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The Munster Cricket Board met online on Monday 28 June 2021

The meeting congratulated the Reds management and the Munster Operations staff for the work done to successfully host the Interprovincial match versus North West Warriors at the Mardyke and the Reds squad on their competitive performances this season despite a very long injury list. 

Best wishes were expressed to the Heat and under-age squads as they commence a busy series of games during the month of July. General Manager, Joe Moynihan, also reported on a number of planned initiatives in the development area with a view to ramping up work in schools in the coming autumn and tp putting effective winter training programmes in place across all squads.

The Operations committee reported that a record number of players at 600 were registered with the Union for this season and the initial weeks of the season had got off to a positive start assisted by good weather and no covid issues to date. The committee will be contacting all clubs to emphasise the Spirit of Cricket principles and, in particular, respect for umpires during matches. It had also been identified that the standard of scoring of matches was variable and it was hoped to put some online resources in place to assist club scorers with this.

The Participation & Pathways committee noted that underage competitions were now underway and this was a decided step forward. Good progress is being made in growing youth numbers across a number of clubs where youth cricket had been weak in recent years. It is felt that weaknesses exist in the pathway system in terms of producing players capable of performing at the under-age representative level and it is planned to organise a meeting between the P&P committee and the Development Officers to discuss how this might best be addressed.

The Commercial committee reported on progress with a document for presentation to potential sponsors and a final draft of this should be available for approval by the Board at the next meeting which is scheduled for 16 August.

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