Happy Birthday Maureen – 100 Not Out

Martin Byrne and Mrs Maureen Byrne

Mrs Maureen Byrne, who celebrates her 100th birthday today, has had a lifelong involvement in cricket. Her late husband, Gerry, was a leading officer in the Fingal Cricket League for over 50 years. Her sons, Paddy, and Martin, played for the Hills CC with great distinction for many years, and have also served as officers of the club. Her grandchildren, Patrick, Darren, Amanda, Robert, and Alice, have continued the Byrne family’s commitment to the Hills CC.

Maureen, a founder member of The Hills in 1969 and also a Life Member, has been one of the leading lights of the Ladies Committee which has won for The Hills a richly deserved reputation for the quality of its hospitality. High class lunches and teas have been prepared and provided over many, many years with great courtesy, willingness, and pride.

Maureen has always been extremely thoughtful, and before the washing-up commenced, she would ask one of the members to check if there was any person in The Vineyard who hadn’t been invited in for a cup of tea and a sandwich. When the washing-up was completed, she would undertake a lap of the boundary with one of her close friends so that she could exchange pleasantries with her friends and visitors. She is extremely positive by nature so if a Hills’ team was having a bad day, she would just say, “sure, aren’t they doing their best”, or  “things will be better next week”. While she was always very proud of her family’s achievements, she was equally generous in recognising the achievements of other players.

In the recent past, Maureen has not been to The Vineyard quite as often as she did in former times, but she continues to look at cricket on the television, especially when Eoin Morgan, that proud son of Fingal is playing. Prior to the Covid restrictions, commemorative events were held to recognise various anniversaries for cricket clubs and cricket organisations. 

Maureen attended the Nostalgia Evening which was held to mark The Hills’ 50th Anniversary, and the club marked the occasion by presenting Mrs Byrne with a bouquet of flowers. The standing ovation which accompanied the presentation was an indication of the great esteem and affection in which she is held. There was a similar presentation to Mrs Byrne after the Tribute Evening for the Fingal Cricket League.

Members of the Hills and the wider Cricket Leinster community join with the Byrne family in sending its best wishes and congratulations to Mrs Maureen Byrne on reaching this wonderful milestone. 

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Lotto Results – 17th May 2022

The numbers drawn in the Lotto last evening were;

10, 13, 15 & 23

There was no winner of The Jackpot.

Lucky Dip winners were Monica Monahan & Jeanine Byrne, €25.00 each.

The Jackpot next week will be €3,900.00.

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Fixtures this week

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Match Report The Hills First X1 Vs Railway Union

14 May 2022     

Third Man

Both teams had only a slim possibility of qualifying for the semi-final stages of the Sports Hub Senior League Cup, but momentum is a crucial component in all sports, and with the prestigious Irish Senior Cup games being played next week, the winning team in today’s encounter would have a very valuable confidence boost. For the fourth week in a row, Tomás Rooney-Murphy won the toss, but in a departure from recent practice, he decided that The Hills would bat first. Murray Commins’ wicket fell without a run on the scoreboard, but from that point onwards, The Hills’ batsmen rose to the occasion. Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin celebrated his call-up to the Leinster Lightning squad by having an absolutely superb knock;  he faced 145 balls, hit 6 fours, and scored 113 runs. The partnership of Cormac and Andrew Kavanagh put on 137 runs which ended when Andy was out for 56 runs. Mark Donegan (36 runs) picked up the gauntlet, and the next partnership yielded 72 runs. Dylan Blignaut and Bhavesh Lakhotia were dismissed cheaply, and Cormac’s brilliant knock ended on the last ball of the innings when the score was 247 runs with Tomás Rooney-Murphy being the not-out batsman on 14 runs.

Railway Union’s innings had a disastrous start as Dylan Blignaut took a wicket with the second ball of the first over. Dylan who bowled a very hostile spell, then took the second wicket when the score was only 12. Philip Le Roux and Kenny Carroll brought the score up to 37 runs when Le Roux became Blignaut’s  third victim. In recent years, Railway Union’s ability to score has depended almost entirely on Kenny Carroll, and he could only watch in dismay as the fourth wicket fell when the score was 49. It was on that score that the pivotal incident of the game occurred when Carroll was out to a magnificent catch by Murray Commins off the bowling of Ashley Bain. Jonathan Tall and Athar Farooqi, the spin twins, then began to weave their magic and the last 6 wickets fell for 19 runs.  The bowling honours were shared by Blignaut (3 for 16 off 5 overs), Bain (1 for 13 off 5 overs), Tall had the wonderful figures of 4 wickets for 3 runs, and Athar Farooqi continued to impress with figures of 2 wickets for 7 runs. In complimenting the bowlers, it is important to stress that they were supported by a very fine fielding display; Murray Commins took 3 catches, Mark Donegan had 1 catch and a stumping, Tomás Rooney-Murphy, Cormac McLoughlin-Gavin and Jonathan Tall had 1 catch each.

