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Derek Scott

This game was arranged at short notice to fill the two blank days caused by the sensational happenings on Saturday. Heavy rain on Sunday night and Monday morning delayed the start until 3:30 p.m. but the cricket, when it did come, proved to be worth waiting for. The feature was the second wicket stand by Martin Wallace and the left-hander Martin Donnelly, then still in his teens. They came together when Carson had given Shearer a simple catch at short leg at 25. The pair at once set about punishing the Irish attack and 98 were added in only 37 minutes. The slaughter might well have continued but for the fact that Donnelly was run out from a brilliant return by Shearer. He had made 32. Seven runs later Wallace was out, caught by JH Barnes on the boundary off Boucher. He had scored 82 out of 130 in 65 minutes. Wallace hit with the utmost freedom and hit seven sixes and six fours, all but 16 of his runs coming in boundary hits. This was the brightest display of batting witnessed at Rathmines for many a long day. In one over from Ingram, Wallace hit a 6, 2 fours and a two. After Wallace's dismissal three wickets fell quickly and six were out for 162. Page and Roberts then became partners and they were still together at the close of play, the score then being 253-6. Both played confidently despite frequent bowling changes. Roberts was 48 not out, having had two lives, while Page had amassed a chanceless 44 not out. The bowling analysis of JH Barnes at the end of the day was remarkable when runs were coming at such a pace off the other bowlers. It was 14 overs for 32 runs and one wicket.

The second day was a disastrous one for Ireland. The New Zealanders innings was finished off for 286 but this was sufficient to beat Ireland by an innings and 52 runs. Except during the period when Shearer and Ingram put on 67 for the third wicket in the first innings there was never any likelihood of the Ireland batsmen putting up a stand against the New Zealanders' attack. The wicket may have helped the bowlers but it cannot excuse the weak batting. At no period did Cowie bowl so the brunt of the attack was born by Gallichan and Weir. The former, a slow left-hander, had the batsmen tied in knots while Weir did great work in the second innings. Page and Roberts both completed their 50s but the last four New Zealand wickets fell in 40 minutes for 33 runs. A total of 286 was compiled in 190 minutes.

Shearer was the most enterprising of the Irish batsmen in the first innings. He and Ingram put on 67 for the third wicket in 40 minutes. Shearer scored 45 in this period including in his hits a six and six fours. He was out to a brilliant caught and bowled by Gallichan. Ingram seemed well set with 19 to his name but in trying to drive Donnelly he put up an easy catch to Tom Lowry. Frank Quinn, at number eight, put up a stubborn defence in making 20 and Ganly hit a lively 16. The New Zealanders used seven bowlers, six of whom took wickets. The most successful was Gallichan, who took 3-15.

At 3:55 p.m. Ireland followed on 126 runs behind. In 80 minutes they were all out again for 74. Bergin, with 25, alone reached double figures and although making top score the Pembroke man by no means shaped well. The New Zealand fielding was very keen and several brilliant catches were brought off. Donnelly kept wicket and stumped Connell off Gallichan to start the rout. Weir, bowling swingers, and Gallichan shared the wickets. Weir took 5-27, the last four in 7.3 overs for 7 runs. Gallichan took 5-26.

This was JB Ganly's 25th and last game for Ireland. James Macdonald was not available for Ireland all season.

Rathmines, Dublin