This report is by Stu Daultrey, that well-known recounter of events in Leinster Senior cricket on the CricketIreland website during the season.
"Most of the usual suspects assembled in Rathmines around noon on Saturday 25th September, for the 15th contest for the White Stick Trophy. The two most notable absentees were the previously ever-presents, Paddy O'Hara, away on business in London, and the late Liam Keegan, no doubt keeping in touch from his resting place in the hills above south Dublin.
On an overcast and grey day, John Andrews won the toss for the LCUA and decided that the best way to defend The White Stick was to bat first and post a score that would be beyond the reach of the very limited batting resources of the NIACUS challengers.
He was in little difficulty, and with a couple of meaty blows had moved on to 19 when his opening partner, Mick Dwyer, called him for a run that not even Ben Johnson on steroids would have made.
Mick soon followed his skipper back to the pavilion, leaving Sean McCann and Clive Colleran to bat quietly and competently to build a platform from which a decent total could be posted.
The match turned when McCann nicked one low to slip where JF McCall held an excellent catch (Champagne Moment #1). Paddy Byrne's appearance restricted the running to long singles, and Clive Colleran perished for a classy 34, trying to lift the scoring rate, bowled by Keith Smith's beautifully disguised change of direction.
Louie Fourie and Paddy Byrne then made growing grass look interesting, although Louie did occasionally demonstrate that he didn't have to be in Phoenix to become aroused. Desperate to attain a defensible total, Byrne (20) and Fourie (25) heaved all round straight deliveries, and only a couple of good hits from Graham Mooney took the 35-over total to 150. The figures of Cyril Vennard (1 for 18) and Ian Leathem (3 for 18) reflected the tidiness of their bowling.
To defend a sesquicentury on a small ground was going to require very good bowling and fielding, particularly as the sun had come out, the outfield had speeded up and the ball had ceased to do anything. Both openers gave chances, but Louie's mind appeared to be elsewhere as the ball lobbed gently past him for four, and Nigel Parnell forgot to take his hands out of his pockets as he stood underneath a dolly.
Although JF McCall (15) was eventually caught by Louie, Sam Hillis (18) fell to an excellent reaction catch by Sean McCann (Champagne Moment #2), and Alistair Henderson didn't waste much time getting a duck, Alan Neill was well into his stride, and accompanied by Andy Clement, converted an iffy 69 for 3 to a winning 151 for 3 in the space of a dozen overs. Both batted excellently, Clement finishing on 32* and Neill in particular playing some superb shots in his 71* that was a worthy winner of the Tommy Thompson Trophy.
For the LCUA, Tommy Mooney bowled well, but there were just too many presents from the other bowlers. Any walkers enjoying the evening sunshine in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains may have been surprised by a brief earth tremor. They wouldn't have realised that it was Liam turning in his grave.
|Where is PL O'Hara?|
The 2004 White Stick Match is bowled over,
So out with our scouts to see where he has gone
This did not discourage our loyal men
So on they trod for he must be found
Oh! maybe we are on the wrong track
Or are my men a load of daws
But now I have called them home
So home they come somewhat tired
|Result: NIACUS won by 7 wickets|
|Series: NIACUS 8 wins; LCUA 7 wins.|
|Umpires: Eldon Gilmour, A Stump|
|Scorers: Martin Russell, Peter White|
|Man of the Match: Alan Neill|
|Champagne Moment: JF McCall/Sean McCann (catches)|
|Innings of LCUA||Innings of NIACUS|
|* J Andrews||run out||19||J F McCall||c Fourie b Andrews||15|
|Ml Dwyer||b Clement||3||S Hillis||c McCann b Goodwin||18|
|S McCann||c JF McCall b Vennard||11||* A Neill||not out||71|
|C Colleran||b Smith||34||A Henderson||b McCann||0|
|P Byrne||b Leathum||20||A Clement||not out||32|
|L Fourie||lbw b Leathum||25||I Leathum||_||_|
|J Fennell (wk)||run out||6||K Smith||_||_|
|G Mooney||b Leathum||13||C Vennard||_||_|
|T Mooney||not out||0||M Hawthorne||_||_|
|N Parnell||not out||1||N McCarey||_||_|
|W Goodwin||Did not bat||_||T Henry (wk)||_||_|
|Extras (7b, 5lb, 6w)||18||Extras (7b, 4lb, 2w, 2nb)||15|
|Total (9 wkt, 35 overs)||150||Total (9 wkt, 25.4 overs)||151|
|N McCarey||7||0||25||0||-||T Mooney||7||1||21||0||-|
|A Clement||7||1||37||1||18.50||W Goodwin||4.4||1||22||1||22.00|
|C Vennard||7||2||18||1||18.00||S McCann||5||0||27||1||27.00|
|K Smith||7||1||29||1||29.00||L Fourie||1||0||12||0||-|
|I Leathum||6||0||18||3||6.00||J Andrews||4||0||15||1||15.00|
|A Neill||1||0||11||0||-||Ml Dwyer||3||0||27||0||-|