Cricket Leinster is delighted to announce that Railway Union captain Glenn Querl is the Samuels Cup Winner for 2020, becoming just the second wicket-keeper since the turn of the millennium to collect the all-rounder’s award.
Back in 1996, it was decided to adopt a system whereby players got points for runs, wickets, catches and stumpings. This meant that it became possible for a wicketkeeper to win the award.
Querl’s 177 runs and 10 dismissals were enough to keep him just clear of next closest challenger, Saqib Bahadur of Leinster, in a season where not many players were able to heavily influence their team in more than one discipline.
The Railway skipper’s finest moment of the season was without doubt his crucial 39-ball 55 against Pembroke in the semi-final of the LHW Financial Planning Senior League Cup. On a day that proved challenging for batting, Querl struck the ball cleanly and put Railway right in the driving seat, before being captured in one of the most iconic photos of the season in running out opposite number Fiachra Tucker, which can be seen below.
The last Railway Union player to claim the Samuels Cup was Kenny Carroll in 2010, which coincidentally, is the last time the club has competed in the Final for the Leinster Senior Cup. It may however come as somewhat of a surprise that these two are the only players from the Park Avenue club to have won this prestigious award.
This win for Querl is also the first time since 2008, when Sameer Dutt (representing Old Belvedere CC) took the trophy home, that the award has gone to a player who is not a full Irish International.
Congratulations from all at Cricket Leinster to Glenn on winning the Samuels Cup for 2020. The Trophy itself is in memory of the late Willie Samuels who was a key player with Carlisle Cricket Club in the 1930s/40s.