Delany makes record breaking hundred
23 year old Trinity College student Eoghan Delany earned himself a place in Irish cricketing folklore at the weekend when he scored the earliest recorded century in the country.
The former Irish youth international (he has represented Ireland at Under 13-19 level) scored exactly a hundred as Trinity defeated a touring Sunbury XI at Trinity. Sunbury are one of the strongest sides in theSurrey Premier League and have a strong Irish connection with former and current players including the Poynter brothers, Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling.
Chemistry graduate Delany is currently completing his PHD in Organic Chemistry, and was delighted to have created his own little bit of cricketing history: "I wasn't aware of the record to be honest, but if it's confirmed then it's a great end to the holiday weekend and a great start to the season. The first game of the year is really all about match practice and I thankfully reached 30 with a few shots I was happy with.
"I actually said to my batting partner Richard Forrest that I was considering retiring at that point. There were still 20-odd overs left though and he convinced me that there was still enough time for a Trinity-esque batting collapse, so I carried on. I was happy using my feet and attacking once I passed 50 - it didn't make much sense to dig myself into a hole during a pre-season game. Eoghan Conway was playing freely at the other end, so the score kept ticking over without much risk. I managed to reach 100 with a six and a four, before holing out the very next ball!
"We ended up winning by 40 runs and it was good to get the Trinity season off to a positive start. Being as early as it is, I'll be amazed if my form hasn't deserted me by the time the league begins at the end of the month. But I'm more focused on maintaining the club's Division 2 status. We put in a lot of hard work last season to get promotion. We really feel that's where this current group of players belong, despite any contrary suggestions."
Delany of course is also part of a very strong Clontarf side, and he's keen to add more silverware to the Castle Avenue trophy cabinet; "I'm hoping to contribute to Clontarf's cause with more regularity than I managed last season, in any way possible. We had a poor season by recent standards and we're all keen to rectify that. We've never won the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup - that might be the perfect place to start!"
Eoghan Delany has now scored five hundreds in total for the University, which is the most since Irish international George McVeagh back in 1929.
Interestingly, Delany's Trinity team-mate Eoghan Conway also holds the record for the earliest competitive century, as he scored 102 against Malahide 2's on April 17th 2011.