Chambers Park men on board for Border Cup programme

Portadown Cricket Club's George Hamill and Alan Chambers.
Portadown Cricket Club's George Hamill and Alan Chambers.

The latest attempt to revitalise cricket within the town has led to entry by Portadown in the Border Cup.

The competition features fixtures home and away against Dungannon, Clogher and Monaghan - with play expected to start towards the end of May.

The tournament does not fall under the umbrella of the Northern Cricket Union so Portadown officials hope to draft in players from other clubs to help with fixtures.

The latest turbulent chapter in the history of cricket in the town ended with Portadown’s exit from organised competitive cricket during the 2013 season due to lack of numbers.

However, efforts by a dedicated group - including Alan Chambers and George Hamill - resulted in Portadown fielding sides within the Taverners’ League. Links with a University of Ulster programme also helped maintain the name of Portadown Cricket Club in sporting circles.

Plans to continue in the Taverners’ League have been expanded into the Border Cup - a competition recognised as a bridge between the former and competitive NCU play.

“It is about offering anyone who wants to try out the game or play a match the chance to do so under the name of Portadown,” said Hamill. “We do not want to look too far into the future and the thinking behind the Border Cup is to offer a stepping stone between the Taverners’ League and the NCU.

“The games would be considered friendly fixtures so players from NCU clubs can take part.

“The Taverners’ League was a success in that it helped to introduce the sport to some new people in the area.

“We are grateful to the NCU for continued support and we will play home games at Chambers Park once Portadown Rugby Club complete certain ground repairs.”

Contact Hamill on (028) 38 337021 or 07808135346.