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Friday 18 October 2019

Jody's pride over 'professional and gracious' Eoin

John Manning

THE proud father of cricket star Eoin Morgan said it took three days for the family to 'come down' after the historic international cricket game that saw his son captain England to victory on one of the Fingal grounds where he honed his skills.

THE proud father of cricket star Eoin Morgan said it took three days for the family to 'come down' after the historic international cricket game that saw his son captain England to victory on one of the Fingal grounds where he honed his skills.

Jody Morgan, who originally hails from Rush, was a guest of honour of match sponsors RSA, along with the rest of Eoin's family, and they were treated to seeing their famous son knock balls all over the 'pop-up stadium' in Malahide as he comfortably passed a century in an historic innings for his adopted country.

'I was just saying to my youngest son, it took me about to three days to come down after it. It was a strange feeling but that is what it meant to me and that's what it meant to Eoin as well,' Jody told the Fingal Independent.

It was proud day but not an easy one for Eoin Morgan, returning as an exile to captain England in the county where he learned his craft but Jody was impressed with how the young cricketer (26) handled himself.

'He was so professional and so gracious,' the proud Rush dad said.

'He loved being back in Malahide and it was very satisfying for him to be captain of England on that ground.

'He got to come home when he was in not so good form and found some flying form on the day.'

But it was how his son handled the mixed emotions of the occasion off the field as well as on it, that impressed his proud father.

'He's a very gracious fella. He wanted to do it properly and say the right things and do the right things – I think he handled himself very well.'

Jody dismissed some booing from the partisan crowd aimed in his son's direction at the start of the match as 'a little bit of jeering' and 'good natured banter'.

He said the boo-boys would have been water off a duck's back for the cricket professional who 'wouldn't tend to get upset by things that maybe other people would get upset by'.

Jody said his son simply wanted to play his sport at the highest level his talent would allow and that is why he made the decision to represent England and open up his opportunities to play at the top level of the game on a regular basis.

But in the end, whichever side came out the winner in Malahide, 'cricket was the real winner', according to Jody.

'It was a great occasion and Malahide Cricket Club did a fantastic job. It all seemed to go very well and with the incredible weather, we could have been anywhere in the world,' he concluded.

Fingal Independent

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