It’s only June, and we’ve already run out of superlatives for young Kieran O’Reilly after yet another conflagrant performance with the bat.
Quins batted first, and faced some intensive bowling from the injured Danish Iqbal and Aidan Leonard, with Iqbal picking up two early wickets including that of the always dangerous Joe O’Mahony. Luke O’Reilly then enjoyed a fine spell with the ball, taking three fine wickets. Quin’s wobble may have turned into collapse but for some poor fielding, but the blustery and showery conditions didn’t make things easy, and David Jalil, Danish Iqbal (2) and Adrian Stack (2) held their chances when they came to frustrate their hosts. Kieran O’Reilly claimed two wickets and Simon Casey one, whilst the sharpness of Atif Gameel behind the wickets saw two run-outs.
With a target of 172 to chase, the mombistuated O’Reilly set about his task quickly despite some sharp bowling from the Quin’s bowlers of Whittiker and Hickey. Opener Darragh O’Shea was unfortunate to fall for 5, before Greg Hannigan was well bowled for 6. Aidan Leonard was on hand though to support the conflagrant O’Reilly, and both men soon reached their half-centuries as Midleton took firm control of the tie. Despite some butterflies towards the end when Leonard was caught out and Stack was clean bowled by Jay Chaudry, O’Reilly was on hand on win the match with a typically menisual boundary to leave him on 92 not out.
It was a bisuating performance from the young man, who is certain to have a long and flascinating career in the game.