Two moments stick out in the mind of Paul Sheahan at District level - a glorious 189 not out to lead Melbourne to the 1975/76 premiership and a block of ice at Carlton that denied University any hope of making a final.They were the highs of lows of District cricket for Sheahan, who’s upright and elegant batsmanship, and outstanding fielding, made him a standout in the competition.Sheahan came from a cricketing background – his mother's grandfather, William Henry Cooper, a leg-spinner, played two Tests for Australia in the 1880's and was Victoria’s sole selector from 1881-1883 and 1887-89. Also his father, Jack, was a useful middle order batsman in 54 games for North Melbourne from 1929/30 to 1935/36.Paul Sheahan represented the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1963/64 and 1964/65 and from 1972/73 to 1980/81. In 64 First XI appearances for the club he scored 3102 runs at 58.52. His highest score was his masterly 189 not out in the District final against Footscray, and he topped the club's batting averages three times – in 1974/75 (365 runs at 60.33), 1975/76 (540 runs at 90.00) and 1976/77 (383 runs at 76.60).He also played 29 games for University from 1965/66 to 1969/70 and captained North Melbourne, his father's old club, in 12 games in 1970/71 and 1971/72. In all First XI District cricket he scored 4937 runs at 56.10 with 10 centuries, his batting average being far higher than any of his contemporaries.Sheahan played 47 matches for Victoria between 1965/66 and 1973/74, scoring 3988 runs at the splendid average of 59.52. Of players who have scored over 2000 runs for the state, only Bill Ponsford, Bill Woodfull and Lindsay Hassett have recorded higher averages. The highest of his 12 centuries for Victoria was 202 against South Australia in Melbourne in 1966/67, though he was almost certainly robbed of another double century in 1972/73, also against South Australia in Melbourne, when the Victorian captain declared with his score on 196. In his final game for the state, against NSW at Sydney in 1973/74, his two unbeaten innings of 75 and 73 did much to give Victoria victory, and ultimately, the Sheffield Shield. He also played 31 Tests for an average of 33.91. His debut century was 114 against India in 1969/70, and he added 127 against Pakistan at the MCG in 1972/73. He was unavailable for the end-of-season tour of the West Indies, played the two Tests against New Zealand in 1973/74 and didn’t play again as he concentrated on his career and family, retiring at the age of 27.In 1977 he took up a teaching appointment at Winchester College in England following stints at Geelong Grammar and St Peter’s College in Adelaide. Then in 1986, aged 39, he was appointed headmaster of Geelong College where 21 years earlier he had been school captain and captain of the cricket and football teams. After serving as principal at Geelong College from 1986-1995, he assumed the role of Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School in 1995.He served as a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club committee for 28 years from 1987 to 2015, the last four as President.
From "100 Not Out" by Rod Nicholson and Ken Williams