Ireland's Greatest Cricketers
Frank Fee was, on his day, a superb off spinner. Frank Fee was, on his day, a superb off spinner. ( )
On a wicket that gave him the slightest help, he was devastating, able to produce the unplayable delivery almost at will.
Arthur Douglas was a fine all round sportsman. Arthur Douglas was a fine all round sportsman. ( )
A free scoring but sound middle order batsman, and fast medium bowler, who might well have been used more by Ireland, he was also a very good Rugby footballer, gaining five caps as a strong running winger.
John Dunn: an outstanding batsman in Ireland's cricket history John Dunn: an outstanding batsman in Ireland's cricket history ( )
His feats in Irish cricket have attained almost legendary status.
Peter Doyle was a trail blazer - the first Irish born professional cricketer Peter Doyle was a trail blazer - the first Irish born professional cricketer ( )
He trod a path which could be said to lead to the present day when several such players are regulars in county cricket.
Brendan Donaghey - one of the most outstanding North West players of the last fifty years Brendan Donaghey - one of the most outstanding North West players of the last fifty years ( )
The original wristy player was possessed of boundless self confidence.
Tom Dixon was a fast medium swing bowler, devastating with the new ball Tom Dixon was a fast medium swing bowler, devastating with the new ball ( )
He deserves to be remembered as one of the all time greats of Dublin University Cricket.
David Dennison - a talented cricket and footballer David Dennison - a talented cricket and footballer ( )
Very strong on the leg side, he was, however, a complete player, most attractive to watch when set.
Tom Casey was a very good all round cricketer Tom Casey was a very good all round cricketer ( )
Regarded as one of the best Irish batsmen of his age.
Sion Mills' John Flood was a high quality all rounder. Sion Mills' John Flood was a high quality all rounder. ( )
Flood must be regarded as most unlucky to be ranked amongst Irish Cricket's "One Cap Wonders."
George Barry was one of the most important figures in early Irish cricket George Barry was one of the most important figures in early Irish cricket ( )
Captain of Leinster CC from 1856 to 1890, he also captained Ireland at least 10 times.
Oscar Andrews: a tireless paceman and dashing batsman who well deserved his sobriquet "The Champion Cricketer". Oscar Andrews: a tireless paceman and dashing batsman who well deserved his sobriquet "The Champion Cricketer". ( )
A member of a family that dominated much of the political and economic fabric of Ulster for more than half a century.
John Elder - a wholehearted fast medium bowler John Elder - a wholehearted fast medium bowler ( )
Using his height of six foot four inches to get extra bounce he was an awkward proposition on any wicket.
Larry Warke - one of the great enigmas ( )
A dominating batsman and useful medium pacer who also delighted keeping wicket.
Jack Meldon - a trait for big hitting ( )
He was the best known of a remarkable generation of one cricket family.
Drummond Hamilton - outstanding all round sportsman ( )
"Probably the best left hander Ireland has produced" according to his obituary in The Irish Times .
George McVeagh - greatest all round Irish sportsman of his day ( )
He has been described as "Ireland's CB Fry", and so he was.
Mike Stevenson could make good bowling look very ordinary ( )
A highly respected journalist with the Daily Telegraph and founder of the Pocklington Pixies club.
Jacko Heaslip: an outstanding all rounder ( )
An elegant and high scoring top order batsman and a very good off spinner.
Aubrey Finlay - a dominant force in North West cricket ( )
First capped at Ormeau against the West Indies just two months past his nineteenth birthday.
Ray Hunter excelled at cricket, rugby, football and hockey ( )
26 cricket caps for Ireland and a talented three quarter who won 10 Ireland caps and played 12 matches for the Lions.
Jim Ganly: batting all rounder who ran fielders ragged ( )
A free flowing batsman and big hitter of lofted drives; also a fine rugby three-quarter who scored seven tries in 12 Ireland appearances.
Bobby Barnes probably the best batsman to play for Dublin University in the 30s ( )
One of Ireland's double internationals being capped at centre for Ireland v Wales in 1932/33.
James Macdonald's style was characteristic of so many top left handers ( )
Generally recognised as the best all rounder of his time in Ulster and worth his place as either a batsman or bowler.
William Harrington - one of Ireland's finest ever bowlers. ( )
One of the keenest and most dedicated cricketers who ever lived.
