THE FIRST TEST MATCH.
Manawatu Times, Volume XXVII, Issue 7885, 16 December 1903, Page 2
THE FIRST TEST MATCH.
Australia 5 Wickets for 367.
Trumpet* not out 119
Crockett in Hot Water.
Press Association— Copyright. Received December 14, 7.58 p.m. Sydney, Last Night. A hard, south-easter blew all day, but the weather though cold, was clear. On a good wicket Kelly and Gregory resumed batting. Kelly had only added 8 to his over-night score, when he was beaten by a beautiful ball from Arnold. 1 for 36.
Duff joined Gregory. Both played steadily, and the scoro crept up, Duff going a bit faster than his partner, and getting in some fine hard drives. When he had 28 to his credit he made an uppish stroke, but Warner failed to get up to it. By some smart work between the wickets many runs resulted, and tho century was hoisted in 96 minutes, but just before the luncheon adjournment Gregory put Ehodes into Lilley's hands. 2 for 102. After lunch Hill joined Duff. Rapid changes were rung on in the English bowling.. Rhodes secured his wickot for a couple of runs. Bowling Collared. The batsmen were playing the bowling with freedom, and in several instances loose fielding helped the score. Duff was 64 minutes in reaching his half-century, while Hill, with some very fine strokes, was scoring faster than his partner. Both collared the bowling and runs came quickly, both Hirst and Bosanquet being expensive. At 184 Relf came on in place of Bosanquet, making the sixth bowler tried. Rhodes pitched one well up to Duff, who gave the softest of catches, spooning it to Relf at mid-on. Three for 181. Trumper succeeded. At this time Rhodes had captured two wickets for nino runs. Relf was bowling well and gave Hill some trouble. Play became slow, 200 being registered for 3hrs 19mins play. Trumper was making some fine, though unproductive, strokes, but Hill, who had scored freely at the commencement, slackened off considerably, due to the excellent bowling of Rhodes and Relf, most of the runs being obtained by singles. The fielding also had smartened up. Hirst relieved Rhodes at 206.
The game livened up somewhat after tea, Trumper getting into double figures. The Welshman had so far played with caution. Both players were doing some clever running between the wickets. Trumper punished Hirst's first over after tea to the extent of nine runs. Hill attained his half century in just under two hours. Both batsmen were now scoring merrily, hitting up 25 runs in 14 minutes. Trumpet* Likes Braund. Ehodes replaced Hirst, and this had the effect of steadying the score a bit. Braund relieved Eelf at the other end, Trumper cutting his first two balls to the boundary. The third ball went for four byes, and Trumpar cut the fourth for another four. Braund's sixth ball Trumper drove hard. The batsmen ran for it, and attempted a fifth run for an overthrow, but Lilley knocked the wicket down. Hill did not seem to be out, and a regretable Hostile Demonstration was maae against Crockett, the English umpire. The demonstration was the worst ever made on the ground. Warner consulted with Noble, and the game was stopped for a few minutes. Four for 254. , Trumper reached his 50 in an hour, driving splendidly for boundaries in quick succession off Braund, making 18 off one over., Arnold took Braund's place, and Noble left the scoring to Trumper. The deficit was wiped off in four hours, and the third century was hoisted a few minutes later. Trumper continued to score at a great rate, treating all the bowling impartially, ! He reached his century amid applause, the task occupying 94 minutes. Bosanquet, who relieved Eelf, tempted Noble out, and Lilley stumped him. 5 for 334. Armstrong and Trumper played out time. Scores :— Australia—2nd Innings. Kelly, b Arnold 13 Gregory, c Lilley, b Ehodes ... 43 Duff, c Eelf, b Ehodes 84 Hill, run 0ut.... ... 51 Trumper, not out 119 Noble, st Lilley, b Bosanquet ... 22 ' Armstrong, not out 14 Sundries ... 21 Total for 5 wickets 867