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Derek Scott

The extraordinary feature of this match was that three Irish players retired hurt on the new fast Ormeau pitch. All, however, resumed their innings! Ireland did better than the previous day and, at 145-6 in the Barbados innings looked in with a chance.

Warke returned as captain and Cohen was left out. P McCrum was replaced by Moore and Miller by Rutherford. In fact, Rutherford was one of the injured and Miller was given permission to keep wicket as a substitute. The sponsors were Ulster Games and Messrs Ernst and Young, the ICU's accountants. In the Barbados team H Wallace, the Limavady CC professional replaced Johnson.

Warke opened with Rea. Alleyne opened the bowling and had Warke caught by wicket-keeper Alvin Greenidge off the fourth ball. 4-1-2. Rea and C McCrum and extras put on 45 in 51 minutes. Wallace came on to bowl with the total on 40. In Wallace's second over the drama began. A No-ball was followed by McCrum's run out. Doak's first ball was a No ball which damaged his arm and he retired hurt. Rea had earlier been caught at point in Kirton's first over.

It was now 49-3 with Dunlop joining Lewis. The 50 came up in 13.2 overs. The fast irregular bounce was causing problems. At 63 Dunlop was hit on the finger by Wallace. He had scored six and he was rushed to hospital, a break being feared. It was, in fact, not broken. In came Curry, without a helmet(!). This pair brought 100 up in 25.3 overs. By lunch, taken after 28 overs, Curry was 34 (scored in 47 minutes) and Lewis 16. The total was 120-3.

Sadly both were out soon after lunch. Coppin was the sixth bowler tried. In his second over Lewis was well taken at square leg by Estwick. 129-4-18. In the next over Bryan bowled one that kept low and had Curry LBW. His 42 came off 44 deliveries with 6x4. Harrison was out, caught at mid-wicket, at 136 at which point Dunlop returned. He played very well. He and Rutherford put on 31, Dunlop getting 22 of these. Dunlop was then bowled by Coppin. 167-7-28.

Nine runs later Rutherford was struck on the head by Kirton. Despite wearing a helmet he had to retire. At this point Doak resumed! Alleyne bowled Moore at 178 and, in his next over, bowled Milling. At this point Rutherford resumed but was caught at the wicket in the same over. 129-3 had become 181 all out and the innings had 10 overs left. As in the first match Alleyne was the best bowler, taking 4-20 in seven overs. Coppin had 2-21 in seven overs.

Corbin and Wallace opened for Barbados at 4:06 PM with Miller keeping wicket by special permission. Milling was hit for 12 in his first over and for 28 in four overs. Coppin hit Moore for a massive straight six and his third over yielded 13 runs in all. 50 was up in 7.3 overs with Wallace launching some ferocious blows. C McCrum and Harrison were tried and it was McCrum who took the first wicket in his second over. He had Wallace caught at deep mid-wicket. 74-1-46. Wallace's 46 came in 44 minutes, he faced 41 deliveries with 7x4.

Gordon Greenidge was very lucky to survive his first ball which kept low and brought a huge LBW appeal. In the 14th over, and Curry's first, Coppin was bowled. 78-2-25. Tea came at 79-2 in 15 overs. Gordon Greenidge attacked the bowling and 100 was up in 17.4 overs. King was caught at the wicket with the total on 101. Kirtin's stand with Greenidge was 38. Then Curry took his second wicket in his eighth over - Greenidge caught and bowled. 139-4-45. Lewis was now bowling, the sixth bowler tried. He took wickets in his third and fourth overs. Griffith was caught at the wicket and Kirton LBW. 145-6. Now 37 were wanted. Bryan made light of it, scoring 28 of these himself. There were 13 overs left. C McCrum, Curry and Lewis all did well with the ball but Milling and Moore went for 69 in 11.5 overs.

This was the 26th and last match for Hugh Milling (1985-93). Recalled after five years (and now teaching in England) as a possible opening bowler for the ICC Trophy to be played in Kenya he failed to take a wicket in these two matches. He had taken 49 wickets at 32.73 in his career. He died following a skiing accident, where he was accompanying a school party, aged 40, in 2003.

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