Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Adam's a six-hit for CIYMS

Champions: The triumphant CIYMS team hold the Charles Sutherland Trophy aloft after their memorable win

The NCU'S Under 11 league final, sponsored by Norman Shannon & Co Solicitors, conjured up an amazing finale last week.

Chasing Instonians' 79 for eight in 20 overs, CIYMS needed five from the last four overs, but with only two wickets left.

When their ninth wicket fell off the second ball of the 18th over, CI's last 'man' strode to the wicket – six-year-old Adam Leckey.

Waiting for him in the middle was, CI's No 10, eight-year-old Carson McCullough.

After 14 balls without a run Carson then played a perfect pull shot to tie the scores but he couldn't manage the winning run, leaving Adam to face the last over.

He had already blocked five balls and, surrounded by Instonians fielders, Adam kept out his next five as well.

But, with the timing of a veteran, he stroked the ball through the covers for the winning run. Just for good measure, Adam also took a wicket in his only over.

It was sweet revenge for the CI team who had lost the Quoil (U11) Cup final to Instonians. Winning CIYMS team: Henry Auchmuty, captain, Tom Rainey, Charlie Maskery, Joel Johnston, Patrick McKane, Patrick McAlpine, Jonny Eagleson, Matthew Taylor (top scorer with 18), Michael Trimble, Carson McCullough and Adam Leckey.

Make sure to watch out for these names in the future.

However, the Instonians bounced back quickly to win the All-Ireland Cup semi final against Killyclooney on Monday by nine wickets.

Oliver Metcalfe scored 57 not out as Instonians passed the North West side's total of 89 for five in the 14th over.

They will play YMCA in Dublin in the final on Sunday.

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