JACK Carson produced one of the best innings ever seen in under-age cricket in Ireland at Clontarf last Thursday.
Waringstown’s Under-11 captain hit an unbeaten 121, an incredible feat for someone so young, as the villagers secured the All-Ireland Cup with a 54-run win over Clontarf.
Carson, who has scored in excess of 500 runs in under-age cricket this season without being dismissed, hit 18 boundaries in his chanceless innings as Waringstown totalled a massive 186 for four in their 30 overs.
Carson shared stands of 56 with James Humphreys (16) and 93 with Ross Cockroft (21), who both batted sensibly to enable Carson to take Waringstown to a match-winning total.
Carson’s knock remarked one seasoned cricket watcher to declare his century “as the best technical innings of any Irish youth cricketer he’s ever seen - including Eoin Morgan, Niall O’Brien and Paul Stirling”. Deryck Vincent and Andrew Poynter, the current Ireland international, were among Carson’s chief admirers.
Best bowlers for Clontarf were Neil Currie (2/27), David Vincent (1/17), and Chris Makin (1/17).
In reply Clontarf battled manfully to score a highly respectable 132 for three. Sean Barry with an unbeaten 60 and Chris Makin 34 not out shared a third wicket partnership of 93.
James Humphreys (2/21) and Josh Frogatt (1/28) were the successful bowlers for Waringstown.
Ireland Under 11 Final: At Castle Avenue, Clontarf 132/3 (30 overs, Sean Barry 60 no, Chris Makin 34 no, James Humphreys 2/21, Josh Frogatt 1/28) lost to Waringstown 186/4 (30 overs, Jack Carson 121 no, Ross Cockroft 21, Neil Currie 2/27) by 54 runs.