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Derek Scott

MCC were captained by MK Foster, then 48 years of age and one of the famous Worcestershire cricketing family. Also included were Lord Tennyson, a former England captain and JCW MacBryan who had played Test cricket. Of the originally selected Irish side Ward and Cuffe replaced Billingsley and Crothers. Donald Shearer, who had been included in the selected 12, was omitted.

The Irishmen, following their defeats by Scotland and The Indians, finished off the season with a very good win despite the absence of Shearer, Billingsley and Crothers. Rain delayed the start by 45 minutes and bad light cutailed play by half an hour. Connell and Boucher took the batting honours but the others batted very well by keeping an end up while the two main contributors hit. The Irish innings lasted 4 hours which was longer than at one time seemed likely. TJ Macdonald and his brother James were both out in 25 minutes for 21 runs, both lbw to Peare, an Irishman. Half the side were out in two hours for 138. The later batsmen, however, gave trouble and the ninth wicket added 83 runs. Connell batted just over two hours for his 87 out of 138. From the outset he displayed extreme confidence. While taking no chances he scored at a fast pace by skilful timing and placing. He was out having a "go" at a slower ball from Palmer, being stumped by Foster. His innings contained 10 fours. Ingram helped to had 64 for the third wicket but despite this he was never really comfortable and was bowled by Palmer for 20. Reddy was soon bowled by Palmer also, as was O'Brien-Butter but not before the latter and Connell had shared a stand of 47. Connell was first to go at 138 and Metcalfe followed at 164. O'Brien-Butler was also bowled by the Essex leg-break bowler Palmer at 173 having scored a steady 18 while 82 were added. Boucher, coming in at number eight, at once began to score at a rapid pace. He made 50 in 70 minutes and hit a six over the Mountpleasant boundary. Last man out, and also bowled by the wily Palmer, he had scored his 85 in 1 hours with a six and eight fours. Cuffe, who also hit a six off Palmer, stayed while 37 were put on and then Graham shared a stand of 83 with Boucher for the ninth wicket. Graham himself only scored 10. Only four bowlers were tried and Palmer was by far the most successful, taking 6-87 in 33.1 overs with his slow leg-breaks combined with which he occasionally bowled an off-break. Five of his victims were clean-bowled. MCC batted for 10 minutes and scored five without loss.

At the end of the second day Ireland held a strong position. The MCC had been dismissed for 124 and Ireland were 183-7 in their second innings. So they were 355 ahead with three wickets to fall. There was nothing of note in the visitors batting except the ninth wicket stand by Waddy and Hodges which took the score from 86 to 122 in 25 minutes. Of these Waddy made 26 but the best batting of the innings came from Hodges who played confidently and with restraint to score 34 in 1 hours. Four bowlers divided the wickets with Ingram's 3-29 being the most successful.

On going in the second time Ireland lost TJ Macdonald and Connell for 27. James Macdonald and Ingram added 45 but half the side were out for 109. James Macdonald held his side together and was 85 not out at the end of the day. He had batted 2 hours with no blemish and with delightful freedom. Ingram had shaped better than in the first innings and had got 25 before being yorked by Waddy. O'Brien-Butler again played a pretty but small innings while helping Macdonald to add 31 for the seventh wicket. Earlier the Irish fielding had been very keen with Boucher, Reddy and Ingram all making brilliant catches.

After 35 minutes on the third day James Macdonald had scored the 15 runs necessary to give him his century. This was his first and, indeed, only century for Ireland. 11 years before he had made 95 in his first innings in International cricket against Wales. Two wickets fell while Macdonald went to his hundred and the declaration came at 228-9. Macdonald's 108* was a faultless innings lasting 3 hours. He scored runs all round the wicket but his best strokes were through the covers. He hit 14 fours.

Set 401 to win MCC were all out in 2 hours for 115. There were 4 men out for 15. Tom Ward had both MacBryan and Roberts caught in his 3rd over with only 3 runs on the board. Boucher came on at 13 and in his first over he got Hodges for 10 and in his next voer bowled Lord Tennyson for 3. Foster made a plucky effort and was the only one to offer serious resistance. He and E.G.French put on 55 for the 5th wicket. Then both were out in the same Boucher over, Foster for 47 and French for 5 (all singles). Foster's 47 came in 45 minutes and included a six off James Macdonald. Then Macdonald later got 2 of the last 3 wickets to fall and the game was over at 3:30 p.m. The Irish fielding and bowling was very good. Boucher got 5-26 in 13 overs. Cuffe, in his first game, kept wicket excellently.

Rathmines, Dublin