Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis
Personal information
Full name David Alan Lewis
Born (1964-06-01) 1 June 1964
Cork, Ireland
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium pace
Role All-rounder
Relations WI Lewis (father)
GH Lewis (daughter)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1984–1997 Ireland
First-class debut 20 August 1988 Ireland v Scotland
Last First-class 17 August 1996 Ireland v Scotland
List A debut 4 July 1984 Ireland v Surrey
Last List A 24 June 1997 Ireland v Yorkshire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 8 23
Runs scored 640 348
Batting average 53.33 15.81
100s/50s 2/3 0/2
Top score 122* 67*
Balls bowled 354 457
Wickets 5 7
Bowling average 55.20 56.71
5 wickets in innings 0 1
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/39 4/47
Catches/stumpings 5/– 4/–
Source: CricketArchive, 15 April 2010

David Alan Lewis (born 1 June 1964 in Cork, Ireland)[1] is a former Irish cricketer and rugby union referee. He is also an occasional media commentator on Irish cricket. His father, Ian, and daughters, Robyn and Gaby, have also played cricket for Ireland,[1]


  • Cricket 1
    • Playing career 1.1
    • Statistics 1.2
  • Rugby Union 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


A right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler,[1] he played 121 times for the Ireland cricket team between 1984 and 1997,[2] including eight first-class matches against Scotland[3] and 23 List A matches.[4] He captained Ireland on 35 occasions.[5] He is one of only six players to have played more than 100 times for Ireland, behind only Peter Gillespie and Kyle McCallan.[6]

Playing career

Lewis made his debut for Ireland in June 1984, playing against the West Indies. His career got off to a poor start as he was dismissed for a duck.[2] This was followed by his List A debut against Surrey in a NatWest Trophy match,[4] and a match against Wales. He played against Australia in 1985, before going on a tour of Zimbabwe in January 1986. That summer he played against Yorkshire, Wales and the MCC before spending two years out of the Ireland team.[2]

He returned to the Ireland team in June 1988 with a match against the MCC,[2] making his first-class debut against Scotland in August of that year.[3] He continued in the Ireland side over the following years, play several matches against English county sides, also playing internationals against Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.[2]

Ireland gained associate membership of the International Cricket Council in 1993[7] with Lewis being a regular member of the Irish team at that point.[2] He captained Ireland in the 1994 ICC Trophy in Kenya[8] and also played as captain in the Triple Crown Tournament that year.[9]

In 1995, Lewis won the man of the match award in a Benson & Hedges Cup match against Kent, this added to his 1991 Man of the match award in the NatWest Trophy against Middlesex[10] made him the only Irish player to win man of the match awards in both competitions.[5] He also played a match for the MCC against Scotland in 1995.[11]

He played for Ireland for two more years, including the 1997 ICC Trophy,[8] during which Ireland finished fourth and Lewis won a man of the match award against Gibraltar.[10] He played eight further times for Ireland that year, including a match against Australia, before his final match against the Earl of Arundel's XI on 20 August.[2] He played twice more for the MCC against Scotland, in 1998 and 2002.[11]


In all matches for Ireland, Lewis scored 3579 runs at an average of 28.63 with a top score of 136 against Wales in July 1990, one of four centuries he scored for Ireland. He took 51 wickets at an average of 43.88, with best innings bowling figures of 4/21 against Scotland in July 1993.[2]

Rugby Union

When his Rugby Union playing career was cut short by injury,[5] Lewis took up refereeing. He eventually started to referee at the highest level, refereeing at the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cup.[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Cricket Archive profile
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h CricketEurope Stats Zone profile
  3. ^ a b First-class matches played by Alan Lewis at Cricket Archive
  4. ^ a b List A matches played by Alan Lewis at Cricket Archive
  5. ^ a b c Cricinfo profile
  6. ^ Most matches played for Ireland at CricketEurope
  7. ^ Ireland at Cricket Archive
  8. ^ a b ICC Trophy matches played by Alan Lewis at Cricket Archive
  9. ^ Ireland squad for the 1994 Triple Crown Tournament at CricketEurope
  10. ^ a b Matches in which Alan Lewis won an award at Cricket Archive
  11. ^ a b Other matches played by Alan Lewis at Cricket Archive
  12. ^ Three Irish referees at World Cup, Irish Rugby