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Walter Dominic Meldon
  • Born 4 August 1872, Dublin
  • Died 1957
  • Educated Beaumont College, Clongowes Wood College
  • Occupation Barrister
  • Debut 9 August 1895 v Surrey at The Oval
  • Cap Number 230
  • Style Right-hand bat
  • Teams Co Galway

Walter Meldon, who was in the First XI at both Beaumont and Clongowes, being in the same side as Dan Comyn and Tom Ross at the latter, played most of his adult cricket for Co Galway, but not so good a cricketer as his elder brother JM (Jack) or several of his cousins.

He possibly owed his selection for the English tour of 1895, to the fact that Ireland played as JM Meldon's Gentlemen of Ireland XI, with the captain having an influence on selection. The first match against a side styled Surrey Club and ground at The Oval saw Walter at 10, be dismissed by the Parsi fast bowling all rounder ME Pavri for 6 in the first innings. Pavri, one of the best of early Indian cricketers had been the main player on the Parsi tour of England in 1888. He had also played for Phoenix and was later to write a book on Indian Cricket, now hard to find and harder to afford! Walter made 10* in the second innings but the match was drawn. Walter was denied the chance to make runs on the normally easy wicket at Westbury where Ireland met WH Laverton's XI as rain prevented any play after Bob Lambert had got among the home batsmen with early wickets.

The final match was v MCC at Lord's. This was a very weak side and Ireland, though all out for 191 had no problem in recording an innings win. Only one Irish batsman failed to score, unfortunately this was Walter. He was not seen in an Irish team again. He was unmarried.

Edward Liddle, October 2007, updated December 2013

International Matches
View Match Surrey drew with Ireland (2 Day, The Oval, 9 August 1895)
View Match WH Laverton's XI drew with Ireland (2 Day, Westbury, 12 August 1895)
View Match MCC lost to Ireland by an innings and 16 runs (2 Day, Lord's, 15 August 1895)