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The Association match set down for decision on Saturday last was an alphabetic one, but owing to an insufficient attendance, had to be abandoned, and a game was played between sides chosen by Messrs Denshire and S. Saunders. It is very much to be regretted that no more interest is displayed in the support of cricket by a number of gentlemen who can well afford the time, and profess to have the welfare of the game at heart. It was arranged to commence play on Saturday at 1.30 p.m., at which time about half-a-dozen players were on the ground, and by 3 p.m. this number having been only slightly augmented, it was resolved to abandon the original fixture, and play the scratch match already referred to. Saunders winning the toss, elected to take the bat, and after Bruce and Guy had been disposed of, Amos and the Captain treated the fields —of which there was a full eleven—to some rare leather hunting. Amos put together 37 by rather plucky, and not very correct play, but this gentleman’s indefatigable patience will always make him a troublesome opponent. Saunders made 49, not out, in his best style, his score comprising five threes, eleven twos, and singles. The innings closed for 98, Denshire’s side made no stand against the bowling of Bruce and Saunders, the former being in excellent form, and again giving promise of taking a very foremost position amongst our trundlers. E. Fooks, a very young player, showed some power with the bat, and was very useful in the field. The following are the scores : S. Sahnder’s Side. Bruce b A. Fooks 0 Saunders notout 49 Guy b Denshire 1 Amos cE. Fooks b Denshire ... 37 Poyntz c Fowler bA. Fooks ... 0 Grooves b A. Fooks 5 ' Extras 6 98 W. B. Denshire’s Side. Denshire b Saunders 2 A. Fooks b Bruce 0 E. Fooks not out 7 Fowler b Bruce 3 Dixon b Bruce 0 Buxton b Saunders 2 Extras 2

Press Cricket Match. —The staffs of the “ Timaru Herald ” and the Christchurch “ Press ” will contend for cricket laurels in our Domain on the 13th Dec.

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CRICKET., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 26, 25 November 1879

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CRICKET. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 26, 25 November 1879

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