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Derek Scott

I Zingari batted from 2 00 pm until close of play at 6 30 (less an hour for lunch) on the 2nd day and thus gave themselves no time to bowl Ireland out for a second time. The laws in 1863 did not permit a declaration but the batsmen might have got themselves out and given the bowlers at least 80 to 90 minutes to try and bowl Ireland out. I Zingari had 3 newcomers for this match - Lord Hyde, WC Clayton and Capt. W Parnell. Of the other 8, only 4 were to play against Ireland in subsequent years - H Arkwright, R Marsham, RA Fitzgerald and RAH Mitchell. Ireland had two professional players - Peter Doyle and Michael Flanagan. Doyle was now 35. He played in the first game in 1855 and in his 13 games in all he scored 191 runs and took 6 wickets. He was completely self taught and was a Dubliner. His score of 43 in this match was his best for Ireland. Flanagan was born in Glencolmcille, Co Clare in 1842. He was an excellent fast round arm bowler and from 1870 onwards was engaged by Middlesex and MCC. He lost an eye in an accident in later life and died in 1890 aged 47. In this 1863 season he was professional for Phoenix. JH Chapman in his 5 games for Ireland took 18 wickets. In this match he played under the name of "Saxon". T Quinn was playing his 13th and last match, in which he had taken 30 wickets. Just before this match I Zingari had scored 269 v the Knickerbockers at Vice Regal which at that time was the highest total ever made in Ireland. Marsham got 70, Fitzgerald 58 and Clayton 52. I Zingari also beat Phoenix with Marshall and Mitchell making runs in each innings.

The wicket on the first day favoured the bowlers. Rain prevented play until 1pm and the soft wicket made almost every ball from Chapman keep very low. He bowled with his usual precision and took 5 wickets. A large crowd saw Lord Hyde and Marsham open for I Zingari. Quinn and Flanagan opened the bowling. At 23 Chapman replaced Quinn and with his second ball bowled Marsham for 11. Flanagan immediately bowled Mitchell for 0. Mitchell was the current Oxford captain and this was the first of his 3 triumphant years of captaincy. Johnson got 3 and was then bowled by a Chapman shooter - 27-3. Fitzgerald came in but with no addition Lord Hyde was bowled by a "ripping ball" from Flanagan for 11. Marshall was with Fitzgerald at lunch. Marshall, after making 4, was caught at the wicket by Hone off Flanagan and Clayton was bowled by Chapman for 0. Both fell at 39. Capt. Parnell came in and defended very well. Fitzgerald was in good batting from and scored well despite keen bowling. At 63 Flanagan had Parnell caught at slip by Cole for 7. Creyke stayed quite a while making only 1 but Fitzgerald was now scoring in every over. At 73 Chapman with a breaking shooter bowled Creyke. Fellows, demon fast bowler of the 1840's, came next and there resulted the best stand of the innings. 29 were added and the 100 was up. Barry replaced Flanagan and at 104 caught and bowled Fitzgerald for 59. It was a splendid catch to end a splendid innings. Fitzgerald had given 3 difficult chances. Chapman bowled Arkwright to finish the innings at 105 with Fellows 6 not out. The fielding had been very good with Coddington at long stop outstanding.

By close of play Ireland were 66 for 6. Doyle was 25 not out, so the first day left the game reasonably balanced. Barry and French opened against Mitchell and Arkwright. French was missed at slip, scored 5 singles and was stumped by Clayton off Arkwright at 12. Doyle was dropped 1st ball and from then on scored steadily. At 24, Arkwright, at slip, caught Barry off Mitchell. 24-2-10. Hone scored all the 7 runs added while he was in and was cleverly caught at long leg by Fitzgerald off Arkwright. Arkwright also had Coddington caught for 0 at mid off by Mitchell. 32-4-0. Ashton and Doyle put on 29 for the 5th wicket. Marsham replaced Mitchell and the latter gave the former a wicket when he caught a lusty leg hit by Ashton. 63-5-11. Cole was bowled by Arkwright for 3 and at that stage stumps were drawn.

The next day at 12.30 Quinn went out with Doyle. Quinn only made 2 before being caught off Arkwright. Chapman was next and Johnson bowled in place of Marsham. Johnson conceded quite a few runs before Arkwright bowled Doyle. Doyle's mastery and fine style reminded one of his form of some years ago. Chapman was caught and bowled by Arkwright for 12. The 100 went up but Mitchell relieved Johnson and had Samuels LBW to end the innings with Ireland still one run behind. Flanagan did not face a ball and the innings ended at 1.50. Arkwright bowled his "slows" unchanged and took 7 wickets.

Marsham and Hyde again opened for I Zingari. At 21 after Hyde had scored 11 a fine ball from Flanagan bowled him. Mitchell joined Marshall and they added 30 and bridged the lunch interval. At 51 Mitchell was bowled by Flanagan for the second time in the match for 12. Johnson came in and a tremendous stand ensued. Marsham and Johnson collared the bowling completely. Barry, Flanagan, Ashton and Chapman were all tried. Flanagan was only off for a few overs and broke the stand when he came back at the other end. He had Johnson well caught by Coddington at long stop for 46. The score was 136 and they had added 85. Fitzgerald failed to score being caught one handed at mid on by Cole off Flanagan. Fellows made 21 in good style before Flanagan bowled him at 168. Chapman caught and bowled Clayton for 0 at 171, Clayton bagging a "pair". At this stage stumps were pulled as time had run out. Marsham had batted approximately 3 and a half hours for his 76 not out. He gave a few chances but it was a very good innings. Flanagan took 5 wickets, bring his total to 9 out of the 16 that fell. He bowled almost unchanged throughout the match and many of his overs were maidens. A wet and slippery ball made fielding difficult but it was really good. Only 3 byes in 276 runs spoke well for Hone's wicket keeping and Coddington's long stopping.

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