- Born 4 September 1962 Carrickfergus, Co Antrim
- Died 18 February 2003 Austria
- Educated Marist College, Athlone; Dublin University; University of Ulster
- Occupation Schoolteacher
- Debut 21 August 1985 v Club Cricket Conference at Norbury
- Cap Number 558
- Style Right arm fast medium.
- Teams Dublin University, Phoenix, NICC and Werneth.
His first appearance in what might be termed a representative match, for the University v The ICU President's XI in 1982, saw him take the wicket of prolific left hander Pat Dineen, no bad way in which to start a haul of quality batsmen which was to include such notables as Peter Willey, Graeme Hick, and the seemingly immoveable Pakistani opener Mudasar Nazar.
Between 1982 and 1985 Hugh was also to appear for the Irish Universities in the British and Irish Universities tournament a 50 overs competition. Here his hostility and accuracy won high praise and won him selection for the composite side against a strong Essex 2nd XI in 1984. One of his best performances came in his tournament debut v Welsh Universities at Trebort in 1982. His figures of 10 - 9 - 4 - 2, not only removed the hosts' fancied openers but pegged back the innings so much that the final total was only 94, allowing a comfortable Irish win. Ireland reached the final v English Universities at Colwyn Bay, but the match was lost. Hugh was wicketless but his figures of 10 - 4 - 12 - 0 were a testament to his skill on a traditionally flat wicket. His best performance came in a 1983 match with English Unicorns when his 10 - 3 - 14 - 3, had much to do with Ireland's one run victory.
Hugh played a handful of interprovincial matches first for North Leinster and, latterly, for Ulster Town. His figures might best be described as useful rather than devastating but he turned in some good performances. Two, both for North Leinster against Munster, stand out. In 1984 at Cabra he had figures of 10- 5 - 6 - 2, bowling the visitors to defeat by 87 runs, while two years later, rain called a halt at College Park when the South Easterners had been reduced to 17-5, with Hugh's figures 7 - 2 - 9 - 2.
Against the possibly sterner opposition of South Leinster in 1985 he had figures of 16 - 3 - 52 - 4, including Alan Lewis and Mark Cohen, as the southsiders just held on for a draw.
His interprovincial form gained him Irish selection for the English tour of 1985. In all he was to play 26 times taking 49 wickets at 32.73. There were those who claimed that he did not practise enough to be consistently successful at this level. Be that as it may, he had some noteworthy performances, though never achieving a "5 for." Thus on the Zimbabwe tour of 1986, his 7 wickets in the match was the main reason for Ireland's 10 wicket win against Matabeleland Districts.
His second 4-46 was to remain his best bowling figures for Ireland. Later in the tour his 3-131 was to prove the best bowling figures for an Irish attack destroyed by a precocious teenager named Hick on his way to 309. Though Hugh also had seven wickets in the match v Scotland - oddly his only first class appearance - in 1987 - his best performance was probably his 4-64 v Leicestershire at Grace Road in the Nat West Trophy in 1986. The Irish side was put to the sword by David Gower and Peter Willey as the County reached 303-5, but Hugh dismissed Willey as well as two more Test men in current England selector James Whitaker and West Indian paceman and slogger Winston Benjamin.
In February 2003, while on a school visit to Austria, Hugh hit his head in a fall while skiing. Neither he nor any one else in the party thought anything of it at the time, but the following morning he was found dead in his hotel room.
His obituary is in Wisden 2004.