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Match Report
Derek Scott

This was a momentous match from many points of view. It was the first match against Scotland on Irish soil since 1888 and resulted in the first Irish win over Scotland since that year. It produced the second lowest score ever made against Ireland's bowlers, 32. Bob Lambert returned his best ever bowling figures, 10 wickets for 14 runs in 14.4 overs. JM Meldon, the captain, and TC Ross were playing their last games for Ireland. Ross, the great bowler who had taken 86 wickets in 19 Irish games, did not take a wicket, but in his last innings he opened the batting and scored 89. J. H. Bruce-Lockhart, the Cambridge leg-break and googly bowler, played for Scotland and took 11 wickets. Of the originally selected Irish team R Fowler, a schoolboy at Eton, was unable to obtain school leave and was replaced by JG O'Brien, in what was his only game for Ireland. The captain, O Andrews, also cried off. Initially PWG Stuart was to replace him. However he too was unable to play and finally LA Meldon completed the team, with JM Meldon taking over the captaincy.

On the first day each side completed an innings and Ireland held a lead of 35 runs. There was a blustery wind blowing all day and the attendance was not very good. The Lord Lieutenant arrived to watch the afternoon play. The cricket was disappointing. With the exception of some fine bowling, the day's play was slow and featureless. The wicket was slow and not altogether in favour of the batsmen. Lockhart, with legspin, puzzled the Irish players and Kelly, on the other hand, did very well for Ireland with a contrasting style of bowling, that of speed. Lambert also had a brief and brilliant spell with the ball. Hone and Ross opened but Hone was out at 14, caught at the wicket off a mis-hit. GJ Meldon's first two scoring shots were sixes to mid-wicket off Webster. 50 went up in 30 minutes. Then Lockhart came on and in his first over he dismissed Ross, 25, who was smartly held at mid-off by Chapel. Chapel had Meldon, 18, lbw at 64 and Lambert was soon beaten by a Lockhart googly for 13. A few overs later Pollock was caught and bowled by Lockhart for 48 so after an hour's play the score was 77-5 and Lockhart's figures were 5-2-4-3. JM Meldon and Morrow were now in but the latter was LBW to Lockhart for 13. LA Meldon joined his captain and this was the best stand of the innings. 100 came up in 90 minutes. LA Meldon hit Lockhart for six and followed by driving Webster straight for another six. The score was taken to 124 before JM Meldon was caught behind the wicket off Webster for a patient 12. With O'Brien in lunch was taken at 127-7. In Chapel's first over after the interval, LA Meldon was caught in the slips for 26. Lockhart's first over disposed of O'Brien and Chapel bowled Kelly for 0. The innings lasted 2 hours for 142 runs.

Kelly bowled Balfour-Melville with the first ball of the Scottish innings. Tait, who followed, scored a four to leg next ball but had his off stump removed by the fourth ball. Ross bowled at the other end and Hole should have been stumped when three but Hone dropped the ball. At 35 Kelly beat the other opening bat, Anderson, 15, with a slower ball that came back a lot. With Thorburn and Hole in the cricket was very slow up to the tea interval. With the first ball sent down by Kelly after tea, Hole was caught by O'Brien at close cover for 20 scored in 60 minutes. The score reached 50 in 90 minutes. Green had made only one scoring stroke, a six off Kelly, before Harrington bowled him. Webster was caught and bowled by Kelly without scoring and

Lockhart had made only two when an off-break from Harrington hit the stumps. Chapel came in to join Thorburn and made 20 runs in a brisk manner. At 83 Kelly went off after bowling 20 overs in succession and taking 5-42. Lambert came on and got Chapel, bowled, in his second over. In Lambert's next over Thorburn was bowled for 22 made in 90 minutes. The last pair, McNab and Chalmers, saw 100 up in 150 minutes. Lambert caught and bowled Chalmers in his fifth over to end the innings. Lambert had taken 3-3 in 27 balls. This ended the first day's play.

