A match from the halcyon days of 1984 when a West Indies side packed full of household names enthralled and inspired a packed Rathmines, making a lasting impression on a young Greg Molins.

Left-arm spinner Greg Molins played 26 times for Ireland between 1996 and 1999. He captured 29 wickets with perhaps his most famous victim being Mark Waugh, who along with his brother Steve played for Ireland.

 

MY FAVOURITE MATCH: No. 334 Ireland v West Indies 1984 at Rathmines

The obvious game to pick is probably one that you played in, but for me the love of the game came from watching a particular game and that game was a two-day game in Rathmines in 1984. This is when the West Indian team came to Observatory Lane.

It was a team of superstars, that I am sure walked the streets of Dublin and got mistaken from a US touring basketball team.

Being eight years of age and being up close and personal with the likes of Garner, Walsh, Gomes, Logie, Richardson, Greenidge, Harper and Dujon. The seed was sown.

As for the game itself , did it really matter. Of all the 7 West Indian batsmen to have walked to the crease, all bar Dujon passed 50 with Gomes and Logie scoring 153 and 129 respectively.

The West Indies declared on 584 for 6 in their first innings and in reply Ireland were 187 for 9. So the game was drawn.

At the time as an 8 year old did I really care what the score was , did I care who was playing for Ireland, did I care that Alan Lewis got a 10 ball duck. The answer is no.

We are now creating our own cricket superstars. Ones that any 8 year old will hopefully aspire to become in the green shirt of Ireland.

How times have changed!

Ireland Vs West Indies
2-Innings Match Played At Rathmines Dublin, 21-Jun-1984, Two-Day
Match Drawn

Round 334
Toss won by West Indies
Umpires L Keegan (Ire) - S Moore (Ire)
Scorers E Murray Power
Home Side Ireland
Comment 334/11
21 & 22 June
Debut: DA Lewis
Close:
Day 1: 
Ireland 6-2 (JF Short 1*, M Halliday 0*)
Match Report here

West Indies 1st Innings 584/6 Declared (Overs 107.4)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
CG Greenidge* c DG Dennison b GD Harrison 54 71 9 0
RB Richardson lbw b SC Corlett 78 70 10 3
HA Gomes c PB Jackson b GD Harrison 153 199 21 0
AL Logie lbw b SC Corlett 129 128 15 5
PJL Dujon lbw b JA Prior 15 30 2 0
TRO Payne+ not out   73 103 10 1
RA Harper run out   64 47 2 7
EAE Bapiste dnb          
J Garner dnb          
MA Small dnb          
CA Walsh dnb          
extras   (b6 lb9 w0 nb3) 18      
TOTAL   6 wickets for 584      
FOW
1-107(CG Greenidge) 2-144(RB Richardson) 3-347(AL Logie) 4-396(PJL Dujon)
5-478(HA Gomes) 6-584(RA Harper)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
SC Corlett 22 1 96 2 - 3
AS Jeffrey 14 1 76 0 - 1
GD Harrison 14.4 1 85 2 - -
JD Monteith 28 2 132 0 - -
M Halliday 19 0 123 0 - -
JA Prior 4 0 27 1 - -
DA Lewis 6 1 27 0 - -

Ireland 1st Innings 187/9 Closed (Overs 69)

Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JF Short st TRO Payne b RA Harper 54 173 6 0
DG Dennison c RA Harper b MA Small 2 8 0 0
RT Wills c TRO Payne b MA Small 2 7 0 0
M Halliday c PJL Dujon b RA Harper 43 89 6 0
DA Lewis c J Garner b HA Gomes 0 10 0 0
JA Prior lbw b J Garner 15 34 2 0
GD Harrison st TRO Payne b RA Harper 9 25 1 0
JD Monteith* st TRO Payne b RA Harper 0 4 0 0
SC Corlett c TRO Payne b CG Greenidge 8 24 1 0
PB Jackson+ not out   25 26 3 1
AS Jeffrey not out   12 11 1 1
extras   (b7 lb5 w3 nb2) 17      
TOTAL   9 wickets for 187      
FOW
1-3(DG Dennison) 2-6(RT Wills) 3-87(M Halliday) 4-91(DA Lewis) 5-124(JA Prior)
6-134(JF Short) 7-134(JD Monteith) 8-139(GD Harrison) 9-154(SC Corlett)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
MA Small 9 4 19 2 - -
CA Walsh 14 8 16 0 1 -
RA Harper 19 3 58 4 - 1
EAE Bapiste 3 1 3 0 - -
HA Gomes 9 1 24 1 - -
PJL Dujon 1 0 6 0 - -
J Garner 6 4 6 1 - -
RB Richardson 5 2 9 0 2 -
CG Greenidge 3 0 29 1 - 1