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Match Report
Derek Scott

In 1949 Shearer was selected in all three matches, in two of them as captain, but each time cried off and for the second season in succession did not play for Ireland. Noel Mahony in fact captained the side in all three matches this season. In this match Simon Curley replaced Shearer when he cried off.

At the end of the first day of this match two innings were complete and Yorkshire were in a very strong position. All the visitors batted well - Yardley's century being a beautiful affair with flowing off side shots and adroit footwork. In 92 minutes he raced to 103, with 18 fours, giving only one chance - to the wicket-keeper in the late 50s. Lester gave solid support to his captain, the pair putting on 112 for the fifth wicket. After tea the Yorkshiremen were in a hurry to get the home team in on a wicket which had begun to take turn. The result of this was that the last five Yorkshire wickets fell for only seven runs. Ingram got all five in 17 deliveries without a run being scored off him.

The Irish innings started at 6:40 PM and was over at 8.00. Robinson with his right hand off spinners and Wardle's left-handed break-aways proved too much for the Irish who lacked determination and footwork. The wicket, however, was taking a considerable amount of turn and the light was poor.

Yorkshire declared at lunch the next day, 410 runs ahead. Yardley again showed bright form and Sutcliffe was also extremely competent, as his father had been before him. The Irish men were transformed in their second innings and amassed 248 runs in only 130 minutes. Pollock was at his brilliant best hitting 11 boundaries in his 89, scored in only 75 minutes - a glorious innings. Barnes scored 59 in less than an hour off powerful shots and George Wilson played some magnificent off-drives in what was a fine Irish recovery.

Ormeau, Belfast