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DSBA v Bar Council of Ireland at LCC - photos

(03 Jul 2018)

Friday 29th of June saw the second annual John F Buckley cricket match between the DSBA and the Bar Council of Ireland at Leinster Cricket Club in Rathmines.


The match was a much closer affair than the inaugural match played in June 2017.


The DSBA choose to bat first and posted a respectable target of 108 runs off 20 overs.  There were some fine individual displays of batting by the DSBA, with Jody Toner (Walkers), Timmy McDowell (Beauchamps) and Aidan Buckley (guest player and son of the late John F Buckley) showing particular skill.  Nicolette Lennox showed some great shot selection and was unlucky to be run out (no blame is attached to Tony O’Sullivan of Beauchamps!).


The Bar Council raced towards the target with Niall Buckley, son of the late John F Buckley showing no mercy to early bowlers.  The middle order for the Bar Council were not expecting the DSBA to have such strength in depth from their bowlers and the pace of scoring slowed down as the sun began to set over Rathmines.


As the Bar Council reached 100 their players who were yet to bat were seen to retreat to the bar and there were reports of one or two getting a head start on the curry.  Despite the friendly nature of the match the DSBA decided to unleash their secret weapon, spin bowler Mark Bergin of O’Connor Bergin Solicitors.  Wickets fell in quicker than Dave Staunton and other members of the Bar could get their pads on.  Reminiscent of Court, the Barristers seemed to think they could be in two places at the same time! The DSBA appeared to have dealt a psychological blow.  The fall of late wickets with the target so close ensured a tense and thrilling finish.  The Bar Council managed to regain their composure and reach the magic number of 109.


For a second year in succession the Bar Council won but perhaps the seeds of doubt have been sown it might be suggested that next year's match will be an even closer run affair.


The players and spectators met on the pitch after the match where the John F Buckley trophy was presented to the Bar Council of Ireland and both Dave Staunton on behalf of the Bar Council and Robert Ryan on behalf of the DSBA said a few words in tribute to the late John F Buckley.  Mrs Claire Buckley, the wife of John F Buckley was in attendance with her daughter Orla Buckley of Beauchamps together with players Niall and Aidan Buckley and their families.


Curry and drinks were served in the clubhouse afterwards with a special thanks to Niall Carroll and all the members and staff of Leinster Cricket Club for their warm hospitality.


A little known fact about the venue is that Leinster Cricket Club hosted the first ever Irish rugby international in 1874.

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