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Match Report
Derek Scott

The team as played showed one change from that selected. Ferguson replaced L Armstrong. E Ingram was not available for this match.

For the first time since the matches were resumed in 1946 Scotland achieved victory. It was a magnificent win as both the clock and the Irish bowlers had to be contended with. The 219 runs required had to be scored in 150 minutes and only three minutes remained when young Norman Davidson straight drove a towering 6 to give his side the win.

The first day saw Ireland on top chiefly due to a century by Pollock and the fact that the visitors lost two wickets for 10 runs in the last 15 minutes. The wicket was slow and easy all day and it was persistent accuracy rather than hostility which dismissed the Irishmen. Pollock came in when Noel Mahony was stumped at 22. Pollock was not entirely comfortable before lunch but was in entire command afterwards. It was a fine innings (his first century for Ireland) and very pleasant to the eye. He made use of his great reach to drive through the covers and his sweeping strokes in the direction of fine leg were perfectly timed. Pollock batted for three hours and 40 minutes and hit 12 boundaries. A difficult caught-and-bowled chance when he was five and a stumping chance in the 70's were his only errors.

Bergin produced one of his masterpieces of concentration during which he unrelentingly devoted himself to the task in hand. Nevertheless he hit 11 fours mostly on the leg-side. Wilson came in at 106-2 and helped Pollock to add 105. He has all the strokes and looked set for a big score when Youngson with the new ball made him play too soon for him to be caught-and-bowled. At lunch the score was 75-1; at tea it was 218-3. The later batsman went in search of runs but were not very successful in the face of keen bowling and smart fielding. Youngson's 4-58 was the best bowling figure. Scotland lost both her opening batsmen in the last 15 minutes. Chisholm was run out when going for a run which he apparently had not called for. Sheppard was finely caught on the leg side by wicket-keeper Miller in the last over but one.

The second day saw slow fighting cricket from the Scots. 1 hours were lost due to intermittent rain but only 220 runs were scored. Two batsmen dominated the Scottish innings - Aitchison who made 108 and and Bill Edward, the captain, who made 66. Five wickets went down for 56 when Edward joined Aitchison. The pair added 129 in two hours and this was the most attractive cricket of the day. Aitchison adapted himself to the job of "nursemaid" to partner after partner. His innings was one of quality and deserving of the highest praise. He batted for 4 hours and 35 minutes and was ninth out at 220. His one chance was when he had scored 40 and Miller failed to stump him. Edwards 66 was great value and he used his powerful shoulders to drive before Ferguson bowled him with a quick one. Boucher and Huey finished off the innings for 229 - a lead of 74 for Ireland. The Irish attack was accurate and could rarely be treated with disrespect. Boucher took 4-63 and at one period bowled 26 overs in succession. He had Nichol caught in the gully and Henderson stumped. He caught-and-bowled Cosh and finished by having Hodge caught by Ferguson. Ireland went into bat a second time and scored one run without loss.

The third day produced a great day's cricket and saw Scotland winning by three wickets. Ireland went for quick runs in the morning. Eventually, with a lead of 218 runs, Mahony declared at 1:10 pm. Ireland's second innings total was 144 for seven. The two main contributors were Bergin, who batted throughout for 72 not out, and Simon Curley, the "Gay Cavalier" of Irish cricket scored 34 in 18 minutes including 16 off one over bowled by Laidlaw. In the 10 minutes before lunch Scotland failed to score, so, in fact, only 140 minutes remained in which to score 218. Nichol, the left-hander, came in when Sheppard was caught-and-bowled by Hill at 25. This, in fact, was Hill's first catch for Ireland. The rate of scoring quickened. Chisholm left at 47, caught of Boucher's third ball. Aitchison came in and allowed Nichol most of the strike so that 90 runs were added in 50 minutes. Then Aitchison was well held by Curley at cover for 31. Earlier Mahony had twice dropped Nichol at mid-off and, in all, the unfortunate Irish captain dropped four catches. These, together with a miss by Martin at deep square leg, undoubtedly were a big factor in the Irish defeat. Cosh came in at number five and he was the one Martin dropped when he was five. He made 16 before being yorked by Boucher as 168. Hodge came in but was stumped at 180. Five runs later Nichol was out, also stumped off Boucher, for exactly 100. It was a great innings and gave victory to his side. He batted for only 90 minutes and made the best use of his luck. 34 runs were needed in 15 minutes at this stage. Edward, unable to run due to a pulled muscle, went for "boundaries only". He lashed Boucher for two fours and then hit a mighty six into the trees on the leg side. At 215 he was out, having scored 29. Davidson came in and off Huey's fifth ball ended the game with a six.

College Park, Dublin