Beach cricket makes history in Ireland
Tue, Dec 7, 2010 12:37 PM
Volcano Sports Club and Dundalk Cricket Club made history this summer in Ireland by hosting first ever Irish Beach Cricket successfully in Laytown beach (Co. Meath).
On Saturday, 14th August 2010, the Beach Cricket Festival 2010, was organised to promote Cricket in Ireland, to support Irish Cricketers and to fundraise for charities. Beach Cricket is fun filled entertainment-cum-competitive cricket played on beach with varied rules from professional cricket. It is the unique, quickest and funniest version of cricket as never imagined before in Ireland.
The weather on Irish soil was a blessing for Beach Cricket Festival – it was colourful and fun filled day for all the cricketers, fans and supporters. Beach Cricket Festival included a Beach Cricket Championship tournament and Open Cricket for general public on the day.
A total of eight teams of six from across the country participated in tournament. Each team played two games in their respective groups. Top two teams were qualified for semi-finals and then a final was played. Altogether a total of 11 exciting cricket games were played within 3 hours.
Dundalk Cricket Club took on Dublin Eagles in the first semi final and Adamstown took on The 8th Team in second semi final. Dublin Eagles and Adamstown CC won their respective semi finals to battle out in final for championship title. Batting first Dublin Eagles scored 82 runs in 5 Overs. After losing two quick wickets, Adamstown kept the game live with the chase. After 4 overs Adamstown were on 62 runs and had lost 4 wickets. In the final over needing 21 runs to win, Adamstown fell short by 7 runs before losing the remaining two wickets. Dublin Eagles were crowned Beach Cricket Champions in the inaugural Beach Cricket Championship 2010 after winning the game by 7 runs.
Locals in Laytown and Bettystown were intrigued on beach as they witnessed Beach Cricket being played with great enthusiasm. All the locals and spectators participated in Open Cricket and had their chance to experience cricket batting and bowling on the beach. Blessed with sun and beautiful beach the locals, cricket players, supporters and spectators all had an excellent day out.
Almost € 500 were raised in aid of the Dublin Simon Community and Helping Hands on the day. Volcano Sports Club and Dundalk Cricket Club would like to thank you all supporters and sponsors for making the first ever Irish Beach Cricket Festival a phenomenal success. For more information on Beach Cricket Ireland checkout our website http://beachcricketireland.com