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A database of the people past & present behind North Down Cricket Club.

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AdamsWilliam (Billy)
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One of the leading 1st XI players during the Third Golden Era with his accurate wicket taking medium pace bowling. Captained the 2nd XI to silverware in his veteran years. Acted as Hon. Secretary from 2014 to 2015. (Image courtesy...
AllenBilly
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Billy was a very popular member and wicketkeeper of the sucessful 4th XI and with son David made many contributions to the 4th XI in particular.  
AndersonAlbert
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Local businessman, based where Hardy's currently stands, who played as a 1st XI opening batsman both pre and post  1st World War. Albert made his Senior Challenge Cup debut in 1908 scoring 37 in the final against Cliftonville. He went...
AndersonGavin
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Very capable high order right hand batsman and capable wicket keeper for the 2nd XI. Like a number of successful North Down cricketers, his early cricket was at the neighbouring Ards club where his father and uncle made big contributions.
AndrewsJames
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James Andrews was born in 1877 and after attending “Inst” he was accepted at Trinity College Dublin in 1896 to study law. He was an outstanding legal student who rose to the lofty status of Lord Chief Justice in 1937...
AndrewsJohn Miller
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One of the children of Thomas Andrews Snr, John Miller was particularly close to his brother Thomas. Both young men played their cricket mostly on the 2nd XI and for a time John Miller captained the side and led them...
AndrewsJohn
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The journalist for ‘The Irish Athletic and Cycling Record’, known as ‘busy bee’, had a difficult task in finding an opportune time to interview John for the article on ‘Leaders in Sports and Pastimes’ destined for the first issue in...
AndrewsThomas Jnr
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RMS Titanic was the second of a trio of luxury superliners designed to provide an express transatlantic service for the White Star Line. She was built at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast and was the largest passenger steamship in...
ArttWilliam (Billy)
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1st XI Captain in the seventies, Billy was an early order opening batsman and wicketkeeper who led the side enthusiastically to league wins.
ArttDennis
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One of the top North Down wicketkeepers, Denis was unlucky not to be capped for the full International side. He was a middle order hard hitting batsman and a real competitor and tourist.
BarryJim
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The ultimate clubman, Jim was an effective administrator in his role as Chairman, President and Patron. In his playing days he was wicketkeeper for the junior sides and made his presence felt. Much liked in NCU circles, he performed league...
BeckRoy
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Long-standing 1st XI supporter who also helped for many years on matchdays with the collection box. Sadly passed away in early 2020.
BoucherJimmy
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Remembered especially for his dedication to the development of youth cricket for many years, Jimmy was also a dynamic opening quick bowler in the Malinga style. Played through the difficult post war years when club fortunes were low but was...
BoyceWallace
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One of a few players who could have played at the top level locally. A Qualifying League winner in 1955 he was an aggressive batsman and excellent fielder.
CampbellMalcolm
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Malcolm was the meticulous 1st XI opening bat in the seventies who studied the game in great depth and won the top run maker Rosebowl award on 5 occasions.
CarserIan
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As an Ards youth and a sporting enthusiast, it was perhaps inevitable that Ian’s Regent House School rugby led to an association with the successful Ards rugby club, and for a time he played at senior level as an effective...
ConnellPeter
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Fast bowler who arrived with an Irish Passport from New Zealand in 2006 and played successfully with the club until 2010, taking 120 wickets. Went on to win 59 Irish caps before returning to NZ where he is a PE...
DaleWilliam (Billy)
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A true veteran still playing into his seventies Billy has made major contributions on and off the field of play. His first season was 1975  when the 1sts were relegated but he played on the Section 2 league winning sides...
DavisonPeter
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Tall aggressive 1st XI opening bowler who can cause problems for the best opponents. Peter plays a full part in the club's activities off the field and is an important Executive Committee member.
DeardenJack
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An outstanding wicketkeeper during the late twenties and thirties and in 1927 took an incredible tally of 54 wickets, which at that time was an Irish record.   Jack's International career here
DonnellyKieran
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An aggressive all-rounder who played a few games for the club in 2010 and 2011, two important moments for the 1stXI included a vital last over 'six' at Pollock Park v Lurgan and taking a 'skyer' at Belmont to dismiss...
