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Monday 23 October 2017

Bid to host cricket clash with England in Malahide

William Porterfield will lead Ireland at the World Cup
William Porterfield will lead Ireland at the World Cup

One-day cricket is set to return to Ireland this year with a proposed match against England receiving the backing from local councillors.

Malahide Cricket Club has been chosen as the venue to host the planned game, which is expected to take place on May 8 if it gets the go ahead from Fingal County Council.

The cricket club previously hosted a one-day international against England back in 2013.

More than 10,000 people were in attendance for that game which saw the visitors return home victorious having beaten Ireland by six wickets.

Cricket Ireland have now applied to Fingal County Council for a licence to hold another clash, with the capacity expected to drop to 8,200 this time around.

The licencing application states that all fans attending the fixture will be seated, meaning that large temporary stands will be installed in the cricket ground to accommodate the mass of spectators.

The association that oversees the Irish cricket team have also made an application for a liquor licence, as the event's start time falls outside of the hours it is legal to serve alcohol without a special permit.

The event will last no longer than eight hours according to the organisers, with the gates opening at 9am and the match getting underway at 10.45am.

Victory

The event is set to be a popular one, with the Ireland cricket team drawing the attention back home with their recent displays in the Cricket World Cup, including a victory against the West Indies.

Local councillors on the Malahide/Howth Area Committee have backed the licence application, which is currently before the council for consideration.

Cllr Eoghan O'Brien, who lives in Malahide and attended the last one-day international between the two countries, said that he "absolutely" supports another game being held in the area.

"The last game in 2013 was on a Tuesday and it drew in large crowds, so with the fixture being held on a Friday this year it might even have visitors staying in the area for the weekend," Mr O'Brien said.

Mr O'Brien also believes there should be no concerns about an alcohol licence for the event, saying that although alcohol is "part and parcel" of a cricket match, there are by no means people "falling around the place" due to overconsumption.

rschiller@herald.ie

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