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Ireland lost to Australia by 282 runs
2 Day, College Park, 18-19 September 1961
Derek Scott

As compared with the match in Belfast, there had been the initial one change in Hopkins coming in for Colhoun. However SSJ Huey was unavailable for the Dublin game and GA Duffy was injured. These latter two were replaced by A McQuilken and A Finlay.

Only 12 of the 17 Australians travelled to Dublin. Harvey, O'Neill, Jarman, Mackay, and McDonald did not come. It was disappointing that neither O'Neill nor Harvey played in Dublin. Into the team came Lawry (the young left-handed opening bat who had a wonderful first tour), Booth, Burge (who scored 181 in the fifth test), Quick (slow left-arm) and Misson (fast bowler). Mackenzie acted as 12th man. For Ireland JK Hopkins took over as wicket-keeper and A McQuilken and A Finlay replaced Duffy (injury) and Huey (not available). The weather was splendid and large crowds attended both days. The wicket looked good but broke and became somewhat erratic in bounce when the fast bowlers were on. The Australians batted beautifully in both innings. They took chances and scored very quickly - in all they hit 17 sixes!

Winning the toss the Australians batted only three hours in making 291 - almost 100 per hour. Things began well for Ireland and both Lawry and Simpson had been dismissed by O'Riordan after half an hour for 34 runs. O'Riordan took these wickets in six overs for only 11 runs. Davidson and Booth livened things up. Hunter came on for Bernstein but lasted only two overs - Davidson hitting him for two sixes and a four off successive balls. The pair added 62 in only 35 minutes. Then Hunter returning to bowl had Davidson caught by Warke on the boundary in attempting a big hit to reach his 50. 96-3-46. Burge came in and he and Booth put on 99 runs in 44 minutes. Booth, a slim figure, stroked the ball to every corner of the field. He hit Hunter for six and went to his 50 by hitting Lyness into the rugby pitch - a towering blow. The score went from 100 to 150 in 16 minutes. Five minutes before lunch Booth tried to drive O'Riordan and was caught by McQuilken at mid-on. 195-4-79. Booth's 79 came in 80 minutes with two sixes and 11 fours. At lunch, after two hours, the score was 198-4.

McQuilken, the Muckamore leg spinner playing his first game for Ireland, came on to bowl immediately after lunch. His first over cost 22 runs - Grout hitting two sixes and two fours. Grout hit a six and a two off the first two balls of the next over and was then caught by Martin at long-on. He made 33 in 16 minutes. 237-5. With O'Riordan doing his best to keep runs down at one end McQuilken plugged away at the other - buying wickets. Magnificent catches by Warke at deep extra cover and deep mid-wicket accounted for Benaud and Quick. Misson was caught at cover off O'Riordan and Burge was ninth out at 283. He was caught at the wicket off O'Riordan for 60 with one six and seven fours. McQuilken took the last wicket at 3:10 PM when Kline was caught at cover. The hour since lunch had brought 93 runs. McQuilken, in 10.5 overs, took 4-63 and despite punishment kept the ball well up. For the first time O'Riordan took five wickets in an innings - for 85 runs in 26 overs.

Match Programme

McQuilken opened with Bergin (perhaps a mistake) and the usual dreadful start was made. Gaunt and Misson, bowled very quick, and had three wickets down for nine. Gaunt had McQuilken caught by Benaud at slip in the first over and he bowled Martin for 0 in his second and bowled Stevenson in his third. He was "rested" after four overs. Quick and Kline came on and two wickets fell at 29. Just after tea Bergin was brilliantly caught and bowled by Quick having made 21 out of 29. At the same score Warke slashed at Kline and was caught at mid-off. At 35 Hunter was caught at cover at 44 Finlay was caught at slip. On came the non-bowlers - Lawry, Burge and Booth. In fact they got a wicket each but not before O'Riordan and Hopkins added 23 for the eighth wicket. Misson broke down in his fifth over at the start of the innings.