EakinPeter
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An aggressive right-handed batsman and skillful seam bowler who graduated through the ranks of the club's All-Ireland winning youth teams in the 2000's. Great-nephew of Irish International former 1stXI batsman of the 1930's DGR McKibbin.
FraterAndrew
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Most acknowledged as the club's premier scorer and taking these talents into the highest level in local cricket. Andrew was also a winning captain
GalwayJimmy
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Jimmy was a ist XI left arm medium pace bowler in the seventies giving the variety that helped the side win leagues in that era.
GillilandJohn
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John was a high order right hand batsman and also a very useful slow bowler who played at interpro level. His great strength, and weakness was hooking and his ability to bowl straight was more than useful in the dreaded...
HaireRobin
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Robin was a long standing member of the 1stXI and subsequent committee member before stepping down from day to day involvement. A hugely determined cricketer batting right hand and bowling slow left arm, he was a pivotal part of the...
HaireRyan
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Prolific left-handed batsman and slow bowler who was instrumental in the club’s successful  ‘Third Golden Era’. Was an Under 19 International, senior Interprovincial and also won 7 international caps between 2000 and 2008. One of his greatest innings was played...
HarrisonSandi
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Founder member and driving force behind the establishment of the successful ladies section of the club. Also 'broke the mould' by becoming the first regular female player in the men's team and now the veteran captain of the 4thXI.
HilesClarence
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Although domiciled in Barbados since 1996, Clarence Hiles has remained in close contact with North Down Cricket Club and Irish cricket in general. His boyhood dreams of emulating the great North Down cricketers of the past were largely ‘kept on...
IrvineScott
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Not many clubs can boast of having a first class Irish Cricket International analyst. When he is not globe trotting with the Irish squad, Scott makes an appearance with a North Down team. He is capable with bat and ball...
MacroryAndrew
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Played on every team at the club and the proud winner of Senior Challenge Cup medal and others. Great advocate and participator in youth work.
MaxwellStaci
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Excellent medium pace bowler who has led the attack on the women's side and made great contributions on the men's 4th XI side. Stacci is currently (2021) secretary of the club and is also heavily involved in the NCU coaching...
McCrackenDerek
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1st XI slow right arm bowler and an excellent slip fielder, Derek played in the seventies, took plenty of wickets and catches and played in the prestigious Ballymena and RUC sixes.
McCrumCharles
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Charles 'Charlie' McCrum played for North Down from 1990 to 1996 and during that time was one of the leading all-rounders in the country, helping the 1stXI to both All-Ireland and Challenge Cup success with a series of outstanding performances...
McGreeghanHugh
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One of the great North Down 'characters' Hugh was a knowledgeable cricketer who experienced the game at Hove and The Green. A left hand bat in the classical mode and a teller of many good cricketing stories. Known affectionately as...
McKennaGavin
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Having taken 4 for 45 against Bangor in the 2nd round of the Senior Challenge Cup, Gavin played in the 2004 Cup Final against Belfast Harlequins and took 2 for 40 in the 1st innings and 2 for 53 in...
McKibbinDavid
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One of the stars in the 'dream team' of the late twenties and thirties, DGR was a classical stylish batsman. Cricket Ireland Stats  
MontgomeryJonathan (Jo)
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Resilient opening batsman who was a popular captain of the 1stXI in 1999 when the league title was won for the first time in 63 years, Challenge Cup winning captain the following year. Also captained Colts Cup winning team in...
MorelandMartin
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One of the most consistent wicket takers in the history of the club, Martin's deceptive slow bowling has lured top class batsmen to their downfall.
NelsonStuart
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Very talented sportsman who has ability to make a big contribution on the 1st XI with bat and ball at the premier level.
RogersGavin
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Gavin spent most of his early formative days in Southern Africa and played a good standard of cricket as a youth. His strong connections with Comber brought him to The Green where he played off and on from 1995 to...
RussellNeil
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Played in the North Down boys teams before beginning his senior career at Instonians. Returned to The Green and became a key member of  the Third Golden Era squad causing chaos with the opposition opening attack with a very aggressive...
TaylorDavid
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Captained the 1st XI in 1908. Scored 73 in the Freshman’s game at Cambridge University. DR played Rugby for Ireland
QuinnMichael
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One of the highlights of Michael's 1st XI career was the matchwinning performance in the final of the Irish Cup in 1989 when, in partnership with Billy Docherty, he steered the side to victory under difficult circumstances. He captained the...
