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Derek Scott

There were 8 original selections and three to be added. The additions were MB Williams; TG McVeagh and NH Lambert. Of the original 8 CW Billingsley cried off and was replaced by CW Mellon.

On a perfect wicket Ireland beat Sir Julien Cahn's XI at 3:50 p.m. on the second day to record one of the greatest wins ever achieved by an Irish team. The batting of Lambert with staunch assistance from the tail, plus the superb bowling of Ingram and Boucher proved too much even for this powerful visiting XI. It was a powerful team including as it did Dempster of New Zealand and the South African Test players Denys Morkel and Bob Crisp. Add to these the four Australians Jackson, off-spinner, Walsh, left-hand googly, Mudge and Lush and the hard-hitting Nottingham batsman Summers and the result is a very strong combination. Yet, in just under 2 hours Cahn's XI were all out for 115 runs. Ireland passed this total for the loss of five wickets and were 145 runs ahead with one wicket in hand at the close of play. Hall fell in Ingram's second over while in his next over he had Jackson caught by Lambert. At 34 Mudge was lbw to Ingram who had now taken 3-16 in nine overs. Then came the only troublesome stand of the innings. It was between Dempster and Summers and was responsible for 36 runs. Dempster was first to go, being lbw to Boucher for a well played 23 made in 68 minutes. Summers did not survive his partner long and was very well held at long-on by Mellon off Ingram. His 34 made in 40 minutes included two sixes, off Boucher, and three fours. No-one else gave any trouble and the last four wickets fell after lunch for 19 runs in 20 minutes. The last three wickets all fell at 115. Ingram bowled unchanged and in 26.2 overs he took 6-38, one of his greatest and most hostile bowling performance.

The feature of the Irish innings was Lambert's century. He came in at 46-4 when it looked as if the advantage gained by the bowlers was about to be thrown away by weak batting. Lambert at once set about the bowling and when he was eighth out at 202 he had made 103 out of 156 added in 95 minutes. It was a delightful display of brave and forcing cricket. He hit 11 fours and his only chance was a very difficult one to Dempster at cover. With Boucher as a partner 66 were added for the fifth wicket. McVeagh went cheaply but MB Williams stayed while 64 were put on for the seventh wicket. After Lambert left Mellon and Cuffe hit merrily and the ninth wicket produced 51 runs in 38 minutes. Mellon made 25 and Cuffe was 35 not out overnight.

The second day brought decisive victory. There was no luck about it, Ireland proved the better all-round side. If Lambert, Boucher and Ingram took the honours, all the others played their part. Macdonald's handling of the bowling was excellent and he bowled and fielded well himself. Seven runs were added to the Irish total before Hall uprooted Morgan's middle stump. Cuffe's 36 not out was a fine knock and his highest for Ireland. No less than nine bowlers were tried, six of them taking wickets. Walsh with his left arm off breaks and googlies was very expensive, his three wickets costing 107 runs.

One partnership was responsible for 76 of the 122 runs scored by Cahn's XI in their second innings. It featured Dempster and Mudge. They came together after Hall and Cahn had been dismissed for 17 runs. At lunch the score was 83-2 but 15 minutes after lunch Mellon bowled Mudge for 30 and the rot set in. Ingram had Jackson lbw at 98 and Boucher bowled Walsh at 99. Two more wickets fell at 107. Summers was bowled by Boucher while Ingram trapped Dempster in front of the wicket. Dempster's 62 had lasted 130 minutes and in the circumstances it was a great innings from New Zealand's greatest batsman of the 1930s. The tail quickly fell and Boucher and Ingram emerged triumphant. They had taken 17 of the 20 wickets in the match and were well supported by brilliant fielding and excellent wicket-keeping by Cuffe.

Rathmines, Dublin