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Match Report
Derek Scott

Ireland won this high scoring match after being 38 behind on first innings and being set 203 to win - a total they were not expected to reach. Ireland brought in TI Considine for WF Thompson and New York had 5 of the team which played against the 1888 tourists. They were the professional Tyers, JH Lambkin, late of Cork County, HN Townsend, SH Barton and JL Pool. Another professional, G Wright had played for the Longwood team against Ireland on the previous tour. The splendid all round work of Hamilton, the bowling of Penny and Kilkelly's whirlwind 37 not out won this match for the tourists against what was considered the best team New York ever put into the field.

Meldon arrived late so Hynes tossed with Pool and lost. Ireland fielded in their green caps and sashes (supplied by M/s. Boon of Grafton Street, Dublin). Jackson and Lambkin started for New York but Lambkin was quickly bowled by Johnston. Tyers, professional to the New Jersey Club, was next and he saw Jackson hit a number of boundaries so that 40 was up after half an hour. At 71 Penny, who had come on first change, bowled Jackson for 36 and a little later bowled WH Thompson for 11 and HN Townsend for 0. MR Cobb joined Tyers and when lunch came the score had been taken to 130 for 4 with Tyers 61 and Cobb 12. A good one from Hamilton bowled Cobb immediately after lunch. Prendergast hit a 2 first ball and the second ball bowled him. Barton also only made 2 before Hamilton had him caught. HB Coyne "the midget from Chicago" also only managed 2 before Penny bowled him. 8 out for 143 when the captain, Pool, arrived. He and Tyers played carefully and at 160 Meldon brought himself on for Penny. ER Thompson dropped Pool in the slips. Eventually Hamilton succeeded in bowling Tyers who wanted only nine for a century - his greatest innings. Wright at no. 11 made things lively and the total had reached 225 before Considine had Pool lbw for a very useful 32. Hamilton and Penny bore the brunt of the bowling and each took 4 wickets.

Ireland went in without any delay and the first ball delivered by Thompson clean bowled Gavin while the next ball had Green caught behind the wicket by Prendergast. Meldon joined Vint and further disaster was averted until the score was taken to 39. Then Meldon was lbw to Cobb and at the same score Pool bowled Vint who had made 20. The close of play score was 41 for 4, Hamilton (0) and Considine (2) being the not outs.

The second day was fine and there were about 1200 people present. Ireland's position improved from the poor position of the first day. At 11 30 Hamilton and Considine resumed and Pool and Thompson were the bowlers. Considine reached 8 before being caught off Thompson. Johnson made 7 and was also dismissed by Thompson - bowled. Hamilton got well set and hit well. He was in great form and scored 80 (his highest for Ireland) giving only one difficult chance in the slips when 55. Hynes also batted well for his 20 and was caught at point after receiving a nasty hit on the head from one of Pool's bumping balls. The last wicket fell at 1 25 and lunch was taken.

New York, leading by 38, lost 4 wickets for 25. Then Lambkin and Townsend took the score to 70 before the latter was stumped by Gavin off one of Hynes' slows. Lambkin's 58 was a very good innings in a critical situation. He was eventually bowled by Green, who rarely bowled. Tyers was again in form and made 29 in perfect style. He had gone in later as he had been hurt when batting on the first day and he displayed great courage as every stroke appeared to hurt him. When stumps were drawn New York were 164 for 9, Poole (17) and Coyne (0) not out.

Next morning Hamilton had Pool lbw before a run was added and Ireland were set 203 to win. They resolved to make a great effort to win. A new opening pair, Meldon and Thompson were tried. Both played steadily until Pool tempted Meldon with a half volley and a brilliant running catch by Coyne resulted. 22-1-12. Hynes and Thompson added a further 26. Hynes was playing well but played on to Wright when 17. This gave Wright his first and only wicket of the match. 48-2-17. Hamilton was in the same splendid form of his first innings and by lunch the score was 72 for 2. Many bowlers were tried during this partnership but the score was 111 before a wicket fell. Thompson's very good innings of 41 was brought to a close by a good catch by his namesake off Cobb. Vint was next and made 17 before Tyers bowled him. Soon after Hamilton was caught at slip by Cobb off Townsend for 39. He should not have played at the ball. Gavin and Kilkelly were now together and in fact Kilkelly by a furious onslaught made 37 not out in only 10 minutes with a six and 7 fours. Gavin was out for 14 but Penny helped Kilkelly to achieve victory which came at 4.15.