Ireland’s greatest cricket player, Kevin O’Brien, will come to Mullingar Cricket Club on Sunday April 29 to hold a coaching session for the underage teams and to officially open the club’s cricket ground in St Finian’s College, Mullingar.
In what is a historically appropriate move, the new Mullingar Cricket Club pitch at St Finian’s is situated on what is known as the Front Crease, so called because it was an area originally designated as a cricket field when the school first opened in 1908.
The cricket club moved the six miles in the old Longford Road last year from its former grounds in Bunbrosna in time for the Destination Mullingar sport week, and played the first game of cricket to be held within the town boundaries in 100 years las t summer.
O’Brien, the Irish vice-captain, will take a coaching session for the club’s underage members from 12.30pm until 2pm, when he will officially open the new pitch and be available for autographs and photographs.
At 2.30pm a Mullingar Cricket Club XI will take on the Leprechauns Cricket Club.
Anyone with a child under 14 who is interested in taking part in the training session, then please contact Mark Condell on (086 ) 3013550 to book a place, and to do so early to avoid disappointment, as there are only 20 places available for the session.
In 2011, Kevin O'Brien smashed the fastest ever World Cup century off just 50 balls to inspire Ireland to a sensational World Cup victory over England in Bangalore, India.
Thiswas our most famous victory since beating a Clive Lloyd-inspired West Indies in Sion Mills in 1969. (However, as this team’s fondness for the devil’s buttermilk the night before may have been somewhat responsible for their being all bowled out for just 25, there will always be a beer asterisk against this result. )