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Match Report
Derek Scott

This low scoring and interesting game was won by Ireland by the narrow margin of 23 runs, thus giving Ireland a third successive victory over the Scots. The wicket, except on the first day, favoured the bowlers so that the top-score on either side was Boucher's 39 in Ireland's second innings. The first day's play was restricted to 130 minutes, play being frequently interrupted by showers which made things unpleasant for players and spectators. There had been heavy rain on the Friday and on the Saturday morning. The wicket was easy but the batting was uncertain and disappointing. Only Shearer and Ingram made much of a stand against Anderson, who took five of the six wickets that fell. At five, Pigot was caught at extra cover off a weak stroke. At 18 James Macdonald edged one to the wicket-keeper. Ingram kept his end up but with 17 added Shearer was brilliantly caught at short-leg by Jones for 29, scored out of 35. McVeagh was out to a poor shot at 37. Ingram and Douglas brought the score to 66 before the Irish captain, Douglas, was bowled by Anderson for eight. Ingram was batting very steadily and he and Boucher advanced the score by 19. Then, at 85, Ingram was caught in the slips off Hiddleston's leg break. Boucher appealed against the light and there was a five minute break. In the last 10 minutes 10 further runs were added without loss. At the close, the score was 95-6.

The second day was satisfactory for Ireland as they finished 76 runs ahead with eight wickets in hand. The last four first-innings wickets added 64 runs in the morning. The display was very meritorious because a strong sun was making the wicket difficult. Mortimer bowled Crothers at 96 but then Lambert went for the bowling and scored 25 out of 28 added for the eighth wicket. Lambert was stumped at 124 and three runs later Loughrey was caught off Baxter without scoring. The 10th wicket produced the best stand of the innings, 32. Morgan, hitting out, scored 21 of these while Boucher remained undefeated with 30 to his credit. This was a most valuable innings during which the Phoenix man watched the ball and hit the loose one.

At lunch Scotland were 13 for none. In the afternoon Morgan turned in his greatest performance for Ireland. In 29 overs he took 7 for 41 and the Scotsmen were scattered out for 109. Morgan bowled medium paced leg cutters and, as usual, bowled well when the wicket was muddy. Jones was out immediately after lunch and four runs later Tod was caught in the slips by Boucher. At 26 John Kerr was out to a great mid-wicket catch by James Macdonald. Boucher came on for Morgan and in his second over clean bowled Nicholson. 50 runs took 125 minutes and at this mark Innes was lbw to Boucher. Hart and Hiddleston defended until tea, when the score was 72-5. After tea Morgan returned and took four of the last five wickets for 15 runs. The last pair, Hart and Simpson, lashed out and took the score from 86 to 109. In Ireland's second innings Baxter bowled Pigot with the first ball and in the last over of the day Shearer was lbw to Hiddleston for 15. The score at close of day two was 26-2.

On the third day Ireland set Scotland the task of making 165 and it proved just too much for them. The decisive factor was the bowling of James Macdonald who, on a worn wicket, was deadly. Boucher was the outstanding Irish batsmen, top-scoring in both innings. James Macdonald and Ingram continued the innings. Ingram was lbw at 43 and McVeagh bowled at 46. Boucher came in and 27 were added. Macdonald was caught off Baxter at 73 and Douglas left at the same total. Lambert was missed at long-on and was lbw at 88. Just after he had Crothers caught at square leg at 93 Baxter fell and displaced a cartilage in his right knee and was carried to the pavilion. Baxter had bowled his last ball against Ireland. That morning he had taken four wickets for 30. Loughrey was out at 95 but Morgan helped Boucher to take the score to 114 before the latter was bowled by a "shooter" from Anderson.

In Scotland's second innings Douglas got Kerr out in his first over. This great Scottish batsmen was also playing in his last match against Ireland. He had made well over 1000 runs in the series of matches over a period of 20 years. After lunch Jones and Hart defended stubbornly and got runs off the loose balls. Their stand of 58 was the best of the match and looked like turning the scales in Scotland's favour, until Macdonald bowled both of them in successive overs. Ingram bowled Nicholson and Macdonald had Innes caught at the wicket. The score was now 86-5. Tod had batted in fine style but Morgan got him to play on at 98. Tea came with the score at 106-6. Afterwards Morgan and Macdonald finished off the innings for 141. Baxter came out with a runner, and helped in the addition of 19 runs for the last wicket before Macdonald bowled him. This fine slow left-hander took 5-33 in 23.5 overs and it was one of his greatest performances with the ball.

Ormeau, Belfast