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S Bradley
  • Born
  • Died
  • Educated
  • Occupation
  • Debut 22 June 1968 v All England XI at College Park, Dublin
  • Cap Number 109
  • Style Lower Order Batsman, Slow medium Round Arm - Hand unknown in both.
  • Teams Hollyville Park

It has proved impossible to discover the dates of birth and death and other personal biographical details for this cricketer.

A generation later the Bradleys were a prominent cricket family in Co Meath, so it is at least possible that SB was connected to them. He was also, almost certainly, a former pupil of, or master at, Holyville Park School in Monkstown, Co Dublin.

This institution, which had a fine ground and an excellent wicket, turned out XIs consisting of past and present students and members of staff. For almost two decades it was a match for most of the Dublin clubs. SB was an important contributor to much of this success.

His one match for Ireland came in June 1868 against the famous professional travelling side The All England XI' with Ireland playing 22. This was the first Ireland match to be played at College Park, Dublin and was huge success socially, though not, for Ireland at least, in cricket terms.

The hosts batted first on a wicket which was firm, despite some recent heavy rain. The All England attack of the fearsome George "Tear Em" Tarrant and the slow lobs of Crispin Tinley was too much for most of the Irish batsmen.

Batting at 22, SB was out to fast left arm roundarmer JC Shaw for 1, the only runs scored in his abortive last wicket stand with future Armagh Royal School Headmaster WM Morgan.

SB then opened the bowling with egotistical academic lob bowler JP Mahaffy. THe XXII were bowled out for 84. Though they both failed to take a wicket, their accuracy was such that SB returned figures of 18-7-21-0 and Mahaffy 20-10-16-0. The wickets fell to WS Ashton, a former pupil of Holyville and SAM Smythe. They restricted the professional to 184 which would have been considerably less had the Irish catching not been appalling. In their second innings, Ireland did marginally better reaching 161, SB, still at 11, contributing an undefeated 2. He did not bowl in the visitors' second innings, as they coasted to victory.

We would very much welcome any information which might help to fill in the gaps in his biographical details.

Edward Liddle, April 2019

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