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Match Report
Derek Scott

Of the original team, which had been selected in Dublin by the Leinster Cricket Union selectors, SD Lambert, P Murphy, JG Heaslip and AP Kelly all cried off and were replaced by DR Pigot, GN Kelly, J Wills and C McCausland. Interestingly in the originally selected team there were no less than three wicketkeepers, SD Lambert, AP Kelly and J Dearden.

As can be seen from the scores, the draw in this game greatly favoured the Irish. When the last frenzied over was bowled, the Irishman had four wickets standing and needed only three runs to win. Ireland probably should have won. The weather was splendid on the last day and the outfield was fast. The task set by Scotland was not onerous, 188 runs in three hours which is just over a run-a-minute and not a very exciting run getting pace. But the Scottish bowling was good and very tight.

Bookman and Pollock opened this innings and the former was caught at the wicket off the bowling of Watt, for 14. Pollock, also attempting to force the pace, was snapped up on the boundary for 21. Kempster was stumped and the total was now 57-3. Lambert and Pigot then changed the complexion of the game by bringing the score to 147 before Kirk bowled Pigot for a brisk 51. Great excitement now prevailed as Lambert and McCausland forced the pace but the effort had been left a little late. McCausland was out for 14 and with 11 wanted to win Lambert was caught. Willis and Kelly were now together but despite their efforts a win eluded them by 3 runs.

On the first day before a poor attendance Scotland had made 297 all out before rain stopped play for the day. Kerr and Angus opened and batted to lunch. Kerr was supreme getting 75 in 90 minutes before being the first victim of the match at 101. Angus followed two runs later but Alexander and Riddell batted very confidently and at tea were 249 with Alexander 62 not out. After tea wickets tumbled, Pollock bowled Alexander for 71 made in two hours. Up to this stage the bowling was not very effective but the fielding was very smart. Then Wills of Trinity went on to bowl. He had come into the team as one of the substitutes and now took 3-5. He bowled Watt and Kirk with successive balls and next over finished the innings by bowling Walker for 18.

Ireland began their first innings on the second morning in bright sunshine before 2000 spectators. Emulating the Scottish opening batsmen Pollock and Bookman batted until lunch when 100 was on the board. Afterwards Bookman played over a ball when attempting to drive and was bowled for 47. Pollock went serenely on and batted beautifully, his timing being especially good. In 2 hours his individual hundred went up and the Scottish bowlers were so exhausted that Kerr came on to bowl his lobs. The 200 went up of which Pollock had made 130. In fact, it was eventually Kerr who got the illustrious Pollock but not before the batsman scored 144. Lambert's 30 was got by good cricket until smartly caught by Alexander. Kirk and Walker quickly finished the innings off for 275, 22 runs behind.

Scotland, batting a second time, were 47-1 at the close which came when Lambert bowled Alexander for 30. The latter had opened with Angus. The weather remained fine on the third day. Tennent came out with Angus and got a shaky 26 before being bowled by Kelly. Angus repeated his first innings 29 and Noble and Hole added 31. Kelly bowled very well and deserved his 5-34 but it was Lambert who got the dangerous Kerr for only seven. When Kirk was run out the innings closed for 165 in three hours and then came Ireland's attempt to win as set out above.

Scotland, batting a second time, were 47-1 at the close which came when Lambert bowled Alexander for 30. The latter had opened with Angus. The weather remained fine on the third day. Tennent came out with Angus and got a shaky 26 before being bowled by Kelly. Angus repeated his first innings 29 and Noble and Hole added 31. Kelly bowled very well and deserved his 5-34 but it was Lambert who got the dangerous Kerr for only seven. When Kirk was run out the innings closed for 165 in three hours and then came Ireland's attempt to win as set out above.