Walnuts Victorious at last against the Archives
Dalkey Archives @ Shanganagh Park July 8th 2022
On a dramatic evening in South County Dublin, the Walnut Taverners held off their gracious hosts to achieve a rare win against the Dalkey Archives in a game that went to the last ball.
Batting first the Walnut Taverners racked up an impressive score of 139 with contributions from everyone. Peadar and Damian both hit towering sixes as the openers set the tone. Peadar finished on 20no and was joined on the milestone by Garret, Colin and Walnut debutant Niaz.
Guest player and man of the match hit Roland hit an assured 13 as the Walnuts tallied a formidable total.
In reply Dalkey got off to a rapid start but were checked by Niaz, Eddie, Josh and Frank with the latter two claiming a wicket apiece. Guest player Oran bowled two venomous overs to also check the Dalkey progress.
And so on to the last over Dalkey needed 13 to win with the talented Supreeth not out - but thankfully at the non-strikers end.
Colin held his nerve, conceding just the one boundary as the Walnuts ran out winners by 3 runs.
Many thanks to the Dalkey Archives for assisting us with two guest players and our magnanimous hosts provided a fine selection of Pimms, wine, cucumber sandwiches and cakes under the setting sun as cricket, camaraderie and sportsmanship won the day.