UP CLOSE WITH…Ryan Haire

Since 2006, Ryan Haire is one of only three men to surpass the 7000 run mark in NCU cricket, racking up 8061 at an average of 40.10.

Haire was part of the North Down side that dominated the local cricket scene in the early-2000’s for a decade.

He also played in two One Day Internationals for Ireland, hitting a half-century against Scotland in 2008.

Here, he reveals the best player he has played with and against, favourite match and more.

First cricket memory?

Going to summer camp led by the late Raman Lamba around 1987/88 at The Green, putting his gloves on and never going near his kit again following the telling off I got!

Highest ever score?

157 for North Down.

Best figures?

7-21 on debut for NDCC 1sts.

Best player you’ve played with?

It would have to be Raman Lamba. A modern day bat in a past age. Should have played more Tests for India.

Best player you’ve played against?

Probably Brendon McCullum for NZ v Ireland. Such a clean ball striker.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever got?

Do your talking on the pitch.

Favourite match you’ve been involved in?

Selfishly my first Senior Cup final when I scored a 100 at the old Ormeau ground.

Favourite sport except cricket?

Rugby Union.

Favourite ground?

The Green, Comber.

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