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Richard Manders
  • Born 3 May 1854, Dublin
  • Died At sea 25 February 1931, Milford on Sea, Hampshire
  • Educated Dungannon Royal School
  • Occupation Barrister: Registrar of Titles and Deeds (Ireland) 1908-1922
  • Debut 22 May 1879 v MCC at Lord's
  • Cap Number 165
  • Style Right-hand bat
  • Teams Dublin University

Richard Manders was a sound opening batsman for Dublin University, where he was four years in the XI, at a time of some strength. His colleagues included master batsman David Trotter, Ireland's first centurion Frank Kempster and England's most unlikely wicket keeper Leland Hone. Manders was captain for his last two seasons during which the University performed well against the visiting English professional XIs, though Manders himself reserved his best form for other occasions.

In 1878, he captained XV of the University Past and Present against the United South of England XI, captained by WG Grace. This powerful side included 8 current or future Test players to say nothing of one petty criminal, but with Leland Hone, the ninth Test cricketer in the match, and JH Nunn batting well, the draw was achieved. Manders opened the batting but was run out for 2. Possibly he went to pat the wicket and was run out by Grace from point, a favourite ploy of "The Champion" against inexperienced opponents.

Unfortunately Richard's performances for the National side were little better. In 1879 he was in the tour party, captained by Nat Hone, which played MCC at Lord's and Surrey Club and Ground at The Oval. Ireland won by an innings at "Headquarters," Richard in the lower middle order falling for 6. Only one innings a side was possible at Kennington, he was out for 3. Pressure of work now claimed him and he played little more important Cricket. However, in 1881, playing for the University Long Vacation XI V Civil Service in College Park he hit 111, sharing in a big stand with fellow Irish International John Nunn, who made 101. Service were swamped by an innings and 93 runs.

He had a successful legal career and, during the Great War despite being 56 at the outset of the conflict, took a commission in the RNVR. Retirement age coincided with the establishment of the Free State and he moved to England where his main interest was yachting.