One of Ireland’s oldest surviving cricket clubs, Halverstown, is once again offering anyone who wants to to “have a go” this year! Whether you are just curious about the sport or if perhaps you have played before and want to take it up again you have the chance to do so at their grounds in Brannockstown, County Kildare.
Thursday is the normal “Nets night” for the club, when players get a chance to practise. However it is a little different on Thursday 26th April and Thursday 3rd May. On these two evenings Halverstown is inviting everyone along to learn about cricket or just to have a go or, if you are already a cricketer, a chance to offer your services to one of its two teams.
The league team plays in the Leinster Cricket league, and won its division handsomely last year. Halverstown Oaks plays friendly games, varying from the moderately serious to the extremely social and friendly version of cricket that is called Taverners.
You don’t have to be a member to avail of Open Nets night, anyone can just come along. Young, old (you could not be older than some of our current players!), male, female- everyone is welcome.
If you just want to have a cup of tea and watch what is going on, you are most welcome too! Nets run from around 6.00pm onwards, but you can arrive at whatever time suits. Cricket is unfortunately very weather dependant: if it rains there will be no Nets until the following week, presuming that it does not rain then either!
Halverstown Cricket Club plays on the beautiful Harristown estate, on the Naas side of Brannockstown about 100 metres before you reach the Liffey coming from the Naas direction.
It is accessed at a gap in the estate wall on the left, which is the entrance to a house. Go past the house and behind it is the peaceful cricketing oasis of Halverstown. Come along and try for yourself. Ring Des Drumm at 086 2241761 if you want to find out more.