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Edward Ingram
  • Born 14 August 1910, Dublin
  • Died 13 March 1973, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Educated Belvedere College
  • Occupation Executive with Arthur Guinness
  • Debut 4 August 1928 v MCC at College Park
  • Cap Number 359
  • Style Right-hand bat
  • Teams Leinster, Ealing, Club Cricket Conference, Middlesex, British Empire XI

The second player to achieve the double for Ireland, Eddie Ingram was an outstanding all round cricketer. Batting, he favoured the leg side and delighted in deploying his trademark hook. He was also, until what Wisden termed his "Pickwickan girth" developed, very quick between the wickets. Bowling, he was basically, a very accurate leg spinner, relying on flight and immaculate length rather than great spin. Later to "answer Ireland's call," he added medium pace inswing, thus enabling hard-pressed selectors to use him to open the attack and pick an extra batsman.

At Belvedere, where he and JC Boucher were exact contemporaries, he was coached by former Leicestershire opener Albert Knight, who was reputed to pray for success before each innings. Eddie had little need of Divine intervention appearing for both Leinster CC and Ireland while still 17. He took 6-36 on his debut v Railway Union in 1928, followed this with a fifty against the University, and never looked back. He had a 20-year career for the Club, scoring 3416 runs at 46.16 and taking 335 wickets at 9.13. These figures would have been even more impressive had not "Uncle Arthur" moved him to London in 1936. He played only 13 matches for Leinster thereafter.

In 1933 he had an amazing run of 103*, 100*, 64, 213, 86 and 85. The double hundred, in 220 minutes v Phoenix at Rathmines, included one 6 and thirty-eight 4s. That season, he averaged 73.80. 1935 was a fine all round season. He had 7 five-wicket hauls, four being accompanied by fifties. Thus against Pembroke at Rathmines, he crashed his way to an even time 60, and then took 7-17. His penultimate match was in 1946, against old rivals Phoenix. In a two innings match he hit a brilliant 160 and took 10 wickets. He had a 50 and a "5 for" in his finale two years later.

In London he played mostly for Ealing, in a career which saw him take over 3000 wickets, besides scoring more than 15000 runs, generally managing 1000 a season. He was a regular member of Club Cricket Conference sides, and Chairman of their Umpires Committee. During the war, he was a leading bowler for the British Empire XI, a star studded side raised by future maverick British Labour MP Desmond Donnelly, to raise money for wartime charities. Between 1939 and 1949, Eddie played 12 times for Middlesex, gaining his Cap in 1948. His performances were useful rather than outstanding. As a bowler, though he took 3-7 v Sussex in 1937, his main attribute was his accuracy. For example against Worcestershire at New Road in 1947, he returned figures of 46-17-72-2. Batting, his highest score was 28, but this enabled the County to claim a narrow victory over Glamorgan, the 1948 season's Champions.

For Ireland he scored 1648 runs and took 151 wickets in a 25-year career. He usually performed best against the strongest opposition. Thus he hit 50s against the 1951 South Africans and the 1952 Indians in College Park to stand between Ireland and total humiliation. Likewise, again in College Park in 1952, he shored up an Irish collapse against MCC, repeatedly hooking pacey Derbyshire amateur Tom Hall to the square leg boundary. Ingram was often at his best at Lord's, never more so than in 1935, when his scores of 78 and 83 brought Ireland an unlikely 4-wicket victory. The latter innings, his highest for Ireland, being part of a match winning stand of 120 in an hour, for the 4th wicket, with English Rugby International JG Cook.

His bowling was never seen to better advantage than against the 1938 Australians. Having already taken 4-46 at Ormeau, he had 7-83 in College Park including a spell of 5-18 in 7 overs causing SG Barnes to make one of his characteristic light appeals. Australian opening bat and future cricket writing maestro Jack Fingleton was most impressed by Eddie. He also caused Yorkshire to collapse on a dusty College Park track in 1947. A 5-0 spell saw the Tykes finish on 293 all out having been 286-5. Ingram captained Ireland 8 times without much success, but was always highly regarded as a tactician and judge of players' strengths and weaknesses.

His obituary is in Wisden 1974 and he is profiled in Siggins and Fitzgerald Ireland's 100 Cricket Greats.

