Last weekend was one that seemed to have everything. The weather washed out any ideas of play on Sunday and saw the Firsts (at YMCA), Thirds (at Leinster C.C.) and Fifths (at home to Merrion) all called off leaving players to decide whether to admit to their other half that their game was off or take to a bar to watch another day of international sport.
Saturday had seen the Sixth team of 10 take on the students of Dublin University in the Minor Cup. Despite losing the toss Pembroke were happy enough to bat first. However a series of collapses and plenty of low scores saw the side struggle to 74. Thomas Musgrave put up some resistance and was rewarded with a 20 run partnership that meant the team did have something to bowl at. Extras also contributed well with 21 meaning the 10 bats had accumulated just 53 runs between them.
Pembroke did not defend 74, but of note Thomas Musgrave took his first two wickets in adult cricket and will remember the day with fondness for years to come. Akil Joseph also recorded his first wicket as Dublin University went on to pass our score.
Tea was taken outside as a student picnic before various members of both teams rejoined to the bar to watch Ireland playing rugby in Pretoria. That should give you some idea of how long the game lasted.
DUCC now progress to the quarter-finals with our best wishes as this had been a game played within the spirit of the game and without rancour and of course in the best setting for cricket.
The Fourths game at home to Dundrum however came from the other side of the tracks. As a game it was nasty, ill-tempered, and downright unpleasant. I have written more on this and the entire cheating situation within Leinster cricket and that article is available on cricketleinster.ie/news
So that is the cricket played. I have no idea of any midweek results for the Women or the Men or even the youth.
Scheduled games this weekend have been affected by the visit of VP Joe Biden. Despite his travelling to the West and to County Louth in search of his Irish heritage, the Office of Public Works have decreed that no team sports will take place in the Phoenix Park during his visit. The Zoological Gardens remain open, but team sports must rank high as a security risk. Thus the Sixes have yet another game cancelled, this time through no fault of their own and the Thirds also fall foul of the VP’s security precautions as they had been due to visit Phoenix.
This leaves the First XI game versus Phoenix, luckily arranged for Sydney Parade as the only game on Saturday meaning that if the weather cooperates there could be a sizable crowd as they try to hold onto first place in Division 1.
Sunday sees two games scheduled with the Seconds, minus their captain Bill who still have his arm in a sling, due to welcome Malahide 2’s, whilst the 6’s were due to travel to Adamstown. At this stage of the week, it is unknown if a team can be put together for this trip.
Tuesday could the busiest day for cricket with Merrion providing opposition to both the Seconds (T20 in Anglesea Road) and the Women’s Seconds (in Sydney Parade).
The Pembroke Youth Cricket Camp starts next week, June 21st. It is for boys and girls aged 6 to 12 and runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30 to 1pm.
Cost is €40.00 for members and €50.00 for non members.
Fully qualified coaches and fantastic facilities.
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Well, that was a nice albeit short summer wasn’t it. Normal service was resumed this weekend with the weather playing the leading role and cricket being a mere supporting actor.
Saturday saw the Thirds welcoming Merrion to Sydney Parade and both teams watching rain fall in varying degrees. Fine mists and heavy downpours were the two extremes but there are many degrees within those and most were seen on Saturday.
The same weather was experienced by the 5th team as they huddled under the shelter of the Terenure Titans clubhouse watching torrents of rain falling. Once poddles (well it was raining cats and dogs!!) started appearing on the outfield it was obvious that no further play was going to be possible and both sets of players headed back to reality.
The Firsts also fell to the weather, although this was more due to Duckworth Lewis and thus exited the Leinster Senior Cup. Having recently beaten Clontarf in Castle Avenue in the league hopes will have been high that there could have been a repeat, but it wasn’t to be. Charles Wakim’s 83 probably made the difference.
This now means that the 6’s are the only side in the club who remain in a cup, although this is due to scheduling rather than anything else. As our 6’s have only put out one team this season, one hopes they will find 11 for this Saturday’s clash in College Park.
