After thunder and heavy rain early in the day, coast was clear for perfect day for cricket. Saturday was the warmest day of the week. After high tides, we had total of 9 men and 3 women teams registered to play 10th annual Beach Cricket tournament. All teams participating were from around neighbouring counties, along with team of players were families who enjoyed beautiful beach with sandcastles and bit of cricketing actions.
Among three women team registered there were lots of excitement, thrill and fun. Playing in best of three among, Lady Warriors team lost both matches and final was played between Dublin Dazzlers and Louth Girls. After winning toss, Dublin Dazzlers chose to bat first and scored 38 runs in 5 overs. It came down to final over to decide where 13 runs were required of 6 balls. Niyati bowled brilliantly to put Sangeetha at the batting end under pressure to finish Louth Girls to 31 runs. Dublin Dazzlers won by 7 runs to win Beach Cricket Ireland 2019 Women champions title.
|Team Name (Womens)||Played||Won||Lost||Tie||Points|
In men group, each team played their league round. Dundalk Rockers and debut team Royal Challengers Karnataka were unbeaten through league round to qualify for semi-finals. Drogheda Knight Riders and BAPS Ireland were other two teams qualified to play semi-finals. Swords Sixers team marginally lost out semi-final place to Drogheda Knight Riders.
|Team Name (Mens)||Played||Won||Lost||Tie||Points||RR|
|Royal Challengers Karnataka||Q||2||2||0||0||4||5.166|
|Drogheda Knight Riders||Q||2||1||1||0||2||2.700|
Royal Challengers Karnataka and Dundalk Rockers won their respective semi-finals to battle out for title. Batting first Royal Challengers scored 63 runs in 5 overs. Dundalk Rockers lost first wicket in 4th ball – a shaky start to chase the target. Brilliant performance from Sajan and Mohammed saw them comfortably score winning runs in 3 overs. Yet again Dundalk Rockers were the Beach Cricket Ireland 2019 champions.
10th Annual Beach Cricket concluded after Beach Race for Men, Women and Children. Trophies, medals were presented to race winners and Beach Cricket 2019 champions. As in every year, it was an energetic cheerful finish to a brilliant day of cricket. The organisers – Beach Cricket Ireland committee would like to thank volunteers, supports and sponsors – Beach Management Committee, Sandcastle team, Meath East Community Association, East Math First Responders, Meath County Council and Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) for their support and contributions to make this event a great success.
Following the success of annual Beach Cricket over the years, beach cricket committee would like to setup local Beach Cricket club to play regularly and engage in local beach clean-up activities. If you would like to play, be part of beach cricket committee and/or to feedback contact us via our Facebook page.