Edward Liddle, April 2007

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International Matches
View Match Ireland lost to MCC by 7 wickets (3 Day, College Park, 4 August 1928)
View Match Ireland beat the Cataramans by 76 runs (3 Day, College Park, 22 July 1929)
View Match MCC drew with Ireland (2 Day, Lord's, 19 August 1929)
View Match Civil Service Crusaders drew with Ireland (2 Day, Chiswick, 21 August 1929)
View Match Scotland beat Ireland by 10 wickets (3 Day, Aberdeen, 21 June 1930)
View Match Ireland drew with MCC (2 Day, Cork, 31 July 1930)
View Match Ireland lost to MCC by 10 wickets (3 Day, College Park, 2 August 1930)
View Match Ireland beat Scotland by 72 runs (3 Day, College Park, 27 June 1931)
View Match Scotland lost to Ireland by 58 runs (3 Day, Greenock, 18 June 1932)
View Match Ireland beat MCC by 149 runs (3 Day, College Park, 30 July 1932)
View Match Ireland beat Scotland by 23 runs (3 Day, Ormeau, 17 June 1933)
View Match MCC drew with Ireland (2 Day, Lord's, 16 August 1933)
View Match Ireland drew with MCC (3 Day, College Park, 4 August 1934)
View Match MCC lost to Ireland by 6 wickets (2 Day, Lord's, 19 August 1935)
View Match Scotland beat Ireland by 214 runs (3 Day, Edinburgh, 20 June 1936)
View Match Ireland beat MCC by 285 runs (3 Day, Rathmines, 1 August 1936)
View Match Ireland beat Scotland by 63 runs (3 Day, Ormeau, 19 June 1937)
View Match Sir Julien Cahn's XI beat Ireland by 6 wickets (2 Day, Nottingham, 9 August 1937)
View Match MCC beat Ireland by 9 wickets (2 Day, Lord's, 11 August 1937)
View Match Sir Julian Cahn's XI drew with Ireland (2 Day, Loughborough, 13 August 1937)
View Match Ireland lost to New Zealand by 8 wickets (3 Day, Rathmines, 11 September 1937)
View Match Ireland lost to New Zealand by an innings and 52 runs (2 Day, Rathmines, 13 September 1937)
View Match Ireland beat Sir Julian Cahn's XI by an innings and 30 runs (2 Day, Rathmines, 5 August 1938)
View Match Ireland lost to Australia by 61 runs (1 Day, Ormeau, 15 September 1938)
View Match Ireland lost to Australia by an innings and 33 runs (2 Day, College Park, 16 September 1938)
View Match Sir Julien Cahn's XI beat Ireland by 7 wickets (2 Day, Nottingham, 14 August 1939)
View Match MCC drew with Ireland (2 Day, Lord's, 16 August 1939)
View Match Sir Julian Cahn's XI drew with Ireland (2 Day, Loughborough, 18 August 1939)
View Match Ireland drew with Scotland (3 Day, Cork, 31 May 1947)
View Match Yorkshire beat Ireland by 121 runs (3 Day, Harrogate, 18 June 1947)
View Match Derbyshire beat Ireland by an innings and 8 runs (3 Day, Buxton, 25 June 1947)
View Match Ireland drew with South Africa (2 Day, College Park, 10 July 1947)
View Match Ireland lost to South Africa by an innings and 125 runs (2 Day, Ormeau, 12 July 1947)
View Match Ireland beat South Africa by 6 wickets (1 Day, Ormeau, 14 July 1947)
View Match Ireland drew with Yorkshire (2 Day, Ormeau, 16 June 1948)
View Match Ireland lost to Yorkshire by 162 runs (2 Day, Ormeau, 6 July 1949)
View Match MCC drew with Ireland (2 Day, Lord's, 17 August 1949)
View Match Scotland drew with Ireland (3 Day, Perth, 24-27 June 1950)
View Match Ireland drew with Nottinghamshire (2 Day, College Park, 20-21 July 1950)
View Match Ireland drew with MCC (3 Day, College Park, 2-5 September 1950)
View Match Ireland lost to South Africa by 8 wickets (2 Day, Ormeau, 13-14 July 1951)
View Match Ireland lost to South Africa by an innings and 72 runs (2 Day, College Park, 16-17 July 1951)
View Match Ireland lost to India by an innings and 9 runs (2 Day, College Park, 13-14 June 1952)
View Match Scotland beat Ireland by an innings and 18 runs (3 Day, Paisley, 5-8 July 1952)
View Match Ireland drew with MCC (3 Day, College Park, 6-9 September 1952)
View Match Glamorgan drew with Ireland (3 Day, Margam, 23-26 May 1953)
View Match MCC beat Ireland by 37 runs (2 Day, Lord's, 20-21 June 1953)
View Match Ireland drew with Scotland (3 Day, Ormeau, 11-14 July 1953)