Ethan Clarke (CricketEurope)
As part of the HSD 150 celebrations, the Senior cricket team welcomed the Leprechauns, Ireland’s premier wandering cricket club.
The game was played at YMCA in Sandymount, as a marquee on the school cricket pitch meant it had to be played in a different venue.
(Captains Tristan de Beer and Dick Forrest)
The Leprechauns – featuring several ex-pupils – won the toss and elected to bat. A heavy shower delayed the start of play but once it passed, the Leprechauns got off to a flyer, hitting several boundaries inside the first five overs.
The School made the breakthrough in the 6th over when Alex O’Connor trapped their opener LBW.
Runs kept flowing from the bat but the school stuck to their task with wickets for Ben Shaw, Orla Bagnall and another for O’Connor.
(Ethan Clarke with Godfrey Graham, Ireland's oldest leg-spinner)
At the conclusion of their innings, The Leprechauns reached a total of 180.
The School’s reply got off to a quick start with Ben Shaw (31) and Tristen DeBeer (44) scoring fluently.
After they were dismissed, Sean O’Brien (35) took over the run scoring but in the end, the School fell just three runs short of their target.
Thanks to Mr. Malin for organising the game and post-match refreshments.
(The author Ethan Clarke also met Ireland's second oldest leg-spinner, Marty Block!)