Phew. 1st XI survive to fight again.

In a tense afternoon the focus of attention was not on the 1st XI match at Anglesea Road, which from early in the second innings seemed a losing cause, but Malahide’s struggle to overtake The Hills’ modest total of 108. In the end Malahide crawled over the line to win by three wickets, thereby ensuring that Merrion were guaranteed at least 6th position in the Premier League table. Thus relegation was avoided with a game to play. 

A year ago the relegation battle extended into the final round of matches with Merrion, mathematically at least, still in danger of the drop. As it turned out a victory in the final game propelled the team to second in the league. While such heights are beyond us this year, the best that can be achieved is 4th, it will be a more relaxed afternoon next week when Merrion play their final game against The Hills. 

With interest shifting from the league standing to the individual performances, the current batting and bowling positions are as follows. 

Senior Batting Averages : Season 2023
Name Mts Inns NOs HS Average 100s 50s Runs
John Anderson 12 12 0
41.33 1 4 496
Swapnil Modgill 12 12 0
31.17 0 2 374
Samuel Harbinson 12 12 1
32.82 0 2 361
Jack Carty 11 11 0
23.00 0 2 253
Stephen Doheny 9 9 0
28.78 1 1 259

Although we await the scores from the final game, the outcome is already clear. Five batters scored over 250 runs [with John Anderson very close to the 500 run mark that normally qualifies for the Leinster averages], but only one other player even scored 100 runs in the season [Dom Joyce – 102]. There were two centuries and 11 half-centuries, none outside of the top five batters. The lack of batting depth has been one of the features of the season with the top five players scoring 76% of the total runs. 

A similar picture emerges on the bowling front with only five players taking 10 or more wickets. 

Senior Batting Averages : Season 2023
Name Mts Overs Wickets Runs 5WI BBI Econ Average
Hugh Kennedy 7 45 13 223 0  4-41 4.96 17.15
Muhammed Sinan 12 77 17 320 0  3-18 4.16 18.82
Samuel Harbinson 12 89.4 19 435 0  3-15 4.87 22.89
Tom Stanton 11 81.3 15 355 0  3-23 4.37 23.67
Max Sorensen 11 52.5 11 304 0  3-32 5.79 27.64

Two bowlers achieved an average of less than 20 runs per wicket but no one had a scoring rate of less than 4 runs per over.  To put this in context only six players in Leinster who bowled  more than 50 overs in the season achieved a rate of less than 4. On the batting side,  Swapnil Modgill and Sam Harbinson were the fastest scorerswith strike rates of 87. 

Only one player, Sam Harbinson, managed to fulfil the role of ‘batting / bowling all-rounder’ on the side. 

A full report after the final game. 


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