It is never easy deciding where to draw the line when it comes to qualifying for best bowling performances. The traditional five wickets in an innings is too high a marker when a bowler is restricted to 10 or fewer overs. Therefore, for the purpose of the Honour Board we allow ‘four wicket’ hauls or better in league and cup competitions [excluding T20s].
In 2023, 18 players made the Bowlers Honours Board for Open Competitions, out of 22 entries in total. Peter Forkin topped the table with his memorable 6/22 against Malahide in the Premier II league. On the same day Chetan Suttraway took 6/26 for the 5th XI v Swords in Division 11. Chetan also secured the most appearances on the Board, included another five wickets for the 4th XI against Civil Service 3 in D7. As he made his way up the teams, his third appearance was in D4 where he took 4/32 against Cork Harlequins on 9th September.
As a point of reference, the equivalent figure for those qualifying for the Honour Board in 2022 was 28.
A couple of final points to note. Hari Ramasetty took 5/24 in a T20 match for the 4th XI against Bagenalstown on 18th June and Jan Dijkstra took 4/33 for the 6ths the following week against Dundalk, also in a T20 game. There are four youth players on the Honours Board, Síbha Bhoja, Seb Dijkstra, Daniel Forkin and Sid Muthu.
The full list is set out below and you can see the scorecard for the day by clicking the date.
|1||Peter Forkin||Merrion 2||Malahide 2||Premier II||07-May-23||Malahide 1||6-22|
|2||Chetan Suttraway||Merrion 5||Swords 2||D11||07-May-23||Bird Avenue||6-26|
|3||Siddharth Kalra||Merrion 3||Knockharley 1||D4||13-Aug-23||Kentstown||6-30|
|4||Chetan Suttraway||Merrion 4||Civil Service 3||D7||05-Jun-23||Anglesea Road||6-41|
|5||Anthony Jones||Merrion 7||Sandyford 4||D19||23-Apr-23||Marlay Park||5-14|
|6||Grant Glutz||Merrion 2||YMCA 2||Premier II||08-Jul-23||Claremont Road||5-31|
|7||Sebastian Dijkstra||Merrion 2||Clontarf 2||Senior II Cup||25-Jun-23||Anglesea Road||5-38|
|8||Síbha Bhoja||Merrion 7||Halverstown 2||D19||07-May-23||Brannockstown||4-11|
|9||Vikas Dhiman||Merrion 4||Tyrrelstown 1||D7||16-Sep-23||Anglesea Road||4-16|
|10||Mark Sandys||Merrion 6||North County 5||D14||23-Sep-23||Kentstown||4-25|
|11||Rishabh Sharma||Merrion 6||North County 5||D14||08-Jul-23||Bird Avenue||4-26|
|12||Chetan Suttraway||Merrion 3||Cork Harlequins 1||D4||09-Sep-23||Farmers Cross||4-32|
|13||Sidharth Muthu||Merrion 3||Cork Harlequins 1||D4||09-Sep-23||Farmers Cross||4-34|
|14||Daniel Forkin||Merrion 2||Railway Union 2||Premier II||12-Aug-23||Park Avenue||4-36|
|15||Ethan Hall||Merrion 7||Tyrrelstown 5||D19||21-May-23||Bird Avenue||4-37|
|16||Siddharth Kalra||Merrion 3||YMCA 3||D4||24-Jun-23||Anglesea Road||4-37|
|17||Himanshu Sharma||Merrion 4||Kilkenny 1||D7||03-Jun-23||Castleblunden||4-40|
|18||Hugh Kennedy||Merrion 1||YMCA 1||Premier||01-Jul-23||Claremont Road||4-41|
|19||Kunal Kalra||Merrion 5||Tyrrelstown 2||D11||13-May-23||Tyrrelstown Park||4-44|
|20||Nitin Sharma||Merrion 3||YMCA 3||D4||24-Jun-23||Anglesea Road||4-45|
|21||Abrarulhaq Nasiri||Merrion 4||Greystones 1||D7||19-Aug-23||Greystones – Druids||4-61|
|22||Grant Glutz||Merrion 2||Malahide 2||Premier II||20-Aug-23||Anglesea Road||4-82|