Carlow Cricket Club 1st Eleven 1930
- Photo courtesy of Michael
- Originally appeared in the Carlow
Advertiser 18th August 1983
- Source: 'Carloman'
- Back row L to R: R.W.(Hobbi?) Ruddock, P. Byran, P. F. Governey, D. M
Early, M. Governey, R. D (Ray) McDonnell, C. Stevenson, C.Bale?
- Front row L to R: Capt Teagus? C. D/Bale?, G.A.C.
Whelan, G. Douglas, J.F. Dillon, P.J. Ryan.
- Carlow Cricket Club 1933
- Back Row:- Tommy Jackson, M O Rourke, J Keating,
- Middle Row:- R Higgs, M Hearne , K Donoghue, S Pollard
- Front Row:- L Beard, D Igoe, R Ruddock, T Murphy.
Supplied by Paul Jackson (Facebook)
The Early Years
Horace William Rochfort of Clogrennane was the
founder of the Carlow Cricket Club. The date of the foundation of the club
is given as c.1823.
However the first cricket game to be played in the county was
thought to have taken place as early as 1823. It is to be noted that the
Phoenix Cricket Club in Dublin included a number of Carlow players on its
team. Men like Horace Rochfort, J. Hardy Alcock and the Vigors were all active
in the club. Indeed, Edward Vigors Alcock was the secretary of Phoenix
The Nationalist and Leinster Times
- Saturday, 20th. August
Carlow Cricket Club.
Carlow v. Newtownbarry.
The return game between these Clubs took place
atCarlow on Thursday, 11th inst., and the home side on this occasion
had ample recompense for the draw which the visitors forced when they
last met. Carlow, batting first, ran up a score of 273 for the loss of
six wickets, when a brilliant 107 not out, topped the batting the
innings were declared. G. Kenny, with list for Carlow, while Capt.
league 70, and R. D. McDonnell 36, were others who did well.
Newtownbarry, batting after the tea interval, never looked like making
a stand, and their innings closed for 74 runs, leaving Carlow winners
by 199 runs. B. Braddell, 14, was the only batsman on the visiting
side to reach double figures. P. Norris. with 6 wickets for 24 runs,
and G. Wilkin, with 4 for 33, bowled throughout the innings.
The special fixture arranged against
Maryborough and Leix Cricket Club for Sunday last fell through owing
to the Leix Club being unable to travel, and it was found impossible
to arrange another game to fill the vacancy.
Carlow v. Enniscorthy.
The all-day match arranged between Carlow and
Enniscorthy for Monday, last inst., was played under pleasant weather
conditions, and though the visitors had to travel several substitutes
owing to players being unable to get away, they won rather easily.
Enniscorthy in the first innings scored 80; J. H. Lett, 29, being top
scorer. Carlow, in reply, ran up a total of 102 to gain a lead of 22
runs. The Enniscorthy second innings only yielded 57 runs, and the
visitors requiring only 36 to win, passed this figure for the loss of
1 wicket, the innings eventually closing at 89 for 6 wickets. Capt.
Teague with 34 and E. D. McDonnell with 26 -runs were the best of the
Carlow batsmen in the first innings, while in the second innings,
P. Norris 24, J. Nihill and G. Kenny 14 were best.
On to-morrow (Sunday) the return game between
Carlow and Palatine will take place on the grounds of the latter Club.
Granted fine weather, an interesting game should be seen, but I do not
anticipate that the visitors, who have a useful batting side, will be
On Saturday next, 27th inst. Carlow travel to
Bennettsbridge for their return game with the Kilkenny side.
Bagenalstown Cricket Club. Est. 1843
Bagenalstown Cricket Club is a relatively small but very active club
located in Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow. At present, we have a First XI
who compete in Division 6 of the Leinster Cricket Leagues, a Second
XI who compete in Division 10 of the Leinster Cricket Leagues, a
so-called Third XI who mainly play friendly matches, and a
Youths/Colts team. The Club also competes in the Middle Cup, Junior
Cup and Midlands Cup competitions. League matches take place most
weekends on a home and away basis.
In May 1834 the following advertisement
appeared in the Carlow Sentinel:
Carlow Cricket Club
The members of this CLUB are
requested to attend at the CRICKET GROUND, at BENEKERRY,
on FRIDAY next, the 30th inst, at noon. A full
attendance is expected, to admit new Members, and
transact the necessary business at the commencement of
In Carlow, the cricket grounds were at Bennekerry, a
short distance outside the town. This venue was on the lands of Beauchamps
B. Newton, Esquire. A notice from the Carlow Sentinel of May 1834 stated
that the Carlow Cricket Club "will meet at their ground at Bennekerry" on
the following Friday and on every Friday throughout the season. J.
Alexander Junior was the secretary of the club at that time. Home matches
against Kilkenny were played there too.
In 1834, the committee elected to
manage the affairs of the club were William Fitzwilliam Burton Esq.,
Beauchamp B. Newton, Esq. and Henry Cary, Esq, members were obliged to pay
their membership subscription annually, in July or else they would be
removed from the register. By 1838, there were reports of a "Great Match"
between Carlow County Cricket Club and Phoenix, which was won by the
Around this time, Clogrennane became the new
location for cricket in the county. The Kilkenny Cricket Club had been
established and the new venue was a convenient grounds for matches against
the neighbouring side. It is likely that the prominence of Rochfort in the
local club also gave rise to the decision to relocate. Cricket was
becoming increasingly popular among the ascendancy classes and it featured
frequently on their social calendar. Matches were arranged with clubs and
counties at further remove. For instance, Carlow played Meath in County
Meath with the return game being played at Clogrennane. On that occasion
Carlow won the "away" game but were defeated in the return match at their
The principal game in the sporting year was
usually that against the Phoenix Club. Other fixtures were arranged with
clubs from neighbouring counties, chiefly Wexford and Kilkenny. The local
aristocratic families including the Alexander's and the Vigors were
prominent among those who were active in the game. After this period, the
Carlow team began to suffer a number of defeats. It became evident by the
1850's that cricket was going into decline in the County of Carlow.
In Nationalist Directory Carlow of 1888 -
County Carlow Cricket Club
(Ground, Tiny Park).— Hon. Sec., B. F. Bageaal.
Source: Carlow County
- c.1860 Photograph of Royal Engineers Cricket Team Dover
Chronology of Carlow Cricket
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