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J Clarence Hiles
One of the most influential personalities in our recent history is J Clarence Hiles. Domiciled in Barbados, he still knows more of what is happening in the North Down scene than many of the locals. His involvement in the upper echelons of the NCU never diluted his love for our club and his masterful book on the History of Senior Cricket in Ulster is awash with references to his club and their illustrious past and present.
Instrumental in bringing Mike Reith to 'The Green' in 1980, little did Clarence think that the devastating bowling combination of Reith and Lawrence Hunter would never materialise.
Lawrence's illness ironically brought Clarence into the side and while the gap in ability was clear, the team was greatly strengthened by his qualities of determination, motivation and comradeship. The team developed a strong bond that went far in contributing to the goal of staying in the top flight and winning the Senior Challenge Cup in 1981
Clarence was a natural left handed number 11 but his 'off the wrong foot' unpredictable medium pace caught out many of the best players. His 42 wickets in 1980 placed him high in the NCU averages and he was the bowling change that frequently removed the opposition 'Pro' with wicket keeper Artt engineering a few stumpings from the notorious leg side 'beamer'.