Last week saw the Munster and Leinster U15 sides resume their rivalry, a three-game series taking place at a brilliantly prepared Cork Harlequins, which saw Munster get one over on their provincial rivals early.
Despite defeats in the two 45-over games, Munster’s U15s repeated the feats of their Reds counterparts, defeating Leinster in the T20 game which took place on Tuesday afternoon.
Luke O’Reilly picked up two early wickets to get Munster off to a good start, before Mike Higgins followed up with two more, leaving Leinster reeling at 69-4. From there they struggled to recover, losing regular wickets and ending on a very chaseable 120 all-out.
O’Reilly bagging another to finished with three while brother Shane got one himself, Adam Hickey nabbed two at the end, and Max Egan also got a wicket in Munster colours, as they set out to chase down Leinster’s total under glorious sunshine.
Despite losing Freddie Froggart early, a smashing second wicket partnership between Hickey (45) and Jack Buss (39) got Munster almost over the line, before Barry Vosloo tacked on the nine necessary runs to give the southerners another fantastic victory over the capital province.
On Wednesday the Leinster boys held their bat a bit better, with third-man Thompson (80) putting in a good stand with opener Cassidy (47), as Leinster eventually finished on 230. From the home perspective, another three wickets for Higgins was a positive, young Cork County seamer Daniel Kennedy also getting three for himself in a consistent showing.
However an intimidating target proved too much for Munster, with Vosloo top-scoring with 24, as the visitors recorded a comfortable victory in the second game.
The third tie was short-lasting, Leinster bowling the home side out for 91, and losing just three wickets in the chase.
Opener Hickey top-scored with 21 in the opening innings, and joined by Tom Hourihane it seemed like Munster were off to a solid start, but when Hourihane was bowled by Shah for 10, the hosts really struggled, and a comfortable victory saw Leinster deservedly take the series 2-1.
Another good opportunity for Munster’s young players to get extra experience in this friendly rivalry that has developed. Munster Cricket would like to thank the Leinster players and coaches for travelling, as well as the Munster U15 coaches, and Cork Harlequins for agreeing to take on the series at such short notice.