Cricket in CUS
Cricket Champions – Cup after cup after Cup
And then to top it all, Past Pupil Eoin Morgan wins the Cricket World Cup captaining England.
What a year for CUS cricket!
What a year for CUS cricket! Having reigned champions in the last two Senior Cup Finals, the expectations and ambitions were high for the Senior Cricket Team this year.
We were not content with having won the last two; if anything we were desperate to taste success yet again. It was this hunger and drive to succeed that proved crucial in the end.
We went into a first League game of the season feeling confident. The classy and experienced pairing of David O’Halloran and Neil “Pebbles” Rock were now playing a mature brand of cricket that was to be unrivalled by our counterparts in the League.
The squad also featured a handful of exciting young stars. We knew Nathan McGuire was an outstanding prospect, not to mention the finesse and skill of the young Andrew Tonge and Cormac Dunne.
First Blackrock fell, then Belvedere, followed quickly by a spirited St. Columba’s side. The consistency and wisdom beyond their years of O’Halloran and underage Irish International Neil Rock was coming in clutch for us now as we romped into the business end of the season.
This brought a semi-final win against Wesley, a side who play with real passion and tenacity and whom we have failed to put away in previous years, but came up trumps this time.
With that game firmly in the rear-view mirror, we rolled on intrepidly into our third Senior Cup Final in as many years. Making a Senior Cup Final always makes for a memorable day for the school. The game was held in Merrion Cricket Club in front of many pupils, of both past and present. Our opponents on the day were Blackrock, and although having easily dispatched of them in the first game of the season, we knew that
given their position in the final, they certainly were not going to roll over easily this time.
Between O’ Halloran’s incredible bowling, claiming a hat-trick of wickets, and our brave fielding, Blackrock could not chase down our 142 runs.
And with that, history was made, the Cup remaining in Leeson Street for another year.
The glorious 2019 season was capped off with CUS coming out victors in the Second Year League Final and the Junior Cup Final. And to top it all, Past Pupil Eoin Morgan lifted the world cup for England.
What a year for cricket in CUS!
None of this would have been possible if it were not for the school investing money in the sport, and for the teachers really buying into the whole thing. We must also show our appreciation for possibly the finest cricketer the school has ever seen. Neil “Pebbles” Rock has embodied CUS cricket for the last six years and we genuinely don’t know what we’re going to do without him next year! An immense talent with an incredible drive who has represented Ireland at underage World Cups. We wish him all the best in his future cricketing endeavours.
This phenomenal success is also down to the coaching team, Jarryd Chetty and Ciaran Divney headed by
Kevin O’Herlihy, the director of cricket in the school. Kevin has brought to the school an unheard of amount of success and silverware in his tenure in charge. However, it is Kevin’s refreshingly genuine personality and his resolute and upbeat approach that have really made the CUS teams so great.