Norman Lush died at his home in Somerset on 10 October a few weeks after celebrating his 100th birthday. In his playing days he was a stylish right hander and a useful medium pacer, who bowled with a rather low arm.

His greatest contribution to cricket, however, was to have been master in charge of the game at St Columba's College for thirty years from 1955. He only gave up the post when he suffered a serious injury while umpiring.

St Columba's cricket flourished under Norman's tutelage. Among many events that he had reason to be proud of was the two victories in successive days by the 1960 XI over Campbell College and RBAI and carrying off the Leinster Schools' Senior Cup four times in five years between 1969 and 1973 and then repeating the feat in 1976.

Norman had also briefly had charge of cricket in the early 1940s while working at the College as a games coach while an undergraduate. From those days he recalled several fine players including W.D. McKee, better know as a centre three quarter in Ireland's Triple Crown and Championship winning XVs of the late 1940, and the novelist Michael Campbell.

From later in his career he developed the talents of Mark Nulty, who went on to win 12 Irish caps and Neil Taylor who, perhaps, should have. Taylor was also the second of three of Norman's former pupils who captained Dublin University 1st XI in successive years 1978 - 1980.

It would wrong, however to think that Norman's service to Columban cricket and cricketers ended there, He was also, as this writer has cause to remember with gratitude, a great encourager of those whose ability in the game did not match their enthusiasm for it. He actively supported the setting up of a College Cricket Society, of which he was President, though it did not, unfortunately, survive his retirement.

Away from cricket he also took charge of hockey for a number of years, among his proteges being Irish International Peter Stiven, who had the unusual, and possibly unique, distinction of gaining both a Trinity Pink and Oxford Blue in the sport.

Though it rather lies outside the scope of this article, it should be remembered that Norman, who finished his career in the College as Sub Warden (Deputy Head) and was responsible for pushing a number of long overdue changes to the life of St Columba's including co education and the abolition of corporal punishment by prefects.

Lastly, reverting -as is appropriate - to cricket, his influence did not stop outside the gates of St Columba's. He was President of the regrettably short lived Irish Cricket Society and also a much appreciated President of the Leprechauns.

In retirement he and his wife Joyce moved to the English West Country, but he was a regular, and often visible, attender of the Lord's Test, being present on that memorable day in 2019 when Tim Murtagh destroyed the cream of England's batting.