The 2-day game came to a fitting draw with the very last ball of the match being bowled.
Batting first, Ulster Schools were 142 all out after 44.4 overs with Adam Heasley top scoring with 31, closely followed by Clarke, Aahil and Crothers all making starts but being out in the 20s. Leinster Schools then scored 342 dec and took the lead in the 2-day game. Jacob Scarlett took 3-40 and Michael Skelly 2-49 and were the pick of the Ulster bowlers. In their 2nd innings, Ulster Schools finished on 203-9 with Tom Crothers hitting an admirable 78 runs and Ryan Clarke with 34 of his own. The game went down to the last ball with Leinster Schools needing 1 wicket to win but the Ulster Schools managed to hold out for a draw.
Thank you to Merrion C.C for hosting the match.
The Ulster Schools’ team:
1 Sam McMillan (Bangor Grammar School)
2 Mohamed Aahil (Grosvenor Grammar School) Captain
3 Tom Crothers (RBAI)
4 Angus Farrell (Sullivan Upper School)
5 Adam Heasley (Campbell College) reserve w/k
6 Sam Magee (Antrim Grammar School)
7 Ryan Clarke (Foyle College) w/k
8 Michael Skelly (Bangor Grammar School)
9 Jacob Scarlett (Ballyclare High School)
10 David Kane (Belfast Royal Academy)
11 Alex Armstrong (Belfast Royal Academy)
12 Cameron Nawn (Foyle College)
Ulster Schools with their Manager/Scorer Murray Power and Coach Simon Thompson (Photo from Stephen Tonge)