If winter is nearly over then Spring can’t be too far behind- and thoughts turn naturally to the new cricket season. At least they do at Halverstown Cricket Club! This year there are high hopes both for a normal full season of cricket and for the club’s impact on it. The big news from the club is that for the first time in almost a decade a second team has been entered in the Leinster Cricket Union Leagues. The first team, captained again by Hubert Beaumont, will play in Division 13. Halverstown 2, following its success in reaching the finals of the Adamstown T20 Cup at its first attempt in 2021, will be playing in Division 19 and will be captained by Des Drumm.
Halverstown 1 will play in the T20 Cup also. However in order to ensure that the Oaks, Halverstown’s social team, gets sufficient time for a solid fixture list Halverstown 2 will not. The Oaks is a vital part of the club and an entry point for new cricketers and its role may even be expanded with discussions taking place on a more structured approach for “midland” social teams. Captaincy of the Oaks, a role Des has fulfilled over many years, is yet to be finalised.
Another change at Halverstown is the retirement of Tim Ronaldson as Chairman, a role he has performed admirably for the last 7 years. The club is truly grateful for the work Tim has put in and perhaps he can now get more time to actually play! Carlow man John Threadgold, a longstanding member of the 1st team, takes over as Chairman and has everyone’s best wishes.
Yet another new development is the introduction of pre-season indoor nets for the first time ever. These will be held for club members in Kilcullen Community Centre on 6 consecutive Saturdays starting on Saturday February 19th. The players should be nicely warmed up for the coming season!
Halverstown has been playing cricket in the Kilcullen area continuously since 1885 and welcomes new players. If anyone, total beginner or experienced player, wants to learn more about Halverstown, which plays its games on the beautiful grounds of Harristown House in Brannockstown, contact Club Secretary Stuart Conroy at 0861613353 . Alternatively, check out the website at halverstowncc.com or follow on Twitter@HalverstownCC.

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