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Match Report
Derek Scott

The Stirlands CC Ground is near Chichester, West Sussex. It is a big ground but the pitch for this match looked a little rough, with some cracks, and was not quite dry. This was borne out by the scores of the batsmen. There was a 43, a 33 and no other in the 20's.

John Mooney was given his first cap, Peter Gillespie being left out. Ireland won the toss and batted and never recovered from what may have been a uniquely bad start. Batt, left arm over and ex-Middlesex, took wickets with the first two balls of the match when first Patterson and then Davy were both lbw. If that was not bad enough there followed a ridiculous run out, at eight, in Batt's third over. White played a ball to short square leg. Joyce galloped up the pitch. White refused the run (rightly)) but then left his ground to save Joyce and was run out at the bowler's end.

Joyce and McCallan then put on 37 in 12 overs, the best stand of the match as it transpired. The fourth bowler used, Sharp, bowled McCallan at 45. John Mooney came in for his first International innings. He faced 22 balls and made only three runs but took part in a 30 run stand with Joyce, the second best of the innings. He was then bowled by Sharp at 75. Joyce was now the last hope. He had hit six fours, three in one over, from Stoneman but was out in the 28th over bowled by the fifth bowler used, Foster. Joyce played a poor shot with his head in the air and was caught at Gully at 80. His 43 occupied 79 balls.

Worse followed two balls later when Gillespie (Mark) was lbw. McDaid was caught at 88 off Sharp. Armstrong and McGonigle brought up 100 and added 18 in all. Batt returned and, in his second last over, had McGonigle lbw at 106. This was the fourth lbw of the innings and this mode of dismissal accounted for all three of Batt's wickets. The innings finished at 109 in 37.4 when Carruthers, the other opening bowler, had McCoubrey lbw. It was a sorry tale!

All the ECB XI bowlers did well only Stoneman of the five being wicketless. Only Sharp bowled 10 overs (three for 15) and Batt's three in nine overs cost 14.

ECB began at 2.30 and although they lost four wickets they hit off the runs in 24.5 overs and never looked like losing. Peter Gillespie fielded as a sub for Joyce (leg injury) from the start and was in action in the second over. Amos cut an Armstrong long hop for four and cut the next ball in the air to Peter Gillespie at gully. 11-1-5. The English Captain, Foster, helped Dyson put on 31 for the second wicket in nine overs from McCoubrey and Armstrong . Then Bryson played a poor shot to a ball from McCoubrey which moved away. He was caught at the wicket. 42-2-18.

Chapman joined his captain in a 32 run stand in six overs. 50 was up in 13 overs, In the next over from McGonigle Chapman hit a six over long off, snicked a four next ball, and then hit a four over short mid wicket. McDaid came on at 72 for McCoubrey. He was no-balled for a bouncer and, next ball, had Foster caught at the wicket from a pretty wide ball. 74-3-17. Dawood came in to join Chapman. He paddled McDaid for a six over square leg. In the next over a four off Mark Gillespie brought 100 up. Two balls later, trying to drive, he mis-hit to cover, and Mark's brother Peter made the catch. 102-4-1 .

Chapman and Pugh scored the remaining runs in three overs, a four by Pugh through extra cover being the winning hit. All was over by 5.00 p.m. Only one maiden over was bowled. Four bowlers took a wicket each, McCoubrey's eight overs cost 28 and Mark Gillespie's five overs of leg spinners cost only 15. Remarkably McCallan did not put himself on to bowl at all. On the same day Scotland easily best Wales at Worthing.