Cricket club celebration

MEMBERS of the Tralee based Kerry Cricket Club are planning a major event to mark the club's first 25 years playing in the Munster League.

Founded back in 1987 the club, which trains and plays every week at the Tralee Sports Complex, has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful cricket clubs in the province with a membership of well over 100. The members make a very cosmopolitan gathering, being drawn from 13 countries.

To mark their anniversary the club members are planning an exhibition match in Muckross later this month.

The game, which is pencilled in take place on June 19, will be played against the backdrop of the Lakes of Killarney on the well manicured front lawn of Muckross House where club members will be joined by players from across the county as they take on Killarney Cricket Club.

Kerry Cricket Club has a long and fascinating history that dates back to the 1980s team that represented Tralee Rugby Club.

The birth of the cricket club came about in 1987 when a number of Tralee RFC players were relaxing in the O'Dowd park dressing after a match. One of their number, Englishman Eric Lye, posed a simple question: "Anyone for cricket?"

The suggestion was met warmly and the club quickly took shape with Eric Lye, Dave Ramsay and Gordan Revington at its core. They were soon joined by Denis Moylan, Geoff Stacey, Gary FOrd and many others, including numerous doctors and medical staff from Tralee Regional Hospital.

In the intervening years, which have seen the club move from its first home at Galvin's Field in Ballyard to O'Dowd Park and eventually to their current home at the Tralee Sports Complex, the club has gone from strength to strength.

Playing in all the various Munster Cup competitions and represented in Division 2 and 3 of the Munster League, the club now has over 100 Irish and international members, of all ages, who hail from nations as diverse as South Africa, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Somalia.

Club spokesman Dave Ramsay said this multicultural mix is one of the things that makes the Tralee club so special.

"We have a massive variety of nationalities in the club and it's great to see people from so many different backgrounds integrating and playing sport together," he said.

"The game in Killarney should be a very special occasion and and it will be in an absolutely magnificent location."

Full details of the upcoming match will be revealed in the coming weeks and anyone interested in joining or learning more about Kerry Cricket Club should contact Richard at 086 8891533.