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Derek Scott

Of the originally selected team RJ Barnes and JB Ganly cried off and were replaced by P O'M.Dixon and DR Pigot. Interestingly neither of the replacements was mentioned in the list of original substitutes so it must be assumed that none of the original substitutes were able to play.

This was undoubtedly one of the finest games ever played between these two countries. The fortunes of the game favoured first one side and then the other until finally Ireland clinched the match by taking the last Scottish wicket 15 minutes from time. There was brilliant sunshine and an excellent wicket on the first day which ended when Scotland had made 78 for no wicket in reply to Ireland's total of 242. The Irish batting was a bit mixed and the side was all out in 4 hours. Two wickets, those of Ingram and P O'M Dixon, were down for 49; Pigot steadied the side with a sound 32 but he was out at 70 to a brilliant catch by Anderson off the fast bowler Baxter. Boucher, missed at 2, and McVeagh took the score to 105. Then McVeagh was bowled for 25 and one run later Lambert was also out. Douglas helped Boucher to add 39 but 7 wickets were down for 152. A splendid and timely stand then developed between Boucher and Crothers. The pair added 62 before Crothers was caught behind the wicket off Baxter using the new ball. Crothers was twice missed before he had reached two but he batted most enthusiastically and hit seven boundaries in his 41. Boucher's 67 was the mainstay of the innings and a great knock by any standard. He, too, fell to Baxter at 223. The last wicket added 19. The Scottish bowling was good as was the ground fielding but the lapses in the air proved costly. The fast bowler Baxter was troublesome throughout and took 5-79 in 25.3 overs. Scotland opened their innings in confident fashion and in 30 minutes Kerr and Jones had 50 on the board. Kerr was in great form and was 47 not out at close of play, with Jones on 19.

At the close of the second day Ireland were not too well-placed, being only 15 runs ahead with four second innings wickets down. The sunshine continued as did Kerr and Jones until the century mark was passed. At one time the Scottish score was 228-2 but the later batsmen gave a poor show against accurate bowling and good fielding so that the last seven wickets actually fell for 43 runs. At 108 a magnificent catch by Reddy sent back Kerr for 59. Reddy also caught Stewart when he had scored 4. Nicholson then came to partner Jones and 106 runs were added. If Jones was cautious Nicholson was brilliant. Eventually TH Dixon bowled Jones at 228. He had scored a well played 78. Nicholson continued to give a polished display and had the bad luck to miss a ball from Douglas when only three short of his century. He had batted for two hours, had hit 14 fours and given no chances. In his following two overs Douglas clean bowled Tod and Anderson. Dixon chimed in with a couple of wickets and soon Scotland were all out for 325. Ireland's bowling was of a high standard and was supported by brilliant fielding, by Lambert in particular. Ireland's second innings start was bad. Anderson bowled Ingram at 19, while Baxter accounted for both PO'M Dixon and Boucher at 43. Pigot and McVeagh batted well together but in the last over of the day Pigot was lbw to Tod who was making one of his rare appearances at the bowling crease. At close of play McVeagh was 32 not out.

McVeagh was partnered by Douglas next morning. Douglas followed up his fine bowling by playing an innings of 32 and the score was 160 before he was caught at the wicket. TH Dixon and Crothers did not last long and seven wickets were down for 185. Ireland were now only 102 runs ahead. Reddy, at number nine, then came to the rescue and proved a steady partner to McVeagh. The latter was batting most impressively and scoring freely all around the wicket, despite numerous bowling changes. He reached his century and after adding nine more was caught at backward point. 243-8-109. He batted for 2 hours and hit 16 fours. His only chance was a very easy one on the previous evening when he had scored only two. Lambert got 16 out of the 17 added for the ninth wicket while Alexander helped Reddy to add no less than 58 for the last wicket. Alexander made 22 and held out just long enough for Reddy to complete a remarkably useful 50. Baxter was again the best Scottish bowler taking 4-102 in 30.2 overs.

Scotland required 236 to win. Kerr and Jones had 50 up when Kerr skied a ball in Boucher's second over and was caught by TH Dixon. In his next over Boucher bowled Jones. Stewart and Nicholson added 63 for the third wicket. Ingram got both of these and there the Scottish resistance ended, with the exception of an innings of 27 by Anderson. The clever bowling of Douglas, Boucher and Ingram, supported by keen fielding, was too much for the Scots who were all out for 177. The weather was again perfect and a crowd of 3000 cheered the Irish win.