Thursday 23 October 2014

Wanted: one wicket for North Kerry club as fundraising begins

Donal Nolan

Published 10/07/2013 | 15:02

Members of the North Kerry Cricket Club (included are) Mathew Pickett, Matt Baron, Danny Warwick, Michael Pickett, Dylan O'Leary, Richard Rutland, Paul Wyre, Paul Finch, Garry Pickett (captain), and Ross Warwick, who played Valentia Island in a 20/20 match at Tralee Complex on Friday.

A WICKET of their own is sought by the North Kerry Cricket Club as they launch a campaign to raise funds for a dedicated playing field in the region.

Conceived in 2010 by British expats Ron Warwick, Paul Wyer and a handful of others, the club has grown to the point where it badly needs a proper ground on which to play the sport.

Ireland is unique as about the only former colony of the British Empire not to be nuts about the game, but that's changing.

"There are some very fine Irish players around in Kerry at present and it's certainly becoming more popular among the Irish," Paul Wyer told The Kerryman.

"In fact, cricket very nearly became an official GAA sport but for the votes of two Kerry delegates!"

Comprised of natives, English and Asian ex-pats the north Kerry club is slowly but surely increasing its membership. "Unfortunately we don't have a playing field of our own and to play outdoors in Kerry we would really need an articifial wicket which could cost up to €6,000," Paul said.

The 'wicket' is more than just the target of the bowler, referring to the entire central portion of a cricket pitch in which the batsman lines up against the bowler. "We would also need a field and we're looking at several options of acquiring one including possibly renting land somwhere."

A native of Guildford in Surrey, Paul moved to Listowel - where his wife's family are from - in 2010. "I think there is an increasing appetite for the game in Ireland and those of us already addicted just love it. It's fantastic!"


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