History doesn't relate how the rest day was spent although there is a suspicion that some Golf may have been played. I can say with certainty that on Saturday 27th June DUCC made the short trip from Winchester to the village of Warnford on the A32. There the HAMPSHIRE Hogs had established their own delightful ground and enhanced their well-deserved reputation as excellent hosts. Sometimes the "catering" took place in a marquee but more often Lunch was an elongated feast which included a 2 mile drive to a suitable hostelry in the near-by hamlet of WEST MEON. On one of our visits there it was noticed that a heavy shower had descended since we had entered the establishment and so it became "necessary" for the port to be passed again until we could "safely" return to WARNFORD.

What brought DUCC here was a connection forged through the Halliday brothers. Charles (CFAT) had been at Trinity in the mid-1960s while Jimmy (JGT) followed his footsteps and graduated in 1969. Famously at the end of that season's Tour (and, therefore his DUCC career) Jimmy had packed his cricket bag very quickly (we were at Finchley) and gone to the changing room door to leave. This was strange behaviour for a most gregarious team mate. Having gone "half-out" the door he paused, turned back and said "have a good life chaps"-then he was gone! These Hallidays were "frequent Hogs" and had both established then nurtured the fixture. I know our skipper has kept in touch with his namesake and they have met up at Lord's from time to time. I should also mention that Hogs were a colourful bunch many sporting impressive vertically stripped Blazers in Purple, Red and Navy Blue a combination we all were familiar with from Jimmy's Cricket pullover.

There were some unusual features in this match; DUCC bowled first so we can presume that Mike lost the toss. This was not a ground (nor fixture) for inserting the opposition. Ronnie McCarey opened the bowling (as usual) but with Simon Holland; "some reports" suggest that John Frankland was a tad "fragile". I don't recall whether John Kirby was in the same category but he too wasn't playing and the aforementioned Jimmy Halliday guested for our side. Paris (26) and Parker (1) raised 17 for the first wicket but Ron devastated the innings with another Kirk catch and 3 bowleds reducing Hogs to 40 for 4 by the 13th over. From this they never recovered and although Park (31) and Lowden (14) made a useful stand for the 9th wicket they were all out early in the afternoon session.

After McCarey's burst the bowling was almost exclusively in the hands of Alan Kirk and the Skipper. Kirk had had very few opportunities back in the League campaign but flourished on the Tour. His 4 wickets here (M. Halliday got the others) took him to 17 on the trip, just 1 behind Frankland (who had the 8 for 8 v HOLMAN) and 3 ahead of "Big Ron". Kirk's final victim was thanks to a catch by JGT Halliday.

Trinity now had time to spare but started cautiously against steady bowling from Lowden and Fuller. Barney and Maggie Bryce put on 36 before the latter was bowled on the first ball of the 16th over. Simon Hewson, in his valedictory game, was promoted to number 3 and took full advantage of the opportunity. His partnership with Barney was worth 76 and he included 7 boundaries in his 58. When he was run out only 8 more were required and JGT had the honour of scoring the winning run. Barney's 36* was not his most fluent effort but, by now, we were all aware of just how much he enjoyed batting!

  • Hampshire Hogs 119 all out. R.F. Park 31, T.T.B. Paris 26; W.A.R. McCarey 10-2-27-4, A.N.S. Kirk 13.3-2-48-4, M. Halliday 7-0-25-2.
  • DUCC 120 for 2 wkts. S.N.P. Hewson 58, J.R. McKenna 36*, M.A.G. Bryce 18.

So a comprehensive win to end our 2 months of hectic and memorable Cricket. We had achieved so much more than we (and others) had expected and there is no doubt that the "collective" far exceeded the "sum of the parts". At the end of an "end of their season" University Tour there will always be farewells. The journeys home were to various destinations and there were those Graduating and/or moving on. No melancholy thoughts at WARNFORD however; all got home safely both that evening and after the Tour. We would never again face such a concentrated spell of Cricket nor, probably, as helpful a 2 months of weather!

It has been therapeutic in "the times that are in it" for me to write about all this. I hope readers have had even a portion of the enjoyment we had then and I appreciate that it was the closeness of the Team plus, crucially, Mike Halliday's photocopies of the scorecards that stimulated one's recall. Mike has agreed to append some suitable Pen Portraits of the players and, I hope, will also explain how we did evebtually come to win the League in September having celebrated our "triumph" at the start of June! Can I finally thank CricketEurope for posting these ramblings, and hope that our 2020 Reunion will be achieved in 2021!

Pen Portraits of the characters - as provided by The Skipper (minor editing by CCJH)

John D. SILVERSTONE A talented opening bat who had played Irish Schools before coming to Trinity. Captain of DUCC 1972 and a member of North Leinster's GUINNESS CUP winning team that season. Left for London a year later and played for STANMORE in the MIDDLESEX League. Enjoyed his cricket and being in a team that gelled well. His father, Leslie, generously allowed him to borrow his V8 Rover for away trips. If he had known the speed it was being driven at he would have left it in the garage! This would have meant even more meandering the back roads in Chris Harte's A40.

JOEL R. (Barney) McKENNA All teams benefit from having a "special character"-that was Barney. Looked like a cross between Oddball in Kellys' Heroes and the Yardbird's lead singer. He liked to appear laid back but was a very determined batsman. His century v Leinster will be remembered by all present. He stated afterwards that if he had known it was Gerry Duffy bowling at him he wouldn't have been able to hit the ball at all. While having a meal on tour in Hampshire a young couple came into the Restaurant. The girl was pregnant-after a few seconds' silence Barney started singing "they should have danced all night"!

