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Derek Scott

This was a match which Ireland should possibly won which ended with Ireland hanging on a little for a draw. Huey took over the captaincy and may have over bowled himself in the second innings. Caprani reappeared after a number of years and Bergin was left out because of his acceptance of the "Caltex Trophy" for cricket, a trophy of which the Irish Cricket Union did not approve. In fact Bergin did not appear for the entire of the season over this issue. There was again no real opening bowler partner for O'Riordan and Warke was used but it did seem as though he was given too many overs when his job was merely to take the shine off the ball. Scotland introduced four new caps, JF Cowan, JMC Ford, both batsmen, A Dewar (bowler) and GF Goddard, an all-rounder. Poor crowds attended this game although the weather was good.

The first day was dull, Scotland taking five hours to make 183 after being 117-2. The only tricks the wicket played was to keep low the balls which bowled Ford and Goddard. The Irish attack did very well led by the spearhead Huey who took 4-38 in 35 overs. Allan and Denness were out for 42 but an hour after lunch the score was 117-2 with Aitchison going very well. Then Warke, standing no more than 8 yards from the wicket, got a great high right-handed catch off a full-blooded drive to dismiss Aitchison for 38. Hope next bowled Ford and Huey had Barr caught by Warke, this time using his left hand. This left the score 125-5 and worse was to follow when, at 130, Chisholm, who had made 60, shaped to glance Hope and had his leg stump removed. After tea O'Riordan had Goddard LBW for 20. The new ball had been taken at 139, and it was a much debated decision! A dogged 15 in 90 minutes by Cowan, a run out, and two catches at long on by Martin were the features of the close of the Scottish innings. In the remaining 50 minutes Ireland made 27-1, Caprani being out when he tried to hit a fast straight ball from Barr to leg. McCloy was 13 and Martin 10 not out at the close.

On the second day Ireland got very much on top. They led on first innings by 56 (it should have been more) and took three Scottish wickets for 21. For this position Ireland must thank Duffy, Hope and Huey who took the score from 154 for 8 to 239 all out and to O'Riordan's bowling in the last half-hour. The pattern of the Irish innings up to a point followed that of Scotland. The third wicket looked to be developing into a very large stand, and then followed the collapse brought on by Kerrigan, the slow left-arm bowler, and 106-2 at 1:20 PM became 154-8 an hour after lunch. Kerrigan bowled well at times but the wicket was blameless and the collapse was caused by batsmen pushing forward and failing to get to the pitch of the ball.

McCloy and Martin added 11 in half an hour and McCloy was lucky not to be caught at mid-off when the score was 35. Indeed, throughout the Irish innings Scotland dropped a number of chances and half chances for which they were fortunate not to be more heavily penalised. The spinners came on with the score at 43 and Kerrigan bowled McCloy around his legs at 45 attempting a sweep. Neville came in and before lunch hit seven fours to long on or square leg mostly off some loose bowling by Allan. Martin moved to his 50 in 145 minutes (his fourth for Ireland) and was at once caught at the wicket. 106-3. Allan bowled better after lunch and wickets fell regularly, Kerrigan taking four in a short space of time. Allan it was who got Neville LBW for 38. When Hope joined Duffy the score was 154-8. Duffy played back to the spinners and at 165 the new ball was taken, surely a major tactical error. 29 were added up to tea and in all 42 were put on in 85 minutes before Kerrigan got Hope LBW at 196. Huey played himself in and then hit with rude vigour to make 20 out of 43 in 20 minutes. Duffy, during this stand, reached his first 50 for Ireland. He gave no chance and batted for two hours. In bad light Scotland lost Allan, Cowen and Denness for 21 runs. O'Riordan bowled very fast and took 2-6 in 10 overs. Denness glanced a ball from O'Riordan to Warke at first leg slip. Warke knocked it sideways to Hope at second leg slip who reacted quickly and completed a low catch.

The third day was very disappointing for Ireland. With five wickets down Scotland were only nine runs ahead but each wicket from then on gave trouble except the last and Ireland's task was to score 164 in 135 minutes. This effort was possible but was badly planned and at one stage defeat for Ireland was possible. The vital Scottish wickets appeared to be those of Chisholm and Aitchison and Hope had claimed both of these by 12:30 PM when the score was 64-5. Aitchison was bowled round his legs trying to sweep and Chisholm was caught at short leg. Then Ford and Barr after a tentative starts put on 50 in an hour and Ford was caught off Hope just before lunch for a hard-hit 35. 114-6. Second ball after lunch Goddard gave Neville at first slip an easy catch off Huey which was dropped, possibly costing Ireland the match. Goddard and Barr brought the score to 141 in half an hour when Hope yorked Barr. Brown, bustling for runs, and Goddard next added 53 for the 8th wicket and Ireland's grip slipped. The new ball was then taken and Warke bowled four overs which conceded 16 runs. At 194 O'Riordan got Goddard to a good catch by Hope at square leg. Kerrigan helped Brown to add a further 23 but when Hope returned he got both Kerrigan and Dewar in his first over leaving Brown 48 not out in 52 minutes. Hope had 6-59 in 29 overs and should surely have been brought back sooner if, indeed, the new ball should have been taken at all. Huey bowled from 11:30 AM to 3 PM without taking a wicket and Duffy might have been tried - he only bowled five overs for six runs.

Ireland might have made a better initial effort to get the runs. When Martin was second out at 24 the innings had been in progress for 45 minutes. Then McCloy, Neville, Stevenson and Warke made a scrambling effort to get the runs which was called off when Neville was stumped and Barr had made two splendid catches at extra cover. With 50 minutes left five wickets were down and Duffy was bowled with 25 minutes to go. No further wicket fell and Stevenson reached 50 in just over an hour. It was an attractive innings of pulls and of drives and it was a pity it could not have been climaxed by an Irish victory.