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Match Report
Derek Scott

As there was no play on Aug 27th, a fourth day was added to make up for that. The match provided an exciting finish. When play ended on the second day of actual play Ireland were 94 for 7 and required a further 12 to win. Next morning Nunn hit 2 fours and Berkeley 1 to quickly finish the match and give Ireland a 3 wicket win. The I Zingari team was rather weak as IZ were also playing the Gentlemen of England at Scarborough on the same days. The Irish team was strong and there were no changes from the original selection. This was David Trotter's last game. He has been called the Irish "WG Grace" and was a very fine batsman if an indifferent fielder.

IZ won the toss and when the rain stopped a start was about to be made at 3.00. However, just as the players were going out more rain fell and there was no play on the day. On the second day the weather was fine for the first day in a week. The wicket was dreadful and the cricket was slow with bowlers dominating. IZ began at 11 45 and were all out at 1 20 for 79. At lunch Ireland were 28 for 3. A 20 minute shower made the wicket easier. The IZ total was passed for 5 wickets but a collapse followed and Ireland were all out for 109.The day ended with IZ 53 for 2 in the second innings. G.F.H.Berkeley, the Oxford Blue, was playing the first of his two games for Ireland. He took 8 of the 12 IZ wickets that fell during the day. He bowled medium paced left arm and was able to turn the ball both ways but mostly from leg.

Prince Christian Victor and LK Jarvis opened the IZ innings to Berkeley and Pike (slow right arm round). At 11 Jarvis was bowled by Berkeley and at the same score the Prince was smartly stumped by Browning off Pike for 3. Gooch joined Cottrell and hit well but at 25 Cottrell was caught at the wicket off Berkeley. He had batted a long time for a single. Sanderson was bowled by Berkeley for 1 at 29. H.W.Studd stopped the collapse and the score was raised to 46 before Studd was bowled by Pike for 9. Berkeley quickly disposed of the Allsopp brothers and then after an invaluable 28 Gooch was caught and bowled by Berkeley. 58-8. Capt. RH Fowler (who had played for Ireland in 1888) and E Hanbury added 17 for the ninth wicket. Johnson replaced Pike and bowled Fowler for 10. Berkeley had Capt. Middleton caught and the innings ended at 79. Berkeley bowled 18 overs unchanged and took 7 for 20 - a magnificent debut.

E Fitzgerald and M Gavin opened the Irish innings to Sanderson (medium) and Cottrell (fast). Fitzgerald hit Sanderson for 2 fours in the first over but Gavin was taken at the wicket for 0 off Cottrell. Hynes came in and the wicket was now very difficult. Hynes made 5 and was then caught at slip off Sanderson. 19-2. Trotter made 2 and was beautifully taken low down at extra cover by Hon. FE Allsopp off Cottrell. Browning was next and at lunch the score was 28-3. Off the 1st ball after lunch Prince Victor badly missed Browning at point off Cottrell. Off the next ball Browning was again given at life - at slip by Studd -these were costly misses. Rain now drove the players in for 20 minutes and eased the wicket. Runs then came quicker. 50 came up but at 51 Cottrell bowled Fitzgerald's off stump down. He had made 31 and had seen the wicket over its worst phase. Meldon was next but was out for 0 - caught on the leg boundary by Hanbury. Nunn arrived and at once hit 2 fours. Hon. HF Allsopp was tried for Sanderson who had conceded most of the runs to date. Nunn scored freely off him but Browning gave a catch to short leg off Cottrell. He had made 19 and had batted well after his first few strokes. SH Fleming was next. Studd, a fast bowler, replaced Allsopp. This move quickly concluded the innings. 90 went up but at 91 Nunn skied Studd over the bowler's head and was well caught by Jarvis for 33. Berkeley joined Fleming. Slowly the 100 was reached. At 103 Berkeley was caught at slip off Studd and at the same score Fleming hit a full pitch from Studd straight to Jarvis at mid-off. Pike was caught at 109 to end the innings, with a lead of 30. Cottrell had bowled 29 overs at a fast pace for 35 runs and 6 wickets (16 maidens). Studd had taken 3 for 5 in 10 overs (6 maidens).

Soon after 5 00 Prince Victor and Jarvis began the IZ second innings to Berkeley and Pike. Jarvis hit Pike for a 6 and at 20 Johnson replaced the slow bowler. At 34 the Prince was caught at the wicket off Berkeley. 34-1-18. Fowler was promoted to No. 3 and soon 50 was up. Fitzgerald, a tearaway bowler, replaced Johnson. At 53 Fowler was caught off Fitzgerald and stumps were drawn. Jarvis was 22 not out.

A large attendance watched the second days play. The weather was fine and warm until 5 00 Then a heavy 20 minute shower destroyed the wicket and prevented any further play. The cricket was slow but the sodden wicket continued to assist the bowlers. Jarvis and Cottrell resumed at 53 for 2 and this pair gave a deal of trouble to the Irish bowlers. Both hit out and with Jarvis hitting another 6 the 100 was up in a short space of time. The Jarvis was run out for 41 and soon after Johnson bowled Cottrell for 25. 104-4. With the exception of Gooch, who made 15, none of the others stayed long and the last wicket fell at 135. The last 5 wickets fell for 10 runs. E Fitzgerald and Berkeley shared the wickets in this collapse. Fitzgerald took 4 for 10 in 12.3 overs. His last 5 overs were all maidens during which spell he took 3 wickets. Berkeley took 4 for 55 giving him match figures of 11 for 75.

Needing 106 to win Ireland had a good start scoring 37 for the first wicket. The E Fitzgerald was caught at the wicket off Cottrell for 29. Cottrell and Studd then caused a collapse and 5 were out for 56. Meldon and Nunn added 18 for the sixth wicket. Then Meldon was out for 9 and at 79 Fleming was bowled for 1. When Berkeley, at No. 9, joined Nunn 27 were required. Nunn now hit out splendidly while Berkeley defended. When the rain came the score was 95 for 7 with Nunn 28 and Berkeley 1.

12 were required the next morning. Nunn hit 2 fours and Berkeley 1 and the match was over.

Phoenix Park, Dublin