With 50 minutes left in the Australians sportingly decided to bat again. They made 50-1 by close of play. At 31 Lawry tried to hook Bernstein and was caught at cover off the top of the bat, but Simpson, 31, and Davidson, three, played out time.

Match Scorecard
On the second day, in a fantastic display of hitting, the Australians added 183 in only 75 minutes. They played all the shots, delicately executed late cuts and glances, sweetly struck cover drives, pulls, large hits over the bowler's head - all with perfect timing and controlled power. Davidson, Booth and Burge were the heroes of this attack. Simpson was bowled by Bernstein's fifth ball of the morning. 53-2-33. Davidson and Burge now added 103 in 55 minutes. They had raced to 50 each hitting a six on the way. Davidson won the race and then hit a wonderful straight six off the second ball sent down by Lyness. It hit the pavilion roof just above the clock. Next ball he was stumped. His 59 came in 75 minutes off 76 balls. Meanwhile Booth had reached 50 in 48 minutes. He reached 67 off only 40 balls (!) in 57 minutes and was caught by Stevenson on the long-on boundary in Lyness's next over. He too had hit a six off the previous ball. He hit three sixes and eight fours in all. 179-4-67. The next partnership between Burge and Grout added 39 runs in six, yes six, minutes. Grout made 10, including a six. In five more minutes Quick and Burge added 25 runs - so in all the last 54 runs came in about 12 minutes. Lyness and McQuilken were the sufferers - Burge hitting two sixes off each and making 38 not out in 30 minutes. 233-6 declared in 135 minutes was the final tally and Ireland bowled only 38.5 overs - over six runs an over.

Ireland went in at 1:05 PM facing a deficit of 448! Gaunt and Benaud (bowling seamers) opened the bowling. With the first ball of his third over Gaunt had Bergin caught at backward short leg for four with the total on eight. The first ball of his next over bowled Martin. After lunch Benaud had Stevenson LBW at 25 and Simpson bowled Warke at 38. The non-bowlers now had another go with Simpson and later Davidson (bowling spinners) keeping the pavilion end going. At 53 McQuilken, who had made to 21 in 65 minutes, was bowled by Simpson. Hunter and O'Riordan now made use of some tempting stuff from Grout (Burge kept wicket after lunch), Booth and Lawry. Good fielding made fast scoring difficult but 100 went up in 106 minutes. O'Riordan pulled Lawry for 6 to mid-wicket. Hunter made 14 singles in his first 24 runs, but when Kline came on he went from 34 to 50 in four balls. Off the last ball of the over he tried another big hit and was caught by the wicket-keeper. Hunter was in for 57 minutes and hit a six and five fours. He put on 81 with O'Riordan. In Kline's second over Finlay hit 10 but was stumped off the first ball of the third over. Hopkins was LBW to Davidson at 153 and Benaud had a brilliant catch at slip given by Bernstein off Kline. Around about this time Grout got the news that his 33 to 1 winner had come in. He had put five pounds on it and, in his excitement, dropped a catch. At 166 Davidson ran out Lyness and gave Benaud time for nine holes of golf! O'Riordan was left 38 not out scored in 75 minutes. This gave an average of 53.5 to O'Riordan against the Australians.

Socially the Dublin stay was fine. There were receptions by the Australian charge d'affaires, TG McVeigh and Messrs Guinness and a visit to the Aga Khan's Stud at the Curragh. After the match Benaud presented his blazer to Alec O'Riordan. The Australians took 565 from the tour.

After the match Warke announced his retirement from Representative Matches. Between 1950 and 1961 Warke played 34 matches. Despite two centuries he only averaged 14.29 for his 786 runs. He was captain 18 times. JK Hopkins replaced Colhoun as wicket-keeper after Colhoun had won 11 successive caps. It was to be the only break in Colhoun's career. He returned and continued until 1979 playing 76 successive matches.

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