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Match Report
Derek Scott

This was the first match for Ireland after the war, indeed since 1914. Of the original team selected, Pollock, Kidd and Kirkwood cried off and were replaced by Heaslip, Murphy and SD Lambert. Given the long lapse of time since the last match, it was hardly surprising that there were eight new caps in the Irish side. Indeed two of those who cried off, Kidd and Kirkwood, would also have been new caps.

This first Ireland against Scotland game since 1914 resulted in an easy Scottish victory by nine wickets. The all round work of the home team was too good for the Irish players and, in fact, the match was not very interesting. Scotland ended the first day in a winning position, being 29 runs ahead with six wickets in hand. The weather was wet before the game started and there were two breaks due to further rain during the day. The wicket was soft and run scoring was slow. In general there was a lack of sparkle among the Irish batsmen. After 40 minutes only 14 runs had been scored, then Kelly was run out for 30. Rollins left at 17. Sellars came on and got Bob Lambert caught at point in his third over. Bookman was stumped very smartly at 45 at which point lunch was taken. Soon afterwards S.D.Lambert left to a very good catch by Grieve but then Power and Kempster made the best stand of the innings. 100 went up in two hours and Kempster stayed in for an hour for his well played 33. The last wicket with a bit of luck to help added 15 and the total was 142. A few minutes after Scotland began rain caused a half hour delay. Kerr was out with only three up and the second wicket fell at 19. Batson and Grieve then made a big stand before Bookman came on and bowled Grieve and Parker with successive balls with the score on 107. Greaves had made 58. Crole proved a good partner for Batson and Scotland were 171-4 at the end of the day's play, with Batson 64 not out.

The second day was a pleasant day's cricket and a good attendance watched. The Irish bowlers claimed the six remaining Scottish wickets for 47 runs but the batsmen failed to follow up on this good work. After a single had been scored Bob Lambert bowled Batson for 65 and four runs later Allen had Crole lbw. Intin hit about freely and in company with Watt made a fair stand but Bob Lambert soon ousted the rest of the Scots men and in all took 6-67 in 25.5 overs. Ireland were only 76 behind, a much lighter deficit than at one time seemed likely.

After lunch matters did not go too well for the Irish batsmen. Rollins was lbw for the second time in the match when the score was only 10; Kelly was disposed of at 12; and Power was run out at 25. Then Bob Lambert and Bookman made an excellent stand, both hitting with freedom. The arrears were wiped out but when Ireland were 14 runs ahead, Bookman was taken at point for 39 after he and Bob Lambert had added 65. Kempster was out before 100 went up but Bob Lambert found a useful partner in his brother S.D. The Lamberts added 53 in spite of many Scottish bowling changes and the score was 157 before Crole clean bowled SD for 21. At 162 Bob Lambert was caught in the slips for a very valiant 67. Heaslip and Ward played out time cautiously. 188-8 was the score at close of play.

2000 watched the third day's cricket in fine weather. Ward was bowled by Kirk at 197 and 14 runs later Sellers bowled Heaslip who had scored a patient 17. Ireland's innings closed only 135 runs on and the Scottish batsmen soon collared the Irish attack and won easily. Before lunch they had made 28 runs in 20 minutes. Shortly after Sorrie, trying a fourth run of a hit by Kerr, was run out. 35-1-11. Grieve and Kerr were now together and they steadily beat down the Irish attack. Kerr scored by lusty pulls, Grieve by glances and drives. Kerr reached his 50 as the hundred went up in 75 minutes. A little later Grieve reached his half century after batting for 55 minutes. The 137 eventually scored took only 90 minutes.