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Derek Scott

There were 4 cry offs from the originally selected team. CW Billingsley; DGR McKibbin; EDR Shearer and JH Barnes. Their replacements were TF Ward; FJ Reddy; JS Boucher and F McMurray.

This was Scotland's first win in Ireland since 1929. They were the better team but Ireland were handicapped by the absence of no less than seven of her best players, including Ingram, TJ Macdonald, Billingsley and Shearer. On the first day Scotland made a decidedly useful total of 310 but the batting was never really attractive. Bowlers have been on top in the previous few years in this game but this year nine of the Scottish team got into double figures. Batting was divided into three phases, slow before lunch; attractive and lively between lunch and tea and dull in the last 1 hours.

In the morning Jones showed little of what was to follow from his bat as he was content to defend solidly. After lunch he blossomed into a remarkably fine straight driver and only a great caught and bowled by Boucher deprived him of his century. Short and stockily built he hit well with tremendous power and his timing was perfect. He looked to be much the most accomplished player in the side. McTavish hit well all round the wicket for 37 but the others seemed to lack real class. Ramsden showed little ability to get the ball away in helping Jones in an opening stand of 63 while Nichol, McFarlane and Laidlaw despite their useful scores left no memory of outstanding ability. The pace might have been forced towards the end of the day but the average was one run a minute. The Irish fielding was not up to the standard of previous years, McTavish, McFarlane and Laidlaw all being dropped. The bowling of Ward never rose above medium pace although accurate. Boucher pitched too far up and was heavily punished by Jones. Macdonald was by far the best bowler and he flighted the ball well in conditions favouring batting. In the 10 remaining minutes at the end of the day Pigot and Reddy scored nine without loss. Pigot was dropped at slip. In memory of JWF Crawfurd the flags were flown at half-mast.

The second day ended with a Scottish victory almost certain. Ireland required 342 to win with one whole day to play. Only for short periods were the batsmen on top. There was a shocking start to the Irish innings and so the chance of a good reply to Scotland's 310 was destroyed. The Irish batsmen were completely tied up and spent 205 minutes getting 143, altogether a disappointing display. Pigot, Reddy and Blaney were all out in the first four overs bowled by Hodge and Farquhar. Macdonald and TC Williams went very cautiously in order to stop a complete rout. At 63 Williams was beaten and bowled by Laidlaw's googly. Pollock, who had come on for McKibbin and was making his debut, began unhappily. He knew nothing about his first ball from Laidlaw but a snick gave him three runs. Soon afterwards Hodge dropped him at short leg. However Hodge made amends just before lunch. He struck the vital blow by bowling Macdonald with a vicious off-break and next ball scattered Boucher's stumps. Macdonald had looked comfortable and had played well for his 31. The score was 92-6 at lunch.

There was little resistance afterwards. McMurray played a wild stroke and was bowled by Farquhar at 105. Cuffe defended for a while and was then lbw. Graham was caught in the outfield by Nichol. Pollock, joined by Ward, was now batting better but soon after scoring the only boundary of his innings he was easily caught at short leg. Pollock top scored with 38 in one hour and 50 minutes but fortune had been on his side. Laidlaw was the best of a steady lot of bowlers. He varied his length cleverly and had all the batsman in trouble with his leg breaks and googlies. Scotland were smarter in the field than Ireland.

Tod did not enforce the follow-on and Jones put Ward's second ball to Williams in the slips. McTavish again sought quick runs and got 39 out of 64 before being stumped while attempting to hit Macdonald. Left-hander Nichol settled down at once and drove well. He lost the sound Ramsden at 95. Ramsden scored 29, while eight runs later Williams threw down Tod's wicket. At 129 Nichol left after scoring 43 in the same number of minutes. He was stumped off Boucher who, three balls later, clean bowled Laidlaw. Hodge restored Scotland's advantage with a delightful 31 in only 17 minutes, which included six fours. The last four wickets fell for nine runs, Boucher bowling all four of them in 10 balls for 3 runs. Cleverly varying his pace and length Ireland's great off-spinner took 7-53.

At 3:30 p.m. on the third day Ireland had been beaten by 162 runs. Scotland were superior in every department. The wicket was inclined to crumble while the bowling was steady even if some catches were dropped. Reddy was out off the first ball he received. It was a full toss which swung a lot and hit the base of the off stump. Then came a period of faint hope. Pigot was playing confidently and James Macdonald settled down at once. Laidlaw came on and again caused trouble, Pigot being missed at mid-on. Pigot then began to use his feet to Laidlaw and it looked as though Ireland might be 100-1 at lunch but a fatal collapse accord. Macdonald played too soon when attempting to pull Dippie to leg and was caught by Jones at mid-on. He had made 33 in 77 minutes. Hodge came on for Laidlaw at 93 and uprooted Pigot's leg stump. Williams was lbw trying to turn a straight ball to leg and Blaney was neatly caught and bowled by Hodge. So the lunch score was 111-5 and the match was over to all intents and purposes. Afterwards there was no real sign of recovery. Boucher defended while Pollock scored with well-placed shots to the off but with 18 added Boucher was bowled by Hodge and seven runs later McMurray was beaten by Dippie. Cuffe came in and stayed. 26 were scored and then Pollock hit a ball on to his pad and was caught at short leg. Farquhar got the last two wickets and Cuffe was left with 17 not out. Only in wicket-keeping was Ireland better, Brand's work for Scotland bearing no comparison to that of Cuffe.

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