CricketEurope Ireland logo
2019 Miscellaneous
News & Reports Photos Audio

2019 StatsZones
2019 Premier League
Ireland International Matches Database
Match Report
Derek Scott

The team which played in this match showed two changes from that selected. Webb (for what proved to be his last match for Ireland) and Burke replaced Kenny and Ingram.

Lancashire, playing Ireland for the first time, completely outplayed us and won easily. The Lancashire team contained six Test Match players and the gap between the standards of the two teams was enormous. The weather was cold and damp throughout the game and, as a result, a very small crowd attended. The Ormeau ground was not at its best, the outfield being very bumpy and rough but the wicket was easy.

Play extended from 2 PM to 8 PM on the first day. At 3:30 PM Ireland were all out for 57. Bergin was the only double-figure scorer in the side and his 18 occupied an hour. He and O'Maille put on 20 for the first wicket, but the rest cut sorry figures to the bowling of Statham, Moore, Hilton and Grieves. Hilton, with his left arm slow, took 5-16 in eight overs. Washbrook and Place began in swashbuckling style for Lancashire and in 75 minutes had 101 on the board. Cooper, Webb and Bowden were the Irish bowlers but runs came very easily although there were not many boundaries. Boucher was not put until the score had reached 93. Place hit his second and third balls for four each but was stumped going out to drive the next. 101-1-49. Place's innings was very neat and efficient. The last 46 of the 101 runs had come in 60 minutes after tea.

Washbrook was now hitting everything. He hit Boucher for a six but next ball he was out to a skier near the wicket on the leg side. In 90 minutes Washbrook had made 61 magnificent runs. Geoffrey Edrich now dominated the play. Helped successively by Wharton, Grieves, Howard and Wilson he made 96 in just over two hours. He attacked all the time and got great power into his strokes. Hilton joined Statham at 261 and made 31 not out in 25 minutes. At the end of play the score was 297 for seven.

Next day Hilton continued to hit with great force and his 44 occupied only 49 minutes. Webb took two well-deserved wickets and the final total was 341. Boucher finished with 5-78 in 20 overs. His first four overs cost 38 but from then on his length was excellent. The Irish fielding was excellent and Marks was in good form as wicket-keeper. The Irish second innings was not much different to the first. Nine wickets fell for 71, and then Bowden and Webb added 35 light-hearted runs to bring the score into three figures. O'Maille was bowled in Moore's first over and Bergin caught in Wharton's first over. This was Bergin's first nought for Ireland in 32 innings. McCloy batted attractively for his 17 and Cooper showed promise while making 12. Moore and Wharton bowled two overs each and then Tattersall, Hilton and Grieves shared the attack. Wickets fell regularly until Webb joined Bowden for the last wicket. They survived eight overs in adding the 35 runs. Bowden hit four boundaries in his 24 not out. Hilton's 4-32 was the best bowling figure.

Ormeau, Belfast