Castleisland Community College came away with the inaugural Kerry Secondary School Girls Cricket Challenge by just 17 runs last week.
In a round-robin torunament that saw several teams battle on behalf of their school, competition was fierce, and heading into the final game Mercy Mounthawk, the other competing school, had to win by a margin of 25 runs to win the tournament.
Batting second Mercy needed to score 99 runs to win and at the half-way point of the innings had scored 50, but they just couldn’t get over the line, eventually falling 16 runs short
With both schools level on points, Castleisland Community College won the competition on runs scored by a margin of 16 runs.
19 players from Castleisland Community College 1st and 2nd year girls and 27 players from Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School took part.
Munster Cricket Regional Development Officer James Doran thanked all the players for all the hard work they had put in over the past six weeks during their training sessions and for providing a very exciting morning’s cricket.
He also made particular mention of the tremendous support and assistance from Mercy Mounthawk’s PE staff, Aidan O’Shea, Olivia Dineen & Siobhan Stokes and Castleisland Community College PE teachers, Maria Moriarty, Paudie McCarthy and Aoife Nolan in making the girls’cricket initiative such a success this spring.