Of course Saturday wasn’t the worst day for rain to fall as the alternatives on television were wide and varied. Cricket from Lords was also rained off but Sky showed a master-class from Shane Warne on the art of leg-spin. The European Championships for round ball enthusiasts continue with as many battles off the field as on it. Seeing the wide differences between the Russian and English fans and our own Green Army on social media makes you very proud of our supporters in France. Will UEFA ever follow through on a threat of expulsion? Will the alcohol ban near grounds stop the Irish in their search for fun? In addition the oval ball fans were well pleased on Saturday. Firstly the Baby Greens (which sounds like something your mother put on your plate when you were 6) beat the Baby Blacks at the U20 World Championship currently being held in Manchester. It was a magnificent performance from the Irish and one which deserved to topple the tournament favourites. The Baby Greens have now beaten the European Grand Slam winners and the current World Champions. However a bigger shock was to come with the full Irish side taking on the Springboks in their own back yard. A difficult task made so very much trickier when CJ Stander got sent off for reckless play. Opinions were divided in the Ganly Room on the balance between punishment and crime, but united in the belief that Ireland would not overcome a handicap of playing with 14 for 50 minutes and 13 for 10. However, what an accomplishment, not only beating the South Africans under such conditions but doing so in a way that made you wonder which team was a man short.
Six o’clock saw the start of qualification for the Canadialand Grand Prix and the sight of car after car being driven like it was on the N7 at 4 o’clock on a Friday night. It is a more specialist sport, but I like it, so there!
So there was plenty to do even if it wasn’t on the field of play on Saturday.
Sunday saw only one game with the Fifths welcoming Clondalkin back to Sydney Parade after last week’s league game. Playing on pitch 12 the players got to experience very large boundaries and neutral umpires. Add to this Emma kept the book, for one day we felt like first team players. Sadly we didn’t play like first team players. Bowling first we restricted Clondalkin to 137 which we would have taken if offered beforehand. However falling to 9/4 put us behind the black ball. Conor and Joe Prendergast did bring us back to the game, but their efforts weren’t quite enough as we fell 19 runs short. Another cup run cut short.
This week the 6’s game in the Russell Court Trophy has already been conceded, although the bar will be open for the Ireland v Sweden football match at 5.
Tuesday sees the Seconds in T20 mode in the Tillian Cup where they take on Merrion.
Thursday also sees Merrion visiting but this time it is the Women’s Firsts who will be playing in a Division 1 fixture. Merrion are one of two unbeaten teams and Shauna and the women will be keen to lower their colours.
Next Friday the Women’s Third team will be opening the weekend’s fixtures as they take on Clontarf. They would, of course, welcome any and all support even with a corporate BBQ in situ. The First team will also be in action in an Alan Murray group game against, yes, Merrion in Anglesea Road.
The weekend will see the 1st’s, 3rds, 4ths and even the 6’s putting out full and complete teams.
Tie of the weekend and the game that will attract the most spectators will be the 6th team as they have their Minor Cup game on Saturday against the students of Dublin University in College Park. If the 6’s can’t find 11 players for this one, there can be no hope for this side for the rest of the season. Also on Saturday, Stephen Willis’ 4ths will welcome the currently homeless Dundrum to Sydney Parade.
Sunday the First team will be travelling, but not too far, to Claremont Road to take on YMCA. Victory will keep the team top of the Division 1 table but things are so tight at the moment with 4 points covering five teams. Stephen Moore is away in Poland celebrating his second wedding anniversary with Emma and so The Bash will be leading from the front as Merrion come a visiting. Finally David O’Riordan will be heading over to Observatory Lane to take on Leinster C.C.
Finally if you get a chance, take a listen to last week’s The Slog Sweep in which not only does President Janice speak on Leinster and Irish Womens’ cricket, but this week Sean Smith, Director of Cricket, spoke about Pembroke in Club Corner. Worth a download and listen.
The club bar will be open today for the Ireland V Sweden football game and for All the Ireland games.
Come on down to the club and support our boys in green.
Bring your inflatable hammer.
See you there.
Four games of cricket and one social function for Pembroke in the three days of the Bank Holiday weekend. It was a busy without being hectic sort of weekend.
