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Match Report
Derek Scott

The first day's play was washed out in its entirety but in the remaining two days a low scoring and interesting game was fought out. A last wicket stand almost won the match for Ireland, but it was not to be and Scotland recorded their second win of the series, and their first in Ireland. Seven of Ireland's best cricketers could not play. The most grievous loss was that of Lambert who was injured and thereby missed his first game for Ireland since 1901 (excluding the Tour to North America in 1909 for which he was not available). Mulholland and Morrow were not available and Crawfurd, Pollock, Lloyd and Rooney were selected but cried off the team. Harrington and Gregory, who came on as substitutes, both did extremely well.

When the game began the weather was cold but dry. A new wicket was cut which was never very easy and which became very difficult towards the end of the day, when it came under the influence of the sun. Both sides completed an innings. Gregory, a leg-break bowler from Galway, accounted for Scotland in 2 hours by taking 8-80 while Hole retaliated by taking 5-20 when Ireland batted. This was Gregory's only match for Ireland.

Scotland won the toss and batted and Gregory and Ward opened the bowling to Sorrie and Walker. The scoring was rapid and the first wicket put on 29 in 15 minutes. Sorrie was then finely stumped off Gregory for 9 and the same bowler bowled Dixon for 3 when the score was 35. 50 came up in 14 minutes and then W Meldon came on for Ward and proved effective by removing Walker's leg stump. 55-3-34. Harrington came on for Gregory and soon Murphy appeared at the other end. With the last ball of his first over Murphy bowled Ferguson for 19. Hole, who was batting well, was missed when 31 by LA Meldon and the lunch score was 98-4.

There was bright sun after lunch and Gregory took the remaining six wickets while Scotland added 49. He was getting a great deal of work on the ball and began by bowling Thorburn, 6, at 109. At 117 a good catch by Quinlan at mid-off disposed of Clarke and a diving catch by Murphy at mid-on got Webster out at 129. Then Hole was out, bowled by Gregory, for 37 made in 90 minutes. The last two wickets gave no trouble. The innings closed for 147 and towards the end Gregory was unplayable.

GJ Meldon and Quinlan opened for Ireland to the bowling of Sievwright, slow medium left-arm, and Watt, fast medium right. Meldon gave a chance in Watt's first over and was soon after caught and bowled by Sievwright. 7-1-1. At 22 Quinlan was splendidly caught at slip by Ferguson off Watt and two runs later Mooney was bowled, without scoring, by a long hop from Sievwright. At 40 Sievwright gave way to Hole, medium right arm, who had once bowled W Meldon. 43-4-13. Sievwright replaced Watt but Hole got the next wicket, having Read caught at mid-on. 45-5-2. LA Meldon and Harrington took the score to 60 before Meldon was bowled by Hole. At 69 Hole bowled Harrington. The ninth wicket fell at 75 but Murphy and Ward added 23 for the last wicket before Hole bowled Murphy. 5-20 in 11 overs were Hole's figures while Sievwright took 3-39 in 25 overs. The innings had lasted 130 minutes.

A thrilling finish was witnessed on the third day and Scotland won by three runs. In Scotland's second innings it was all Dickson who played a true captain's innings. He made 48 out of 83 and, but for him, Scotland would not have made 30. He was dropped at mid-on by L Meldon early in his innings and this miss probably cost Ireland the match. Murphy and Ward shared the opening attack and the former had Walker trapped in front at 8. At 22, Milling, in excellent form, stumped Sorrie off Ward. Meanwhile Dickson had come in and from then on there was a procession at the other end. At 33 Gregory came on and he got Hole for 2. This was Gregory's only wicket in four overs but it was a good one. 50 came up in an hour and Dickson was dropped again while Ferguson also give a chance. After 30 runs had been added in only 25 minutes Ward bowled Ferguson who had made six of those runs. Harrington had come on at 50. At 72 he began a wicket taking spell which changed Scotland's total from 72-4 to 83 all out. At 72 he bowled Thorburn and Clarke in the same over while Ward struck a great blow by bowling Dickson. 72-7-48. Dickson had made his 48 out of 64 runs scored when he was in. It was a fine performance lasting 70 minutes. Harrington took the last three wickets at 76, 80 and 83 to emerge with 5-15 in 7.1 overs. Seldom, if ever, has he been more effective.

Ireland needed 133 to win. W Meldon and Quinlan opened. The former left at four and GJ Meldon was out six runs later, being caught by Sorrie in the deep. LA Meldon and Quinlan improved matters but Quinlan unfortunately walked on his wicket when the score was 40. However, he was given not out by umpire Keenan who apparently did not see the occurrence! The stand was worth 66 and Ireland looked set for a win when Sievwright bowled Quinlan for 25 and followed this by also bowling Read first ball. 76-4-0. L Meldon and Mooney advanced the score to 93 when Meldon was caught at extra cover by Hole for an attractive 34. This was the turning point because Meldon had been playing very well. Tea was now taken and 40 runs were wanted with five wickets in hand.

Two more wickets fell without any addition to the interval score. Webster had Harrington caught at square leg off a half volley and he bowled Gregory two balls later. Mooney, who had been number four in the first innings, then came in. He watched Milling being run out and Ward was bowled by Webster at 110. When Murphy came in at number 11 to join Mooney, 23 runs were required to win. Each played steadily and as the arrears lessened the excitement grew. 129 was reached and as Sievwright began his 21st over only four runs separated Ireland from a win. That first ball was fatal to Murphy who was bowled by it for 10, leaving Mooney 23 not out. Actually Mooney was missed twice in the last few minutes and this only tended to make the struggle more exciting. In the match Sievwright bowled 45.1 overs for 71 runs and 8 wickets.

This was GJ Meldon's 12th and last match for Ireland.

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