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Derek Scott

There were three changes from the originally selected team. JN Barnes; DGR McKibbin and CR Cuffe cried off and were replaced by HR Morgan; CW Mellon and JN Brophy.

Ireland, despite having three substitutes, defeated Scotland by 109 runs after a very interesting if low scoring game. Although scoring only 152 Ireland had by far the best of the first day's play because by the end of play Scotland had lost nine wickets for only 81 runs. Ireland won the toss and batted on an apparently easy wicket. However, it took spin and batsmen had to be wary for several balls kept low. Connell and Larmour batted for 25 minutes and scored 21 runs but a number of streaky shots showed that they were not at ease and it was no surprise when Larmour was lbw to Hodge for 11. At 52 three wickets fell without a run being added. James Macdonald was caught behind the wicket off slow left-hander Thomson for six. Next over Connell was bowled by Forbes for 33 after he had played some fine forcing shots and he had appeared to be settled down. Next ball Forbes had Boucher lbw. At 61 Lambert fell to Thomson and so half the side were out. Shearer, as always in these years, was still in there and he and Mellon put on 26 for the sixth wicket. Bob Hodge, playing his first game for Scotland, then bowled Mellon and Graham with successive balls and the third grazed Brophy's leg stump. Brophy survived and with Shearer saw 37 added for the eighth wicket while Morgan helped Shearer in a 22 run stand for the ninth wicket. Shearer had been the sheet-anchor and was last out after 100 minutes for a very fine 55. The Scottish bowling was very tight and Thomson emerged with the best figures, 4-57.

The early Scottish batsmen were troubled by Billingsley's swingers and in his second over he got both Sheppard and Heggie lbw with balls which swung late. Graham bowled Stevenson with an off break and three were out for eight runs. A stand of 30 by Tod and Spowart followed but Macdonald changed the bowling continually and no one really settled down. Tod played well for his 23 before being bowled by Boucher who, at one time, had taken 3-12 in 12 overs.

On the second day Ireland continued to have the better of the play and Scotland needed 159 to win with only five wickets in hand at the close of play. One ball from Billingsley was sufficient to finish off the Scottish innings without any additional runs being scored. The wicket had dried out and was now much faster and truer. When Ireland batted again Scotland had an early success, Connell edged an out swinger from Paris and was finely caught by Sheppard at slip. Macdonald came in and had a charmed life while making 20 in 50 minutes. He was then lbw to Thomson. Shearer and Larmour then became associated in the best stand of the match. 92 runs were scored in 75 minutes. All but 25 of these came from Shearer. He made brilliant shots on both sides of the wicket and drove the slow bowlers by jumping out to them. He made 50 in an hour and was out for 67, scored in 75 minutes, when he misjudged a well-flighted ball from Thomson and was stumped. Larmour offered a sharp contrast and spent two hours 20 minutes getting 34 but he was the perfect foil for Shearer. Boucher was unluckily run out by brilliant fielding at cover by Heggie. Lambert made some good shots but was out from an atrociously bad one. The innings ended at 187 and Thomson was again the best bowler taking 5-54.

Scotland needed 258 to win and it was again Billingsley who struck the first blow for Ireland. He bowled Stevenson for seven with a ball which kept very low. Sheppard stayed an hour for 26 and was caught and bowled by Macdonald at 53. One run later Spowart was run out by Lambert while at 58 Tod was lbw to Macdonald for two. Boucher bowled Heggie for six and half the side was out for 66. Nichol and McTavish stemmed the rot and together they played out time. Nichol defended and was 12 not out but McTavish hit and had scored 24 in 25 minutes when play ended. The score at the close was 99-5.

There was a good deal of rain on the third morning but as the wicket was covered it had no damaging effect. It was worn, however, and inclined to crumble. They started at 12:13 p.m. but rain stopped play four minutes later. The restart was made at 1:02 p.m. Morgan took the first wicket of the day when the score was 107, McTavish being beaten by a ball which whipped back off the pitch. Nichol was bowled in similar fashion by Morgan after batting 64 minutes for 14. After lunch Lambert got a second run out of the innings when he accounted for Paris in this manner. 115-8-0. Forbes was dropped at short leg but did not profit from this and was bowled by Morgan. Hodge and Thomson added 27 before the last wicket fell at 2:45 p.m. The Irish bowling and fielding had been first class throughout the Scottish innings.