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University Cricket 1995
British Universities Championship 1995
1 England North
2 England South
3 Wales
4 Ireland
5 England Midlands
6 Scotland

Irish Results

  • Welsh Universities 145-7 lost to Irish Universities 149-8 (K McCallan 69) by 2 wickets.

  • English Midland Univs 300-6 (M Patterson 3-55) beat Irish Universities 226 (M Patterson 65, A Patterson 55) by 74 runs.

  • Irish Universities 194 (M Barriscale 58, A Patterson 56) lost to English Southern Univs 199-2 by 8 wickets.

  • Irish Universities 258-6 (P Davy 132*) beat Scottish Universities 126 (K McCallan 4-30, P Byrne 3-11) by 132 runs.

  • English Northern Universities 228-8 beat Irish Universities 187 (M Patterson 50) by 41 runs.

The first tournament under the auspices of the newly-formed British Universities Sports Association took place in the Thames Valley area over five days at the beginning of July. Despite being deprived of the services of Jason Molins and Owen Butler, there were high hopes of an Irish squad comprising Mark Patterson (UU), captain, Mark Barriscale (UCC), Peter Byrne (UCD), Toby Cohen (DU), Peter Davy (UCD), John Davy (UCD), Raymond Gilmore (DU), Kyle McCallan (UU), Warren McCully (UU), Colin Martin (QUB), Colm Morgan (DU), Stephen Moulton (UCD) and Andrew Patterson (UU).

Wales were overcome in a tight opening match which McCallan's fine 69 appeared to have won until 76-3 became 116-8, leaving John Davy to steer the ship home. The next day the bowlers were blasted out of sight by England Midlands - surprisingly the latter's only victory. Not even fifties from the Patterson brothers could atone for having allowed the opposition to pass 300. Similar ignominy was suffered by the bowlers the following day when England South passed a respectable 194 (fifties from Barriscale and Andrew Patterson) in 35 overs without losing a wicket. Things looked up on the Thursday when the `auld enemy' Scotland were thrashed by 130 runs, Peter Davy warming up for his interprovincial 150 a week later with a peerless unbeaten 132 and Byrne and McCallan spinning the Scots towards an ultimate wooden spoon. Confronting the unbeaten England North side on the last day, the reply to an unimpressive 228 was tottering at 87-8 before Byrne and Mark Patterson cheerfully started beating the ball around, putting on 94 in an hour and giving the tournament champions one of their few frights of the week.

The outcome for Ireland was a fustrating fourth place - just one win away from the medals that have eluded them since they won the championship in 1986 and 1988.