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Alec O'Riordan

Published 27/04/2015 | 02:30

Alec O'Riordan
Alec O'Riordan

In an era when Irish cricket was in a backwater, Alec O'Riordan had an international reputation as an all-rounder of the highest class.

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Counties and touring test sides would visit and return home reeling with tales of this left-arm fast bowler who could bat.

He was courted by up to a dozen English counties but opted to stay in Dublin to pursue a career as an engineer.

Australia's Alan Davidson was just one who was convinced he would have been a test cricketer.

First capped as a schoolboy in 1958, his Ireland career lasted almost two decades. He was captain at 21 and greatly impressed his Australian opposite number Richie Benaud. In 72 caps he scored over 2000 runs and took 206 wickets although his career was hampered by injury.

As a club player with Old Belvedere he was supreme, winning the awards for best batsman four times, bowler 11 times, and all-rounder on 10 occasions.

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