In 1995, Carlisle beat Malahide in the Wiggins Teape League final with a Molins taking centre stage, but not Greg, Jason or Rodney. Step forward Stephen Molins.
With Jason unavailable, Stephen filled in the opening berth and together with a young Aussie called Trent Johnston backboned the Carlisle total of 250 for 7. Molins made 78, while TJ top scored with 79.
Stephen Molins then followed up with three wickets, while Greg and Johnston claimed two apiece as Carlisle won by 51 runs, despite the best efforts of Justin Benson who top-scored with 65.
There was to be no happy ending though for Carlisle as the sale of their Kimmage ground three years later proved to be the death knell for the club, and they ceased to exist at the end of the 1998 season.
Factfile: Ger Siggins on Carlisle
Carlisle did the Senior Two league and cup double in 1963 and won the league again in 1968. Their bid for promotion was turned down but they were invited to compete in the Senior Cup, where they beat Railway – the first ‘giant-killing’ by a lower league side since 1939 – and lost to Phoenix in the semi-final.
Their bowling relied on the former international Rodney Bernstein, but they had a crop of classy young players such as Stephen and Rodney Molins, Johnny Silverstone, Denis Jacobson and John Simon who backboned the club for the next twenty years.
They commenced their 29-year senior sojourn in 1970, and as befitted a young club they were captained by a teenager, 19-year old Rodney Molins. They finished 7th out of 11 teams in their maiden season, with former Ireland opening bowler Rodney Bernstein scoring the club’s first senior century, against Phoenix.
Another new era began for Leinster cricket in 1978. The seeds were sown a couple of years earlier when Stephen Molins met a young Australian called Julian Weiner at a cricket festival in Israel, so when Weiner saw his name on a list given to him of contacts for summer ‘78 jobs in UK and Irish clubs, he decided to ring the Irishman first.
That led to the arrival of perhaps the finest of all overseas professionals, certainly of the 20th century.
Weiner, a stylish 23-year-old left-hander, scored 152 on debut against Railway and two centuries more in a total of 770, or 29% of Carlisle’s runs, plus 31 wickets.
He had already played for Victoria and was in the Australian Test team barely 15 months after leaving Dublin, eventually playing six Tests and seven ODIs.
His glittering career haul didn’t include any Leinster trophies however, as JB Bunworth pipped him to Marchant Cup – the Clontarf man needed 51* or 106 to beat him and scored 64*.