Jeremy Benton is one of our up and coming youngsters who has been involved in our Canterbury Men’s & Kings teams the past two seasons. He has been a regular member of the Kings side with his left arm orthodox as well as being an outstanding fielder.
This winter Jeremy is over in Ireland playing for the Cork County Cricket Club (CCCC), here’s a bit of insight from Jeremy about his time over there so far and what he’s looking forward to the most during his time there.
You’re playing for Cork County in Ireland – How is the club environment?
The club environment is great, CCCC is the leading cricket club of the southern areas of Ireland and many people in the area take a large interest in the club. The team culture is good with a nice mix of youth and experience. The ground is picturesque and is situated in the centre of Cork City on the banks of the River Lee where it has been here since 1874! With the Irish national team gaining test status and playing their first game vs Pakistan soon, you definitely have the feeling that cricket is on the way up, not just at the club, but throughout the country, which is exciting to be a part of.
How many games have you played so far? What format? Have you had any notable contributions?
The European Spring has not been to favorable with the first two rounds being washed out. I played my first CCCC game in the weekend with the team recording a victory over Trinity University in Dublin in front of a crowd of over 500 people. I managed to get a couple of wickets which was nice. It was a One Day format game which is the same as the Ford Trophy, with power plays, free hits etc. The club plays in two competitions, the local Munster competition and the Leinster Division. We are also entered in a couple national knockout competitions which commences shortly. In total, CCCC are scheduled to have over 40 games of cricket over the Irish Summer.
What’s different about playing in Ireland to playing in NZ?
Overall there aren’t too many differences in the way cricket is played in Ireland in comparison to New Zealand. The biggest one would be the type of ball that is used here which is a “Readers” Brand (very similar to the English “Duke” cricket ball). It has a more pronounced seam than the “Kookaburra” ball that is used in New Zealand with the shine lasting longer on the ball as well as being harder off the bat.
What are you looking forward to the most during your time over there?
There are a lot of things that I am looking forward to over the next four months. Playing another cricket season, improving my game and hopefully contributing to a successful Cork County side would be a big thing. Meeting new people that I will play with as well as against is one of the best things about playing cricket, and that is also something I am looking forward to doing. I have a couple of trips planned throughout Europe in between games during the summer which is going to be nice especially with the busy cricketing schedule!