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Match Report
Derek Scott

This was a first ever match against CCC and a defeat because Ireland did not play well. The CCC team were confident cricketers from the London area and they outplayed Ireland after the latter made a good start. The pitch was uncovered and rain on the first night made it a drying bowler's wicket on the second day. The CCC first innings lead of 96 was now decisive.

Ireland intended to set out on this four match tour with the same team that had played the Australians except that Jackson was now fit again and replaced Bailey. The reserves chosen were H Milling of Phoenix, a young, tall, strong opening bowler of 22 years of age and formerly of Dublin University plus MP Rea, a batsman who had been capped against Scotland earlier in the year. Then Corlett cried off, for business reasons, and John McDevitt of Limerick and formerly of Old Belvedere came into the party.

The weather for the CCC match was sunny with rain in the night. The outfield grass was long. Langley and Roberts opened to the bowling of Elder and Milling and a tight grip was kept on the game until just before and after the lunch interval. Milling pitched a little short but his 12th delivery saw Langley caught by Jackson. 10-1-2. Elder bowled 10 economical overs for 21 runs but was inclined to bowl a little wide. Lewis replaced Milling and took wickets in his second and third overs. Roberts was caught at mid-wicket of a "clip"(22-2-15) and Siveyer was bowled (25-3-0). Milling returned for Elder and Lewis bowled eight overs for 11 runs. This was his only spell in an innings of 78.5 overs! Lunch, which was to be taken after two hours, was now approaching and CCC were only 53-3 in 27 overs. Masood was given an over which yielded 13 and the lunch score (after 30 overs) was 66-3, Atkins 30, Stafford 14.

Inexplicably Prior was given four overs after lunch, in harness with Halliday. Prior's four over spell cost 27 runs, mostly to Atkins. In seven overs the score had leapt to 99 before Halliday bowled Atkins for 49 in the 38th over. In the next 40 overs no other wicket fell and 110 runs were scored. Stafford, a wristy player, got to 72 not out in three hours but there was no great power in his strokes. At 124 he was dropped by Prior at mid-on off Halliday. At 135 Stafford drove the ball back, hit his partner Crossley, and broke his arm. So Stear joined Stafford. Stear stepped up the pace and scored 55 in an hour, including a six off Elder who conceded 14 in that over near the end. At 174 Elder dropped Stear (then 25) at deep mid-off off the bowling of Anderson. In general control was lost stemming from the five overs bowled by Masood and Prior which yielded 40 runs. In all 8 bowlers were used.

Warke and Masood opened just after 4 PM to the bowling of Mott and Stear, two seam bowlers. All went reasonably well until tea. Warke was caught at short leg for one but in 11 overs up to tea Masood (27) and Anderson (11) took the score to 46. This included two straight sixes by Masood, one off Stear and one of the off spinner Bigmore. Anderson had gone in at number three because Dennison had badly bruised a hand in the field.

After tea a collapse began and 51-1 very rapidly became 89-9. Anderson gave first slip a hard chance off Stear. It went for 4 to bring the score to 51. Next ball Anderson was LBW. 51-2-15. In Mott's next over, at 52, he had Prior caught at second slip pushing forward and Lewis, LBW, to his first ball. McBrine joined Masood and saw the latter missed by Bigmore off Mott at 67 - an easy gully catch. However, at 76 Masood mis timed a pull off Stear and was caught at square leg. 76-5-45.

One run later Jackson, not to the pitch of the ball, was caught at cover of Mott. At 86 McBrine played on to Stear. Dennison had come in at number eight but was out next over at the other end. Edmonds, a left arm medium bowler, had replaced Mott and had Dennison caught at gully off a slash. Stear bowled Milling at 89. 21 were needed to save the follow-on when Elder joined Halliday. For 12 overs they played carefully. Four bowlers were used and they achieved their objective. With three more runs added Mott bowled Halliday for 15. With the exception of this last face saving stand and Masood's 45, it had been a sorry story lasting only 38.5 overs. Before the close (7 PM) there was time for two overs but Langley and Roberts scored no runs.

With the heavy rain in the night and the sun to follow it was obvious that the second day was going to be a bowler's day. Ireland were, perhaps, slow to get their two spinners, McBrine and Halliday working in harness. McBrine bowled four overs early on and did not come back until the 35th over. Halliday brought himself on, as the sixth bowler used, in the 22nd over and bowled until the finish (49.1 overs). Lewis took the first two wickets in the 12th and 14th overs, having Langley caught at the wicket (30-1-12) and Atkins LBW (40-2-6).

The next 10 overs yielded 39 runs until Halliday brought himself on and had Roberts stumped in his second over. Roberts had just completed 50 in 83 minutes and the next highest scorer was the number nine who made 18. At 82 Halliday had Siveyer caught and at 86 Stear was caught at short leg also off Halliday. McBrine came back and took a wicket in each of his two overs up to lunch. Stafford was caught by Jackson and Bigmore stumped. Lunch came after 37 overs at 94-7, with Edwards and Goldsmith yet to open their scores. Crossley was unable to bat so only two wickets remained to be taken. Warke missed a vital and easy slip catch off McBrine with the score at 97 and the ninth wicket pair added 32 in 12 overs. Then McBrine bowled Goldsmith for 18, and without addition, McBrine bowled Edwards for 14. The spinners had bowled 26 of the 49 overs and had taken 7-66.

223 was the winning target which Ireland set out to make at 2:20 PM. It was a tall order unless someone played a long innings. The pitch was now a bowler's pitch and it would need good batting. All went well for eight overs. 26 were scored and Warke was LBW to Mott to a ball which kept low. At 34 Mott bowled Masood on another low bouncing ball. Dennison and Anderson played well for a while. Bigmore came on with his off spin for the 22nd over. His third delivery was mispulled by Anderson and Ireland's MP Rea, fielding sub for Crossley, caught a fine diving catch running in from deep square leg. The second "own goal" of the match - one for each side! 70-3-13. Bigmore also took a wicket in his second over, Prior being bowled dobbing at the ball. Edwards now was bowling with Bigmore and Lewis's first two scoring shots were two sixes off the former - off one of which he was dropped at deep square leg. Tragedy followed at 95 when Dennison was run out at the bowler's end off what appeared to be a very poor decision. Dennison had batted 68 minutes and had hit five fours in his 35 - by far his highest score for Ireland. The remaining wickets all added a few but the final tally was 155 in 54.4 overs. At 106 McBrine was caught off Bigmore and Jackson was caught off Edwards at 110. Tea came at 127-7, Lewis 33 not out, having hit a third six off Bigmore. He was out immediately after tea, bowled pushing at Bigmore. Elder was out in Bigmore's next over. Halliday and Milling prolonged the end and added 18. Halliday hit a six and was 26 not out when a misunderstanding led to Milling being run out. On this slow turner Bigmore took 5-23 in 17 overs.