AUSTRALIAN ELEVEN V. CANTERBURY FIFTEEN. First Day—Saturday, Jan. 29. [Per Pigeon Post.] [From our Special Reporter] There was an immense crowd in Hagley Park to-day to witness the greatest match of the Australians’ New Zealand tour against Fifteen of Christchurch.. The weather was simply superb for cricket, and the gorgeous wicket of Hagley Park was in the pink of condition. A slight wind blew that made the outing agreeable, and toned down what otherwise would have been a hot day, but did not interfere either 1 with the bowler or bat. The men came on the ground at about half-past twelve, the Australians in the field, who received Corfe and Watson- with a graceful salute. Spofforth took the west end bowling to Corfe, and the first ball was sent neatly to leg for i, the rest of the over being resultless. Palmer sent down a maiden, and Spofforth followed suit. The defence of both batsmen pp to this time had been splendid, and it was evident that they were losing any nervousness that may haye troubled them. The spectators were in .high spirits, and faith in the: home team rose high. In Palmer’s second over Watson sent him to leg for l, and then Spofforth came into play. Watson drove him over the bowler for i, and Spofforth, though he leapt high, could not quite reach it. Corfe sent the .next ball away, but in attempting to steal a run from an overthrow Watson was cleverly run out. The fielding of the Australians was simply perfection, i— z —4. Leach was the ne*t comer, facing Spofforth and hitting him to leg for x. Palmer sent down q maiden. Then Corfe faced the demon, sending- his second ball into the slips for 1. This brought Leagh round to Spoffoyth, w 2jpse - over be finished. Palmer’s next half was got away beautifully past nifdron by
Corfu, well out of bounds, 4 going to thO batsman’s credit. In the next over* 2 were run for a leg-bye offSpofforth*. and then Leach cut to cover one for a single. In Palmer’s next over Leach scored 1, and then cut Spofforth’s third ball for 2. A run was then very cleverly stolen, and Corfe followed it up with a snick for 2, and in the same over Leach placed one in the slips for a single, Christchurch high in favor. Spofforth sent down a maiden, Corfe appearing now well-set, but Palmer’s first ball gave him a nasty blow, and savagely swiping at the next he was. bowled. 2 9 Ashby then joined Leach, and the latter got two singles. The new comer opened fire with a cut for 2 off Palmer, then Leach cut Spofforth for r. The next over was a maiden. Leach played with’ great care and judgment, but Ashby skied Spofforth’s first ball in the next over the latter bowled, and Murdoch after a smart run made a magnificent catch, showing that the Australians were edged tools not to he trifled with. 3 —2—25. Hartlandnow partnered Leach, who sent the hall along the grass for 2 off Spofforth, but in Palmer’s next over, Hartland succumbed without scoring—clean bowled.
4o —27. Secretan was the next man sent in, and Leach made a gallery hit off Spofforth towards the booths for 4. Secretan sent the first ball he from Palmer to leg for 2, and followed in the next over with another brace. Leach, still playing a careful innings, took another single off Spofforth, and Secretan came up to the great trundler. He made a fine hit, but Murdoch was all about, and fielded it magnificent!}', so that the hit went for nothing. He, however, stole a run in the next over. Leach did the same. Then Secretan opened out in style, and drove Spofforth from his bat for 4, right across to the reporters’ tefnts. Up went 40 on the board, and loud cheers rang out all round the densely packed circle, which had now increased to several thousands, the Saturday half-holiday letting loose innumerable workmen. At this stage the wind considerably increased, blowing rather stiffly, still not sufficient to cause trouble to the players. A couple followed off Palmer, but Leach’s time had now come, and when he sent his next ball high in air Murdoch was again in the way, and with one hand made .a beautiful catch. Leech played a patient and plucky innings for his 18, and was loudly applauded on retiring. 5 —iB—45. Ollivier joined Secretan, who cut Spofforth for one, and Ollivier broke his egg with a couple off the Demon; He was nearly caught off the next ball, and the following one found its way into his wickets. 62 —48. W. Frith took the captain’s place, and sent 1 to leg for 3 off Spofforth, which brought 51 up, and the teams adjourned to lunch at 2 p.m. At this hour fully 7000 people were on the ground. At a few minutes before three play was resumed. During the interregnum the concourse of spectators had "steadily increased, and when the men came to the; wickets the circle was deep and dense. A ring was kept such, as could not have been kept in any other ground in New Zealand, and the wide circle showed what a splendid fielding ground was hfforded by the noble park. Yet with all all its amplitude it was sometimes all too circumscribed fcfor the splendid hits that were occasionally made by players of the Fifteen, and twice at least the ball was driven outside the ring of spectators, and into the adjoining wood belts. Frith and Secretan took up the positions they had left, and Frith began business by hitting Palmer away for 2. Secretan secured a single in the next over, and Frith sent a skyer to lopg-on when there was no one to receive i and a valuable life was spared. I the next over he made another single and a couple, and then he drove Spofforth beautifully for 4, scoring 10 less than ten minutes, and bringing 60 up. Then a single, and the youngster scoring 7 off the demon’s bowling in one over —treatment Spofforth was evidently not prepared for, and he shook himself together accordingly. Frith then hit Palmer for 1, and Secretan dribbled in two singles. Then Spofforth had his revenge, for Frith finished a brilliantlyplayed innings of 16, by playing one; too high, and McDonnell got it by one of those neat tit-bits of fielding for which the Australians are famous. 7 —16—66. Fowler followed, starting with a couple of 2’s off the demon —70 up —and then did the gallery business with a straight drive for 4. A maiden followed by Palmer, and then Spofforth scattered Fowler’s timber by one of his own little particulars. 8—8—75. Reeves then faced the bowler; two maidens followed; and in the next over Secretan sent Palmer well away, getting 3 for this hit, but the next ball was fatal' to Reeves, who was clean bowled. 9 —0—78. E. Cotterill was the next to try his luck, which was the reverse to good, Palmer securing his wicket first ball. 10 —o —7B. Redmayne followed, and. Secretan put on another single, and then 3 for a nice hit from Palmeri The rest of the wickets fell in rapid succession, and gthe Jtotal only reached 90, Secretan carrying out his bat for 30, made in a truly masterly style.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 255, 29 January 1881
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