At the beginning of this season I set out a list of Landmarks that the various players I mentioned might achieve in 2013. The last time I reported on achievers to date this season in all 16 had reached the landmarks I thought they might reach. Now that the season is over, I have 4 more who over the last week or so reached their landmarks.
The first name I have this time is in fact one who got there a few weeks ago. However, the scorecard for the match in which he got there was delayed coming in so it was only in the last couple of weeks that I was able to confirm his landmark.
This was David Lucas of Leinster. David made his debut for Leinster against Railway Union at Rathmines in 1999. At the beginning of this season he had scored 1710 runs. That left him needing some 290 runs to reach 2000 runs. He did this is his match against Rush in Division 2 when he scored 34. At this stage he had played 117 matches, batted 106 times and in total had scored 2024 runs at an average of 22.24. He has scored 1 century and 8 fifties.
The next person who has reached his landmark is Corie Dickeson of Phoenix. He made his debut for Phoenix in 2004. At the beginning of this season he had 1755 runs and needed just a further 245 to reach 2000. He hit the mark in the last match of the season when he scored 43 against The Hills. This means that he finished 2103 having played 110matches, batted 98 times and has scored 2033 runs at an average of 23.36. He has scored 1 century and 12 fifties.
Our third landmark was achieved by Jimmy Govan of Malahide. Jimmy, having played most of his cricket in Scotland where he represented Scotland on 54 occasions, made his debut for Malahide in 2001 against Phoenix at The Village. Over the years since he has appeared for Malahide a number of times and at the beginning of this season he required 219 runs to reach 2,000 runs. During the course of 2013 he appeared on 10 occasions and in the last of those for the season, against Terenure, he scored 108, his second century for Malahide. This brought him to 2,070 runs. He reached those in 81 matches, batted 78 times, at an average of 30.00. He scored 2 centuries and 13 fifties.
The last man to reach a landmark in 2013 is Andre Botha who returned this year to where his great Irish adventure all started, Clontarf. Andre came into 2013 with 11,537 runs, meaning he needed 463 to bring him to 12,000 runs. He played 16 matches during the season for Clontarf and the last was against Merrion 2. He scored 63 in that match and ended the season on exactly 12,000 runs. These were scored from 315 matches, 295 innings, with 58 not outs, so giving him an average of 50.63. He scored 25 centuries, largest number scored by any one player in Leinster League and Cup to date, and 68 fifties.
That makes to 20 in all who reached landmarks in Leinster Division 1 and 2 league and cup in 2013. Just to recap, these, in the order in which they reached their landmarks, are as follows:-
|Name||Current Club||Target 2013|
|S Gull||Rush||300 wickets|
|J Clinton||The Hills||300 wickets|
|AR Cusack||Clontarf||200 wickets|
|JF Mooney||North County||200 wickets|
|AC Botha||Clontarf||12000 runs|
|JP Bray||YMCA||10000 runs|
|N Shoukat||The Hills||9000 runs|
|KED Carroll||Railway U||5000 runs|
|K Beasley||Merrion||4000 runs|
|J Anderson||Merrion||4000 runs|
|M Baumgart||The Hills||3000 runs|
|T Fisher||Terenure||3000 runs|
|R Lawrence||Terenure||2000 runs|
|C Mallon||Leinster||2000 runs|
|D Lucas||Leinster||2000 runs|
|C Dickeson||Phoenix||2000 runs|
|JW Govan||Malahide||2000 runs|
|KJ O’Brien||Railway U||2000 runs|
|L Jansen||Rush||2000 runs|
|A Balbirnie||Pembroke||2000 runs|