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Second Day—Monday, Jan. 31.

[From our Special Reporter] Christchurch, Yesterday. The weather to-day was not so pleasant as yesterday, the sun being exceedingly hot, and a nor’-wester threatening, and sometimes blowing rather stiffly. Slight joined Murdoch, Fuller and the younger Frith bowling. The first two overs brought up the century, and shortly after the bowlers changed ends. Four byes from Fuller followed, and then there was some very cautious play until 120 went up, when C. Frith relieved Fuller, Slight received a very nasty blow from AY. Frith, and had to retire for a time, Jarvis taking his place at the wickets, but did not stop long, being caught by Secretan at point in a manner that would have done credit to any of the Australians. 4 —0—124. Boyle joined his captain, and at his first bat a chance was lost by the. bad, fielding of the Christchurch team ;—Beard in this case being the culprit. Murdoch scored a couple off the next ball, and Ashby took up the bowling

at the north end, sending down a maiden. Off his next, Murdoch got a single, and Boyle made a pretty cut to leg for 4. Loose fielding again was a loss to Christchurch, and the Australian captain scored a run he oughtn’t to for an overthrow. .Boyle then relieved things by sending one away to leg for 4 —out of bounds. 140 on the telegraph. As the figures rose on the board the circle was painfully quiet, and the Canterbury players and backers looked blue rtnd disheartened. Murdoch then got a 3 by another sample of bad fielding on Cotterill’s part, and an easy catch was missed when Boyle gave a chance. After this the game again took a monotonous character, till Boyle sent one of Frith’s to the south bounds along the v carpet for 4.

It was a long straight drive, and called forth loud applause. Murdoch sent the next for a couple in the same direction. 150 up. Silent circle, and heavier countenances. The bowling was again changed, Beard taking Frith’s place, and his first ball was sent away by Boyle for 4 ; the ; second,getting the same treatment; and a couple more off the same over sent the score up to 160. 2 to Murdoch and Ito Boyle was the result of Frith’s next over, and Murdoch sent another 4 away to the pavilion. 170 up, and of which Murdock had totted 89, with half : an-hour left to make the century before ’lunch at 2. Boyle turned round to one of Beard’s and played it away to leg for a couple, • cutting the next for 2. Murdoch got one off Beard’s next over, and he and Boyle now appeared, to be inseparable. Luck went with them' also, for Secretan missed a difficult but not impossible catch in Beard’s next over, and Murdoch, whose life was thus saved, marked his deliverance by scoring 1 off Frith, and 1 off Beard. Boyle joined the rejoicing by sending Beard to squareleg for 4. The admiration of Murdoch’s batting was intense, for he hit everything that was sent up to him, but now he began to play a little more loosely, and showed signs of giving chances. Boyle’s penchant seemed hitting to square-leg, and it was remarked that notwithstanding the frequency of his hits in that direction, no effort was made to field. Off the next ball of Beard’s, Boyle made a hit that should have been his last, as he put an easy catch right into Billy Frith’s hands, who, however refused his opportunity, and the fun

went on. As a sort of criticism on Billy’s “ butteriness” Boyle sent a ball of W. Frith’s away to mid-on for 5. It was a beautiful carpet slider, and the 5 was got before it was returned, not having reached the boundary. The bowling having been fairly collared, Secretan took Beard’s place at the north end, and after bowling one, the ddjournment took place at 2. At three o’clock play was resumed. The wind was still blowing from the north-west, but lightly, and it only served to tone down what would otherwise have been a most disagreeable day. In Frith’s first over Boyle was caught in the slips by Fuller in the neatest manner, and for his smartness the fielder received a fair round of applause.

- 5 2 — T 9S- Palmer succeeded Boyle, and Secretan sent down a maiden to Murdoch. Murdoch scored one off Ashby’s next, and the remainder of the over was resultless. In the next over Murdoch got a couple for a hit that should only have yielded x, owing to the looseness of the fielding. Presently he added another 2, and put 200 up. The displaying of the second century brought out a round of applause. Palmer now got a single off Frith, and 'Murdoch followed with a couple. Secretan sent, down three resultless balls, but in his next he got Palmer’s wicket dead on the double. 6— 3 —202. The crowd had now increased by the addition of many visitors from the country, and the number seemed to be not much short of Saturday’s lot. Blackham replaced Palmer, and almost immediately after Murdoch put Frith well away to the mid-on for 5, bringing his score up to over the century, which fact elicited a round of applause. A ball or two was stone-walled by Murdoch, and then he got an ugly knock on the knee from Secretan, and was prostrated for a time. Picking up, however, he worked out the over, and Blackham faced Firth, sending him to leg for 2, and then to slip for 1. Blackham then drove Secretan for 1, and Murdoch followed with a magnificent in-drive for 4. The game ran s'owly for a time, till Blackham got 2 off Secretan which he followed up with a 3 off the same bowler, .driven straight to mid-on. Firth’s secorid ball in the next over was sent to square leg for 4 by Blackham, Murdoch getting 2 off Secretan in . the next, Blgckr ham 1 a eoUple 6ffFrith, and Murdoch a 2 off Secretan’s next. Frith then bowled a maiden; and then the event of the day came off, Secretan sent up a tempting 1 to Murdoch; who hit ifless strongly than he meant To, and Secretan caught it. The captain had thus to retire,'after making the finest score of the iridteb to date, H i. 7—111—231. The Australian captain was , loudly Tcheerprhas he returned to; the (pavilion, 'the 1 ovation being deserved by the

