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Millionaire's dream brings top-class cricket to Wicklow

An estimated 1,000 spectators from all over Ireland took in the new cricket field built my millionaire Peter Savill in Kilbride, near The Beehive on the N11, as its official launch on Sunday. They were there to see a match between an Ireland XI and Lashings, Cricket's version of the Harlem Globetrotters.Stud farm owner and horse breeder Mr. Savill pumped millions into the Oak F

An estimated 1,000 spectators from all over Ireland took in the new cricket field built my millionaire Peter Savill in Kilbride, near The Beehive on the N11, as its official launch on Sunday. They were there to see a match between an Ireland XI and Lashings, Cricket's version of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Stud farm owner and horse breeder Mr. Savill pumped millions into the Oak Field Cricket Club field, including a pavilion which is the exact replica of the pavilion at Ampleforth College in York, where his love of cricket really developed when he attended the school.

Sunday's crowd was a fine mixture of cricket fans, the curious and families hoping to enjoy the occasion with a little picnic in a relaxed setting.

The ground has already attracted plenty of media attention and is regarded as possibly the finest in the country. Originally Wicklow County Council turned down Mr. Savill's planning application but he succeeded with an An Bord Pleanála appeal.

It was only fitting that the spoils on Suday were shared. Ireland won the first of the two matches played over twenty overs each, but the Lashings came storming back to win the second.

The Lashings side featured such giants of the game as Zimbabwe's Grant Flower, India's Dinesh Mongia, the former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, the England spinner John Emburey, captained by the West Indian Richie Richardson.

Mr. Savill has already led quite a colourful life, starting to as a successful publisher in the travel business. He then became the biggest tour operator in the Caribbean.

He is perhaps best known for his love of another sport, racing. Mr. Savill has owned a number of Derby and Gold Cup winners, including Royal Rebel who won the Ascot Gold Cup two years running in 2001 and 2002.

He now hopes that Oak Hill will lead to an increased interest in cricket in Ireland and will help to produce some young and emerging talents in the future.


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