Ireland Wolves will play two first-class games on their upcoming tour to Sri Lanka, adding to the rich tapestry of Irish cricketers who have played in foreign parts.

Analysis of all those performances has produced the following records, most of which will come under pressure as Ireland ups its international programme.

Freddie Fane’s record of 371 games in England will never be beaten, however, nor his 16,407 runs, although Ed Joyce gave it a good rattle and ended his career just 283 behind him.

The only Test countries Irishmen have never played in are Afghanistan and Pakistan, although Frederick Shaw played two games in Lahore in 1922/23 when it was part of India.

In all, Irish-born cricketers have played first-class in 18 countries – 287 in Ireland, 207 in England & Wales, 192 in Scotland, 33 in India, 27 in Australia, 19 in Namibia, 17 in South Africa, 16 In UAE, 15 in New Zealand, USA and Netherlands, 13 in Zimbabwe, 12 in West Indies, 11 in Kenya, 7 in Sri Lanka and Canada, 6 in Bangladesh and 1 – Tom Jameson, on an MCC tour – in Argentina.

One man, Herbert Aston, played in Burma when it was also part of India.

RECORDS BY IRISH-BORN PLAYERS IN FIRST-CLASS CRICKET

in Ireland

  • Most games: 20, KJ O’Brien
  • Most runs: 1,225, WTS Porterfield
  • Highest score: 231, EC Joyce
  • Most centuries: 4, WTS Porterfield
  • Most wickets: 110, JC Boucher
  • Best bowling: 9-26, F Fee
  • Most dismissals: 32 (31ct, 1st), OD Colhoun

in England

  • Most games: 371, FJ Fane
  • Most runs: 16,407, FJ Fane
  • Highest score: 304, RM Poore
  • Most centuries: 40, EC Joyce
  • Most wickets: 395, MJ McCague
  • Best bowling: 9-78, M Flanagan
  • Most dismissals: 456 (415ct, 41st), NJ O’Brien

in Scotland

  • Most games: 9, IJ Anderson, JC Boucher, OD Colhoun
  • Most runs: 467, RJH Lambert
  • Highest score: 150, AR Dunlop
  • Most centuries: 2, IJ Anderson, DA Lewis
  • Most wickets: 51, JC Boucher
  • Best bowling: 9-113, GD Harrison
  • Most dismissals: 14, (13ct, 1st), OD Colhoun, (11ct, 3st), PB Jackson

in India

  • Most games: 9, RM Poore
  • Most runs: 385, RM Poore
  • Highest score: 120, WJ Cullen
  • Most centuries: 1, RM Poore, WJ Cullen
  • Most wickets: 21, M Robinson
  • Best bowling: 7-30, FRS Shaw
  • Most dismissals: 13, (10ct, 3st), JRC Gannon

in Australia

  • Most games: 62, TP Horan
  • Most runs: 2,751, TP Horan
  • Highest score: 133, FJ Fane
  • Most centuries: 6, TP Horan
  • Most wickets: 48, MJ McCague
  • Best bowling: 6-40, TP Horan
  • Most dismissals: 7 (5ct, 2st), L Hone, NJ O’Brien

in South Africa

  • Most games: 26, FJ Fane
  • Most runs: 1,064, FJ Fane
  • Highest score: 143, FJ Fane
  • Most centuries: 2, FJ Fane
  • Most wickets: 15, MJ McCague
  • Best bowling: 4-39, WB Rankin
  • Most dismissals: 1 (1ct), NJ O’Brien

in New Zealand

  • Most games: 8, JP Spring
  • Most runs: 421, FJ Fane
  • Highest score: 124, FJ Fane
  • Most centuries: 1, FJ Fane
  • Most wickets: 6, TS Ronaldson
  • Best bowling: 3-50, TS Ronaldson
  • Most dismissals: 2 (1ct, 1st), JP Spring

in West Indies

  • Most games: 13, FJ Fane
  • Most runs: 536, TO Jameson
  • Highest score: 110, TO Jameson
  • Most centuries: 1, TO Jameson
  • Most wickets: 11, TO Jameson
  • Best bowling: 3-58, TO Jameson
  • Most dismissals: 2 (2ct), NJ O’Brien

in USA

  • Most games: 2, ten players
  • Most runs: 122, GA Morrow
  • Highest score: 50*, GA Morrow
  • Most wickets: 10, H Bruen
  • Best bowling: 6-54, H Bruen
  • Most dismissals: 3 (2ct, 1st), FH Browning

in UAE

  • Most games: 7, EJG Morgan and WTS Porterfield
  • Most runs: 549, WTS Porterfield
  • Highest score: 209*, EJG Morgan
  • Most centuries: 2, WTS Porterfield, NJ O’Brien
  • Most wickets: 14, WB Rankin
  • Best bowling: 5-36, JF Mooney
  • Most dismissals: 9 (7ct, 2st), NJ O’Brien

in Zimbabwe

  • Most games: 2, six players
  • Most runs: 182, JF Mooney
  • Highest score: 102, AR White
  • Most centuries: 1, AR White
  • Most wickets: 7, JF Mooney, KJ O’Brien
  • Best bowling: 4-74, JF Mooney
  • Most dismissals: 6, NJ O’Brien

in Netherlands

  • Most games: 2, four players
  • Most runs: 230, AR White
  • Highest score: 152*, AR White
  • Most centuries: 1, AR White
  • Most wickets: 9, GH Dockrell
  • Best bowling: 6-69, GH Dockrell
  • Most dismissals: 5, S Ogilby

in Namibia

  • Most games: 2, NJ O’Brien
  • Most runs: 317, NJ O’Brien
  • Highest score: 205, EC Joyce
  • Most centuries: 2, NJ O’Brien
  • Most wickets: 9, WK McCallan
  • Best bowling: 5-39, WB Rankin
  • Most dismissals: 17, NJ O’Brien

in Kenya

  • Most games: 2, WTS Porterfield, KJ O’Brien, AR White
  • Most runs: 180, KJ O’Brien
  • Highest score: 171*, KJ O’Brien
  • Most centuries: 1, KJ O’Brien, NJ O'Brien
  • Most wickets: 9, G Dockrell
  • Best bowling: 5-37, G Dockrell 
  • Most dismissals: 4 (4ct), KJ O’Brien

in Canada

  • Most games: 1, seven players
  • Most runs: 143, AR White
  • Highest score: 84, AR White
  • Most wickets: 6, KJ O’Brien
  • Best bowling: 5-39, KJ O’Brien
  • Most dismissals: 9 (9ct), RD McCann

in Sri Lanka

  • Most games: 1, seven players
  • Most runs: 92, WTS Porterfield
  • Highest score: 78*, WTS Porterfield
  • Most wickets: 4, AR White
  • Best bowling: 4-99, AR White
  • Most dismissals: 6 (6ct), NJ O’Brien

in Bangladesh

  • Most games: 1, six players
  • Most runs: 90, JNK Shannon
  • Highest score: 90, JNK Shannon
  • Most wickets: 7, AR McBrine
  • Best bowling: 4-83, AR McBrine

in Argentina

  • Most games: 4, T O Jameson
  • Most runs: 100, T O Jameson
  • Highest score: 48, T O Jameson
  • Most wickets: 19, T O Jameson
  • Best bowling: 5-27, T O Jameson