ReithMichael
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Left handed opening batsman and right arm swing bowler controversially 'poached' from Waringstown as player/coach in 1979. Played his first international when Ireland beat the West Indies at Sion Mills in 1969.
RobinsonCarl
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Zimbabwian born Carl came to The Green in 2017 and impressed as an all - rounder. He has developed into an excellent leg spin bowler and has warranted a call up for the Interprovincial Northern Knights side.
ShieldsAlistair
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Current 1stXI Captain who lifted the Robinson Cup in 2020, stylish right-handed batsman and occasional off-spinner who played on the successful youth teams of the early 2000s. Former Under 19 international and senior interprovincial player.
ShieldsDon
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Oldest player to represent the club in a competitive fixture, Don has played in all teams from the Boys' XI in the fifties until 2018 when he played for the fourths. Initially a 1st XI opening bowler and opening bat,...
StevensonAlan
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A dedicated club man, Alan has actively served on committee and played on all elevens from an early age, reaching a pinnacle in 1994 with a Senior Challenge Cup winners medal. He was a hard hitting middle order batsman and...
WilsonWillie
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An enthusiastic and wicket taking slow bowler who played mostly for the 2nd XI and should have played a lot more 1st XI cricket. Always a smile and an encouraging word, Willie was a popular team member.
WishartWalter
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The name of Walter Wishart first appeared in North Down scorebooks as long ago as the mid-Forties and was still around in the mid-Eighties. Rarely was it seen outside the 1st XI until he stepped down voluntarily in 1979 to...
KhanTaimur
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Taimur hailed from the Peshawar region in the north of Pakistan. He holds a degree in law but worked for the Allied Bank of Pakistan, that is whenever he was not representing their very successful cricket team in the national...
O'PreyMiller
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Miller played for the 1st and 2nd XIs during the seventies and followed a great family tradition, following his father, Miller and uncle David who played in the fifties.
LambaRaman
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The Legend of Raman Lamba No player in post-war Ulster cricket made a bigger impact than Raman Lamba. He was a legend in his time and gave the club a huge boost. However it may surprise many people to learn...
CoeyArtie
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A lifetime with his club, Artie came through the very difficult post war years, the team playing at a lower level than ever before and holding on to deflect the unimaginable- further relegation.  Artie and his 1940s/50s colleagues struggled to...
KennedyDavid
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One of the best batsmen to play at The Green, David was a high order batsman who made major contributions particularly in the big games. He was a good slip fielder who bowled one critical over in the cup final...
ClarkeDarren
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Darren was a 2nd XI bowler and won the prestigious Rosebowl in 2004 and 2005 for top wicket taker. He captained the side in 2005 and 2006 and led his side to a  double, winning the Junior Cup and Division...
ArthurIain
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Iain has been a backbone of the 2nd XI for a number of years scoring many runs as the anchorman and setting the stage for a good total.
GrahamDaniel
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Daniel (Danny) was, on his day, a great timer of the ball and played some lovely innings for the 1st and 2nd XIs as well as contributing with athleticism in the field. Retired far too early.
SempleAdrian
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Adrian hailed from the North West and played interprovincial cricket there. With brother Lionel he came to The Green during the mid nineties playing 4 seasons from 1992 to 1995. He won a Senior Challenge Cup medal in the tied...
GrahamWesley
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It would be interesting to do the sums in relation to the vast amounts of sponsorship finance raised by Wesley over the years. He was the go to man when funds were required and he rarely disappointed. On the field...
McVeighDavid
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Grandson of Tommy Maxwell, a Senior Cup winner in 1920, David has played for the club since boyhood and has captained and given his knowledge to the very good young generation in the mid nineties. He has played at every...
ShieldsPeter
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Peter has been steeped in the traditions of North Down from an early age, hearing the stories about his grandfather Billy and his brother Jack and their successes in the 20s and 30s. Also hearing and witnessing the ups and...
CoulterHamilton (Hammie)
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Left hand opening bat and slow left arm bowler. Key player on the 2nd XI and occasionally steps up to the 1st XI. Close family ties with the club going way back.
