On April 14th 1919, representatives from Civil Service, Clontarf, Catholic Young Men’s Society (CYMS), Dublin University, Leinster, Meath County, Merrion, Pembroke, Pembroke Wanderers, Phoenix, Railway Union, Royal Hibernian Military School (RHMS), Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), and Richmond Asylum met in the Central Hotel in Exchequer Street and, under the Chairmanship of J.F Crawford, the Leinster Cricket Union was born.
On Sunday night – 100 years ago to the day – in the same central Dublin hotel, Gorey Cricket Club was represented by Al Fitzgerald (Chairman) and Dan Walsh, who has been assisting the Gorey club with research into the history of cricket in Co. Wexford which will be included in a new book that will be launched nationwide next October.
While the commemoration event was largely an excuse to celebrate all clubs were invited to an informal reception to mark the occasion.
Delegates were invited to partake in the Formal Toast to the Centenary, preceded by a short speech from Peter Thew, President, Cricket Leinster, and followed by a brief illustrated talk from Ger Siggins and Eddie Lewis to preview the Centenary Book and recount some interesting facts/key developments which have shaped cricket in Leinster over the various decades.
Reflecting on 2018, there was an historic league title for Gorey 1, as they ran up 13 wins out of 14 games, in Division 14, and amassed 301 points.
The best average was (min 6 inns) 57.86 by Anselm Diaz (Gorey); best bowling 6-8, Philip Leonard (Gorey); Most dismissals; 22, Ross Norman (Gorey); while the Team of the Year included Anselm Diaz, Umar Khan, Ross Norman and Khalid Ambroze (all Gorey) and Anjith Varghese (Wexford Wanderers).
Gorey play their home matches at Owenavarragh, near Courtown, on land kindly given by generous landowner, Bert Allen.
Wexford Wanderers 1 won 12 out of 14 games in Division 6 and their star was Nithin Padmaprabhu who was fantastically solid with the bat and had the most wickets; 29. He also scored the best average (min 8 wkts), 29; Most dismissals, Ibrar Ullah Jan (Wexford Wanderers).
The centenary of the foundation of Enniscorthy Cricket Club will be marked by a Cricket Festival (supported by Leinster Cricket Union) planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend in the old cricket grounds at the Showgrounds.
Details of the event were announced at a launch held in the Athenaeum Hall – the location of the founding meeting on February 26th 1919 – exactly a century to the day.
Ian Walshe outlined the details and recalled that when it was discovered that the centenary of the foundation of the cricket club was in February the seed was sewn that a match might take place in the summer of 2019 to mark the centenary.
It will all be part of the Rockin’ Food Festival weekend of activities happening around Enniscorthy.
It is also decided have a big draw and for the whole Cricket Festival to be a fund-raiser for Slaney Search and Rescue a deserving cause who do a lot of hard work for the community and badly need the funding.