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Derek Scott

As compared with the originally selected team Connell and Graham cried off and were replaced by Mellon and Morgan.

The first day went in Ireland's favour. All out at 5:10 p.m. they took half the Scottish wickets for 76 before the end of the day. Shearer was lbw at 3 for a "duck" but McKibben and Ingram pulled the innings round and made a stand of 90, the best of the match. Batting beautifully with neat wristy strokes Ingram got 50 before lunch after being missed in the slips when 36. The lunch score was 81-1 with Ingram 54 not out. Just after the break Ingram was again missed and he became careless and was out at 93 for 64. At exactly 100 McKibben was caught at forward short-leg off left-hander Melville. He had batted two hours for his 31 and, although overshadowed by Ingram, he had played his part nobly. Barnes was bowled playing a bad stroke and at the same total, 102, McFarlane was lbw. Both these wickets fell to the medium paced Farquhar. Boucher and Lambert, with the latter eager for runs, brought the score to 137 at which point Boucher was lbw to Paris for seven. Mellon came in and batted exceedingly well. He made 30 out of the 61 added for the seventh wicket. This stand pulled the batting around again after the collapse in the middle. Morgan assisted Lambert in a stand of 25 for the ninth wicket and the innings closed after four hours for 227. Lambert got 69 not out in 1 hours and scored faster than anybody else. It was an enjoyable and invaluable knock. Scotland dropped a few catches and this could not be afforded by an attack lacking in variety. Forbes, Farquhar and Paris were all medium pace, the only variation being Melville, slow left arm.

At 5:27 p.m. Ballantyne and Ramsden began for Scotland on an easy wicket. Ballantyne was out at 23 for 10, after previously being dropped in the slips. Next ball Billingsley bowled Oliphant. Boucher took over from Billingsley. This seemed a strange move but it was justified when Boucher bowled Jones with his first ball. 25-3-0. Ingram came on at 31 and with the last ball of his first over he had Ramsden lbw for 18. McTavish came in and started to hit. He scored 35 in 33 minutes with six fours. Morgan returned to the attack and bowled him with his second ball. Heggie and Stevenson were together at the day's end.

When the second day ended Scotland had lost three second innings wickets for 37, after being set 211 runs to win. It was a day of sunshine and the wicket was more lively than on the previous day. Scotland improved their position before lunch, the score being taken from 76-5 to 163 all out. Heggie and Stevenson, the sixth wicket pair, proceeded slowly but steadily and the century came up with the batsmen still together. Ingram was bowling very well and, at this stage, bowled seven successive maidens. In the fourth of these he got Heggie lbw. This usually attacking batsman had spent 1 hours on 20. Boucher bowled Paris at 112 but Forbes joined Stevenson in another useful stand, this time one of 27. Barnes came on and bowled Stevenson at 139. He had scored 31 invaluable runs. Melville was caught in the slips at 142. Forbes forced the pace and got most of the 21 which the last wicket added. The Irish bowling was well handled and the wickets were shared by all five of the bowlers.

Shearer and McKibben began after lunch and had 43 on the board in even time. McKibbin was then caught at slip and, 10 minutes later, Ingram was brilliantly caught at the wicket on the leg side. Shearer, aided by Barnes, put on 42 for the third wicket. Thereafter there was a falling off, chiefly due to the bowling of Paris who was often able to straighten his in-swingers or, on occasion, to move them away off the ground. Boucher left at 113 and Shearer's grand 72 came to an end at the same total. His innings had lasted one hour 55 minutes. At 57 he was missed twice off successive balls by Stevenson who was fielding behind the unfortunate bowler Melville. McFarlane, at number six, batted well for his 23 and hit a six. The innings closed at 5:20 p.m. for 146. Ramsden had hurt his foot and DGL Hole, President of the Scottish Cricket Union, fielded as substitute and caught Mellon. Paris took 6-35 in 16.2 overs.

Heggie opened with Ballantyne and the latter left at three being bowled by Morgan. 18 runs later Barnes had Heggie caught at short-leg by Mellon. Two runs later Boucher bowled Oliphant for 15. Jones and Forbes brought the score to 37-3 before stumps were drawn from the day.

A brilliant spell after lunch by Boucher on the third day saw the last five Scottish wickets fall for 21 runs. At lunch Scotland were fighting grimly against good bowling and keen fielding. The score was 113-5 and the target was 211. Boucher afterwards finished the game in an hour.

Jones and Forbes continued and batted 35 minutes for 25 runs. Forbes then chopped a ball from Boucher into his stumps. 62-4-27. McTavish had made 12 when he was caught by Ingram at mid-on off Morgan after being missed by Barnes. 90-5-12. 100 came up in 150 minutes. Ramsden pluckily came in to bat despite his injured foot. He was missed by Boucher at slip at 109 and was there at lunch with Jones. Jones was never comfortable but was determined to stay. Boucher came on at 124 and beat Ramsden with a break back at 126. Boucher bowled Jones one run later. He had stayed at the wicket for 2 hours when scoring 47. At 143 Boucher made a one-handed slip catch off Ingram to dismiss Stevenson. Next over Boucher got Paris lbw and bowled Melville first ball to finish off the innings. Boucher had taken 6-42, the last four of which were taken for 16 runs in 7.2 overs.

Ormeau, Belfast