EVERYBODY likes to claim a bit of credit for an historic win but we in Dundalk do have at least three connections with the stunning Irish cricket victory last week over the ‘auld enemy’ England on the sunbaked turf of Bangalore.
World Cup record breaking centurion Kevin O’Brien’s brother Gerry was a student in DkIT a number of years ago and gained an Honours degree in Accounting. Gerry, now President of Railway Union Cricket Club, was very generous in inviting our local fledgling Dundalk Cricket Club for a match on Railway’s hallowed lawns in Sandymount, Dublin last August.
Paul Mooney, member of the Irish team that humbled mighty Pakistan in the all-singing, all-dancing 2007 World Cup in the glorious Caribbean, is the brother of John Mooney who hit the winning runs against England. Paul studied Business Studies in DkIT around the same time as Gerry.
And YMCA’s Derek Dockrell, father of 18 year old schoolboy starlet George who skittled England captain Andrew Strauss in last week’s historic win, has been a great friend to Dundalk Cricket Club since its inception. George went on to bag the world’s best batsman Sachun Tendulkar in last Sunday’s game against India. Derek has been tireless in his encouragement of and support for Dundalk CC’s efforts, and invited the Club to play its inaugural match on YMCA’s wonderful ground in Ballsbridge, Dublin last April.
Dundalk returned the compliment to Derek by presenting to him a book of Paddy Kavanagh’s poetry when later he brought his YMCA charges to the rolling plains of Dromiskin in June. Derek Dockrell’s support has been just one example of that generosity of spirit so typical within Ireland’s cricketing community.
Well, we may as well try to claim some sort of influence on the Irish success!
Visitors to the ground in Dromiskin this summer will witness more of that Irish cricketing generosity and camaraderie. Those big white sight screens on the boundary and the mobile covers used to protect the wicket from inclement weather are a present free, gratis and for nothing from Lurgan CC in Co. Armagh. Dundalk, indeed, has accepted an invitation from Lurgan to play a Friendly at their ground on Sunday April 24th.
Meanwhile, after some early springtime indoor cricket games in Oriel Park, the club will be testing the Dromiskin wicket over the coming weeks after the winter spell.
There may be some budding Kevin O’Briens out there who would like to come out to the ground and whack a few shots. No experience is required. Like all the best things in life, you learn on the job. Cricket is one of the few games where grandfather, father and son can play in the same team – and grandad is often the best. Ladies, cricket is for you just as much. The club is getting together a Ladies team as well. It is never too late to start. Contact Derek Turner at 087-2627893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is not only Leinster League Cricket and Cups for Dundalk CC this year, but also Friendlies and those wonderful Friday evening Taverners games. Those Taverners games are played at a very restful pace.
Before all that takes place there will be some serious coaching evenings in the magnificent indoor cricket centre in North County Cricket Club in Dublin. The first session will be on Tuesday week March 22 at 7pm. All are welcome.