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Carlow Cricket Club


Carlow Cricket Club 1st Eleven 1930
Photo courtesy of Michael Purcell
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, Sam Anderson.
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 from 1830-1852.

The Nationalist and Leinster Times

 - Saturday, 20th. August 1932.

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 beaten.

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 the season.

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 Carlow side.

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 home venue.

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 Library

c.1860 Photograph of Royal Engineers Cricket Team Dover Kent

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