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Derek Scott

Scotland proved much too strong for an Irish team weakened by six changes from the originally selected side and won comfortably on the second day by a margin of 10 wickets. Heaslip, McVeagh, Shires, Finlay Jackson, Bookman and Anderson all cried off and were replaced by Barnes, Boucher, Douglas, Ganly, McDonagh and Sugden.

In perfect weather John Kerr won the toss and Scotland placed themselves on the high road to victory with a total of 316. Nearly all the credit for this performance, however, belonged to Alexander and Kerr who shared in an opening stand of 150 and between them scored all but 79 of the runs gained from the bat. While both batted admirably each gave a chance. Kerr got 50 in an hour, including 10 fours. At lunch the score was 80. Both continued to score freely although Ganly dropped Kerr off Ingram's bowling. Kerr was eventually caught at square leg by Barnes off the unlucky Ingram. His 88 included 14 fours. When he was 99 Alexander gave a chance to Barnes at mid-on which was not accepted and 200 went up for the loss of only two wickets. After tea wickets fell quickly to a variety of Irish bowlers and the Scottish side were out for 316. Alexander made 136 with 18 fours before James Macdonald bowled him. Six Irish bowlers were tried and all of them took at least one wicket.

In the remaining 15 minutes Ireland lost two wickets for four runs. TJ Macdonald and Ingram were both beaten by Baxter's great pace before either had scored. Next morning, in brilliant sunshine, Baxter continued his devastating work. The scoresheet shows the numbers one to five were all clean bowled by the fast bowler, scoring only 17 runs between them. Dixon, 37, and Ganly, 24, made a stand from the seventh wicket as did Kelly, 17, and Barnes, 25, for the last wicket. Baxter then bowled Kelly and emerged with an analysis of 18-7-35-6.

Ireland followed-on 171 runs behind and this time put up a slightly better show. McDonagh, making his debut, scored 48 and at tea the score was 100-4. Then came disaster. Hiddleston, who had bowled very well, induced Ingram to give mid-on a catch and then bowled Ganly first ball. Kelly and Sugden quickly followed but again a last wicket stand ensued. Dixon, 45 not out, and Barnes, 24, both hit sensibly and well and forced Scotland to bat again. Barnes, playing his second game for Ireland and batting at number 11, had thus made 49 runs for once out in the match. Hiddleston was Scotland's main wicket taker in Ireland's second innings. He took 7-69 in 24 overs. Scotland got the required 14 to win in 16 balls, Simpson and Baxter being the batsmen.