The Wicklow 1st XI were hoping to kickstart the season well when they travelled away to Pembroke for their season opener, and they delivered.

A strong opening innings was built on a top order partnership between captain Damian Joyce and Justin van der Spuy, putting on a 146 run partnership. Joyce fell only 1 run short of his first century of 2018, and will no doubt be aiming to hit the triple digits next time out. This took the pressure off the middle order and allowed them to play freely, taking the team to a score of 259/6 after 45 overs.

After lunch, the bowling attack put on a show, and coupled with some spectacular catches in the field, let to Pembroke falling for 110 in only 29 overs. Richard Hastie made a lone stand on 44 N/O, but unfortunately for Pembroke, that was not enough as Shawaiz Chaudhary and Richard Bridge carved through the order taking 3 wickets each, and the additional wickets shared amongst the other four bowlers, 1 a piece.

The season opener for Wicklow was a strong one, coming away with a maximum point haul, but will be tested when they go away to Swords on May 6th.

See the full scorecard below.

Scorecard

1-Innings Match Played At Sydney Parade 1, 29-Apr-2018, Division 8
Wicklow County 1 Win by 149 runs
Toss won by Pembroke 4
Umpires Gunther Bayer – Patrick Carty
Home Side Pembroke 4
Comment Unregistered player for Pembroke Naseebullah Orikhel (5 point deduction)
Points Awarded Wicklow County 1 25, Pembroke 4 -5

Wicklow County 1 – 1st Innings 259/6 Closed (Overs 45)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
Damian Joyce* c P Unregistered b Kieran Vulker 99 0 0 0
Niall Clifton+ b Rafi Ullah 3 0 0 0
Justin van der Spuy c Rafi Ullah b Patrick Morris 47 0 0 0
Richard Bridge c Rafi Ullah b Kieran Vulker 7 0 0 0
Nicky Fusco lbw b Rafi Ullah 24 0 0 0
M Joyce c Rafi Ullah b Sean Bromfield 25 0 0 0
John Joyce not out 15 0 0 0
Thejas Sreedharan not out 1 0 0 0
Matthew Sisley dnb
Stephen Sheldon dnb
Shawaiz Chaudhary dnb
extras (b16 lb3 w13 nb6) 38
TOTAL 6 wickets for 259
FOW
1-4(Niall Clifton) 2-148(Justin van der Spuy) 3-177(Richard Bridge)
4-185(Damian Joyce) 5-227(Nicky Fusco) 6-250(M Joyce)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
Kieran Vulker 9 0 49 2 2
Rafi Ullah 8 0 43 2 1
Patrick Morris 9 0 54 1 4 4
Sean Bromfield 5 0 27 1 5
Richard Hastie 9 0 30 0 1
Oskar Shorthose 5 0 37 0 2

Pembroke 4 – 1st Innings 110/10 All Out (Overs 29)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
P Unregistered c Justin van der Spuy b Richard Bridge 16 0 0 0
Harry Dagg lbw b Richard Bridge 14 0 0 0
Stephen Willis* c Nicky Fusco b Shawaiz Chaudhary 0 0 0 0
Oskar Shorthose c Thejas Sreedharan b Stephen Sheldon 1 0 0 0
Sean Bromfield b Shawaiz Chaudhary 0 0 0 0
Thomas Musgrave+ c Justin van der Spuy b Damian Joyce 10 0 0 0
Rafi Ullah b Richard Bridge 0 0 0 0
Richard Hastie not out 44 0 0 0
Patrick Morris c Matthew Sisley b Thejas Sreedharan 3 0 0 0
Rahmanullah Orikhel b Shawaiz Chaudhary 0 0 0 0
Kieran Vulker c Thejas Sreedharan b Matthew Sisley 13 0 0 0
extras (b0 lb0 w9 nb0) 9
TOTAL 10 wickets for 110
FOW
1-32(P Unregistered) 2-32(Harry Dagg) 3-32(Stephen Willis) 4-32(Sean Bromfield)
5-38(Oskar Shorthose) 6-38(Rafi Ullah) 7-58(Thomas Musgrave) 8-73(Patrick Morris)
9-84(Rahmanullah Orikhel) 10-110(Kieran Vulker)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
Matthew Sisley 6 0 26 1 4
Shawaiz Chaudhary 8 1 32 3 2
Richard Bridge 6 2 12 3 2
Stephen Sheldon 2 0 11 1 1
Thejas Sreedharan 4 1 15 1
Damian Joyce 3 0 14 1