CricketEurope Ireland logo
2019 Miscellaneous
News & Reports Photos Audio

2019 StatsZones
2019 Premier League
Ireland International Matches Database
Match Report
Derek Scott

Only four of the originally selected team for the Dublin game actually played. They were Kelly, (Captain), Kidd, Dixon and Loughrey. Eventually the other places were filled by Shires, Ingram, Covington, Lambert, Pigot, Deverell and Reddy.

On the first day there was no play as it rained steadily until 3.30. The Irishmen finished the second day in an unenviable position. The pitch was dead at first but, in the evening, when Ireland batted, it became difficult and the home side were toppled out for 123. The MCC looked like making a really big score, the board at one time showing 150-3, but the last seven wickets fell for only 95 runs. Taylor followed up his 87 in Cork with a sound 103 in 3 hours. He was always confident if never enterprising. Bob Lambert, who at the age of 56 was playing his last game for Ireland, ended Taylor's knock with a brilliant catch. Lambert bowled Brooke at 48 and then Pataudi showed his worth with a quick 31. Later Garland-Wells and Baiss both hit well while supporting Taylor. Lambert bowled no less than 32 overs, 27 of them in succession, and he took 4-102. Dixon took 4-18, including Taylor, in 15 overs.

Morkel continued his bowling successes begun in Cork and most of the batsmen quickly fell before his fast deliveries. In fact nine wickets were down for 91 with only Loughrey's 29 to put respectability into the scorebook. The only saving grace was a 32 run partnership for the last wicket between Reddy and Shires. Morkel eventually had Shires caught at the wicket for 12, and Reddy was not out 21. Morkel's 6-44 in 19 overs was great fast bowling.

The MCC won easily by 10 wickets before tea on the third day. This was chiefly due to a remarkable bowling feat by Morkel after lunch. Rain had fallen heavily but the wicket rolled out well, but as the day wore on the sun made it difficult. Following on Ireland had Ingram, Pigot and Loughrey out for 72 but Kidd and Dixon looked like saving the day and at lunch the score was 130-3. On resuming there was sensational cricket. The seven remaining wickets fell in 40 minutes for 19 runs. Morkel was now virtually unplayable. He took four wickets in eight balls without a run off him and, in the complete spell, took 5-6 in 24 balls. His figures for the innings were 17-4-48-7 and his match figures were 13 wickets for 92 runs. In this game EL Kidd, at the age of 40, also bade farewell to International cricket and he played an innings to be remembered. His 68 was made in 1 hours and was full of courageous strokes. Dixon, with 23, gave him good support. Bob Lambert had the misfortune to close his great International career, begun in 1893, by "bagging a pair". In each innings he fell to Morkel.

Needing only 28 runs to win, MCC got them without losing a wicket.

College Park, Dublin