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Derek Scott

This was Worcester's third visit to Ireland. Previous ones had occurred in 1958 and 1967. They had a young team with no stars. They brought their full squad who needed cricket due to a very wet early season. Ormrod had been in Ireland in 1967 while Weston, Patel and Humphries had played in the match at Worcester in 1979. Ireland relied on their 1982 team but Torrens cried off to play a cup match for his club (an unheard-of event). He offered to play in the second match but the Selectors rejected this. Elder came into replace him but became ill and he, too, withdrew. GD Harrison, aged 22, then became the fourth of the Harrison brothers of Waringstown to be capped. This equalled the record of the Quinns. The first Harrison brother, Roy, made his debut against Worcester in 1967. Peter O'Reilly had signed a two-year contract with Warwickshire.

Saturday morning was very wet and no play seemed possible at 11.30. By 2.00 lunch had been taken, the sun shone and the match started. It had been reduced to 45 overs per side with bowlers restricted to a maximum of nine overs each. Masood and Short went off at a great pace against two young West Indian bowlers, Ellcock (aged 17) and Warner. However, Masood was palpably LBW in Warner's second over. 13-1-6. At 24 Short gave Humphries a wide chance at the wicket in the medium paced Perryman's first over. Short hit two fours in Perryman's third over. Patel, off spin, came on with the score at 49. Short advanced to his fourth ball, changed his mind and was stumped. Short was in good form and got out when it seemed he was on the way to a big score.

Anderson joined the reliable Wills and played sedately. He saw Wills dropped by Scott at mid-wicket with the total at 72 when Wills was 22. This was off left arm spinner Illingworth. He bowled to a 6-3 leg side field and quite a short boundary but was not hit for a four in his nine overs in which he conceded 23 runs. Anderson hit Patel for two fours in one over but was bowled by Patel at 85. 85-3-16. Cohen was needlessly run out with the score 89 and Prior gave D'Oliveira (son of Basil) a wicket in his first over when he clipped a simple catch to short mid-wicket. Wills went to a well-made 50 (only one four) in 108 minutes With his second last ball Illingworth had Monteith (10) caught with the total on 125-6. Wills and Harrison tried to lift the rate but scoring was difficult in the face of fine fielding and throwing. With his last ball Perryman had Wills stumped for an excellent 59 in 126 minutes with one four. Harrison, Corlett and Jackson did their best and 17 runs came off the last three overs for the loss of Harrison and Jackson, both out in the last over bowled by D'Oliveira. D'Oliveira had 3-29 in his eight overs.

Tea was taken and Worcester had little trouble getting the runs off exactly 43 overs. Ormrod got half of them, 77*, and hit one six and eight fours in 124 minutes When he was 27, and the total 53, Monteith dropped him at square leg off the bowling of Halliday. The first wicket reached 66 when Weston (31) was caught on the boundary by Anderson off Halliday. At 117 Patel was caught at the wicket off Anderson for 18 but D'Oliveira and Ormrod saw Worcester home. Prior was hit for 15 in his sixth and last over (six overs for 28) and D'Oliveira hit both Monteith and Anderson for sixes in the last few overs. Harrison did well on debut although only medium pace. He conceded 19 runs in six overs bowled two of the three maiden overs in the innings. Halliday, as usual, was economical - 20 runs in his nine overs and one wicket.

Rothmans sponsored the visit for 2500 and their Man-of-the-Match awards went to Wills (Ireland) and Ormrod (Worcester). Aer Lingus provided free air travel. The crowd was poor but Leinster's arrangements were good as was the wicket, taking a very wet May into account.

Rathmines, Dublin