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Derek Scott

This match brought one of the low points in Irish batsmanship! In 87 minutes late on the second day Ireland were bowled out for 25. The wicket was good and the weather fine. The only excuse was the brilliant bowling of ER Thompson and WD Dow. Thompson came into the Scottish team on the morning of the first day when it was found that Barr was unfit with an ankle injury. Thompson bowled very fast and took 5-11 in 11.2 overs. Dow produced some late in swing bowling that might have tested the best of batsman. He took 5-9 in 11 overs. Not since 1871 were Ireland bowled out for less than this total of 25. In that year the total against MCC at College Park was 24. In that innings Dawson made seven and now the best that could be managed was SF Bergin's five! The previous lowest score by Ireland against Scotland was 64 at Edinburgh in 1936 and Scotland's lowest was 32 at College Park in 1910. This was the 45th match in the series and Scotland now lead 14-13, gaining their first win in Ireland since the 1955 match at College Park.

Ireland brought in PJ Dineen to replace GA Duffy, Dineen receiving his only previous cap in 1962. Scotland gave new caps to Thompson and TB Racionzer (of Polish extraction). They and JK Laing, JN Sands, TN Gallacher and GR Strachan had never played against Ireland previously. RHC Chisholm received his 65th cap and his 17th in succession against Ireland, the latter equalling JC Boucher's record in the series.

Sydney Parade looked splendid for the match and the wicket was hard and fast. The batting throughout the match was very slow and perhaps the players were not used to such a fast wicket. Few strokes were played and very few indeed off the front foot. 348 overs were bowled in the match and the run rate per over was appallingly low as 1.60.

The match began with Bergin needing 15 runs for 1000 against Scotland. He got them but they took well over an hour and this record seemed to dominate the morning's play. McCloy made 11 and was caught by Brown behind the wicket low down off Strachan. 17-1. McCall came in and stayed until lunch. The first hour produced 28 and the score at lunch was only 64, Bergin 27, McCall 20. Half an hour after lunch the score was 82-1 but now wickets tumbled and some blamed this on the slow batting which allowed the bowlers to get on top. Allan had come on and had McCall taken at mid-on playing too soon. 82-2-30 (made in two hours). Hunter played back to his first ball which was well up and was bowled. Monteith and Bergin saw the hundred up in 178 minutes. Then six wickets fell for 12 runs! Dow had 0-29 in his first spell. Now he came back to take 6-27 in a spell. He had Bergin caught at cover by Allan for 48 with the total at 106. Bergin's time for his innings was 183 minutes and one run later Monteith was also caught by Allan at forward short leg. 107-5-10. O'Riordan was palpably LBW at 109 to Dow and Allan took another wicket at 116 when Dineen drove to mid on when not at the pitch of the ball. At 118 Pratt was stumped when walking down the wicket to Dow and, without addition, Colhoun gave Allan another catch at short square leg. Goodwin and Huey added to 20 in 23 minutes before Dow had Huey caught off bat and pad to give Allan his fourth catch. Dow had taken his wickets, all six of them, in a 16 run spell.

Scotland had 95 minutes to play out. They lost Chisholm for 0 to O'Riordan's fifth ball to which he was LBW playing half forward. Dudman gave two early chances. When still 0 he was dropped at first slip by McCloy off Goodwin. At 10, when Dudman was three, he was missed off a stumping chance off Hunter's first ball. After 55 minutes the score was 19-1 and Pratt agreed with the batsman that the light was too bad. The Captains disagreed subsequently and the umpires resumed play at 6:13 PM. No further wickets fell but Monteith bowled the last over (slow left arm) and conceded 10 runs to Laing. The close of play score was 35-1, Dudman 9 and Laing 22.

The second morning was cold and dull. Goodwin and O'Riordan resumed from opposite ends to those at which they had started. Despite dropping a catch Ireland had a good morning. Only 52 runs were scored and four more wickets fell. Goodwin had Laing LBW before a run was scored and at 48 Gallacher met a similar fate to O'Riordan. At 53 Dudman became the fourth LBW victim in succession, this time to Goodwin. His 16 took 113 minutes. At the same score Sands was bowled by O'Riordan for 1. 53-5. Allan now joined Racionzer for the best stand of the match. The bowling was changed and just before lunch Goodwin, at first slip, dropped Allan off O'Riordan - a vital chance. By lunch the score was 87-5, Racionzer 23, Allan 11. 65 overs had now been bowled in the innings and after 75 Goodwin and O'Riordan were rested to take the new ball after 85. Monteith came on at 101-5 and conceded 14 in his first over, making 24 in all in his first two overs. He then bowled five more overs for four runs. Allan was nearly run out by McCloy at 117 and one run later Colhoun dropped Racionzer off Huey. The new ball was taken after 87 overs with the score 125-5. Nothing happened for over 20 minutes. Racionzer went to his 50 on debut, in 151 minutes, and Scotland went into the lead. Then O'Riordan bowled Allan for 35, in 151 minutes also, at 142. The stand had added 89 for the sixth wicket in 151 minutes. At 148 Racionzer was brilliantly caught by Hunter at cover off Goodwin for 57. He had batted three hours in his first innings for Scotland and was one of the few, if not the only batsman, to force the ball in front of the wicket. Three wickets fell at 148. As well as Racionzer Dow was LBW to Goodwin and Brown caught at short leg off a lifter. Strachan and Thompson then added 37 for the last wicket in 41 minutes. Huey had to be brought on and Thomson played on to his faster ball with the total at 185. The innings should have ended at 159 (a lead of 21) at which score McCall dropped Strachan off O'Riordan. In all Ireland bowled 112 overs for 185 runs. O'Riordan was very hostile and for the second time in his career took five wickets in an innings. His 5-45 was taken in 41 overs - but oh that Irish catching!

The sorry tale of Ireland's second innings began at 4:51 PM. By 6:18 PM it was all over. Dow and Thompson, at opposite ends to the first innings, bowled unchanged. They bowled 137 balls between them, including three no balls. It was the first time two Scottish bowlers had bowled unchanged in an Irish innings and the first occasion in a match played by Ireland since that against the South Africans as Ormeau in 1947. There were five extras and only 11 scoring shots producing 20 runs. Thompson took the first three wickets. He bowled McCloy, 4, with the total at 6 and had McCall, 2, caught by Dow at second slip at 11. Hunter was bowled by his second ball thus giving him "a pair", from only three balls. 11-3-0. Then Dow came with four wickets in a very brilliant spell. He bowled Monteith, 0, off his pads at 12 and had Pratt, 0, well caught at square point by Laing, also at 12. At 13 O'Riordan aimed to drive but the late swing beat his bat and hit the leg stump. An appeal against the light (a temporary cloud) was rejected. Then Bergin, 66 minutes for 5, swung at a short ball and was caught and bowled by Dow. 14-7-5. At 15 Thomson took his fourth wicket bowling Dineen who played a poor shot. 15-8-1. Goodwin and Colhoun now added 10 although Colhoun was very nearly out first ball - a lifter which he fended over short square leg's head. At 25 Dow bowled Goodwin and Thompson bowled Colhoun. The defeat was by an innings and 22 runs with a day to spare. There was also a day to spare at Derry in 1963 when Ireland won (no match was played due to rain in 1964). Following this match Tom McCloy of Lisburn retired from Representative cricket. In 30 matches since 1951 McCloy, mostly as an opening bat, had scored 836 runs at an average of 14.92. McCloy should have scored more runs but often got out when set. In his 30 matches he was on the winning team only once!

Sydney Parade, Dublin