grandest display of scientific cricket that had been made. The removal of Murdoch seemed to take a weight off the hearts of the home team, for although he gave three chances, it may be said that his straight defence, and bold yet sure batting powers are unequalled in the colonies. Alexander followed, and Blackham got i off Frith’s next over, and a couple off Secretan, but in Frith’s next over, Cotterill caught Alexander at short slip. 8 —o —236. Tobin filled his place, and his first hit sent Frith away for 4. Blackham got a single off Secretan, and Tobin cut him for another. Tobin now faced Frith, and received a maiden, after which Blackham scored r off Secretan, making room for Tobin, who followed suit, both being square-leg hits. Blackham cut Frith for a single, and Billy Frith came on again with his left handers in place of Secretan and bowled a maiden. Blackham spooned one to long on, but there was no one there to take the chance offered. The next over produced a single for Blackham, and Tobin nibbled another off Frith. Then the popular wicketkeeper came down like death on one of Frith’s, and sent it away out of bounds for 4. In a ball or two he repeated the dose for another 4, and then Tobin got a single. I have occasionally mentioned instances of loose fielding; be it observed that I have only noted the bad fielding up till now, and hasten: to state that there were far more instances of real smartness in the field than them were of muffing, and taking the fifteen all round they made a very presentable appearance -indeed, and some feats could not have been ex-

celled by the Australians themselves. After three maidens, Tobin snicked W. Frith for a single. Another spell of careful play for a couple of overs, and Tobin scored another two, and Blackham got a single off Fuller, and Tobin 2off W. Frith. .Things were slow npw fof a time, till Frith began to bowl slows, and the mattceuvre resulted in Blackham being beautifully caught by Cotterill at long-on. 9 —38 —270. Slight, recovered from his hurt, took his place again at the wickets and got a single. The change of wickets brought him round to Frith’s slows, and two 4’s resulted in succession. Slow play for a time, and then Tobin drove Frith for a single, and Fuller for the same. Slight stole a run at the change, and in the same over was nearly out, but it was a “bum,” and he went on again. The third century was wanted, and a careful defence was now sustained so that runs ' came slowly, and singles taken were very carefully judged, Tobin added another single, and then Slight sent one of Fuller’s away for 2, and followed for a single. Another, bum” 'saved Slight, and Ashby came for'Fuller, and bowled, the first wide in the match. Tobin scared a single off his next, and the rest of the over Went for nothing. Slight got another single off W. Frjth and one off Ashby, and, later on, got a 4 off Ashby, The home, team were nowwell together, and: saved many runs, Secretan being particularly prominent

at point. ' Slight ■ added another single,/ and was then Unfortunate enough to get another hurt —a nasty blow on the arm. He rubbed a while, and then pluckily stood up to his work. After a long stretch of desultory play, yielding nothing, Secretan again took the ball at the north end, relieving W. Frith, and Slight put his first away for 4. 300 up, amid loud and prolonged applause, from, a circle of people fully as dense as* that of Saturday. Slight put on another single off Secretan, and Tobin faced Ashby. 2 for a bye Were recorded, and Tobin put Ashby away to leg for 3, and Slight got 1 for a dribble to point, which Secretan fell over. A single to Tobin completed Secretan’s next over, and Slight got two singles from Ashby, and Tobin 1. Tobin sent Secretan away to leg for 3, another single came, and it was evident the batsmen meant to make a stand till time. C. Frith came on to bowl at the north end, and Slight drove him for 4. 320 up. Fuller relieved Ashby at the south end, but no change seemed to effect the cricket of the two Australians, who played cleverly in defying all attempts to dislodge them. W. Frith, the left-handed bowler, was the next change, replacing his brother, and after a run, was scored, and several overs had been bowled, Tobin was caught by W. Frith, and the innings closed at twenty minutes to six. 10—31—323. Australian Eleven.. Ist Innings.

Groube, cW. Frith, b C. Frith 42 Spofforth, b Fuller 3 M'Donnell, c Fowler, bW. Frith 7 Murdoch, c and b Secretan ... 11l Slight, not out ... ... ••• 45 A. Jarvis, c Secretan,,b W. Frith 0 Boyle, c Fuller, b Ashby ... 32 G. Palmer, b Secretan 3 Blackham, c Cotterill, bC. Frith 38 Alexander, c Cotterill, b Ashby 0 Tobin, c and bW. Frith ... 31 Byes ... ... ... ... 6 Leg-byea 4 Wide 1 Total ... 323 Bowling Analysis. —C. Frith, 100 balls, 11 maidens, 47 runs, 2 wickets; Fuller, 162 balls, 15 maidens, 62 runs, ! wicket; W. Frith, 211 balls, 24 maidens, 57 runs, 3 wickets ; Beard, 60 balls, 3 maidens, 38 runs ; Ashby, 156 balls, 9 maidens, 83 runs, 2 wickets, 1 wide ; Secretan, 68 balls, 5 maidens, 35 runs, 2 wickets.

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CRICKET., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 257, 1 February 1881

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CRICKET. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 257, 1 February 1881

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