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Edwin Alexander Bushe
  • Born 11 April 1951, Lurgan, Co Armagh
  • Educated Lurgan College
  • Debut 26 July 1979 v Scotland at Rathmines
  • Cap Number 534
  • Style Right-hand bat, wicket keeper
  • Teams Lurgan, Waringstown

Eddie Bushe was an excellent wicket keeper who played far fewer matches for Ireland than his ability warranted. The reasons are not hard to find. Firstly, in company with several other good wicket keepers, his career overlapped with that of the great Ossie Colhoun. There were those who thought that, brilliant though the North West man's keeping had been, Bushe should have been brought in to replace him a season or so before he did make his debut. Secondly, once he was established, he became victim of the policy that, for limited overs cricket at least, a batsman who could keep wicket was preferable to a wicket keeper who, however superior his glovework, had limited batting skills.

Bushe's replacement, Gerry Murphy, was a competent keeper but his superior batting was not seen to advantage for Ireland and Eddie returned for the "normal matches." The damage had, however been done and he retired from International cricket at the end of the 1980 season, feeling that his skills were not appreciated.

Eddie had begun in senior cricket for his native Lurgan and was a member of their NCU Challenge Cup winning side in 1972. Marriage to Joan Harrison, sister of the renowned Waringstown quintet, meant that a move to the Village team was almost inevitable. This helped make Waringstown the powerful force they were as the trophy cabinet at The Lawn became well stocked. Clarence Hiles, comprehensive historian of Ulster cricket, has written, "Bushe was a much better player than his seven caps would imply and in the strong Waringstown and Ulster Country of his time he made many good bowlers look great." His son Jonathan followed him behind the stumps for club and country, but also found that his batting was seen as a handicap to a long Irish career.