The second day's play was curtailed, there being very little play before 3:30 p.m. due to heavy showers. When Ross and Pollock began to Chapel and Lockhart, the wicket was dead. Pollock was run out without scoring. Ross hit a ball to cover and Tait's smart return was too quick for Pollock. GJ Meldon came in and a shower caused a 15 minute stoppage and, after another over, there was a half-hour break. Then Lockhart's first ball beat Meldon, 5. Lambert came in but more rain delayed further play to 3:30 p.m. Ross immediately hit Lockhart for two sixes and 50 went up with Ross's score at 37. Lambert was then stumped while yards up the wicket to Lockhart. 58-3-14. At 66 Hone was bowled round his legs by Lockhart for 3. Morrow came in and put Lockhart into Nassau Street, the ball going through a shop window. WG Grace had previously smashed a window in the Kildare Street Club. McNab, medium right arm, came on and Ross hit him for six. 100 was up in 60 minutes. Hole was given the ball and at once bowled Morrow for 26. The pair had added 51. Next ball from Hole was deflected into his wicket by JM Meldon. LA Meldon was next and he played very attractively. Lockhart came back at 140 but the score had risen to 170 before a wicket fell. Ross was bowled by a slower ball for 89. It was a faultless innings which had lasted just under two hours and contained three sixes and six fours. Meldon continued to bat freely but lost Harrington, 7, at 192 and O'Brien, 3, at 199. Kelly hoisted the 200 but five runs later Meldon was stumped off Lockhart for 47. Lockhart had taken 6-76 in 15.3 overs as against 5-31 in 16 overs in the first innings. He had again bowled well but was not as puzzling as at first. Scotland needed 241 to win and had to bat for 15 minutes in the evening. Chapel and McNab were sent in as nightwatchman. The plan misfired, Lambert bowled Chapel in his first over for 3 and Kelly bowled McNab for 0. Stumps were drawn at 4-2.

The third today's weather was dull and cheerless and the wicket did not favour batsmen. All the same, the extraordinary collapse of the Scottish batting was quite phenomenal. The soft wicket had a good deal to do with this but nothing can detract from the splendid efforts of Lambert and Kelly, especially Lambert whose best ever performance this was. He made the ball almost talk. All the time the Scotsman were mis-hitting, snicking and missing while the ball danced around them like a thing possessed. The attendance was small when Chalmers and Balfour-Melville resumed at 4-2. Chalmers got a single and a four to leg off Kelly, but Lambert bowled Balfour-Melville with his first ball of the day. The unfortunate Scottish captain had only made 0 and 1. At 15 Chalmers was yorked by Kelly for 8, which proved to be the top score of the innings. Tait was lbw to Lambert at 16 and Anderson was bowled by the same bowler at 17. Hole and Thorburn were now together and by singles the score was advanced to 24 when Hole was bowled by Lambert. 24-7-2. Grieve came in and Kelly bowled him for 0 at 25. Webster was next but lost Thorburn, bowled Lambert, with the score unaltered. Bruce-Lockhart was number 11 and he and Webster added seven before the latter became Lambert's seventh victim. The innings had lasted 80 minutes. Lambert, who has described the pitch as "like a sheet of India rubber", bowled 10.1 overs, 4 maidens, 11 runs and 7 wickets (six bowled and one lbw). Kelly's figures were 11-6-18-3.

Going into this match Lambert had taken 99 wickets for Ireland and Harrington 98. Whoever won the race would be the first bowler ever to take 100 wickets for Ireland! Harrington in fact got there first by bowling Grieve and Bruce-Lockhart these being the fifth and seventh wickets to fall in the first innings. When Lambert came on he bowled Chapel in his second over and also reached 100 wickets. Chapel's, in fact, was the eighth wicket to fall. So both great bowlers achieved 100 wickets in the same session of play, between tea and close of play on the first day.

College Park, Dublin