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The third and last game of this series ended in a draw - heavily in Ireland's favour. In those days there was no declaration rule and Ireland batted from the start of the second day until 5 00 pm for their score of 195 (by far the highest Ireland total to date). This left only an hour to play and the Gentlemen of England played out time. Apparently it was "not sporting" to deliberately get out - which device might have won the match for Ireland.

There was heavy betting on the match which was said to have been for 1,000 a side. If this was so it was difficult to explain why three of the England side did not turn up on the morning of the match. These were Lord Royston, F Bathurst and the Hon. S Ponsonby. Ireland gave up H Marshall, a splendid long stop to play for England and the Hon. F. Ponsonby also stepped in. This was not a very strong England XI. The only one who had played at Lords for Gentlemen v Players was Reginald Hankey. His great innings of 70 in that match in 105 minutes was one of the greatest innings of its time.

Of the England players, the Fiennes had played before, the Marshalls, H and F were brothers and army captains - F had played for Ireland in 1856, and another gents player, Hon. F Ponsonby had also played for Ireland in 1855. DC Pell was a Cambridge blue, having played from 1844-1847, and being captain in his last year.

Ireland had two substitutes, JW Brady and JV Graburn for H Marshall and G Booth. This was the only match for Ireland in which these two substitutes played. E Vicars, a soldier in the 68th regiment, also played his only match for Ireland in this game. This was a pity as he batted splendidly in both innings.

A large attendance, including many ladies and the Lord Lieutenant was present on both days. The weather was splendid and the wicket and arrangements were excellent. This, incidentally, was the fist match that Ireland had played away from Phoenix CC

At 11 30 am on the first day Ireland won the toss and batted. They quickly lost Quinn and McCormick to Hankey and Johnston to CB Fiennes. Creyke and Vicars then put up a long and careful stand until Creyke (10) was thrown out by H Marshall, to whom it was dangerous to run at long stop. Lawrence came next and played a fine innings of 46 which did, however, contain one or two chances. Vicars (31) was eventually out after a long and chanceless innings. CB Fiennes quickly disposed of the last Irish batsmen with his fast underarms and Ireland was out for 132. Hankey and CB Fiennes had bowled well, but the change bowling was not effective. The fielding had been good.

England went in at 4 00 pm. Pell got 12 by good offside hits and H Marshall scored a rapid 9. Lawrence was bowling very well and all eyes were on Hankey when he came in at No. 4. He hit his first ball from Lawrence for 4 and then hit a 6 off McCormick amid "thunders of applause". Other fine stokes followed until an off ball from Lawrence broke more than usual and Hankey was bowled for 27. McCormick, assisted by Johnston's "truly brilliant" wicket keeping caused a collapse and England were all out for 70 - 62 runs behind. This ended play for the day.

On the following day Ireland scored 195 and occupied the wicket until 5.00 p.m. - how they must have wished for a declarations law! McCormick had some brilliant hits in his 56 and Johnston, Vicars and Doyle all exceeded 20. The bowling was collared though Hankey, unchanged and untiring, took 6 wickets.

Between 5 00 pm and 6 00 pm. England lost H Marshall, AH Faber and F Marshall in scoring 14 runs. 2000 people were present on the second day, including "most of the nobility and gentry of Dublin".

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