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Derek Scott

Of the originally selected team AP Kelly and L Bookman cried off and were replaced by J Dearden and F Jackson.

This was a most disappointing match from an Irish point of view. It was the first match to be played under the auspices of the newly established Irish Representative Cricket Committee, but with the exception of the fielding, which was particularly smart, the Irishmen, taken as a whole, gave a very feeble display and were easily beaten by nine wickets. The first day was very even, Ireland getting 134 and Wales replying with 126-7. However, there was little to be enthusiastic over because the batting on both sides was poor although the wicket was easy. Pollock beat Riches in the toss and gave his team first use of the wicket. The start was not auspicious as three wickets fell for 34. Then Heaslip and Finlay Jackson took the score to 80 before another wicket, that of Heaslip, fell. Heaslip's innings was the feature of the afternoon. He scored exactly 50 before being caught in the slips off a rising ball. A chance in the slips when he was only a single was his one mistake in a fine knock which held the side together. Jackson got 24 but was never brilliant. Lambert batted steadily for his 22 not out and Sproule was the only other batsman to achieve double figures and the total struggled to 134. Five bowlers shared the wickets with Ryan's figures, 4-46, the best of them.

Wales also started very badly, four wickets going down for 39 to the bowling of Harris and Sproule. Riches was the only early batsman to give trouble. However, when he got to 23 he was beautifully caught and bowled by Sproule off a fierce drive. Six wickets went down for 57 but Davies, 40 not out, effected a recovery helped by Phillips and Arnott and at the end of the day the score was 126-7.

The second day saw the end of the game. Despite brilliant Irish fielding the last three Welsh wickets brought the score to 175, thus giving the visitors a 41 run lead. Davies took his overnight 40 to 58 before being caught behind the wicket, while Arnott contributed an invaluable 35. Harris and Sproule shared the bowling honours.

Pollock and Harris opened Ireland's second innings and with his first ball Raikes clean bowled Harris for a single. F.Jackson came in and with Pollock wiped off the arrears with steady batting despite numerous bowling changes. At 46 Jackson was out, caught behind the wicket off Ryan for 19. Pollock batted in excellent style for his 22 but the only other batsman to give any trouble was Heaslip. He went in at number four and was last out after compiling an excellent 36. His batting in each innings formed one of the features of a match that was practically devoid of incident. Ryan proved too much for most of the Irishman in the second innings and he was virtually unplayable. He bowled 14.1 overs and took 7-29. He took his last five wickets for six runs and his last three for no runs. Wales required 69 to win, and although Lambert bowled Morton early on Bell and Bates hit merrily and Wales won by nine wickets

Ormeau, Belfast