Tom Hanna, the first man to do the hat trick for Ireland ( )
A feat unique for 130 years until repeated by Trent Johnston in 2007 and then Peter Connell in 2008.
Sir Tim O'Brien ( )
He enjoyed lofted straight or on drives, developed a "chop shot" and with EM Grace horrified the purists by pioneering the pull shot.
Lucius Gwynn ( )
Gwynn was a brilliant batsman and also a rugby international who played in Ireland's first ever Triple Crown success.
Frank Browning ( )
Browning was President of an early version of the ICU in the 1890s and also President of the IRFU in 1912.
David Milling ( )
At 14 he played in the first ever NCU Cup Final and remains the youngest to have appeared in the Final.
Thomas Hanna ( )
Tom Hanna, the first man to do the hat trick for Ireland - and, indeed, for 130 years the only man to have done so.
Paul Jackson ( )
Paul Jackson was undoubtedly one of the finest wicket keepers ever to wear the gloves for Ireland.
Allan Rutherford ( )
Allan Rutherford was a very good wicket keeper, whom many observers thought unlucky not to have added to his 47 caps.
Mark Cohen ( )
Mark Cohen was a batsman of immense ability and great powers of concentration.
Michael Rea ( )
Michel Rea was a very sound upper order batsman, who often opened the innings.
Michael Halliday ( )
Mike Halliday was, with the possible exception of Frank Fee the best off spinner to represent Ireland since the halcyon days of Jimmy Boucher.
Stephen Warke ( )
Stephen Warke was a model of orthodoxy at the wicket. Tall and strongly built, he was an elegantly stylish opening batsman whose technique was based upon a solid, cast iron defence.
Alec O'Riordan ( )
Alec O'Riordan is one of the select band of Irish Cricketers to whom the term "great" can be applied without any reservation or qualification.
Dougie Goodwin ( )
Dougie Goodwin will forever be remembered in the annals of Irish Cricket for one day in his cricketing life, 2 July 1969.
Michael Reith ( )
Mike Reith was a cricketer's cricketer, the sort of player every captain wants to have on his side.
Gerry Duffy ( )
Gerry Duffy was a remarkable all round cricketer, who starred for Leinster and Ireland for over 40 years.
Scott Huey ( )
Scott Huey was a truly great slow left arm bowler, in the opinion of many the best of his kind to play for Ireland.
Tom Ross ( )
One of the greatest ever bowlers to don the Irish jersey - Tom Ross.
David Pigot jnr ( )
Our series continues with a look back at Irish opening batsman David Pigot jnr.
Ginger O'Brien ( )
Brendan "Ginger" O'Brien was a stylish and free scoring right hand batsman, always in the upper order, often as an opener.
Noel Ferguson ( )
Noel Ferguson was a much admired cricketer, belligerent on the field and highly popular off it.
Garfield Harrison ( )
The international and domestic career of Garfield Harrison is examined by Edward Liddle.
Stuart Pollock ( )
Stuart Pollock was the best batsman in Ireland during the decade following the Second World War, .
Simon Corlett ( )
A look at the biography of the legendary Ireland all-rounder Simon Corlett.
Ossie Colhoun ( )
A look at the career of legendary 'glove man' Ossie Colhoun.
Desmond Curry ( )
Ritchie Kelly of Radio Foyle pays tribute to Irish cricketing legend Desmond Dekker Curry.
Jimmy Boucher ( )
A look at the remarkable career of the legendary Jimmy Boucher.
Ivan Anderson ( )
A look at the career of the legendary record-breaking Ireland all rounder.
Stanley Bergin ( )
A review of the career of the best Irish opening batsman of his generation.
Justin Benson ( )
A look back at the enigmatic career of Justin Benson, one of Ireland's most successful ever captains.
Bob Lambert ( )
Bob Lambert, scorer of a truly remarkable 101 centuries, was the oldest cricketer to play for Ireland
EDR Shearer ( )
A look back at the the outstanding career of EDR Shearer, who also played football for Great Britain.
© CricketEurope, Cricket Ireland
Ireland v England 2011RSA Challenge, Ireland v England
Thursday 25 August, Clontarf
Tickets may be purchased online, by telephone, or via the Cricket Ireland office.
» Ticket ordering info
MembershipCricket Ireland offers a range of membership packages for 2011 - whatever your need, there's a package for you!
» Membership details
MerchandiseThe new range of Irish replica and supporters gear is available through Lion Sports.
» Order now online!