Halverstown Cricket Club, based in the beautiful setting of Harristown estate in Brannockstown, Co. Kildare is finally opening up for the season with effect from June 25th. This follows a thorough inspection by officials of Cricket Leinster regarding implementation of Covid-19 protocols, which Halverstown passed with flying colours. This was thanks in no small measure to the Herculean efforts of Covid-19 Officer Stuart Conroy, with help from his team of League Captain Hubert Beaumont and Treasurer Barry Ashmore . Practice at cricket clubs is called “nets”, since it takes place in netted areas, and this means Halverstown can return to action in their nets, albeit with restrictions.
The new rules for nets are that they are limited to 8 players per session. Traditionally nets have been on a Thursday night in Harristown, but Tuesday will be added to accomodate demand. Booking has to be made on-line and only members can book. Existing members must pay their annual subscriptions, reduced to just €20 this season, and contact Stuart Conroy to arrange GDPR clearance before they can book.
Halverstown has a League team and a social team, the latter called Halverstown Oaks. The League season is scheduled to commence after July 20th, though the format of it is likely to be very different from normal to allow for the shortened season. Details are awaited. The Oaks season will also commence that week and is likely to extend to the end of September to allow for an adequate number of fixtures. The players are already champing at the bit to get out on the cricket pitch ! If you would like to join them at Halverstown just contact Oaks Captain Des Drumm at 086 2241761 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be most welcome at this historic club, founded in 1885 and celebrating 135 years of continuous existence this very year.