Tuesday 16 October 2018

Malahide club relishing these 'Test'ing times


Paul Byrne

Malahide Cricket Club chairman Ciaran Keohane believes that next May's historic Test match against Pakistan will have plenty of knock on benefits for the Malahide and wider Fingal community.

Cricket Ireland confirmed last week that the north Dublin club would host Ireland's inaugural Test against Pakistan between Friday 11th and Tuesday 15th May, and according to Keohane the news was greeted with delight and pride at Malahide's clubhouse when it was announced.

'We are obviously delighted to be named as the hosts for the inaugural Test match between Ireland and Malahide. This will be a great showcase not only for Irish cricket but for Malahide and the wider Fingal area.

'There will be benefits, not only for our cricket club with regards to players coming through, but the whole area will benefit economically, with so many people coming to Malahide in May to witness this historic occasion.

'This is huge for us and we would like to thank both Cricket Ireland and Fingal County Council for all their help in getting us to this point.

'This is a huge undertaking and we are very much looking forward to it. This decision is the result of a lot of hard work from a lot of people.

'When the decision was announced it made headlines not just in Ireland but also as far away as South Africa, India, Pakistan and Australia. There is going to be a lot of eyes around the world focused on Malahide in May and that is obviously fantastic for the club.

'The club is in a great place at the moment and that was reflected last Friday evening at our agm when the executive was returned for another term.

'There is a lot of hard work ahead for everybody at the club to ensure that everything is in order for the Test match, but we have a great team here and we are looking forward to the challenge.

'The icing on the cake for us would be to have our player Peter Chase selected for the big occasion, but that is in the hands of Cricket Ireland and we will leave that up to them.

'We have a very good youth set-up in the club and I believe the buzz that will be created next May will only help promote the game locally and make kids from the area want to take up the sport, which will obviously benefit us going forward.

'We have been chosen ahead of some fantastic cricket clubs, such as Stormont and Bready, to host this game and we are very proud that Cricket Ireland has given us a chance to do so..

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom praised all involved with Malahide Cricket Club for taking up the challenge of hosting the game against Pakistan.

'We are delighted that Malahide has agreed to host this historic game against Pakistan,' he said.

'Even in its short history of hosting our matches, the club has already given us some wonderful memories, and we trust that May 11th and its ensuing days will provide many more.

'We would like to thank the club's members for their continuing hospitality.'

Fingal Independent