Alan Lewis is considered to be one of the most prominent cricketers in the history of Irish cricket. In his prime, he was an excellent batsman of his generation and a decidedly useful medium pacer to be ranked as a batting all-rounder. His debut match was against West Indies in which he unfortunately got dismissed on the first ball. But, this was just a stumbling block for him. His journey ahead was that brilliant as a cricketer who captained Ireland on 35 occasions. Till today, he is one of the most revered players in Ireland. He was an all-rounder, batting being his forte. His figures (in terms of the runs he scored) show that he is the third highest aggregate scorer for Ireland. His bowling can be rated as average, though occasionally he broke important batting partnerships. But, Alan’s passion was not just restricted to cricket. He was exceptional rugby player. He represented the Rugby Union as a player until a serious injury at an early stage cut his career short. He has been playing the role of a referee since then. Currently he is a member of the Irish International Referee's Panel and has refereed at International levels. Read one to know more about his life and career.
Childhood & Early Life
Alan was born on 1 June 1964 in Cork, Ireland to the famous Irish batsman Ian Lewis.
He completed his education at the St Andrew's College, Dublin where he came to prominence in cricket for the first time, becoming a member of Cup winning sides at U 14, U 15 and Senior levels.
He earned fame at the interprovincial level in the 1979 U15 Smurfit Cup in which he was the captain of the victorious Leinster team.
He played twice for Ireland against Wales and once against England at senior school age group level. In 1981, in the match against Wales in Swansea, he made an impressive 69 in the second innings adding an unbroken 114 run partnership for the 4th wicket with his captain Eamon Masterton, leading Ireland to a 7-wicket victory.
In 1983 he was declared eligible to play for the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) and also for the South Leinster Guinness Cup. He proved to be a crucial batsman for both the teams in Interprovincial Tournament.
Alan also captained Ireland in the International Youth Tournament in Netherlands in 1984.
In 1984, Alan played against West Indies, in his debut international match. Unfortunately he scored a duck.
He played against Australia in 1985, before going on a tour of Zimbabwe in January 1986.
After playing against Yorkshire, Wales and the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) in the summer of 1986, Alan took a break for two years.
He returned to his team in June 1988 to play a match against the MCC. In the same year he made a remarkable debut against Scotland.
He continued to play for Ireland in the following years against English county sides. He also played international matches against teams like Australia, Netherland, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, West Indies and Zimbabwe.
He won the 1991 Man of the match award in the NatWest Trophy against Middlesex.
In 1993 when Ireland gained associate membership of the International Cricket Council, Alan was an active player of the Irish team. He captained his team in the 1994 ICC Trophy in Kenya. The same year he played the Triple Crown Tournament as the captain of Ireland.
In match against Kent in 1995, in the Benson & Hedges Cup, Alan won the man of the match award. He was declared the only player in Ireland to have won man of the match awards in both the NatWest Trophy and Benson & Hedges Cup. He holds the record till date.
He played the 1997 ICC Trophy, in which he won a man of the match award against Gibraltar. He retired at the end of the season.
He played two more times after retirement for MCC against Scotland, once in 1998 and again in 2002.
After retiring from cricket, he focused on rugby and was considered to be an excellent player of the Rugby Union. He suffered an injury, since then he has been refereeing. He was referee for the Rugby Union in both the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Awards & Achievements
His top score of 136 against Wales in July, 1990
Man of the match award in the NatWest Trophy, 1991
Gold Award in the Benson & Hedges Cup, 1995
His best bowling figures were 4/21 against Scotland in July, 1993
Personal Life & Legacy
1964: Alan was born on 1 June in Cork to the well-known Irish batsman Ian Lewis.
1979: He played at interprovincial level in the U15 Smurfit Cup in which he was the captain of Leinster, the winning team.
1983: He was selected to play for Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).
1984: Alan played against West Indies in his debut international match.
1985: He played against Australia.
1986: Played against Zimbabwe and took a break from cricket for two years.
1988: He played against the MCC and made a debut against Scotland.
1991: Won the Man of the match award in the NatWest Trophy against Middlesex.
1994: Alan played the ICC Trophy in Kenya.
1995: He won the man of the match award in a match in Benson & Hedges Cup.
1997: He won a man of match award against Gibraltar in the ICC Trophy.
1997: He declared his retirement.
2003: Alan refereed for the Rugby Union in the Rugby World Cup
2007: Alan refereed for the Rugby Union in the Rugby World Cup for the second time.