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Match Report
Derek Scott

For the second match in succession only three original choices appeared on the Irish team. On this occasion they were Macdonald, Ganly and Walker. The weakened side put up a poor exhibition and were easily beaten on the third day. The start saw splendid weather, and an attendance of 1800, and an Irish opening partnership of 85 between Macdonald and Sugden. This was a very good start and the best Irish stand of the match. Peacocke at number four played a valuable and patient innings when his side was in trouble and was unlucky not to get a half-century. The innings closed in 2 hours for very meagre 210 runs. The Scottish bowling was very good but slackness in the field cost many runs.

Scotland made a magnificent start, Kerr and Parker staying in until the stumps were drawn. The first hour saw only 50 runs but then both men began to score at a good pace and Scotland were only 63 runs behind at the end of the first day's play. A brief stoppage was made late in the game for a shower. Kerr, at the end, was 93 and Parker 48.

Scotland were in a fine position before the second day began and at the end of the day had assured themselves of victory. They amassed 464 runs. Kerr got his century in the third over and 10 minutes later Parker got his 50. The Irish bowling and fielding was very good but a wicket did not fall until Scotland were only seven runs behind. Then Kerr was beaten and bowled by Walker. Kerr, maintaining his reputation as the best batsmen in Scotland, played a characteristic innings, his placing on either side of the wicket being very skilful. Walker followed up his success by quickly getting Parker, Weir and Martin but later the Irish bowling was severely punished by the tailenders, particularly Fleming. Scotland declared 254 runs ahead and three Irish wickets were down for 27. The score was then carried to 64 by Douglas and Peacocke. At this point 3 more wickets fell without a run being scored. Nobody could make a stand in the face of Forrester and Paterson and when play finished Ireland were 72-7, Kelly and Barry being the "not outs". Half an hour's play finished the match on the third day. 35 more runs were added but it left Scotland the victors by an innings and 147 runs.