Kerry played their first competitive match at their new home , the Tralee sports complex.The match was a minor cup match against the holders Nenagh. Nenagh batted first and were struggling against the pace of Khuram Iqbal (3 for 25) and the swing of Eddie Garczynski (3 for 27) Kerry looked rusty in the field and clearly need to improve in this area.
Owais Gohar (2 for26)was first change bowler and troubled the batsmen with his pace, bowling three consecutive runless overs.
Nenaghs late order batsmen scored some valuable runs to end on 148, more than had seemed likely.
In reply Kerry seemed untroubled until two needless run outs created a scare. Gohar (35) and Sean Rutland(18) steadied things for Kerry and at the halfway stage looked well placed until both were out leg before wicket.. Unfortunately Kerrys middle order had little to offer. One over from Coalins produced three wickets and Kerry lost by 23 runs.
Plenty of room for optimism, the ground was conducive to quality shots, and a good deal of support was appreciated. Finally many thanks to our hosts at Tralee complex for making us welcome.