The Dublin University Cricket Club has been at the forefront
of Irish cricket for almost two centuries. Cricket has been
played in Trinity since the 1820s, when there was a poem written
about a team from Ballinasloe playing 'the Collegians', but
references to a constituted cricket club have not been found
before 1835. The club produced a magnificent hardback history
in 1980 (written by Michael Milne, Nick Perry and Michael
Halliday) and this work is commended to anyone interested
in finding out more about the long and illustrious history
of the club. In this short summary I can just highlight some
of the great players that turned out for the club and some
of the achievements of DUCC.
The great jewel of our club, of course, and of Irish cricket
in general, is the College Park. We are privileged to play
here and in doing so walk in the footsteps of some of the
all time legends of cricket. No less than 300 test cricketers
have played on our ground, including WG Grace (seven times!),
Richie Benaud, Gary Sobers, Len Hutton, Colin Cowdrey, Wally
Hammond, Victor Trumper and Bill O'Reilly. Many of them played
for touring sides and counties against Ireland, who used College
Park as the main Dublin venue for many decades, but the Trinity
club was also able to invite over and compete with English
counties and universities for more than 40 years before the
Great War. It may surprise many who look at DUCC as a small
club, struggling to make itself heard in a huge university
and a professional-swamped Leinster league, but the club was
on the official tour programme for the Australians (twice),
South Africans (three times) and, as late as 1923, the West
Indies. The university was the centre of Dublin cricket for
most of this time, but the coming of an independent Ireland
in 1922 was to change the game forever in this country. Trinity
kept its pre-eminence into the 1930s, but its influence and
power waned and has never been recaptured.
The coming of competitive cricket in 1919 was to prove successful
for a while, and Trinity won the Leinster Senior League in
1927, 1947, 1948, 1966 and 1970. The Leinster Senior Cup was
instituted in the late 1930s and Trinity brought it back to
College Park in 1942, 1952, 1961, 1962 and 1963. The trophy
cabinet, bar ten intervarsities wins and a couple of 2nd XI
leagues and cups, has been bare for more than three decades.
Elsewhere in this website you can trace the records of the
great names and their incredible feats. Almost 200 DUCC men
have played international or first-class cricket, and two
of them - Clem Johnson (South Africa) and Leland Hone (England)
have played test matches. We have had several men who went
on to play county or state cricket in England, Australia,
South Africa and India, from the 1850s up to Ed Joyce, the
2001 graduate currently contracted to Middlesex. It is a long,
often glorious history, and while the current club may seem
a pale shadow of those that, for example, bowled Warwickshire
out for 15 (in 1894), the game is played as hard and with
as much passion for club and team-mates as it ever was.
|Gerard Siggins's greatest
ever DUCC XI
||Best of legendary Trinity
family, he scored 80 for the Gentlemen of England against
the Players in the de facto test trial of 1895. Had to
turn down the test because of fellowship exams in Trinity!
In 106 games for DU he scored 3,195 runs and took 311
||Doughty little batsman
who scored 117 not out against Leicestershire in 1893
when Trinity won by an innings and 136 runs, and 76 against
WG Grace's Gloucestershire.
||Recent graduate is a stylish
left hander with an enormous future in the game. Scored
two championship centuries in the four games he played
for Middlesex in 2001.
||Batting No.8, he scored
a century for Ireland v West Indies in 1928 that helped
win the match. Scored 3,282 runs for Trinity, including
nine centuries. Four of those came in 1927 when he won
the Marchant Cup.
||Scored five of the first
eight centuries scored for the club - including one against
the All England XI - back in the 1870s when the wickets
would have dire by modern standards. Impressed WG Grace
enough to win selection for the North of England in the
annual match against the South.
||Co Kildare born all-rounder
who toured England with non-test playing South African
tourists in 1894, and played one test against the touring
English team in 1895-96.
||Stylish allrounder who
is the only man to score more than 2,000 league runs for
DU. Made 3,211 runs in 103 innings - 992 in the summer
of 1922, when he also took 44 wickets.
||Played a then record 93
times for Ireland and had several match winning performances.
The offspinner captained the last Trinity team to win
the league in 1970.
||Took 339 wickets for club
in seven seasons, while also scoring plenty of runs, including
two centuries. Had several notable performances for Delhi,
and scored 22 off one over at Lord's for Ireland.
||Nathan 'Sonny' Hool
||Left-arm spinner took 251
Leinster league and cup wickets, including 80 in 19 games
in 1944, at an average of 11.
||Immensely accurate left-arm
fast bowler who came back to Trinity after the Great War
and took 112 wickets at 8.33. Took 6-54 in a brilliant
display against Cambridge in 1920, a year in which the
English university had 16 county players in its squad.
Took 9-54 and 9-40 against the Military of Ireland the
same year and two hat-tricks in the same innings against
Co Meath in 1912.