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Limerick Cricket - A Brief History

The Editor | 31 Aug 2018

Limerick Cricket - A Brief History
The Limerick Flag Flies Proudly at Adare -

Sunday September 2nd 2018 will be a day of huge history and significance for both Munster Cricket and Limerick Cricket Club, who become the province's first ever club representative in an All-Ireland Final, when they face Rush in the Clear Currency Irish National Cup decider.

While the game has been played on the banks of the Shannon for around 200 years, the club in its current iteration are currently celebrating their 50th anniversary, having been formed in 1968.

Despite not having a permanent ground throughout the first few decades, Limerick have consistently performed at the top table, winning Munster Senior League titles in the 80s, 90s, and 00s, as well as excellent performances in the National Cup across this decade.

The 80s, in particular, were a massively succesful time for the game in Limerick, with the club winning no fewer than three Munster Senior Leagues and four Senior Cups, beating off the challenge of strong sides like Cork Wanderers and Waterford in an extremely competitive province.

However, without a permanent home, the side - then playing on land in Patrickswell - moved to the University of Limerick the following decade, and found it hard to sustain success at the beginning of the decade (Senior Cup wins in 1992 and 1994 and Senior League in 90 & 92) on towards the turn of the millenium.

A mini-resurgence saw Limerick capture back-to-back Senior League titles in 2004 & 2005, but a barren patch as the club continued to change venue resulted in the senior side slipping down to the junior ranks.

However the club finally found a place to call home at their current venue in Adare, laid a mat wicket in the summer of 2010, and played their very first game at Adare on the 17th July 2011.

Less than a year later, on May 25th 2012, the club put in a clubhouse/dressing room on the site, and are continuing to upgrade facilities for all its teams, who have achieved success at both Junior and Minor level already this season.

Success followed on the pitch, as the team went on to win the Junior League in 2015, guaranteeing top-flight cricket once again, and in 2016 they competed in the National Cup for the first time, beating County Sligo by 198 runs on their debut and eventually reaching the quarter-final.

Last year saw the Treaty side fell at the second round against eventual finalists Terenure, but after a fantastic pre-season tour to Malta (having already toured Geneva, Cannes & Lanzarote in the past), a side that has youth mixed with experience have beaten Longford, Cregagh, Knockharley, and local rivals Galway on the way to the final, and are buzzing ahead of another momentous day in the history of this prestigious club.