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Derek Scott

From the team as selected JP Burke cried off. It was thought that Warke would be unable to bowl so when Burke cried off it left only three bowlers. Because of this, an all-rounder had to replace Burke. RI Gill was invited but could not accept. Therefore he was replaced by AW Cooper.

This was the closest ever victory for an Irish team. It was also Ireland's first win since Scotland were defeated at Belfast in 1949; it was the first win over MCC in Ireland since 1936 and the first win at College Park since 1932. Boucher was not in the team having declared himself unfit before the team was selected. He had played 32 matches in succession - that is every match since the war and one in 1939.

This was a fine game played in good weather and on a wicket which took a fair amount of spin. Ireland gained the advantage on the first day scoring 189 to the MCC's 116-6. Six Irish wickets fell for 93 but numbers 6 to 10 got double figures and recovery was effected. Deighton quickly accounted for Dargan and Warke while Chesterton got Pollock and McKelvey. The score was now 56-4. Bergin, who had been in 90 minutes for his 29, was run out by the wicket-keeper in peculiar circumstances. He left his ground and started to run thinking the ball had gone to fine leg. In fact, Blake had taken it cleanly on the leg side and promptly ran Bergin out. 60-5. Duffy, batting for Ireland for the first time, and Cooper put on 33 for the sixth wicket and then Duffy and Hool took part in the best stand of the innings, 42 for the seventh wicket. Then both fell to Deighton. Duffy played really well for his 44 made in two hours. He was out when mistiming a pull he skied a catch - very well taken - to Chesterton running back from short leg. Huey and Miller showed unexpected confidence and the total reached 189. Deighton, the Lancashire amateur, was the best bowler taking 6-50 in 28 overs. Chesterton of Worcestershire bowled 16.4 overs for 18 runs and took three wickets.

Blake and Mann began for MCC to the bowling of Cooper and Bodell, a new cap. Mann was out of form and Cooper bowled him in his third over. Bloy never looked very happy and was taken at slip by Dargan off Huey at 36. One run later Wyatt was bowled by a long hop from Cooper. Raman Subba Row of Surrey then came in and he and Blake looked like making a big stand when Blake mistimed Huey and gave a return catch. 71-4-34. Campbell came in and he hit at everything. He was dropped when five and went on to hit 27 in half an hour. Miller finally caught him at the wicket off Huey at 115. At 116 Pollock caught Webster off Hool while Mallett gave a difficult chance to short leg off his first ball. Subba Row was 32 not out.

Monday was very warm and MCC survived another hour, chiefly due to Subba Row. He made 51 in 103 minutes and was ninth out. He did not produce many strokes, scoring mostly by glances, pushes and dabs but his defence was exceptionally good. Huey finished with 6-49 having bowled his left armers very accurately and mixed well his in swinger with the orthodox leg break. Ireland had a lead of 38 but Dargan failed again being out at seven. Bergin and Warke then made a very good stand of 59 after Warke had been dropped early on. The lead had increased to 104 with nine wickets still intact. 20 catastrophic minutes changed the whole situation. Warke got a touch to Mallett and was caught at the wicket; Pollock spooned a return catch in the same over; off the first ball of the next over Bergin was caught at slip off Deighton; next ball to Duffy jumped and he too was caught at slip. 66-1 had become 66-5. Warke's 38 in an hour was a good knock which had begun with a 6 to square leg. McKelvey and Cooper took the score to 100 but the innings ended at 117. Cooper's 31 in just over four and in a time of crisis was the most promising performance. Deighton and Chesterton were again the main wicket takers. Deighton had now taken 10 wickets in the match while Chesterton had again bowled 16.4 overs for 18 runs and three wickets, identical to his first innings analysis.

MCC now needed 156 to win. In 95 minutes play to the end of the second day they lost three wickets for 58. Blake, 16, was out at 29 being bowled by Bodell. Mann was caught by Bergin one-handed at mid-wicket when the score was 33 and Bloy was bowled by Huey at 34. Subba Row and Wyatt saw the day out although Subba Row gave a sharp chance to Warke at short fine leg.

The third day was dull and wet and the end of the game did not come until four o'clock. However it was a great day's play for Ireland and great interest was provided for the small crowd. Subba Row and Wyatt began but rain held up play after an over was bowled. Play resumed at 1:10 PM. Off the last ball before lunch Huey got one to lift to Wyatt and Dargan took his third slip catch of the match. 76-4-17. Campbell, Webster and Mallett all fell to Huey with the total in the 90s. Campbell and Webster were out to 2 fine catches by Duffy at deep mid-wicket while Warke ran many yards to catch Mallett behind the bowler. The score was now 99-7 and Ireland had the advantage. Subba Row was still in and he found the partner he wanted in Chesterton. Subba Row reached his second 50 of the match in 2 hours. He did not score freely but monopolised the strike by taking singles off the fifth or sixth bowl of every over. Chesterton stayed with him while the score mounted and slowly the balance of the game shifted to favour the MCC.

The score reached 145 - only 11 to win, three wickets to fall and Subba Row still in . Pollock was switching Huey, Hool and Bodell from end to end in an effort to break the partnership. In fact Pollock was captaining the team very well. Bodell came on at the Pavilion end for Huey. Pollock went to short mid-off and caught Chesterton off Bodell's fourth ball. Deighton came in and Huey went on for Hool at the Scorebox End. A single to Subba Row and three byes resulted. The score was now 149-8. Bodell's next over yielded two singles. 151-8, 5 to win. To the first ball of Huey's next over Subba Row moved out and drove a very hard catch to Pollock at short leg. He dropped it! Huey's next ball drew Subba Row forward and bowled him. 151 for nine, five still to win and the last man, Jowett, coming in. He took a single to leg as did Deighton next ball. 153, still 3 to win. Bodell then bowled a maiden to Deighton. Huey bowled again and his fifth ball bowled Jowett.

Ireland had won! Huey had taken eight wickets for 48 runs in 29.5 overs. In the match he had taken 14 wickets for 97 runs, figures which carried him to the top of the English bowling averages. Previously no one had ever taken more than 12 wickets in a match for Ireland (Boucher had done so twice), and his 8 wickets in an innings was only surpassed by TC Ross who had taken 9-28 against the South Africans in Cork in 1904. Bodell took 2-52 in 22 overs. He sustained his pace very well and is the most promising opening bowler since Billingsley. The MCC team contained no less than eight present or former University Blues.

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