Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

PSNI will take on Rest of the World

Stormont visit: Minister Carál Ní Chuilín with winning Sri Lankan captain Manoj Samarasekara (left) and NYPD's Mahaan Chandu
Stormont visit: Minister Carál Ní Chuilín with winning Sri Lankan captain Manoj Samarasekara (left) and NYPD's Mahaan Chandu

CRICKET at the World Police and Fire Games has been so successful that there will be an extra day of competition today when the PSNI take on the Rest of the World.

PSNI captain David McCausland came up with the idea during the Friendly games and the groundstaff at Stormont are happy to accommodate him.

He said: "We are going to play the Rest of World at 10am. The NYPD (New York) guys are hanging on, the Sri Lankans are heading to Scotland tomorrow afternoon and the Australian guys are waiting around for the closing ceremony. And with enough players we will able to play a second match match in the afternoon when we will draw names out of a hat for a couple of composite sides. It's been a great tournament, the weather has picked up after day one.

And although the Sri Lanka Lions have won the gold medal we were delighted to get silver (after beating the Australian Fire Service yesterday).

"The Sri Lankans are a class act, a good quality side, well marshalled. But they came to win. It's their national sport, after all."

McCausland also hopes to be part of the legacy of the Friendly games in continuing the PSNI's links with New York.

"I've been talking to the NYPD guys, trying to get cricket up and running. I was in New York with the peace builders programme back in 2005 and that's something I would love to follow-up.

"I have got my level 2 coaching badge and would love to go out there again and help build up street cricket there."

The PSNI, meanwhile, after being forced to take a year out, are back in the NCU League structure, in Section Three and delighted to be back.

"The league has changed from 50 overs to 40 overs and the 20 overs rearrangements have helped us fulfil the fixtures. Sports leave is harder and harder to get but we have players who don't work for the police but make themselves available," added McCausland.

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