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Bernard Francis Bergin
  • Born 20 September 191, Dublin
  • Died 17 June 1985, Dublin
  • Educated Christian Brothers' School, Westland Row, Dublin
  • Debut 11 September 1937 v New Zealand at Rathmines
  • Cap Number 413
  • Style Right-hand bat
  • Teams Pembroke

Bernard Bergin, a sound opening batsman in his own right, will forever have his name linked with, and overshadowed by, his far better-known younger brother, the left handed opener SF Bergin. Bernard appeared in 217 matches for Pembroke from the early 1930s. He was never a dominator of bowling, averaging only 19.44. However he also accumulated 3131 runs with 3 centuries, the highest of which was 102*. He was also a useful spin bowler and gave up much of his time to pitch preparation. Nicknamed "The Crow" because he used to hover around poker games played during rain breaks, he gave up cricket while still in his prime to concentrate on golf. His best season was 1936 when he won the Marchant Cup with an average of 58.

He was unlucky in the match in which he was selected to make his Irish debut. This was the famous New Zealand game at Rathmines in 1937, one of only 15 first class matches throughout the World (at the time of writing April 2007), to have been completed on its first day. Ireland 79 all out in the first innings gained a first innings lead of 15, thanks to Jimmy Boucher's remarkable off spin. However they collapsed for 30 in the second innings to allow the visitors win by 8 wickets. Bergin, with 12, was the second top score in the first innings, as he was with 4 in the second! In the 2-day match which followed Ireland did slightly better, but collapsed again in the second innings to 74 all out. Bergin was top score with 25. This was the only double figure score off the bat, Mr Extras with 12 being the second top score. The next highest off the bat was Donald Shearer with 9.

His obituary is in Wisden 1986.