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Derek Scott

This game was greatly interfered with by rain which fell intermittently throughout and quite spoiled the match. Wet and sodden conditions prevailed all the time and made a mockery of bowling figures. Owing to uncertain travelling conditions the game did not start until after lunch on the first day, although, in actual fact, all the Irish prayers had arrived shortly after 11 a.m. Of the originally selected team Ganly, Macdonald and Parry all cried off. Into their place in the 11 came H de Burgh and RW Power

A large crowd saw Robinson and Bookman open the innings. When 22 had been scored Robinson was bowled for 6. Kelly came in and with Bookman entered on a productive partnership. The latter was steady and unusually painstaking. He watched the ball on to the bat carefully and was clever in turning to leg as well as cutting and driving well. Bookman was out at 97, after 75 had been added in 70 minutes. He did not give a chance and scarcely made a false stroke. Kelly and Jameson scored freely before Kelly was caught in the long field for 37. Although he was missed three times he never gave the bowlers the impression they were the masters and his enterprising methods put his team in a good position. Considering the pitch was suffering from the effects of rain a score of 122-3 was good but a collapse followed.

Greenstock, a nephew of the famous Fosters who had made him into a left-handed bowler, got Power stumped at 127 and five runs later he caught Anderson in two minds and bowled him. H.DeBurgh was bowled by Serrurier and the score was 136-6. Moore partnered Jameson until tea and afterwards only two more overs could be bowled before rain finished play for the day with the score at 149-6.

Weather continued to be bad on the second day and the players were idle for three hours in all. The pitch was covered as soon as rain began to fall but the water percolated through the covers. The pitch, however, had greater recuperative powers while a hurricane force wind and a warm sun helped matters and play started again at 3:30 p.m. Before lunch some play had been possible. The "not outs" Jameson, 25, and Moore, five, carried the score to 167 when Greenstock had Moore caught. Barry and Hall were quickly dismissed by Serrurier (rather fast, right-hand) but L Walker proved a good partner for Jameson and a valuable 23 was added for the 10th wicket. Jameson hit brilliantly realising the pitch might get worse rather than better. He had hitters hard luck, being twice missed but this did not detract from the merit of his two hour innings. Between the showers he hit nine fours before being caught in the outfield for 71.

Oxford went in at 4 p.m. and lost Lyon almost immediately, lbw to Walker. In 45 minutes only 21 runs had come off 19 overs. Walker came off at 38 having bowled 14 overs for 14 runs and one wicket. Jameson eventually broke the long and slow second wicket partnership when it was worth 88 runs. He had Nunn lbw for 33. At the end of the second day Oxford were 114-2, Stewart-Brown 63 not out.

With 21 more added on the third morning Jameson had Stewart-Brown caught behind the wicket after a faultless 81 in 135 minutes. Jameson followed up this success by getting Holmes and Welch cheaply. Just as it looked as if Jameson might run through the side a very heavy shower fell causing a 40 minute break. Afterwards the bowlers were terribly handicapped by a wet and slippery ball. Legge, the Oxford captain, and Stephenson made the most of their opportunity and actually added 141 runs in an hour, a magnificent feat even on a good batting conditions. Rain again came on and the game was abandoned before tea. Walker, the right-hand medium paced bowler who uses both breaks and keeps a fine length, bowled very well despite his 1-74 record. The Oxford players were much impressed by him. In his exhilarating 68 not out Stephenson hit a six and 11 fours, and Jameson suffered most from his onslaught.