This was a very strong Irish team but, due to poor fielding, poor batting in the first innings, and good Philadelphian bowling, Ireland lost by 6 wickets. This was a surprise result for this was the first tour abroad by the famous Philadelphians, and their only previous match had been against Dublin University. Ireland were at full strength except that GD Casey had come in for AJ Fleming, who was ill.
Heavy rain had fallen in the night and the first morning was dank with misty rain falling. RS Newhall won the toss from Nat Hone and as a result had the best of the wicket and of the light which became very gloomy later on. JA Scott and H Brown opened the batting to Hamilton and Hemsworth. JP Maxwell, who did not often keep wicket, did so in this game when AJ Fleming withdrew. At 20 he missed Brown off Hamilton and then Nunn replaced Hemsworth. Each bowler bowled several maidens in succession. Brown should have been caught by Bayley at third man but he never tried for the catch. At 30 Nunn changed ends and his 2nd ball - a fast one - bowled Scott who had made a nice 19. J.B.Thayer came in and Bayley bowled at the other end. Bayley missed the new batsman at short slip off Nunn - another expensive miss. Several boundaries (threes) to Brown brought 50 up. Casey replaced Bayley and in his second over Thayer should have been stumped. At 70 two more chances went down. Brown was missed at the wicket while Thayer hit one from Casey straight to Hamilton who dropped it. At 90 Hamilton and Hemsworth resumed but after a few overs the latter gave way to Penny. 100 came up in 90 minutes and at 103 Brown was bowled by Hamilton for a lucky 43. At 118 Thayer swung at Penny, missed, and was bowled for a freely hit, if lucky, 42. Without a run added lunch was then taken (a leisurely meal from 2 15 to 3 25!). S Law and JM Fox resumed. Penny and Hamilton were accurate and runs came slowly. At 160 Nunn replaced Hamilton and soon a ball from him kicked and Law was caught at slip for a steady 19. Nunn at once missed a caught and bowled off DP Stoever - the seventh catch to be dropped. Stoever made 8 and was caught at mid on by Trotter off Nunn. WC Morgan came next but at 193 he lost Fox who was caught at point by Hone off Nunn for 19. At 4 15 200 went up with Morgan and H.MacNutt together. At 210 Penny dropped a hot return from MacNutt. Hamilton came on for Nunn and bowled MacNutt with his third ball. At 219 the innings closed when Penny bowled Morgan. Hamilton took 3 for 35 in 34 overs - a very fine finale for the fast bowler.
At 5 00 Hynes and Maxwell opened for Ireland and by close of play the team was all out for 88. The light was very poor and the Philadelphian fielding was brilliant but 88 was a poor effort. A slow left hander, WC Lowry, did the damage taking 7 for 55. Lowry collected 110 wickets on the tour in 17 matches at 12.79 runs each. The fast bowler Fox took 3 for 4 in 6 overs. Lowry and Clark shared the bowling. With his third ball Lowry had Hynes caught at point - this seemed to demoralise the Irishmen. Nunn came in and put two balls dangerously near fielders. At 16 he was caught at cover off Lowry for 9. At 26 Trotter was caught at slip off a mis-hit for 7. Cronin was next and he played by far the best innings of the Irish team. At 39 Maxwell was nicely caught in the outfield by Thayer off Lowry. He had made a steady 16. Penny hit about him and was dropped by Lowry off a caught and bowled chance and then in the long field before putting a soft one up to the wicket keeper. 62-5-17. Fox came on for Clark at this stage and bowled Nat Hone for 3. Cronin, who had played very well for 27, was lbw (a doubtful one!) to Fox at 81 and at the same score Fox bowled Bayley. Hamilton and Hemsworth both fell to Lowry and Ireland were all out 131 runs behind and had to follow-on next morning.
There was again misty rain falling when Hone and Maxwell opened the 2nd innings for Ireland. Lowry and Fox bowled and Nat Hone's last innings for Ireland was unfortunately a nought for he was well caught low down and one handed at slip by Fox off Lowry. Cronin joined Maxwell and runs came freely. MacNutt replaced Fox but it was Lowry who struck again when Cronin lifted one to Law in the outfield. His two innings of 27 and 18 were very pretty and it was a good debut. Penny came in at no. 4 and commenced to hit boundaries. At 62 Maxwell was lbw to Lowry for a careful 23. Haynes was next and Penny greeted him by driving Lowry out of the ground for 6. Eventually Penny was caught at cover for a lively 30. Trotter came next and the 100 went up at 1.20. Hynes, going well, became too eager and was stumped for 27. Nunn failed but Casey helped Trotter to put on 22 before being caught at slip for 7. Lunch was taken at 2 00 at 132 for 7. Bayley came out with Trotter and eventually Lowry went off for a rest. Thayer and Fox bowled. Bayley was caught at mid on for a good 16 off Thayer and Fox had Hamilton caught at the wicket for 7. Scott caught Hemsworth off Fox - a splendid running effort. Trotter was 42 not out - an excellent innings if not quite faultless. Lowry brought his wicket total in the match to 13 by taking 6 for 84 in 51 overs.
At 4 45 the Philadelphians went in needing 47 to win. They lost 3 wickets for 9 but Newhall came to the rescue and the match ended at 5.30. If they had been set 100 to win they might not have got them. Scott and Brown opened to Hamilton and Penny. Almost at one Nunn replaced Hamilton and bowled Brown for 8. Next over he bowled Thayer for 0 and in Penny's next over Nunn caught Scott. Morgan was promoted and joined Newhall in a stand. Newhall hit Penny for 11 in one over, including a 6. Two appeals for catches at the wicket to the Philadelphian umpire were rejected! Strangely Hamilton replaced Nunn who had bowled 8 overs for 8 runs and 2 wickets. Morgan was caught very close in by Nunn off Penny but Newhall with 27 not out won the match for his team.