Hat-trick a fitting tribute to Scott
DEREK SCOTT's passing last week is akin to a library of sporting knowledge being burnt to the ground. From 1951 to '96 he was a senior official of the Irish Cricket Union, helping nurture the sport through thin times and laying the foundations for its current health.
The game's statistics were his passion and his collecting and collating of scores back to 1855 ensures the sport in Ireland has a recorded history. Some years ago he told me of his regret that he hadn't seen a double-century scored for Ireland, or a hat-trick taken by a bowler. No one had ever scored 200, while the latter feat - three wickets in three balls - had only been achieved once, by underarm bowler Tom Hanna in 1877.
Derek had retired by the time Eoin Morgan made the first double century in Abu Dhabi in 2007, and was too ill to witness Ed Joyce's 231 in Malahide last month. But he was there in Clontarf when his Railway Union club-mate, Trent Johnston, did the hat-trick against Gloucestershire in 2007.