MorelandRaymond
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A big man in North Down cricket, Raymond has an outgoing personality, particularly good at welcoming visiting teams and guests to The Green and assuring them that the playing surface is the best in Ireland. He certainly has spent hours...
PattonJohn
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John has always had a great love for the game and was involved in the early 60s with the Dundonald League .Shortly after he became the official scorer for the 1st XI, a position he held for many years. He...
McCaugheyColin
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Colin (Gatch) has been a vital member of the club for many seasons and is the current Vice Chairman. Living on the periphery of The Green he knows more than most what goes on around the ground on a nightly...
ElliottDarren
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Darren (Fax) brings a vitality and vision to the Executive Committee and follows in the footsteps of father Sydney who was club secretary for some years. From a young age he followed the fortunes of the sides and  was the...
ThompsonRoy
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Times were not easy for the club after the 2nd WW and but for the hard work and perseverance of members like Roy in the late 60s, the club would have been in dire straights. Roy guided the boys XI...
ShieldsJack
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Jack's 1st XI career began in the mid 20s and continued through until the mid 30s. He was aquick opening bowler and a very useful middle order batsman. Brother of Billy and uncle to Don and Ian.
BeckNorman
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Norman first played for the very successful Boys' XI under coaches Jimmy Boucher and Roy Thompson and played mostly for the 2ndXI though also for the 1sts. A left hand batsman and wicket keeper, Norman enjoys and has a sound...
MorelandDavid
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A big hitter and a very good fielder, David was often the go to man when there was a place to fill in the 1st XI in a crucial match although his work often kept him from the field.  He...
AndrewsWilliam
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Willie Andrews was president of the Irish Cricket Union in 1948 and 1952, chairman of the Northern Cricket Union from 1948 to 1966, captain of North Down 1st XI from 1910 to 1949 (excluding 1947) and club chairman and godfather...
ThompsonAdrian
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A very talented Comber sportsman who played football for Comber Rec., rugby at Ards, hockey and cricket at The Green and even billiards/snooker in the 'big hall' all very successfully. He also was Treasurer at The Green from 1968 -1972...
DavidsonPaul
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Served his cricketing apprenticeship at Ards CC and came as an experienced cricketer in 2000 and made quite an impact as a medium paced bowler and a useful lower order batsman.
ElliottSydney
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Sydney had a successful cricketing career at QUB and was an important asset to North Down as a player and an administrator. He was a very effective secretary from 1972 until 1982 and during that time captained the 2nd XI...
CoetzeeRalph
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Having played against Ralph in the 2000 and the 2004 Senior Challenge Cup Finals , North Down was fully aware of the talents of the all rounder.  He played at The Green from 2005 to 2009 and was an excellent...
PattonDavid
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David, or Davy John as he was affectionately known, was a sportsman of some note as a footballer who played for Comber Rec at their prime. He was also a very useful left arm slow bowler and a great cricket...
CombeGeorge
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George Combe, a member of the family of engineers that supplied and fitted the machinery for the Spinning Mill in 1863, was also a key player in the side. His batting was of the highest calibre and he wasn’t short...
MaxwellTommy
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A true Comber man, Tommy was the inspirational opening bowler in 1919 and the early 1920s producing match winning figures game after game. In the 2nd round of the Senior Challenge Cup 1n 1919, he took a remarkable 7 for...
MillsFreddie
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With his brother, Freddie was originally a Cliftonville player but where his brother Wesley stayed at the family club, Freddie ventured to The Green and was a more than useful all rounder with an emphasis on his batting. He played...
CrosbyRaymond
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Raymond epitomised everything that was good about the club, on and off the field. He had a distinguished career as an all round sportsman, starting with the Boys’ XI and eventually winning a place in the 1st XI in the...
McCrumPaul
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The 1995 Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup Final North Down v Bready was arguably the most dramatic final of this competition and is remembered for Charlie McCrum bowling Alan Rutherford for a 1 run North Down victory.  With a 98...
DalzellJack
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Jack came to The Green from Ards in 1960 and played for 8 seasons proving invaluable to a senior team and club striving to return to top flight cricket. He spearheaded the attack with some pace and took plenty of...
HaireAndrew
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Youngest of the renowned North Down family, Andrew has played at the highest club level for the 1st XI and also Captained the 2nd XI to Junior Cup success. A genuine and capable all rounder he suffered somewhat by being...
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