Railway Union Cricket

Railway Union Cricket

Two Railway Union cricketers were recently honoured with picking up two of the most coveted individual awards following the conclusion of the Leinster League season.

Pat Collins was awarded with the Marchant Cup. This is awarded to the player with the best batting average in Leinster Division 1. Pat had an astonishing average of 79.40 including five times when he scored 100 or more runs in an innings. Pat scored 1,035 runs for Railway this season and has gone to Brisbane to play for Western Suburbs in the Queensland league for the winter but will return to Railway in Spring next year.

Ciaran Divney was awarded with the Hopkins Cup for the most wicket keeping dismissals in Division 1. This was won by another Railway player Sam Farthing a couple of seasons ago. Ciaran had a total of 19 dismissals, which included 13 catches and 6 stumpings. This was a great achievement for Ciaran as he missed some matches due to his football commitments with Clanna Gael and it was also his first full summer of senior cricket.

Both of these young men contributed a lot on the pitch but also as much off the pitch where they did a lot of coaching with the local youths throughout the summer and helped with the coaching of the successful Star of the Sea and Lakelands school cricket teams. Their attitude and consistent training is an inspiration to all young local cricketers who are hoping to progress in cricket and sport in general. The Gary Player quote “The more I practice the luckier I get”, certainly still holds true in 2013.

Pictured: Railway Union girls were delighted to welcome the Sri Lanka Ladies team in July to their ground at Park Avenue. Sri Lanka were in Dublin taking part in the World T20 Women’s Cricket Qualifiers and used the ground to practice for their matches in addition to passing on coaching tips to the girls and making friends with everyone they met. Railway Union look forward to welcoming the Men’s team from Sri Lanka in 2014.

Photo by Rock Photography

By David Carroll