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Bowled over ... Leinster swapping balls for bats

THE Leinster boys are set to swap their rugby balls for cricket bats. It'll be fewer bumps and more stumps when a Leinster XI take on an Irish cricket XI in a Charity 20-20 Cricket match in Pembroke Cricket Club, Sandymount, Dublin 4, this Friday at 3.30pm.



Leo Cullen's three-time Heineken Cup champions, who are more accustomed to wallops than wickets, are taking part in the event to raise funds for Spinal Injury Ireland.

This inaugural midsummer festival is seen as a marquee fundraising event for the charity and Leinster Rugby and Cricket Ireland were more than happy to lend a hand.

The aim of the event is to get children active and enjoying the outdoors while also encouraging them to take up rugby and cricket as a hobby.

With Leinster's victory in the Heineken Cup final and the Irish cricket team's victory over England at the Cricket World Cup in India last year, the profile of both sports has never been higher and both codes are looking to capitalise on this.

Commenting on the event, Phillip Quinlan, chief fundraiser for Spinal Injuries Ireland said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have the support of both Leinster Rugby and Cricket Ireland for this unique sporting event.



Masterclass

"The monies raised from the event will go towards building a transitional living unit for patients who have no suitable accommodation."

It promises to be a great day out with both sides fielding their top players for the event.

Leinster's development officers and key players will put on masterclasses of place kicking, tackling and passing, and Cricket Ireland will be on hand for master classes of bowling, fielding and batting.

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