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Derek Scott

For this game the team played as selected. G Wilson was unavailable for selection.

It is doubtful if the Irish bowlers have received such heavy punishment as was handed out to them by the Springbok batsmen in this game. South Africa scored 312 runs for the loss of four wickets in only 131 minutes. Four Irish bowlers bowled in all 51 overs and the hitting of Rowan, Mansell and McLean was terrific. The South African captain Eric Rowan said afterwards that the onslaught was in celebration of the first day of really warm sunshine which the tourists had experienced. Ireland batted first on a wicket answering with reasonable speed to spin - a factor that was fully exploited by the off-spinning Tayfield and Van Ryneveld with his leg-breaks and googlies. McGlew started Ireland on a downward path by having both McCloy and Bergin lbw with only 17 runs scored. Thereafter most of the pleasure was to be got from watching a first class fielding side in action. The bowling was good but it was helped by some indeterminate batting. When five wickets had fallen for 32 Ingram came in and showed the bowling was not unplayable when determination was allied to foot work. His 50 not out occupied only 68 minutes - an excellent effort and one of Ingram's best. He had brief but whole-hearted support from Armstrong, 16, for the eighth wicket and later very valuable assistance from Miller for the last wicket. This stand raised the score from 82 to 110. That the wicket held no particular terrors was made apparent when the South Africans went into bat at 2:35 pm. Eric Rowan and Waite were in no way perturbed at anything that was pitted against them and in only 49 minutes the 100 was up. When the score was one run short of Ireland's total of 110 Boucher broke through Waite's defence. Waite had scored only 21 of the 109 runs.

Meanwhile it had taken Rowan only 30 minutes to reach his 50 and was something of a surprise when, eight runs after Waite's dismissal, he jumped down the wicket to Bowden, missed and was easily stumped. He had scored 85 in just over an hour including two sixes and 13 fours. Technically it was the most correct of the three glorious innings played in that enchanting 2 hours for which the South Africans occupied the wicket. This brought Mansell and McLean together and in a ferocious onslaught on the Irish bowling they added 182 runs in 63 minutes. This was fantastic and thrilling batting with runs coming at a rate of three a minute. All the bowlers suffered alike. Ingram had 41 scored off him in one 4 over spell. Bowden had 28 knocked off three overs. Boucher was the main objective of the attack and in 13 overs 99 runs were scored off Ireland's greatest bowler. Both players hit him with the spin and the fielders were powerless to prevent the numerous boundaries. McLean with five sixes and 14 fours scored 107 in 63 minutes (100 in 61 minutes). This must surely be the fastest and gayest century ever scored against Ireland. The second hundred runs had taken 50 minutes while the remaining 102 were scored in 32 minutes. Mansell was not far behind McLean and his 50 occupied 46 minutes. His 85 runs were scored in about 65 minutes and his hits included a six and 10 fours. McLean fell to a well judged catch in front of the scoreboard by Pollock off Bowden at 299 and when Ingram bowled Mansell at 312, Rowan declared.

At 5:15 pm Ireland opened their second innings to the bowling of Tayfield and Mann. The South African hitting must have dazzled the eyes of the batsmen for with only one run scored the unfortunate McCloy for the second time in the match, was out without scoring. Two balls later Mann also had Pollock caught at the wicket by Endean. However, thanks to a praiseworthy and determined defence by Bergin and Shearer no further wickets fell. Bergin, batting very well, had reached 40 in 75 minutes when Shearer was 13 not out. A huge crowd had seen great cricket.

90 minutes finished the game on the second morning. Out of the overwhelming defeat emerged one Irishman with his reputation enhanced - Stanley Bergin. The Pembroke left-hander batted through the innings and scored 79 * out of 130 in 2 hours. This was his highest score for Ireland to date and undoubtedly his greatest innings. Cuan McCarthy, 21 years old, 6'3" of pace and power was unleashed at one end in an effort to end the match in as little time as possible. He proved very awkward to play as he came very fast through the air but comparatively slowly off the ground although occasionally he was able to make the ball "fly". The score, which at one time read 62-2, changed rapidly to 67-5. McCarthy quickly disposed of Shearer, Stronach and Ingram. Shearer and Ingram both played too soon being deceived by McCarthy's slowness off the wicket. Curley and Boucher both fell to Mann at 67. Then Armstrong came and really enjoyed himself. He scored 22, including a six off Tayfield, and he and Bergin added 42 for the eighth wicket. Bergin's 50 came up in two hours and the 100 in 135 minutes. Bergin, fast running out of partners, speeded up and eventually when Mann bowled Miller at 130 he had scored his gallant 79 not out in 2 hours and established himself as Ireland's most consistent batsman. Tufty Mann in 30.5 overs had taken 6-37 but it was McCarthy's seven fiery overs that had beaten the Irishmen.

College Park, Dublin