MICHAEL A. G. BRYCE "Maggie" was the most accomplished batsman on the team who played many significant innings in the League campaign. He was rewarded with selection for North Leinster thus missing with Halliday, Frankland and McCarey the Final League game v Merrion. Fortunately they were not missed! He was an Engineering student in 1970 who had a second career in Trinity (from 1974) when qualifying as a clergyman.

RICHARD F. HART COX Hart spent a year in Trinity before he "retired" to his family's seed business in Dundalk. He went on to have a successful Cricket career in the strong Phoenix side of the 70s and played 18 times for North Leinster. Also a Schools' International he was the most athletic member of the team and made a number of useful contributions at the crease. Sadly along with Philip Nixon he was run out in the life stakes long before stumps.

CHRISTOPHER C.J. HARTE Very much a self-made cricketer who, some claim, first hit the ball off the square in a tour match v Public School Wanderers in WINCHESTER, 1968. Four years later he was picked for Ireland on the strength of scoring a (then) record number of runs in a Guinness Cup season. He also made himself into a wicket keeper in 1970 and later in his career was picked for Ireland as a wicket keeper/bat. Nicknamed Vultch by Gerry Murphy due to his double elbowed Teapot Pose over the stumps when expressing dissatisfaction over a bit of poor fielding. As he was thus christened when playing in Phoenix within hearing range of Vultures in the Zoo it seemed an apt pseudonym.

PHILIP H.C. NIXON "Stomper" was only called Philip by people who didn't know him. A good team man who had also played for the Irish Schools' (1967). He had a fairly negative attitude to most people including himself, and used the word DIRE to describe anything or anyone who was not seen as being perfect. This made him popular and good company which may seem odd if you did not comprehend his well developed sense of humour!

MICHAEL HALLIDAY Sadly for a cricketer was only given one initial by his parents. Napoleon said that luck was important for a General so to Captain a League winning team that won 2 of its 10 games (consecutively) by one run would seem to agree with Bonaparte. "Gutted" to miss the Cornish section of the 1970 Tour because he was selected for his first Irish Cap v Scotland in Perth. That was an honour but not as enjoyable as being in Cornwall would have been!

SIMON N.P. HEWSON Had been Captain in 1969 and was due to do his Finals in September 1970. A classic slow left arm spinner with a variation that came in to the right hand batsmen. He was a bit older than the rest of the team and being a Philosophy and Psychology Student he was seen as a bit of an intellectual, at least until 10 p.m. in The Lincoln.

ALAN N.S. KIRK Another slow left armer who didn't get much bowling in the League due to the success of others. He was a very good close to the wicket fielder which was vital considering the number of catches offered off Frankland, McCarey, Halliday and Hewson, which made him a vital "cog in the wheel".

JOHN R FRANKLAND a King's Canterbury educated but now "converted off-spinner"; he had been in College in 1969 but hadn't played any 1st XI Cricket. He was a busy all-round sportsman. He now developed an aggressive high action with a very quick arm and could regularly move the ball off the wicket. He was extremely effective and gained North Leinster selection; he could well have gone on to play for Ireland but his back "gave up" after 3 DUCC games in 1971 in which he had taken a further 15 wickets for 96 runs!

W.A. RONNIE McCAREY Frankland's opening bowling partner and they made as formidable a pair as any in Irish Club Cricket in 1970. He had played Irish Schools in 1968. Ron had a very fluid, traditional action at a lively pace and could swing the ball late. He made his North Leinster debut in this season and did play for Ulster Town a few years later. Very strong, he also won his Rugby colours (back row) in 1971. His last over v MALAHIDE which was the first of the 2 one run victories will be remembered by all present MALAHIDE going from 134 for 7 chasing 135 to 134 all out in 4 deliveries!

The Back-up Troops

C.A.S. HOLLAND Simon (but always called Sam). Tall, affable member of Players (the Actors' Club). Military medium but effective with his height. Enjoyed his cricket, an excellent tourist (who had a Bedford Van) ; his "day in the sun" was his 6 for 26 to dispose of Merrion in the last of the League matches.

JOHN R. KIRBY like Sam a willing and effective substitute. Always good for a laugh and a top class tourist.

CHRIS C. CORDESS A fine left-handed opening batsman who had won his colours in 1967 and 1969. One of the few cricketers whose studies (he was a medic) got in the way a bit. Classy 46 v MERRION quelled any potential butterflies for his team mates.

W. DUNCAN PARKES a competent bat who also played at times for Phoenix. His main sport in Trinity was Hockey-he captained the side in 1970-1971 ... and awarded "Vultch" his colours! An uncle of another more recent DUCC stalwart Graham Pasley-sadly they have both passed away.

E.J. DEERING a quick left-arm over bowler always keen to play on the 1sts when the opportunity arose. Also a great supporter helping with Teas and, memorably, running out to the square ringing the "5 minute Bell" following the 1 run win v Clontarf. Greatly honoured by PHC Nixon by being referred to as EJ Direing.

JOHN OGILBY had played 2 1st XI games in 1969; he filled in as wicket-keeper v Y.M.C.A. when Chris Harte was at his sister's wedding. He made 2 not out in a vital 9th wicket stand of 44 with Mike Halliday. Also a Hockey player he became a Teacher in Liverpool but passed away quite some time ago.

Conclusion from the Skipper

This season was memorable because these 11 players gave their all and exams were either not taking place in June or took second place for those involved. This was rarely the case for DUCC players and never nowadays. 1971, in this respect, was completely different although it was largely the same group, and the League became a struggle.

The fact that 26 matches were played in 1970 is also difficult to imagine in the "modern" era. The Club was supported by DUCAC to the extent that "poor" students could head off on 10 or 11 days Tours in England without any great personal expense.