made in Leinster when Malahide won the Senior League and Old Belvedere the
Senior Cup – each for the first time!” writes Sean Pender, Irish Times Cricket
Correspondent. “An extraordinary fact
about Malahide’s success was that with the exception of their final engagement
against Pembroke, when J O’Neill sent down a few overs, the seasiders employed
only three bowlers during the entire campaign!
can be assessed how much the winners were in debt to Doug Goodwin, Podge Hughes
and Les O’Shea who carried the attack so devastatingly to so many victories. For Malahide also captured the re-introduced
20 Over title, beating Leinster in the deciding match; and it was only some
brilliant bowling in the Cup Final by the O’Riordan brothers, Alec and Kevin,
that prevented them making a clean sweep of all trophies.”
correction. Joe O’Neill, Conal Burgess
and Gerry O’Brien all bowled overs during the ’64 season but literally only a
handful. Every single dismissal was at
the hands of Goodwin (64), Hughes (54) and O’Shea (34).
1964 was Podge’s
first full season at Malahide having made his way from Clontarf and
Trinity. This was for sure the spark for
a momentous season in the Village. Podge
was a three in one star player: bowler, batter and fielder.
fine batters in Malahide as well. Former
and future internationals Joe Caprani, Paddy Neville and Gerry O’Brien. Sean O’Brien contributed greatly with 23
dismissals behind the sticks and Alan Pleass held onto 11 catches both of whom
topped the provincials in their respective categories.
But no doubt
it was the trio of right arm seam bowlers coming into their prime who paved the
way. All the same but all
different. Unerring accuracy (Goodwin),
bristling menace (Hughes) and round arm unorthodox (O’Shea). Goodwin and Hughes were soon to play for
Ireland. O’Shea never got the call but
at his peak cant have been too far from the selector’s minds.
adventurous captaincy was also a factor.
He was not afraid to throw the dice in search of a win. Malahide only drew one game out of 14 in an
era where draws were commonplace. Their
nearest rivals Leinster CC drew nine out of 16 matches.
the days of uncovered wickets, time based matches and restriction free zones
for bowlers. They could bowl all day and
hone their craft. Great wicket taking skill
was needed because draw cricket meant that to win you must bowl sides out, take
all 10 wickets. And no one-day
was rounded off in the grandest of style.
The great Paddy Neville “clouted three consecutive sixes” to win the
match and Senior League title at Pembroke, Sydney Parade.
But as they
say Batsmen are great but Bowlers win matches (and Trophies)!
BELOW (compiled from Derek Scott’s records and 100 Not Out, The History of Cricket
in Leinster by Gerard Siggins & Eddie Lewis)
CC League Stats
P W D L %
14 11 1 2 81.25
1964 Stats* P W R A
Goodwin D 14 64 593 9.26
Hughes P 17 54 612 11.33
O’Shea L 17 34 421 12.38
include 20 Over competition (in which D Goodwin took 7/34 in the Final v
Career Stats P W R A
Goodwin D 337 935 11446 12.24
Hughes P 478 886 12808 14.46
O’Shea L 215 334 5865 17.55
Malahide CC won
the Leinster Senior League on two other occasions in 1971 and 1977.