Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

A weekend of Cricket

25 April 2017

The Colles Cup

The Colles cup is an Annual Cricket game that is played between the Museum team (Trinity) and students at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). This year the match was held at Dardistown on the 8th of April 2017. The game was a 20/20 match played with Taverner Rules. RCSI had the privilege of having Professor Lee playing for their side on the day.

Trinity won the toss and elected to bowl first. RCSI got off to a good start, scoring 27 runs off just 30 balls. Venga, did exceptionally well, scoring 20 off just 16 balls and retiring from the game in style.  Trinity decided on a switch in bowling as well as fielding that went in their favor, leading to 3 RCSI wickets in just 4 overs. 


The home team still remained calm and confident, with Viren carrying the team to a respectful score of 116. Not to mention that he was batting alongside Professor Lee who hit some beautiful cover drives.
Shortly after, Trinity was ready to bat and keen to win the game for the first time since 2010. The RCSI bowlers struggled to get the line right, giving away easy runs to the away team. By the 15th over Trinity were thrashing the home team, scoring 90 runs with 8 wickets remaining. Just when RCSI thought they had lost the game, the captain decided to bring Viren and Nabeel into the bowling attack. This thankfully worked out for RCSI and kept them in the game until the last over. 

The final over was bowled by Aarish, with just 4 runs to win off 6 balls, the pressure remained on the bowler. Luckily, the first 2 balls were a wicket and a dot ball; meaning that Trinity required 4 runs off just 4 balls. The calm RCSI fielding team were eager to stop any runs from being scored. 
By the final delivery, Trinity required 2 runs to win the match. Despite the batsman missing the last ball, a misfield by RCSI meant Trinity were able to capitalise and run a single between the wickets resulting in the first ever tied match in Colles cup history.
Overall, it was an enjoyable game for both sides and special thanks to Professor Lee for coming out and playing on the day.

The Irwin Cup

The Irwin Cup is an annual cricket match played between the pre-clinical and clinical years of RCSI, dating back to 1992. This year's match was played on the 9th April 2017 at Dardistown. 
The seniors won the toss and elected to bowl first. Aathir and Uzair opened the batting for the Pre clinical side and had a combined partnership of 18 runs. The fast paced Viren then took a brilliant wicket, getting Uzair out in the 4th over.
Aarish and Aathir then carried the Pre clincals to 89 runs in 14 overs at a run rate of 10/over. By the 15th over Aathir reached his honored half-century, building confidence for the younger side and making the win more likely. By the 16th over, wickets started to fall exponentially, with Shyam taking 2 wickets in one over. The Pre-clinical side eventually reached a respectful score of 126 in 19 overs.


The second innings began shortly after with Anoj and Venga forming a combined partnership of 72 runs in 14 overs. Even with such a low run rate, the experienced side was still confident that the game was theirs to win. Uzair then took a fantastic catch, getting the danger man (Venga) out in the 15th over. By the 16th over when everyone thought it was almost game over, Shyam and Viren came to the crease and hit some fantastic boundaries, taking the run rate up to 11/ over. The game started to get quite close as the pre-clincals became complacent and gave a plethora of extras along with misfielding. Fortunately for the pre-clincals, the senior side ended their innings with a score of 121 in 20 overs, meaning that the Junior side won the Irwin cup by 5 runs!