Ireland v Scotland 11, 13 & 14 July 1925
by Cricket Scotland

Ground:College Park, Dublin
Scorecard:Ireland v Scotland
Event:Scotland in Ireland 1925

DateLine: 31st January 2013




Day 1:
The Gentlemen of Scotland who opened their three days' match with the Gentlemen of Ireland in the College Park, Dublin, had four and a half hours fielding in sweltering weather.


Batting on a perfect wicket, the Irishmen gave a good display, and were not dismissed till the total had reached 364. The feature of the innings was the stand between M.C. Parry and E.L. Kidd for the fourth wicket, which added 144. Parry, who is a South of Ireland player, batted faultlessly for his 124.


He made most of his runs by straight drives and pulls, and while he made a couple of strokes which went dangerously near extra cover, he never gave a real chance. He hit two 6's and nineteen 4's.


Kidd was not so vigorous as usual, and took over two hours to make his 73, while Parry was batting a few minutes under two hours. A partnership between Douglas and Hall for the ninth wicket realised 70.


The Scottish fielding was exceptionally keen, and D.C. Stevenson, Strang, and Hole were frequently cheered for sharp picking up and quick returns. Simpson kept wicket in splendid style, and his stumping of Jackson and Hall were brilliant efforts.


Hole, who tried eight bowlers, varied his attack, and Forrester, who came out with the best analysis, was always a source of worry to the batsmen, who never took any liberties with him.


Bowling nineteen overs, Forrester secured half the wickets for 66 runs. Walker, who opened the attack with Weir, kept a fine length and was always treated with respect. Hole bowled well, but met with no luck.


Kerr and Walker gave the Scots a fine start, and in half an hour scored 46 without loss. Walker was the easier scorer, and hit four boundaries. Kerr, who made 178 in the College Park two years ago, batted in confident fashion.


Day 2:
As a result of the second day's play in the match between Ireland and Scotland, which was continued yesterday at the College Park, Dublin, the Irishmen have left off in a very commanding position, and, as matters stand, they are 261 runs ahead, with five wickets in hand.


At one period in the Scottish innings it looked as if the visitors were going to put up a very large total, as 140 appeared on the board with only two wickets down. Matters after this went none too well for Scotland, and with the last four wickets only adding 18 runs to the score, the innings which was in progress just four hours closed for 281.


Kerr and Walker, who had scored 46 on Saturday, were not long together yesterday morning. Kerr who had a narrow escape of being stumped when he had added one to his score, got in front of a straight one from Heaslip with the score at 67. The Greenock man had batted in confident though restrained fashion for 29.


Walker hit out freely, but was held off a sharp return to Aston. His 58 was free from blemish, and included seven boundaries. A.J. Stevenson and Gardiner made the best stand of the innings in a partnership for the third wicket, and despite frequent changes in the attack, the score was advanced by 84 before a separation was effected.


Gardiner was first to leave for a masterly 42. He made many pretty shots, his strokes to leg being particularly fine. Stevenson was only an hour batting for his contribution of 54. It too was a capital display.


Innes hit the bowling freely, and was only forty minutes at the wicket for 40 runs. He hit six boundaries, and, like Stevenson, his placing was perfect. Strang was batting with confidence when snapped behind the wicket. The tail fared badly before the bowling of Kidd, who secured four wickets for 68 runs, and was the most successful of the seven Irish bowlers tried.


Kidd and Parry, as in the Irishmen's first innings, again came to the help of the side in the second venture. Kidd batted perfectly for his 68, his strokes being those of a master hand. Parry hit freely, but was frequently in trouble with the deliveries of Forrester and Hole, who both kept a good length.


The fielding on both sides was of the keenest, and the Scots were frequently applauded for smart picking up. Kidd and Parry added 75 for the second wicket in Ireland's second innings.


Day 3:
The Irish eleven, left in a strong position at the close of Monday's play, gained an easy victory over Scotland yesterday at the College Park, Dublin, by 179 runs.


The home side have chiefly to thank Ganly for victory, as going in yesterday morning after Douglas had left with but one added to the score, he nogged the bowling all over the field, and in partnership with Aston added 97 runs for the seventh wicket without being separated.. These runs, scored in fifty minutes, thus enabled the Irish captain to declare early, and Scotland were left to get 359 to win with four hours to play.


Ganly gave a delightful display of free batting. He got nine boundaries, while Aston had six boundaries. Both gave chances, however, and, strange to say, in the same over, off Walker, Ganly was missed at third man, while Aston should have been held in the slips. The Scottish fielding never flagged, while the bowlers, despite the way they were hit, kept a good length.


Scotland never looked like getting the runs, but Hole and Forrester made a great effort to save the game. Coming together with matters in a hopeless position, and eight down for 115, they defied the Irish attack for over an hour. They took no risks, but at the same time played quite good cricket.


They took full advantage of every loose ball, but they were few, for the Irish attack was very steady and the fielding keen. The attack was frequently changed, but the Scottish batsmen put up a stubborn defence, and when it looked as though they might save the game, Hole was bowled by a leg break.


The Scottish skipper had made a great effort for his side, and was greeted with rounds of applause. Simpson gave no trouble, and the innings closed half an hour from the time of drawing stumps. Forrester, who was unbeaten with 25 to his credit, played a great game for his side. Previous to this stand, Innes had batted finely for 34.


Kerr was bowled by a ball which broke from leg, while Gardiner was held at silly point on a brilliant catch by Heaslip. The latter bowled in splendid fashion. His first six overs were maidens.

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