This was a very complete performance by The Hills, and from the point at which the toss was won to the third ball of the 25th over in the second innings, the team was totally in control of the game. Next weekend, The Hills face a double weekend, with the first assignment being an arduous journey to the North-West when Fox Lodge will be its opponents; it is unfortunate that the team will have to travel back immediately after the game because there is a home match against Trinity College on the following day. Until next weekend, it is onwards and upwards.

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Cricket Sale at The Vineyard

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Prosecco Event – 28th May 2022

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Lotto Results 10th May 2022

The numbers drawn in the Lotto last evening were;

5, 7, 18 & 22

There was no winner of The Jackpot.

Lucky Dip winners were Liam McAuley & Chantelle Maritz, €25.00 each.

The Jackpot next week will be €3,850.00.

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This Weeks Fixtures

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Match Report Second X1 Vs Civil Service 8th May 2022

Played at The Vineyard

Sunday saw The Vineyard draped in glorious sunshine and believe it or not there was no east wind coming in from the Irish Sea.

Civil Service won the toss and elected to bat.  Lorcan Woodhouse took the gloves behind the stumps and quickly accounted for two wickets off the bowling of Sam Smyth and Luke Clinton.  Next wicket, Nilesh Joshi (32) fell to the bowling of James Fleming. This brought Dhiraj Shetty to the crease and he stayed until the very last over when he was bowled by Sam Smyth. Dhiraj put on a fine 70 off 105 balls with one six and three fours. Best bowling for The Hills were Sam Smyth with 3 for 35, Luke Clinton with 2 for 39, a wicket each for Barry Grimes, James Fleming, Will Archer and Athar Farooqi. Credit should be given to Lorcan Woodhouse for his fine wicket keeping display in taking three catches and not conceding a single bye in 42 overs, not bad for a bowler! The Target to win was 175 which looked eminently possible given that this team had chased down 290 the previous week but we had no knowledge of their bowling attack.

John Derham (31) and Athar Farooqi (13) opened the batting for The Hills getting to 48 before the first wicket fell in the 13th over. Another wicket fell in the next and this brought Gavin Morgan and Ashad Farooqi (12) to the crease. The bowling was good and runs were hard to come by but this pair put on a patient 52 run partnership that proved critical to the outcome of the game. Gavin Morgan went on to make an undefeated 82 off 86 balls including four 4’s and five 6’s. Despite this excellent performance the game went down to the last over needing a single. Morgan blocked the first ball but despatched a mighty six down the ground to seal the win. Other contributors with the bat included Sam Smyth (12) and James Fleming (9*).

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Match Report First X1 Vs Pembroke – 7th May 2022

Thirdman

In recent times, the ground at Sydney Parade has become something of a fortress for the home team; thus, it was more in hope than confidence that The Hills travelled across to the Southside to play Pembroke on Saturday last. The Hills won the toss, and as has been its custom for some time, decided to field first. With the wicket of Rob Kelly being taken when only 8 runs had been scored, the auguries were positive for The Hills, but that was as good as it got for the visiting team. The Tucker brothers, Diarmuid and Lorcan, provided an object lesson in combating any of the difficulties which might be posed in the early stages of an innings with loose deliveries being despatched to the boundary and good deliveries hit for 1 run or blocked. The second wicket partnership brought the score up to 112 runs, and by the half-way stage of the first innings, it appeared that The Hills would be chasing a score somewhere in excess of 300 runs. It was greatly to the credit of The Hills’ bowlers and fielders that they persevered in the face of an onslaught from Lorcan Tucker who was eventually dismissed by a brilliant piece of fielding by Tomás Rooney-Murphy off the bowling of Ashley Bain when he had scored 116 runs. The last five Pembroke wickets were taken for 35 runs, and Pembroke ended up on 269 runs which was slightly above par, but it meant that The Hills had not been batted out of the game. Of The Hills’ bowlers, Tomás Rooney-Murphy continues to lead by example and took 3 wickets for 36 runs in 10 overs; Dylan Blignaut’s figures were 2 for 46 in 8.1 overs and Ashley Bain took 2 for 63 in 10 overs

When a big target is being chased, it is essential that some of the top order batsmen score heavily; Cormac McLoughlin scored 6 runs, Mark Donegan was run out without scoring, Andrew Kavanagh scored 2 runs, and Murray Commins (40) was proceeding very nicely until he was deceived by a straight ball by Paul Lawson. The pressure was now on Dylan Blignaut (71) and Tomás Rooney-Murphy (22) and a stand of 90 runs caused some furrowed brows among the Pembroke faithful. Dylan’s wicket fell when the score was 177 runs, and the last 4 wickets fell for 8 runs to give Pembroke a victory margin of 84 runs.

On the day, the better team won, but The Hills showed great resolve by continuing to compete despite elements of its performance being well-below its usual standard. The most positive thing that can be said from a Hills’ perspective is that it is still possible to qualify for the semi-finals if the last three games are won. On Saturday next, The Hills play Railway Union at Park Avenue, and until then, it is onwards and upwards.

PS: . With the continuing debate about “teas” being provided between innings, it is appropriate to thank Pembroke CC for its hospitality when it fed players, officials, and guests. There is also appreciation for the External Catering Section of The Hills CC which provided supplementary catering for the visiting supporters.

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