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Derek Scott

TC Williams; JC Boucher and NH Lambert cried off the originally selected team and were replaced by FJ Reddy; PJ Quinn and H Armstrong.

After being in a very strong position at the end of the first day, Ireland collapsed for 67 in their second innings and were ultimately beaten by seven wickets. As usual, Cahn fielded a very strong team. Newcomers included HG Vivian, the New Zealand Test player and Paul Gibb, the Yorkshire and England batsman-wicketkeeper. The 8-ball over was being used for the first time in a match played by Ireland and within three overs both the opening batsmen were out. TJ Macdonald was lbw to a beautiful in swinger from Lush and Pigot played too late and was yorked by the same bowler. Lush was very fast but the easy wicket detracted from his pace through the air. Shearer and Ingram put on 61 for the third wicket but Walsh had Shearer in difficulty and an easy stumping chance was missed. Then Shearer attempted to cut Vivian and was caught at the wicket after making 38 by perfect cricket with beautiful footwork.

At lunch the score was 82-3, James Macdonald and Ingram being together. Walsh, the left-arm googly bowler, was now getting a little bite into his spinners. 100 came up in 115 minutes while Ingram's 50 was scored in 100 minutes. Ingram increased his pace and made great use of the pull shot. When 60 he should have been stumped and was eventually caught by Gibb at square leg off Vivian for 75. The partnership had been worth 98 runs. Then the innings crashed with sickening suddenness. Walsh changed ends at 159. Up to then he had taken 0-56. In six overs he then took 5-21, in fact his five wickets were taken in 20 balls for two runs. To the middle and tail end batsmen Walsh looked unplayable and he bowled four of his victims and the other was caught and bowled. James Macdonald found himself 54 not out when the last wicket fell and the grand total was 186.

Gibb and Mudge opened for Cahn's XI and at 19 Gibb missed an Ingram in-swinger and was stumped. Five runs later Ingram had Mudge lbw with a top-spinner and at 28 he completely beat and bowled Vivian. Jackson was Ingram's fourth successive victim when he was caught at the wicket off a leg-break. Ingram was mixing in-swingers and leg-breaks beautifully. James Macdonald then took a hand by having Maxwell caught and bowled and with the score at 77 he had Sir Julien Cahn snapped up in the gully. At the same total Dempster, who had played well for his 31, was bowled by Ingram while attempting to cut a ball on his wicket. Summers and Lush saw the day out at 91-7.

The tables were turned on the second day when the Irish batting failed in the second innings. The batsmen were not good enough for Walsh and were all out for 67. Cahn's XI added 24 to the over night 91-7. Billingsley, bowling at top pace, had Summers caught at short leg when the score was 96 and in his next over he bowled Lush. The last pair, Hall and Walsh, added 18 and was left to Ingram to dismiss Hall lbw. Ingram, 6-38 in 22.6 overs, and James Macdonald, 2-11, bowled beautifully while Billingsley always kept up a good pace. However, newcomer Armstrong looked innocuous.

Ireland were all out in 90 minutes for 67 runs. It is a very disappointing display. All the batsmen were in difficulty except Pigot and he was unfortunate to be run out by his partner. In the first four overs three wickets fell to the fast bowlers for 17 runs. Lush bowled TJ Macdonald in his first over and, at the other end, Hall had Ingram caught at short leg and in his next over he dismissed Shearer who was well caught at the wicket on the leg-side. When Walsh came on the procession started. Pigot was run out for 21 and then in 7.6 overs Walsh took 5-20 with no-one offering any resistance.

139 were required to win and these were hit off in 2 hours . Summers opened the innings and was the chief agent of victory. Two wickets fell to James Macdonald before 50 was reached. At 40 Mudge was brilliantly caught on the leg-side by Cuffe and two runs later Gibb was stumped when reaching forward. Macdonald was pinning the batsmen down and at tea 67 were still needed and only an hour remained. Summers reached 50 in 70 minutes but then he was bowled, defeated by Macdonald's accuracy. Cahn was bowled by Ingram at 85 and only 45 minutes were left when Dempster joined Summers. 54 runs were wanted. At 110 Dempster was missed at deep mid-off by Billingsley off Macdonald. Then Dempster took control and 27 were hit in the next three overs and the game was won with 10 minutes to spare. Ingram had bowled throughout the match while Macdonald conceded only 43 runs in 19 overs in the second innings.