Sir Julien Cahn's XI v Scotland 23 & 24 August 1939
by Cricket Scotland

Ground:West Park, West Bridgford
Scorecard:Sir J Cahn's XI v Scotland
Event:Scotland in England 1939

DateLine: 30th January 2013




Day 1:
A brilliant bowling performance by W. K Laidlaw, Scotland's googly bowler, who took eight of Cahn's XI wickets for 117 runs on a perfect batsman's wicket, was the major event of the first day of the two-day match at Loughborough Road Ground, Notts, yesterday .


The home team won the toss, went into bat confident of compiling a big score, and the opening pair, Gibb and Mudge, certainly looked like digging themselves in, but when Laidlaw took the bowling it was apparent that he was getting plenty spin on the ball.


G. F. Summers carried on batting in grand style, and when he left he had scored 111 in two hours twenty minutes, and hit fourteen 4s. Hall and Lush went in for some free hitting in the last hour, and at the close the scoreboard represented some grand batting against really first-class bowling.


The weather, too was almost tropical, refreshments being called twice, making it a really enjoyable opening.


Day 2:
The two-day match between Sir Julien Cahn's XI and Scotland ended in a draw at Loughborough Road Ground, Notts, yesterday , after the Scotsmen had followed up their fine bowling performance of the previous day with sound all-round batsmanship.


The best achievement was a grand 72 by D. Dewar, who hit nine 4s in a stay of two and a quarter hours, and, with R. H. Heron, helped to put on 79. Another good performance was by R. M. Macfarlane, whose 56 proved of the utmost value to his side after two wickets had fallen for 55. With K. Kennedy as a capable partner, Macfarlane saw the score raised to 120 before the third wicket fell. W. K. Laidlaw, who bowled so well on the first day, also proved himself an attractive batsman with a quick 37.


Had it not been for a halt of half an hour before tea through rain, the Scotland team would probably have passed the home team's total of 364. As it was, they finished only 56 runs behind half an hour before the close, in spite of very poor light all day and a wicket favourable to spin bowlers of the calibre of H. G. Vivian. J. Walsh, and H. Mudge. Scotland's opening pair, Wykes and McLeod, did exceedingly well to survive the opening three-quarters of an hour, for Cahn's fast bowlers J. G. Lush and J. B. Halt could not keep the ball down on a wicket with moisture on top.

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