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Derek Scott

A win at Arundel for the first time since the first match (which had been a non-cap affair) played there in 1981. The Irish Captain and the National Coach asked the home Captain to agree to a 50-overs-match and so it became. Injury (Curry, Millar, Hoey, Moore) exams (Butler) and business (Rea) meant more young men gaining their first caps. Jason Molins, an opening bat, and Ryan Eagleson, an opening bowler, were both aged 20 and batsman-cum-bowler Peter Gillespie from Strabane was a year older. Patterson, aged 21, and Ogilby, aged 19, retained their places. Warke was left out of Ireland's 12 to allow Molins to play.

Drakes, on the Duchess's team, had signed for Sussex to be their overseas player in 1996 when Franklyn Stephenson would be gone. Allied Irish Bank sponsored once again. They entertained 40 clients in the Pavilion, and gave the Irish Cricket Union money which would cover air fares and gave a Man-of-the-Match award, 150 won by Alan Lewis.

Lewis won his fifth toss out of five in 1995 and sent the home team in. Patterson bowled two no-balls in the first over but Jones touched the last ball down on to his wicket. The next pair put on 40 in 13 overs. Harrison was the fifth bowler tried and came on to bowl the 15th over. His second ball turned and hit Beale's back foot for an lbw. In his fifth over Harrison repeated this to have Drakes lbw. 64-3. At 71 Graham chipped in with two wickets, both clean bowled, but in separate overs. Hollins was aiming for mid-wicket and Shiphard was stretching forward.

Cox, at number three, had scored 41 of the 71 scored so far. Lunch came after 31 overs with the score on 80-5 (Cox 45, Bevan-Thomas 5). Cox went on to 50 and got out in over 35, the first bowled by Dunlop. He was caught at cover off a mis-hit. 94-6-53. Gutteridge came in at number eight and made 52 not out of the remaining 73 runs scored in 15 overs. He received 55 balls and hit five fours and saved the innings. Dunlop took further wickets at 127 (Bevan-Thomas, caught at long-on) and 136 (Wills bowled on a wild shot). Barclay helped Gutteridge put on 30 for the ninth wicket in the last five overs and was bowled by Eagleson (his first International wicket) with one ball left. Yet again Ireland could not finish the job by getting all 10 wickets. Harrison's 10 overs were bowled for 12 runs and two wickets. All the bowlers tried took at least one wicket except Gillespie whose seven overs went for 36 runs.

Ireland's innings started badly. Drake's first ball was chased by Dunlop and caught by the wicket-keeper. When off spinner Barclay replaced Drakes he, too, took a wicket quickly. Smyth tried a reverse sweep (and there was a fielder where it might have gone!) and popped the ball to the wicket-keeper of his bat and pad. Benson tried to run two when square leg misfielded but his stumps were hit with a direct throw. 37-3-5. Lewis and Molins stopped the alarms and brought the score to 57 at tea, taken after 20 overs. Molins had pulled a muscle attempting a run and Smyth was now running for him. Molins was 27 at tea and Lewis 8.

After 29 overs the score was 97 and Molins, at 49, on the brink of a debut 50. On came a new bowler, Gutteridge. Molins misdrove his first ball and was caught by gully diving forward, for 49! 97-4. Barclay bowled a 10 overs stint for 26 runs and two wickets but Gutteridge and Jones were expensive at the other end. Harrison kept Lewis company while 39 were added. At 136-4 Ireland needed 32 off 12 overs.

Then three wickets fell. Harrison was lbw sweeping and Graham ran himself out next ball. Gillespie saw Lewis to his 50. When 53, at 150, Lewis was caught on the mid-wicket boundary. He had faced 87 balls and hit four fours. 18 were needed now but Gillespie was equal to the task. He made 16 of the last 18 including a six over long off and two fours, a memorable debut cameo.