The Cricket Writers of Ireland have inducted Peter Gillespie, Catriona Beggs and Jimmy Boucher into their Hall of Fame.

Peter Gillespie

When he retired in 2007, he was Ireland’s most capped player – 124 games from 1995 until just after the World Cup in the Caribbean.

First picked as a fast bowler in 1995, he found his feet as a middle-order batsman.

In all he made 2,774 runs at an average of 27.47, but those figures do not reflect some important innings.

One such came at the Lawn in 1998, when his 94 drove Ireland to a notable win over Bangladesh.

He will be best remembered for his 47-ball century at Bangor in 2005, still the fastest for Ireland despite some challengers in the last decade. Astonishingly, he was on only 36 after 45 overs against MCC but a last ball six ensured his milestone.

He also scored over 30 centuries for his beloved Strabane.

In 2007, Adi Birrell described him as the "heartbeat of the team”, but his team-mates knew him only as "PG" or “Polish”.

STATS 124 caps. 2774 runs (average 27.47) including one century and 19 fifties. 18 wickets (average 37.33)

Catriona Beggs

Our second inductee’s career almost coincides with Peter, running from 1995-2008.

She comes from the Rush club, although she now lives 18,000 kilometres from Kenure Park. She played her first women’s league match aged 8, and later moved to Malahide.

She was on the Leinster Under 19 squad at age 11, and played 66 times for Ireland as a top order batswoman, 61 of them in ODIs.

She played in three World Cups and her 68 against Pakistan is still the highest score by an Irishwoman in Test cricket.

That was one of her nine half-centuries for Ireland, among the others she took for a fifty were New Zealand and India.

One of her finest innings actually fell one run short of the milestone, against England at the 1997 World Cup in Pune.

She was also top-scorer against England in 2001, when her 35 helped Ireland to a memorable win in the European Championship.

When the ICC unveiled their ODI world rankings in 2008 she was the only player from an Associate nation to make the top 20.

Her final career average is still the supreme among Irish women.

In 2007 she emigrated to New Zealand where she made a new life herself with Jeff and their sons Jack and Sean, while still finding time to play a couple of provincial games for Northern Districts.

STATS 66 caps. 1450 runs (average 27.88) including nine fifties.

Jimmy Boucher

The first of our posthumous inductees is the greatest spin bowler Ireland has produced.

First capped as a schoolboy in 1929, he soon became a key member of the side and enjoyed a 25-year international career interrupted only by the Second World War.

He won sixty caps for Ireland, just one of which was in a one-day match. Different times! The rest were roughly evenly-balanced between two and three-dayers.

In all he took 307 wickets, averaging 15.26, including 31 five-fors and 10 wickets in a match on 7 occasions.

His best bowling, 7-13, was against New Zealand at Rathmines.

One observer said that “At his peak Jimmy was one of the three top spin-bowlers in the world. He would have played Test cricket for any of the major cricketing countries.”

He also rated himself the best No.8 batsman in the world, and scored three fifties and 1,161 runs for Ireland, whom he captained nine times.

In Leinster club cricket his performances and records for Phoenix would take an hour to read out.

He took over 1,300 wickets and 124 five-fors.

After retirement he became an Irish selector and served as Hon Secretary of the Irish Cricket Union for more than 20 years.

Our first posthumous member of the Hall of Fame is Jimmy Boucher.

STATS 60 caps. 1161 runs (average 13.19) including three fifties. 307 wickets (average 15.26), including 31 five-wicket innings and seven ten-wicket matches.