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Match Report
Derek Scott

In brilliant sunshine after heavy rain, Douglas sent the MCC into bat. Splendid bowling by Morgan helped to dismiss the MCC for 170 and, by the close, Ireland were only 11 runs behind with eight wickets still intact. Douglas, in attempting to hold a hard drive over his head, hurt his hand and had to retire. Lowndes, the Hampshire player, and Brooks made the only lengthy stand, 77 for the second wicket after DJ Knight, the Surrey and England player, had been run out for eight. Morgan bowled Lowndes at 85 and followed this up by sending back four more men before lunch. In this spell he took five wickets for 26 runs in seven overs. He was medium fast with a rare nip from the pitch and the occasional turn from leg. James Macdonald completed the discomfiture of the MCC by taking 2-27. Macdonald was deputy captain and might have bowled himself more. Crothers did not allow a bye.

A stiff breeze had by now dried the wicket which played much easier. Tom Macdonald and Jackson cut and drove freely and had scored 93 in 90 minutes when Jackson was caught in the slips when one short of 50. Macdonald achieved the 50 before he too edged one of Wilson's leg-breaks. 114-2-50. This was an attractive innings lasting one hour and 50 minutes and without a mistake. Shearer and James Macdonald played out time, the former making 43 attractive runs in an hour, the latter taking 45 minutes to score eight. At the close of play the score was 159-2.

On the second day the pitch was very easy and the match ended up drawn. Wilson, the 54-year-old former Yorkshire and England leg break and googly bowler, took 6-49 in 23.2 overs. This was due to two factors, Wilson's great accuracy and the fact that the batsmen were forcing the pace and thus gave Wilson an opportunity to exploit his wiles. Shearer played Wilson in confident manner and jumped out to drive him quite often. Not out 43 overnight, he added another 30 before going out too far and being stumped. He batted for two hours and hit eight fours. With Macdonald he added 67. James Macdonald batted in laboured fashion and claimed only 16 of the 67 runs added for the third wicket. A collapse caused by the new ball, used by Lownes and big Jim Smith of Middlesex, was stemmed by Lambert and Morgan. These two hit away valiantly and added 28 for the ninth wicket. Douglas batted last but was too handicapped by his injured hand. 264 was the final Irish total.

The Irish bowlers failed to repeat their first innings success. Morgan bowled Knight for six, but Brooks and Lowndes gave a magnificent exhibition which brought up 176 runs in only 90 minutes for the second wicket. Lowndes hit a six and 12 fours while Brooks, who got 102, hit nine fours. A collapse followed Lowndes' dismissal and from being 190-1 the score quickly changed to 225-7, Ingram taking three quick wickets. Jim Smith joined McIver and hit very hard to reach 35 not out. At 270-7, the MCC declared. Both Ingram and Morgan bowled very well despite the supremacy of the bat.

Ireland required 177 to win and 100 minutes remained. The task never looked possible in the poor light which prevailed and at 6.30 the game ended. Ingram, batting at number four, prevented any danger of a surprise collapse with an innings of 36 not out.