Our first fixture of the season took place last Saturday, April 7th, against our good friends in Nenagh CC. The weather held up well and while it was a little breezy we got through the full schedule without any rain interruption. Having won the toss we elected to bowl first and restricted the Nenagh men to a total of 194 bowling them out with only a couple of overs remaining whic was a fine effort conidering the quality of batting on the nenagh side. Best of the bowlers were Aaron Cawley who picked up 3 wickets for 30 odd runs from an 8 over spell and Conor Cunningham chipping in with 2 wickets and returning very economical figures. Others to pick up wickets were Fintan Moore 2, Ronan Kennedy 1, Rateesh 1, John Kelly 1 and also a fine run out from Sean Cawley. The extras total however of 40 runs would prove costly.
A formidable total then to chase in 40 overs and we started very slowly with the required run rate escalating by the over. This had much to do with some good and fast paced bowling from the Nenagh openers who gave nothing loose away. Only Fintan Moore really got going with the bat an managed to carry his bat for a fine unbeaten 63 not out at the end as Thurles managed to bat the full quota of overs but finished well short of the target on 114. Despite that it was a good gritty effort that in the past could have resulted in a collapse of sorts and it was great to get to play a side who are a division higher in the Munster League. Many thanks to Nenagh for the game and hospitality on the day. Our pre season campaign continues next saturday with a home game against Wexford Wanderers CC. Report to follow next week.