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Match Report
Derek Scott

After draws due to rain at Pittsburgh (11-a-side) and Baltimore (against XVI) Ireland took on XII of Longwood and scraped home by 5 runs. The wicket was bumpy, lumpy and sodden. In the Longwood team were two professionals, Chambers of Notts and George Wright and their bowling very nearly won the match for their team. Saunders Banford was now umpiring for Ireland since Day left after the Canadian part of the tour. Banford was well known in the North of Ireland and for six years now had been with the Young American Club in Philadelphia. For Ireland FW Kennedy came in for JM Meldon who was either injured or resting.

In this match there was no play due to rain on the first day. On the second day, on this small well-kept ground, the wicket rolled on well but proved to be treacherous. Hynes and Dunn (who had scored a brilliant 71 in Baltimore) opened to the bowling of the two professionals. At 3 Dunn was caught at long on by the champion tennis player Pettitt. JP Fitzgerald came in and played steadily until he was caught at the wicket at 10. Cronin was bowled by Wright for 6 and the same bowler caught and bowled Hynes for a well-played 22. Chambers bowled Maxwell for 0. Gillman and E Fitzgerald put on a few before the former was splendidly caught at long on for a neat 16. W.Johnston failed to score being caught at short slip. With 7 wickets down lunch was taken. Afterwards Synnott was caught off the handle at short slip off a rising ball; Tobin was bowled by a shooter and Kennedy scored a fast 9 before being lbw. E Fitzgerald was 12 not out. The total was only 78 and Chambers had taken 7 for 39 in 211 balls. Longwood fared even worse and were bowled out for 50 by Hynes and JP Fitzgerald. Hynes bowled opener Wright for 0 and Fitzgerald bowled the no. 3 L Mansfield for 1. Chambers was next and Hynes also bowled him for 0. RD Brown, the other opener, and CL Bixby took the score to 19 when Brown was caught at the wicket for 7. Mudie made 8 not out and looked better than anyone else. The tail was quickly finished off by Fitzgerald and a catch at short leg right handed by Synnott was a feature. Hynes in 20 overs had 6 for 31 while Fitzgerald in 19 overs conceded only 10 runs and took 5 wickets.

At 11 00 the next day Hynes and a new partner, E Fitzgerald, began Ireland's second innings. Three wickets fell for only 6 runs. At 2 Hynes was caught at slip for 0. E.Fitzgerald was LBW for 4 and Gillman, who had come in at no. 3, was caught at point for 0. Dunn and JP Fitzgerald were now together and Dunn's 20 was a brilliant innings and quite the best of the match. He was bowled by Wright and next over JP Fitzgerald was caught at the wicket for 7. Cronin was run out for yet another 0 and 6 were out for 36. Synnott was caught at point for 4 at 47. Maxwell was playing well but lost Kennedy, caught and bowled for 2, at 54. Maxwell was caught at deep mid on for 14 and the innings ended at 64 - a lead of 92 only. Again Chambers was the destroyer taking 6 for 40 in 134 balls. The fielding had been very good with S.Wright and Hubbard superb. The batting is also praised, particularly for its patience in the face of fine professional bowling.

At 1 00 pm Mudie and Bixby went in to get 93 to win and the real excitement began. Mudie got a single off Hynes but Fitzgerald's first ball bowled him. Brown came in but was run out for 1 when he hit one to mid on. L.Mansfield was no. 4 but lost Bixby who was caught at cover for 6. Chambers joined L.Mansfield and the stand of the innings ensued. Careful at first and then more rapidly the runs began to come. W Johnston and Synnott were tried and Chambers spooned a return to Synnott but the sun prevented a catch. By lunch the score had been raised from 15 to 49. After an hour the game was resumed. Tobin and Kennedy were given a bowl but still the runs came and Hynes came on for Kennedy. The score reached 60 and the Irish-Americans who had bet on Ireland were looking very glum. Then Chambers hit a hard and high return to Tobin but this tall bowler was just able to make the catch. 60 for 4 and only 33 required from 7 wickets. G Wright came in and 9 were put on when Mansfield was caught at point off Hynes for a careful 22. 69 for 5. Pettitt came next and JP Fitzgerald took over the bowling from Tobin - but not before Tobin had Pettitt well held by Gillman at 3rd man. 72 for 6. Sam Wright joined his brother but was lbw to Hynes at 74. 74-7-2. Hopes were now centred on Hubbard but he bagged a pair when Dunn hit the stumps from long off for a magnificent run out. 75-8-0. F Mansfield and G Wright brought the score to 80 when Hynes bowled Mansfield for 1. 80 for 9. Next ball Hynes bowled Haughton who also bagged a pair. The captain JW Dutton was last and 13 were required. He played the last ball of the over safely. The first ball of Fitzgerald's next over was a no-ball which G.Wright hit for a boundary 3 to leg (and also got one for the no-ball by the laws then in force). 9 to win. Wright cut the next ball for 3 so now 6 were required. Dutton played one ball safely but was tempted by one to leg and was grandly stumped by E Fitzgerald and the Irish team came in "with a whoop that staggered the natives". Hynes had again bowled splendidly taking 5 for 30 in 90 balls. Many dollars changed hands, many invitations were extended to the Irish team and the game in New England will receive a great impetus from the match at Longwood.