As you know this is Horse Show week.
This year Pembroke is providing car parking for some of the competitors. There will be 2 horse box vans in the car park from Friday until Sunday and a further 5 from Saturday to Sunday. The owners will be around in the evenings and are welcome to use the showers and the bar over the weekend.
Members and visiting cricket players and supporters are please asked to park their cars on the Junior Rugby pitch at the car park end during this time. There will be a parking attendant on site to help with this.
Please pass this info on to anyone visiting our club this weekend. Thanks.
Craig has sent his last honours board (for a while anyway) so click the link below to see how we are all doing.
You can blame me (Niall) if it's not quite as pretty as it should be as I had to manhandle it a little to put it up here.
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.
Contact; firstname.lastname@example.org to register
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.