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At the kind invitation of Mr. James Scott, manager of the Chatmoss estate, a number of Ashburton gentlemen went yesterday morning to the residence of Mr. Scott to celebrate a harvest home, and the occasion was also taken advantage of to contest a game of cricket between the residents 011 the estate and the Ashburton visitors. The guests from Ashburton went by the morning express as far as Winslow, where they were met by a variety of vehicles and several horses, kindly provided to convey them as far as their destination. After one or two amusing adventures the cosy residence of Mr. Scott was reached, where a most substantial lunch was awaiting the visitors, for which they were evidently iu readiness, the keen morning air having provided them with as keen an appetite. After lunch the party wended their way to an adjoining paddock, part of which had been carefully rolled on purpose to provide as good a wicket as possible. Sides were chosen by Messrs. Mainwaring and Grant, and the latter gentleman having won the toss, sent the opposing side to the field. There was not much skill displayed by either side, but a deal of amusement was caused by several of the players who were evidently more inclined for fun than for the serious game of cricket. However, the side of Mr. Grant, who were all employed at or near Chatmoss, proved to be too much for the visitors, winning a one innings match very easily with 38 runs to spare. The bowling of Fowler and Ben Ede for the Chatmoss team was very destructive, as a glance at the detailed score given below will prove ; CHATMOSS. Grant, b T. C. Ireland ... 9 Fowler, b Martin ... ... 29 Walker, bT. C. Ireland ... o Ben Ede, c Mainwaring b Ireland 2 Hoskins, b Amos ... ... o Osborne, b Amos, ... ... o T. Hayman, c Dixon, b Ireland 2 Jas. Hayman, c and b Martin ... 8 Hail, b Hill ... ... 8 Williams, b Martin ... ... 3 Reese, b Hill ... ... 4 Lowe, b Hill ... ... 1 Counter, b Martin ... ... 1 S. Reeves, b Hill ... ... 2 John Hayman, not out ... o Wright, run out ... ... o Extras ... ... 3 Total ... ... 72 ASHBURTON. Mainwaring, b Ede... ... 2 Hill, b Ede ... ... 3 Eyton, b Fowler ... ... I T. C. Ireland, b Fowler ... O Amos, b Fowler ... ... 3 Martin, b Fowler ... ... 3 Curtis, b Fowler ... ... 9 Jacobson, c Reeves b Ede ... 3 J. Ireland, b L’de ... ... 5 Whally, b Fowler ... ... 1 Dixon, b Fowler ... ... O C. Ireland, c Grant b Fowler ... o Boileau, b Fowler ... ... o J. Williams, c Reeves b Ede ... I Lovett, not out ... ... I G. 1). Branson, b Ede ... 4 G. Williams, b Fonder ... I Extras ... •••7 Total ... •••44 We must not not omit to mention that a ringing cheer was given by the defeated team for their more fortunate and certainly more skilful victors at the close of the match. Immediately after tire game was finished an adjournment was made to the house, where a substantial tea, hospitably prepared by Mr. and Mrs. Scott, was in readiness, after partaking of which Mr. G. D. Branson, on behalf of himself and fellow-visitors, thanked Mr. Scott for the kind manner in which they had been entertained during the day, and expressing the belief that should Mr. Scott see fit on any future occasion to give them a similar invitation to partake of his hospitality, he would find that “ Barkis is willing. ” This was followed bj T cheers being given for Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Mr. Grant, after which the former gentleman briefly replied, concluding by expressing his satisfaction that the Ashburtonites had been thrashed by the clodhoppers. Active preparations were soon made for catching the 7.10 train at Winslow, and the whole party eventually reached Ashburton at about 8 o’clock, well pleased with the day’s enjoyment, and we venture to think that not one of the party will soon forget their pleasant trip to Chatmoss, or the princely entertainment of Mr. James Scott.

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HARVEST HOME AT CHATMOSS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 80, 30 March 1880

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HARVEST HOME AT CHATMOSS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 80, 30 March 1880