CricketEurope Ireland logo
Ireland International Matches Database
Match Report
Derek Scott

Of the originally selected team Reddy replaced Cook.

Scotland gained a big advantage on the first day. They scored 292 and Ireland's reply was only 52-8. For this position Scotland must thank her sixth wicket pair, Tod and McTavish, who added 190 runs and their hostile and medium paced bowlers Forbes and Farquhar. Scotland made a shaky start on a good paced wicket. They lost the Jones cousins early on and only Smith of the first five batsmen gave any trouble. He knocked up a bright and breezy 31 before falling to a very fast ball from Billingsley. Wilson and Soga both fell to Graham and five wickets went down for 48. McTavish and Tod carried this score to 86 by lunch and afterwards took the score along in steady style. Tod reached 50 in 65 minutes. He forged ahead of his partner and, treating all the bowlers with equal disrespect, soon reached his century. Macdonald must be blamed for not introducing Ingram into the attack at a much earlier stage because when Ingram did come on he took 3-42 in 17 overs, six of which were maidens. At 3:55 p.m. Ingram got McTavish lbw for an invaluable 69. Forbes came in and a further 46 were added. The last four wickets fell while 8 runs were added and Scotland were all out shortly after tea for 292. Tod's brilliant 143 not out lasted just under three hours and included 17 fours. Tod was particularly severe on Boucher who was hit for 42 runs in eight overs.

Ireland's reply was disappointing in the extreme. Forbes cleaned bowled both Metcalfe and Shearer for "ducks" when the score was one. At six Pigot was also clean bowled by Forbes who had then taken 3-2 in three overs. When the score was 18 Farquhar joined in the wicket taking by dismissing James Macdonald and Frank Quinn (who scored a "duck" on his debut). At 25 the sixth wicket fell when Boucher was stumped off the left-hander Melville. Crothers came in and in 10 minutes 21 runs were added, mostly at Melville's expense. Smith came on and he had Crothers lbw at 46. 16 runs later Reddy was lbw to Melville for the fourth "duck" of the innings. Ingram, meanwhile, was putting up a determined resistance and had scored 28 not out.

Scotland strengthened her hold on the game on day two and Ireland needed 284 to win with only five wickets in hand when play ended. On the resumption Ingram lost his wicket to Farquhar without adding to his overnight 28. Graham scored 12 runs before Farquhar bowled Billingsley and the innings closed for 64. Farquhar (4-13 in 11.4 overs) and Forbes had bowled very well on their first appearance in this match.

In Scotland's second innings Ireland's bowlers made up in part for the failure on Saturday. Seven wickets went down for 108, but once again Tod defied the bowlers and was 33 not out when Anderson closed the Scottish innings at 155-8. Earlier JB Jones had batted well for 35. Ingram's varied attack gave most trouble and he took 5-48 in 24.2 overs.

Ireland's task was a big one, 384 runs. Once again the start was ruinous. Forbes, Farquhar and Melville accounted for four wickets between them when only 28 runs had been scored. Quinn joined Ingram and the effort of these two kept the game alive until the third day. They put on 43 runs of which Quinn made 27 in 38 minutes before being lbw to Anderson. Boucher, 10, and Ingram, 38, saw the day out together with the score on 100-5.

They finished before lunch on the third day. The last five wickets went down for 69 runs. Heavy rain had a deadening effect on the wicket which favoured the batsmen. Ingram and Boucher looked like giving trouble but after 17 runs were scored Boucher gave mid-on an easy catch. Crothers soon went lbw. Reddy collared all the bowling while he was in and made a merry 17. Meanwhile, Ingram had reached 50 and when 54 was completely beaten by Melville's leg-break. Only 10 more were added and Ireland had lost to Scotland for the first time since 1930.