8th April 1885, Greenock, Scotland
GL Jessop's XI, 13th July 1903, Raeburn Place
John represented Scotland for 26 years and is their longest serving player of all time. His unbeaten 178 against Ireland in Dublin remained a national record for 3 decades until it was passed by James Aitchison. Aitchison was also the man to pass his record tally of 1975 runs for Scotland.
His achievement in scoring 147,15 and 60* against the all-conquering 1921 Australians has perhaps never been surpassed by a player representing Scotland in a competitive cricket match. In the innings of 147, he batted all day at Raeburn Place. Only two batsmen had reached the 100-mark against the tourists at this advanced stage of the season, and in their previous match the Aussies had just rolled over Lancashire in two days.
In 1925, an innings of just 31 in in opening stand of 59 against a Lancashire test attack of Macdonald, Parkin and Tyldesley was enough to be remarked on by Wisden as being “the most interesting batting of the match, playing good bowling with marked skill”.
Kerr played club cricket for Greenock and scored 21,558 runs for them and made 49 hundreds.