Patrick Hughes (cricketer)
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Source: Cricket Archive|
Lewis Patrick "Podge" Hughes, usually known as Patrick Hughes (born 10 April 1943 in Blackrock, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish former cricketer and maths teacher. A right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler, he played thirteen times for the Ireland cricket team between 1965 and 1978 including five first-class matches.
Patrick Hughes is also currently a teacher at Mount Temple Comprehensive School and is teaching several senior maths classes. Before retiring from full time teaching in 2009, he was the Head of Mathematics at the school and is highly respected among staff and students alike.
Hughes made his debut for Ireland against Hampshire in September 1965 in a first-class match. It was very much a poor start to his international career, as he scored a duck in each innings and only took one wicket, and he did not play for Ireland again for almost three years. He returned to the side in August 1968, playing against Scotland and also played that year against the Combined Services and the MCC.
In 1969 he started with a match against Scotland, making his highest scored for Ireland of 35 and taking his best bowling figures of 3/77. He played four more times for Ireland that year, including the famous win over the West Indies at Sion Mills. His last game that year was against Pakistan International Airlines, which was his last game for some time as he again found himself out of favour.
He played for Ireland four more times. In June 1972 he played his final first-class match against Scotland and was again absent from the team for an extended period, this time for over five years, returning for a match against Sussex in July 1977. His last match for Ireland was against the MCC at Eglinton, County Londonderry in June 1978.
In all matches for Ireland, he scored 159 runs at an average of 10.60. He took 15 wickets at an average of 50.87. In first-class cricket, he scored 55 runs at an average of 11.00 and took nine wickets at an average of 48.77.