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Round 1 run-fests open Premier Division campaign

Munster Cricket | 02 May 2016

Munster Cricket's Premier Division (formerly Division 1) got off to a high scoring start with the first round of games on Sunday taking place amid some balmy earlier summer weather with all three games amassing more than 1,450 runs scored. Saturday also saw two spots in the Junior Cup Semi-Finals up for grabs.

Premier Division

The first match saw last year's runners-up Co. Galway take on Midleton on the new artificial surface at Lydican. The home side batted first and amassed 306 (Shariq 108, M. Khan 4 wickets) but were pushed all the way by a determined Midleton side who came up short by 31 runs, making 275 in reply with Rob Smyth making 78. The standout bowlers for Galway were Singh 4 wickets and T. Ali with a further three.

Cork Harlequins took on newly promoted Limerick on the artificial at Farmers Cross. Batting first, the home side scored 269-8 with Amaan Meer and young Isaac Whitaker making half centuries. In reply, Limerick failed to gain the momentum required and were eventually bowled out for 180.

Reigning champions Cork County welcomed a buoyant County Kerry side to the Mardyke for the weekend's eagerly anticipated clash. After losing the toss, a young Cork County side were put in to bat and made 254-9 with Hassett (90), Grobler (57) and youngster Ian Coleman (45) being the main contributors. In reply, County Kerry's lack of early momentum put too much pressure on their middle order and despite a late flourish finished 70 runs short on 184 all out. Star performers with the ball for County were Qassim Butt 5-28 and Brian Kelleher 2-41.

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Junior Cup

Saturday's two Junior Cup Quarter Finals saw Midleton have a comfortable 8 wicket victory over Tipperary County while a strong County Kerry side overcame Cork County by 8 wickets at the Mardyke thanks to an unbeaten 89 by Alam Morshed. 

Division 2

Tipperary County 2 defeated Cork Harlequins 3 by 4 wickets.