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Match Report
Derek Scott

This Irish team showed five changes from that which had been originally selected. Jameson, Heaslip, James Macdonald, TJ Macdonald and Douglas all cried off and were replaced by Thornton, Hone, Ingram, Lambert and Pemberton. The team was outplayed and beaten by seven wickets. The MCC had the Hill-Wood brothers, both of whom were Oxford Blues; Blundell, a New Zealander and Cambridge Blue; Knott (Kent) and Lowndes (Hampshire).

Honours were shared on the first day. In fine weather and before a very large crowd Ganly won the toss for the home side. The total of 209 was not large but was better than seemed likely at one time when six wickets went down for 111. A bad opening in which two wickets fell for 18 runs (Bookman and Kidd both being bowled by Blundell) was followed by a bright stand of 73 by Thornton and McVeagh. Then Blundell again struck twice while Ganly and Hone were soon victims of CK Hill-Wood. Kelly and Ingram, making his debut, added 50 for the seventh wicket. Kelly was very entertaining and hit with vigour before being stumped for 59, soon after which the innings ended. Ingram, 17 years of age and playing his first game, batted with the confidence of a veteran and kept his end up while Kelly hit. Bob Lambert also helped Kelly and batted an hour for his 13 not out. Blundell, with his vast swingers, took 4-35 in 25 overs.

In the remaining 90 minutes MCC reached 95-3. DJ Hill-Wood and Cazalet made 42 between them before Dixon got through the latter's defence. Toyne and Lowndes were out to splendid catches so that when stumps were drawn Roberts was with Hill-Wood.

The second day produced dull weather but yet another fine crowd was present. The day's play was very much against Ireland. The score rose to 168 before the Hill-Wood/Roberts partnership could be broken. Then Lambert succeeded in bowling Hill-Wood who had batted excellently for his 85 in 2 hours. The left-handed Roberts departed soon afterwards to a catch behind the wicket after a stand of 56. But Wright at number seven heavily punished the Irish bowling. He got 82 in 65 minutes before Hone caught him brilliantly. Cartwright helped in a stand of 81 for the seventh wicket but the last three wickets all fell at 295. Thornton and Dixon took four wickets each.

The Irish second innings was a series of disasters. The openers, Bookman and Kidd, were both out to CK Hill-Wood after 24 runs had been scored and worse followed when Hill-Wood bowled McVeagh first ball. Thornton and Lambert improved matters by taking the score to 68, but when heavy rain stopped play at 6 p.m., the score was 98-6. Rain prevented play on the third day until three o'clock but Ireland could not stave off defeat. Only 14 runs were added for the last four wickets but Ingram again batted confidently and was not out 14. CK Hill-Wood bowled splendidly in taking five wickets for 29. The MCC required 29 to win but lost three wickets getting them. Thornton took these three wickets chiefly due to brilliant catches by Bookman and McVeagh.

College Park, Dublin