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Match Report
Derek Scott

For the last match of the season again there were two changes from the originally selected team. For the second time in succession Shearer and Barnes cried off. This time they were replaced by Jacobson and RI Gill. L Armstrong, a nominated substitute when the team was originally selected, was unable to accept an invitation to fill one of these places.

Ireland's batted evenly and well in their first innings of 248. Mahony and Bergin put on 72 for the first wicket in 92 minutes. Jacobson and Ingram contributed 68 for the fourth wicket, the latter hitting very hard. Boucher again showed how good a bat he is making 38. Broderick, the Northants player, took 4-59 in 26 overs, bowling his left-handed spinners very well. However he had poor support from his fielders. At the close of play on the first day there were four MCC wickets down for 95. Frank Quinn had struck a quick blow by bowling the Middlesex County player, Thompson, for a "duck".

On the second day the last five wickets put on 70 runs with Meyer Broderick and Reichwald helping in the revival. Boucher took the wickets, 5-88, but was expensive as he bowled only 19 overs. Ireland went into bat again at 12:30 with a lead of 82 runs and there were 5 hours left to play. The 76 by Pollock was the highlight of this innings. He went in at 12:57. At lunch, at 1:30 he had only made eight and was very unsettled, yet in 53 minutes after lunch he took his score to 76 by magnificent cricket, just what was required by his side. The second wicket added 97 and the score was 119 before Bergin who had batted safely, was out for 38. The Irish captain appeared to leave his declaration a bit too late. He declared at 4:05 PM leaving the MCC only 165 minutes to get 296 runs.

As it turned out, MCC had no chance of getting the runs but Mahony did not allow enough time for his bowlers to dismiss the opponents. At 6:10 PM seven MCC wickets were down for 122 and with 50 minutes still to go it looked like an Irish victory. But Meyer and Reichwald put on 66 in the next 43 minutes, a great effort considering the situation. Then in the second last over of the game Ingram bowled the gallant Meyer and two balls later Harrison was caught at short leg. Dunbar, the number 11, survived Ingram's remaining ball by the proverbial court of paint. Bowden came on to bowl the last over from the Pavilion end, replacing Wilson. Reichwald played five balls safely. Bowden tossed the last one right up, Reichwald took two paces down the wicket to play it and missed completely! Alas, the ball lifted and beat the top of the stumps. Miller, anticipating a leg spinner had moved across and the ball beat him too and the chance was lost. An exciting match had ended in a draw