooney (Balbriggan)
Cameron Shoebridge (Malahide)
Brian Smyth (North County)
Ross Staunton (North County)
Tom Stanton (Merrion)
Fiachra Tucker (Pembroke)
Management: Kenny Carroll and Nicky Kenny
Monday 6th August
LCU U 15 v Norfolk
Norfolk 140-7 off 45 overs (Kashif Ali 2-16, F Tucker 2-19, D Hogan 2-10)
LCU U15 141-4 off 33.3 overs (Nathan Rooney 58, B Smyth 37*)
Leinster beat Norfolk by 6 wickets
Tuesday 7th August
LCU 15 v Cumbria
LCU U15 221-6 from 45 overs (Brian Smyth 61, Nathan Rooney 42, Danny Hogan 34, Eoin Cleere 24)
Cumbria 114-8 45 overs (Tom Stanton 3-9, Mikey Hoey 3-19)
LCU win by 107 runs
Wednesday 8th August
LCU U15 v Cheshire
Cheshire 157-8 off 45 overs (T Stanton 3-23)
Leinster U15 126 all out in 40.1 overs (A Delany 29, T Stanton 31, B Smyth 18)
Cheshire beat Leinster by 31 runs
Thursday 9th August
LCU U15 v Staffordshire
LCU 158-9 in 45 overs (C Currie 68, B Smyth28*)
Staffordshire 139 all out in 43.3 overs (F Tucker 3-13, T Stanton 2-29, A Delany 2-20)
LCU U15 win by 19 runs
Friday 10th August
LCU U15 v Lincolnshire
Leinster 202 all out in 44.3 overs (B Smyth 47, M Hoey 35, E Cleere 22, T Stanton 20, C Currie 18)
Lincolnshire 127 all out in 42.4 overs (M Hoey 3-21, F Tucker 3-22, T Stanton 1-5)
Leinster beat Lincolnshire by 75 runs
LCU tied outright with Cheshire for the 2012 tournament - same win points and bonus points but Cheshire win on ‘more wickets taken’ over the five games played.