Ossie Colhoun      

Full name Osmund David Colhoun

Born June 6, 1938, Sion Mills, Co Tyrone

Current age 80 years 352 days

Major teams Ireland

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Education Sion Mills PES

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 28 35 19 74 9* 4.62 0 0 44 2
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 28 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1959 - 1979

Ossie Colhoun was considered by many to be one of Ireland's best wicketkeepers, so much so that it was rumoured that there was interest from one or two English counties. If there was, nothing came of it. One of the reasons might have been his batting, for he was a genuine No. 11, even if he sometimes opened at club level. He made 17 ducks for Ireland and had he be born a generation later with the need for keepers to be able to hold their own as batsmen, he may not have got a look in. But in another way he was ahead of his time, egging on bowlers and fielders and never short of a word or two of advice. He made his first-class debut for Ireland in 1959, and a year later stumped Len Hutton for 89 is his last innings. Colhoun's own farewell came in 1979.
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