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Herbert Aston

Herbert Reid Aston (15 May 1885 – 27 January 1968) was an Irish first-class cricketer.

Born at Dublin in May 1885, Aston was educated in the city at Wesley College, before going up to Trinity College to study engineering. While studying at Trinity, he played rugby union for Dublin University Football Club. His performances led to his selection for Ireland in 1908, He played two Test matches in the Home Nations Championship against England at Richmond, and Wales at Belfast. He played club cricket for Clontarf, after he was persuaded to join over rivals Pembroke by the club.

After graduating from Trinity with an engineering degree, Aston's work took him to different parts of the British Empire. He worked on reconstruction of the Mandalay Canal in Burma in 1917, and served in the British Indian Army during World War I as a Lieutenant in the cavalry reserve. By the mid-1920s, Aston was an executive engineer with the Burma Public Works Department. He still played cricket when working in Burma, playing two first-class matches against the Marylebone Cricket Club in January 1927 at Rangoon; the first came for Rangoon Gymkhana at the Gymkhana Ground, while the second came for Burma at the BAA Ground. He scored 32 runs in these matches, as well as taking 2 wickets.

He later returned to Ireland, where he took up rugby refereeing and golf. He worked on the River Shannon at Limerick as a river inspector, before resigning in 1936 to move...
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