Saturday saw the First XI maintain their slender lead at the top of Division 1 with a fine victory over local rivals Merrion. Daniel Solway led from the front with a magnificent unbeaten 153 with Conor Mullen also scoring well with 62. Daniel’s knock was over 134 balls with 17 fours and one maximum. Daniel and Theo Lawson had an opening stand of 125, whilst together Daniel and Conor put on 114. A final total of 298/5 proved to be enough for the win and 2 bonus points as Merrion failed to reach 250 in reply.
Pembroke are now top of the table, but it is a close run thing with four clubs all within 4 points of our lads. However, having now beaten Clontarf (who we will meet again in the Leinster Senior Cup) North County and now Merrion things are looking positive. It may have been mentioned last week, but this is the first time in a dozen years that Pembroke has stood at the top of the Leinster leagues.
In addition, Fiachra Tucker has been presented with a Cathaoirleach’s Sports Award for cricket. It was presented by Barry Saul of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council. Mum and dad were present at the award and probably proud as punch.
Also on Saturday, Stephen Moore took his side to Bird Avenue to play Merrion Sixth XI. Sadly another defeat followed as Merrion won by more than 100 runs.
Saturday night the Women hosted the Club at the Summer Extravaganza and a mighty fine job they did too. An excellent meal was followed by music provided live and with a DJ. Well done to the Women for such an enjoyable and inclusive Club night. Hopefully it will be the first of many such events.
Whilst on the subject of the Women, many congratulations to Louise McCarthy, Shauna Kavanagh and Kim Garth (captaining) who are currently away with the Ireland A team to play ECB Academy in Loughborough University.
Sunday was a day of rest for most, but Stephen Willis and his Fourth XI had their first round cup game against Adamstown. Stephen had attended on Saturday night to ensure his team all had early nights and were not overly tempted by the delights on offer in the Club. He took this role very seriously and stayed quite late to make sure that no one snuck in.
However, it seems that some may have turned up not entirely awake as Adamstown shot off to 65 for 0 off the first six overs. Such a start made it hard to catch up for the Fourths and they ended up losing. Sugata Gupta demonstrated that class remains permanent and that form will return with a fabulous half century despite ending up injured and using a runner. The Cup will have to wait another year for Stephen and his men.
Monday the Fifths took centre stage on a grass wicket on the main square. Clondalkin provided the opposition. Lunchtime thunderstorms ensured the game would not start on time and the game was reduced to 30 overs per side. Bowling first Pembroke bowled out Clondalkin for 118. The wickets were shared around although David Cosgrave managed to take two wickets and keep wicket; a true all-rounder.
In reply Pembroke looks shaky as would be expected from a team which had not won yet this season. However Conor Prendergast and Niall Walsh decided to stay and finish things off and the target achieved with and over and a half to spare.
The game was not played in a pleasant manner with both teams, when fielding, asking for a change of umpire and on-going debates ensuing about Laws, regulations and spirit of the game. If neutral umpires are not assigned to the game next weekend, which is a first round cup game, then things could get very heated very quickly.
However, the Fifths have finally recorded their first win of 2016 and will be hoping to find 11 players for tomorrow’s T20 as well as a league game on Saturday and this cup game on the Sunday.
Sadly the 6’s are still struggling for players and this struggle is now starting to affect the fifth team also. Please if you are available for games, do let Sean Smith know.
Finally here are this week’s fixtures.
Weds. 8 June:
Women's 2s versus North Kildare at The Maws – Division 3
Thurs. 9 June:
U17s at North Kildare – League
Saturday 11 June:
First XI at Clontarf – Leinster Senior Cup
Third XI versus Merrion – Division 5
Fifth XI at Terenure Titans – Division 11
U13s versus Rush – Cup
Girls U13s at Phoenix – League
Sunday 12 June:
Fifth XI versus Clondalkin again this time in the Junior Cup.
U11s versus North County – League
Monday 13 June:
U11s at Balbirggan – Cup
Tuesday 14 June:
Second XI versus Merrion – Tillain Cup