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ET Vint
  • Born circa 1852 Belfast
  • Died circa 1897
  • Educated Royal Belfast Academical Institution
  • Occupation Member of family business
  • Debut 9 August 1895 v Surrey at The Oval
  • Cap Number 231
  • Style Right-hand bat
  • Teams Enfield, NICC

ET Vint - it has proved impossible to verify his first names - was one of three cricket playing brothers, the eldest of whom, the well known William Vint, was regarded as one of Ireland's best wicket keepers of the pre 1914 era and also played for Victoria. Both William and ET were involved in the foundation of Enfield CC, forerunner of Cliftonville, but were best known, as was the third brother Charles, for their time with NICC.

First appearing in the 1887 side, which also included William, John Andrews, junior and the former Kent professional George Henry Remnant, who was later a first class umpire, ET was also in the North cup final sides of 1887 and 1889. In the former year, the team suffered what was to become a not uncommon fate for many NCU sides by losing to North Down! ETV, in the middle order, contributing 2 and 0. Though only posting 159, the Comber side won by an innings. Two years later, however, both ET and William were in the side which recorded a fine eight wicket victory over Armagh. Batting at 6, ET made 11, out of a total of 94, before falling to H Verner, one of the leading Armagh bowlers of the period. He did not need to bat in the second innings, but had the satisfaction of having outscored his illustrious brother, William making 9 in his only innings.

ET Vint's sole match for Ireland came in 1895 when he was one of 12 players, and the only Northerner, who made the three match tour of England under the captaincy of Jack Meldon. The captain seems to have done most of the selection himself as the side played under the banner of "Mr JM Meldon's Gentlemen of Ireland XI." ET Vint appeared only in the first match against Surrey at The Oval, thereafter giving way to Bob Lambert. It is probable that the Leinster all rounder, a much better player, was not available for the opening game. The Surrey side, which included the future Cork County and Ireland captain Pascoe Stuart, was mostly made up of 2nd XI men as the 1st XI were involved in a Championship match. They did, however, include two good players in VFS Crawford, brother of the Test player JN Crawford, and HBB Hawkins who was to win Cambridge Blues over the next four seasons.

Ireland batted first but were all out for 183, ETV at 9 making 10 before being caught off Crawford, who, though better known as a batsman, was also a very capable fast bowler. Top scorer was Tom Ross, who was -of course - one of the best Irish bowlers of the era - but normally did not reveal the batting powers of which he was capable. That day at London SE he made a brilliant 85. This was to enough to gain Ireland a 19 run lead, which they extended to 194 in their second innings. On this occasion ET reached 25, the third best score after Lucius Gwynn's 63 and Jack Hynes' 32, before he was caught off Hawkins, who bowled a lively fast medium.

ET was also a very useful Rugby footballer, playing several seasons for NIFC at wing or centre. A fellow member of the side in the late 1880s was JF Ross, elder brother of Tom. NB: Some scorecards show an EL Vint of NICC as having played in the 1895 match. We can find no trace of this player though the name Eric Leslie Vint has been suggested. We believe that EL is an incorrect transcription for ET made in 1895. However we would very much welcome any information to prove or disprove this and any further details about the player or players concerned.