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Match Report
Derek Scott

This match was scheduled for three days but finished at lunchtime on the second day due to the magnificent bowling of JB King. The great American swerve bowler took seven wickets in each innings and the Irish men had no answer to him. King took 87 wickets in 10 first-class matches in this year. He was at the top of the English bowling averages with 11.01 as against Schofield Haigh's average of 13.39. With the exception of George Hirst he was probably the finest swing bowler of the period. King and Hordern bowled unchanged in the first innings and dismissed Ireland for 86. Hordern was an Australian studying in Pennsylvania University. A few years later he returned home and played in seven Test Matches for Australia. He was the first, and some say the best, of the Australian line of leg-break and googly bowlers. Of the originally selected Irish team, O Andrews, SD Lambert and JWF Crawfurd cried off and were replaced by SC Smith, HH Corley and debutant WL Bourchier.

The first day was very warm but the crowd was a little disappointing. The pitch prepared by groundsman Dowling appeared to be perfect. The utter collapse of the Irish batting was a result of failure to bat with any degree of resolution. Hordern should have been hit, but was not, and all except GJ Meldon and WL Bourchier played well below their form. The Philadelphians also batted poorly but were not nearly as bad as the home team. Bourchier and GJ Meldon opened to the bowling of King and Hordern. They had a stand of 40 and then the 10 wickets fell for a further 46. Meldon was the principal run getter but he was bowled by King at 40 in attempting a pull. Lambert scored one and was then bowled by the first ball he received from Hordern. At 45 Smith, four, fell to a splendid one-handed catch by King at mid-off. Bouchier and Browning took the score to 64 when the latter was stumped off King 13. Corley met a similar fate four runs later but was unlucky in that he stumbled while trying to regain his crease. Bouchier then became wicket-keeper Winter's third stumping victim in succession. Bouchier had stayed in for 80 minutes for 19 runs. JM Meldon, three, was bowled in King's next over and in rapid succession King also bowled Harrington, Kelly and Napper. King's figures were 14.1 overs 40 runs and 7 wickets. Hordern took 3-41 in 14 overs.

The Irish bowlers also started very well and had five wickets down for 56 but a stand of 80 gave the advantage to the visitors. Ross and Harrington opened the bowling. Ross bowled FS White in his second over and three overs later he also bowled NZ Graves. 8-2-0. AM Wood was out at 21, well held by Smith at deep mid-off from Harrington's bowling. C Morris, who had opened, and King then added 23. Harrington bowled King who had made only one run. 44-4-1. With Morris and Bohlen together 50 came up in even time. At 56 Morris was lbw to Ross, a decision the batsman did not relish. JA Lester came in and began to hit about him. Kelly and Lambert came on but the second 50 took only 30 minutes. By tea-time the score had reached 130-5, Lambert having conceded 26 runs in his four overs. In the first over after tea Kelly got Bohlen LBW for 43, scored in 90 minutes. With the score unchanged Ross beat and bowled Lester for 40. Kelly bowled Hordern, 0, one run later. Newhall and Greene, three, added 21 for the ninth wicket. Ross bowled Greene and at 171 he also bowled Newhall 28. In 18.5 overs Ross had taken 6-64, 5 clean bowled and one lbw. The 171 runs had taken 135 minutes. In five minutes batting before the close Bouchier and GJ Meldon scored 3 runs.

The match ended in disaster for the Irish men at lunchtime on the second day. The Irish batting was even worse than the previous day's feeble effort. The side was all out for 78 in two hours, Corley, 27, being the only one who made any showing. At seven, Bourchier was caught at short leg very close in off King and one run later Meldon foolishly ran himself out. Smith was bowled by King for 0 on a ball that kept low. Corley joined Lambert and 15 runs were added at a very slow rate. At 25 Lambert, on 9, gave an easy catch to slip from a short ball from King. Browning, 6, was bowled by a beautiful ball in King's next over. 31-5. Ross came in and the next wicket added 16 before Ross was caught at square leg off King. Harrington survived a few overs but was then caught at the wicket. 55-7-1. Greene, left arm medium, relieved Hordern and in his third over he bowled Kelly for 10. King bowled Napper at 75 and J. M. Meldon (who had injured himself batting on the previous day) came in at number 11. Three runs later Greene had Corley caught and the match was over. Corley had remained 90 minutes for his 27. King's figures were 16-8-23-7 and for the match 30.1-11-63-14.

College Park, Dublin