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Derek Scott

From the originally selected team Jameson, Harris and Dearden cried off and were replaced by Robinson, Loughrey and AP Kelly.

John Kerr won the toss for Scotland and the Irishmen were in the field all day while the visitors scored 322-5. For six hours play this may appear slow but the Irish bowling was accurate if lacking variety. The batsmen never took the slightest risk, while the fielding was keen, and at times, brilliant. The outfield was dead after the previous day's rain but the wicket had been covered, although the bowler's footholds were slippery. Scotland lost Kerr and Innes for 57, but when Nicholson joined Martin, a different complexion was put on things. The third wicket added 137 in 2 hours out of which Nicholson made 101 and it was left to the Irish captain, Ganly, who came on in a despairing effort, to bowl the centurion. Nicholson did not give an actual chance although he hit balls dangerously near fielders. He drove well for 11 boundaries. Two wickets fell cheaply after Nicholson left, Melville was bowled by Dixon and Mackay, the hitter, fell to Heaslip. However, that ended the Irish success for the day. McTavish came in and gave a very bright display, scoring at a merry pace. He timed and placed the ball perfectly and his 61 not out was obtained in two hours without a chance. Now a word about JD Martin who at the end of play had made 88 not out in six hours. This batsman, who had come into the team as a substitute, batted 3 hours before reaching 50 and then, in the next 50 minutes, he increased his score by one! Jameson and Harris who had cried off the Irish team were a great loss to the bowling department. The attendance on this first day was large.

On the second day in fine weather the bowlers got the upper hand. The pitch was none too true and the batsmen were always fighting for runs as can be gleaned from the fact that 18 wickets fell during the day for 256 runs. Ireland did very well to get Scotland's last five wickets for the addition of only 18 runs. Heaslip bowled in great fashion and got 4-5 in four overs. Martin did not add to his 88, being taken behind the wicket by Kelly. McTavish added eight to his overnight 61 before Heaslip bowled him.

The Irishmen did not offer very stout resistance to the Scottish attack. Sievwright's slow left-handers brought disaster to the batsmen and Baxter's pace also caused trouble. Bookman made a characteristically workmanlike 32; Ganly attacked and look for runs and was rewarded with a top score of 36 before Kerr brilliantly caught him at mid-on. Ireland followed on 195 behind. Kelly, who at number 11 in the first innings had made 9 not out, was promoted to opening the innings with Bookman. The pair put on 40 before Bookman was bowled by Sievwright for 14. The brothers McDonald gave little trouble and McVeagh played out time with Kelly. The score at close of play was 93-3 with Kelly 49 not out.

Failing to recover Ireland were defeated by nine wickets, having left the Scots only 18 to get in their second innings and these were got for the loss of Nicholson's wicket. Kelly gave a great batting display for Ireland. His 75, made in 2 hours, was free from blemish and included one six and seven fours. Heaslip, who made 40 and hit seven fours in the process, contributed an innings that was the brightest display of the match. Loughrey, playing in his first game, was batting confidently and was left without a partner at the end. Sievwright worried the batsmen more than any of the other Scottish bowlers and took 5-84 in his 35 overs.

College Park, Dublin