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CRICKET.

After reviewing the season's cricket and comparing it with that of previous years, it is quite apparent that the interest in the cup competition is far from satisfactory. This is mainly attributable to the fact that two extra teams were added, thereby weakening Btane of the ot ber clubs in both senior and junior grades. The" City Club seems to be in the Tforst predicament with regard to playgjg as their last match clearly proves. Ont of the whole district they were able to muster about six players. Other districts have been in a similar position, especially with regard to their B teams, at the "Star" results of matches will bear out my statements, as frequently it notifies that such and such a team batted one or two short. last season the Eden D.C. Club bad a slice of their territory apportioned to ponsoaby and City. This does not seem to lave helped City very Considerably. 1 think the only way to solve the problem is to divide the City District among the various clubs or else readjust the boundaries. Eden. I believe, are debating -whether it is advisable to again enter two teams in the senior competition next season. Should they decide to drop their B team, and with Qγ apportioned, it would leave six strong teams to figlit out the premiergjip. When there is a possibility of a teen struggle, the interest in the matches naturally increases with both ptiblic and players. In making these humble suggestions. I do it in the sole interest of the "grand old game," and not with the idea of injuring the City Club. There is certainly ample material in our city for about six good senior teams, and it is the duty of the Association to so adjust the boundaries that the various districts trill as f ar as possible be placed on an equal footing. According to the rule 3 of the Association, two Saturdays are allowed for each match. This means flat about twelve matches can be played In the season. In order to maintain interest in all grades I would suggest tie following points for the consideration of the Association: —"(1) The playing of two rounds wherever possible; (2) The elimination of all B grade teams; (3) The formation of a. fourth grade; (4) A thorough and careful adjustment'of the various boundaries. North Shore made practically a certainty of the Senior Championship on Saturday last, -when they secured a three point victory over Eden Colts. With a score of 253 to face, the Colts opened with Beale and Gilmour. but trith the exception of Beech, who made lo by patient batting, they made a very poor stand, and the la»t wicket fell v.'ith only 57 on the slate. Following on they performed a little better, and succeeded in notching 121 before being disposed of, Beech again top-scoring with 21. The Colts' display was a long way below expectations, and it whs easily seen that the absence of Relf greatly afieeted them, as they appeared to be vjthont confidence. Boudun . bowled splendidly -for the 6hore, securing 6 mr 33 in the first innings, and (5 for 32 in the second. The Eden Cricket Club have definitely decided to send a team to Whangarei (fetrict at Easter, to play a series of matches with the Whangarei and surrounding districts' clubs. The tour will last about 8 days and should prove a great boon to the dubs visited. The following? members lvive been selected to represent the Eden Club during the tour:—G. Alexander. T. Buckley, F. Brown, H. J. Buckland. C. Cooke, A. H. Freeman, R. Gordon, H. Hobson, J. Howard, D. Mclnnes, A. E. Murdoch, C. Nesbet. C. Resteaux, W. A. SomerTeU. The match between Parnell and Ponsenby, which was finished at Victoria Park on Saturday, turned out to be a close thing after all, the former team only scraping home by three runs.. At the start, however, it looked a soft snap for Parnell, though their first innings the previous Saturday had only yielded the moderate score of 122. But Ponsonby had opened in a disastrous manner, and when the game was resumed, the score *as 21 for 6 wickets. It seemed as though the tail end of the teem would ie quickly disposed of. for when Kavanagh. who was batting with Hemus. had added a couple, he was caught. Hemus was lucky to be missed by Sale, but a moment later Robinson, who had replaced' Kavanagh, sent an pasy catch to mid-on, which the fielder held- Eight Tickets down and the score under 30! However, the unexpected happened, end McLelland and Hemus made a surprisingly good stand. In spite of changes, they did what they liked with the bowling, boundary hits being plentiful. By the time the century was pass- | fid, considerable excitPincnt bad been aroused by the fact that Ponsonby now stood an excellent chance of winning. Khen within a score of ParnelTs total, i however. Hemus was caught at the wicket by Sale, having made 41 runs. McLelland took the score up to 110, but & r the last moment seemed to lose his nerve, and was completely beaten by a straight medium-paced ball from Eutchingi, when his side only wanted j 4 to win. However, his innings was a i grand one under the circumstances, and ; ta was loudly applauded as he walked i to the pavilion. j The game was. of course, decided on ! the first innings. r'arnell at their i second venture declared with two wic- j kets down for 126. but when stumps I Here drawn they had only dismissed a i couple of their opponents, whose score stood at 58. JUNIOR CRICKET. Cricket enthusiasts have an opportunity of witnessing an exciting finish to the final of the third grade championship between Parnell and Grafton on tin Domain n ext Saturday. A number of colts are taking part in the game who have been ! under the care of Relf and Jones, so it will be a good opportunity for the follow- | 613 of the game to see what developments Save taken place in the younger generation of cricketers in Auckland through expert coaching. The game commenced last Saturday, and will be continued on the senior wicket a front of the pavilion. Grafton hold a slight advantage of eight runs on the Irst innings, compiling U3 to Parnell 85., JJe latter batted first, and Brown 28, Wilson 22, and Barnes 15, not out, obtained the majority of the runs. Curiously enough Grafton's batting was also. " n " - cn, as Hewson 31 and Shergolts 30 ™a» two-thirds oi the total. A couple j . c bowling performances were put up Curing the game, Sheffield getting five ' wickets for 15 runs, and Shergolts obtain- j tt «.w<) same number of wickets for 27. I

The second grade championship contest is almost concluded, there remaining only one more matca to be played, but it will v.ot make any difference in the result t as Aorth Shore A have a clear lead of five points. Apart from a free innings of 21 by Dufaur, Parnell B gave North Shore A very little trouble in their second venture, and the latter secured their ninth threepoint victory' by an innings and nine runs. Coleman 4 for 37, McNeill 2 for 13, Miller 2 for 22, were the chief wicket takers for North Shore. It seems almost impossible to dismiss a team like Parnell A for a couple of dozen runs. Yet Eden A accomplished this fine performance last Saturday afternoon. Parnell A batted two short, but they had ten runs on the slate for the loss of 2 wickets on the preceding day, and the remaining six wickets could only add fourteen more runs. Their downfall was brought about by Taylor, a schoolboy, who sent down some rattling balls, and wound up with the splendid average of five wickets for nine runs. Somervell took the other three at a cost of four runs a-piece. In their second essay Parnell did much better, but failed to save the innings defeat. Jackson top-scored with 48 and Mareroft was unbeaten with 26 not out. Needless to state Eden A secured a threepoint win, the margin being an innings and 46 runs. Weakened by the loss of Nettleton and Andrews, North Shore B's batting was not so reliable, and 'Grafton just managed to secure a three-pointer within the last minute. The seasiders could have saved the third point without any way infringing the moral or legal laws of the game; instead they lost no time in getting to the wickets, and when the end was approaching. " skipper " Hobday generously offered to extend the time. The feature of the innings was the bowling of J. Gilmour, who, by the way, is an ex-Shoreite. Bowling slower than usual, he had the batsmen in difficulties throughout, and finished up with eight wickets for 20 runs. PUBLIC SCHOOL CRICKET. With the completion of the fifth round one cannot but comment upon the marked improvement in the bowling in all three grades. The following boys are now keeping a good length and bowling well: Johnson, Dacre, Burton, Hunt, Freeman, Westbrook, Philip, Evans, Goodman, Delaney, Holland, Churches, Cunningham, Dee, Bennett, Wilcocks, Huntley, Hendry and Fletcher. Blair (Newton West) played a very fine innings on Saturday. He went in first and carried hi.s bat right through. Coleboume (Devonport) had very hard luck in not getting his century, for his 09 runs were compiled in fine style. Dacre. A. Johnsos and Parker all batted very well. "'Pony" Johnson bowled' splendidly, capturing 7 wickets and performing the "hat trick." Other "hat trick" performers in Saturday's games were Hendry and Fletcher. Jones (Beresford) again batted well, showing stubborn defence and "pasting" the loose ones. Beresford-street must wake up in running between the wickets if they are going to do anything against the best teams. Numerous runs were wasted on Saturday, Jones and Forbes being the greatest offenders. Hunt and Burton bowled and batted well, and were the mainstay of the Mt. Eden team. Wheeler (Mt. Albert) batted very well indeed for so small a boy—he knows how and when to defend. Delaney kept a perfect length for RichI rr.ond-road. and bagged the 10 Mt. Albert I wickets for 15 runs—a fine performance. The matches and grounds for Saturday, 27th March, are as follows:—Beresford v. Devonport, Devonport: Richmond-road v. Parnell. Domain; Bayfield v. Kllerslie, 'Domain; Newmarket v. Mt. Eden B, • Domain; Epson v. Nelson-street. Domain; Newton West v. Mt. Eden. Victoria Park; Grafton v. Napier-street, Victoria Park; I Pitt-street v. Mt. Albert, Victoria Park; Ponsonby v. Normal, Victoria Park.

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CRICKET. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 71, 24 March 1909

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