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Below will be found last season’s firsteleven batting and bowling averages. Considering the almost insurmountable difficulties that had to be overcome—especially during the early part of the season —the position of the club, both from a financial (thanks, principally, to an energetic secretary) and a cricket point of view, are very satisfactory. The fielding was the weak point of last year’s cricket, and which, it is hoped, will be remedied during the coming season. To accomplish this a practice captain should bo elected, who will not only see but _ insist that each member, to ensure his inclusion in the team, must do some field practice at least two nights a week. It is hardly necessary to draw attention to the averages of each player, conscientiously believing that each one did his level best to uphold the honor of the club, and strived to make it as formidable as the one from which it sprung. Considering the limited number of bowling changes the club posiesses, the brothers Malcolm and Frith and Montgomery have every reason to feel satisfied with their season’s work. Tho same remark applies to R. C. Niven, the recognised “ keeper of the sticks,” who will during the coming season be greatly missed on both sides of the wicket, as well as on the Committee. With these few remarks the averages are now pub liahed, and a hope that tho season of 1889-90 will bo a busy and prosperous one.

“Not out. fTMs docs not Include the 78 made by Frith ngiinst tho High School, that not being a recognised first eleven fixture. BQWLISO ANALYSIS Huns. Wickets. Average. A. S. Malcolm .. .. 179 £D 6.1 C. Filth .. .. 212 34 0 2 J. P. Malcolm .. ..343 53 6 4 VV. Montgomery .. 121 18 6.7 K. J. Key is undoubtedly ma’nly responsible for the highly creditable victory obtained by Surrey over Middlesex on Juno 19, and as far as the present season has progressed there is no cricketer who has had a more successful career than the abovenamed batsman. It is true that his slowness and bad mistakes in the field somewhat discount the full value of his contributions, but up to June 18 his figures in first-class matches showed an aggregate of 484 runs for five completed innings, or an average of 96.4, The scares in the match were Middlesex, 177 (Stoddart 64) and 180 (Nepean 64, not out); Surrey, 144 (M. Read 43) and four wickets for 214 (Key 121, not out). In the second innings of Middlesex, Lehmann, who had bowled unchanged, claimed no fewer than eight of the wickets at a cost of less than 11 runs apiece. Surrey knocked up 400 (M, Read 103) against Derbyshire on June 21. Lohmann and Bowley bowled throughout, and dismissed Derbyshire in two hours and threequarters, their two innings only totalling the poor aggregate of 177. Lohmann took eight wickets for 83 runs, Bowley ten for 85. Middlesex v. Yorkshire,—This contest, which terminated in a very sensational manner, is not likely to be readily forgotten by those who witnessed it. The scoring throughout was simply phenomenal, 1,295 runs having been recorded on a perfect wicket for the loss of but thirty-six batsmen, giving an average of 36 for each player sent back. This, in itself, is not likely to be eclipsed in first-class cricket for many a day to come; but the marvellous manner in which T. C. O’Brien, assisted by G. F. Vernon, won the match when a draw, or oven a defeat, appeared likely, was still more extraordinary. When the first-named player arrived tho score stood at 120 for the loss of four wickets, with an hour and a half left for play and 151 to make; when the winning stroke was made it still wanted ten minutes to

seven, and hisproportionoftherunaamounted to exactly 100. It was just twelve minutes past six when Vernon and O’Brien became partners, and in thirty-eight minutes the 83 required to win had been wiped off. O’Brien made his first 50 in 55min and his second in 35min. The principal contributors to Yorkshire’s totals of 259 and 388 were—Hall, 85 (not out) and 86 ; Peel, 3 and 158; Hawke, 44 and 20. In Middlesex’s first innings (368) Stoddart scored 46, O’Brien 92, Vernon 86. Of the 280 (for six wickets) scored in the second O’Brien claimed 100, Nepean 62, and Vernon 30 (not out). Suirey v. Oxford University.—The Surrey Eleven were responsible for a very fine performance in this match, on June 25, when they completed their innings for the mammoth total of 614, which does not fall far short of their figures in the same match last year, when they compiled 650. For Surrey Abel made 138, M. Read 136, W. Read 91, Fielding 75, and Lockwood 53 not out. Oxford University were beaten by an innings and 367 runs. Tho reputation of the Surrey-Lancashire matches for producing remarkable cricket was fully maintained when these two shires met at Manchester at the end of June. On that occasion Surrey, despite their batting strength, were got rid of for totals of 113 and 123, and in the end were beaten by an innings and 48 runs. The ‘ Sporting Life ’ thinks that the young Australian Woods—who played on several occasions with the last Australian Eleven that visited England—is the best amateur fast bowler of the day ; unless, indeed, something more is to be seen of the great Spofforth. In a match played at Middlesbrough on June 29—Scarborough v. Middlesbrough—an extraordinary bowling incident took place. When Baker bowled Kemp one of tho bails was sent flying 31yds 2ft, the distance being measured. This, it is claimed, is unprecedented in tho annals of cricket, Gentlemen v. Players.—lt was more than a victory which the Players gained over tho Gentlemen on July 8. It was a triumph—not so much by reason of the nine wickets which tho professionals had in hand at the finish, but chiefly from the manner in which the match was won. Victories by larger majorities there have been plenty in Gentlemen and Players’ matches, but it would be not easy to find many instances where a side played with such remarkable confidence from start to finish. On the second day the professionals, with a good man out for 25 runs, had to face a total of 347, but they were not in the slightest degree disturbed, and though their opponents bowled well and fielded very creditably, the Gentlemen's innings was headed by 49 runs. This feat in itself was very remarkable, but it was completely eclipsed on the third afternoon when the Players entered upon their second innings. They were set 177 runs to get to win in two hours and a half—a task which many a strong side has failed to accomplish in the last inningsof the match. Notonlyhad nearly 1,000 runs already been obtained on tho wicket, but the Players had to score more than a run a minute to obtain the requisite number before the call of time. While there was no chance of the Gentlemen getting their opponents out, there was a fair probability of the Players having to work hard to secure a victory. And yet a more simple undertaking, to judge from the way in which Gunn and Quaife set about tho task, could scarcely have been desired by the keenest supporter of tho Players. The two batsmen showed no anxiety as to the result, and made no attempt to force the game. They went coolly to work, waiting for their opportunities and making the most of them when they came. Indeed, so deliberate were they at limes, that some people feared lest this extreme care, coupled with two or three brief delays, should rob tho Players of a victory. The batsmen, however, were after the first few minutes nearly always in front of the clock, and though Quaife got out and Gunn failed to reach his 100, the 177 runs were obtained with twenty-three minutes to spare at the cost of only one wicket. Gunn and Quaife scored 156 before they were parted. They went in to bat at twenty-seven minutes past four, and obtained this large number of runs in an hour and fifty minutes. Neither batsman gave a fair chance, and Gunn scarcely made a bad stroke. For a long time they scored very evenly, each man having made 53 when tho total was 111 ; but afterwards Gunn went right ahead, and with the exercise of a little more vigor during the last few overs the Notts batsman ought to have easily secured his hundred. Tho correctness of his cricket, however, which had served him in such good stead in tho first hour, handicapped him daring tnc last few minutes, and despite the endeavors of both batsmen and of the bowler, the match was won with Gunn still wanting two of his hundred. Altogether in the match he made 159 runs, playing grand cricket, especially in his 98 not out. Barnes scored 105 and Quaife 101, so that everyone of the Players who went in a second time obtained over 100 runs, Quaife only got his place in tho team through Maurice Read’s inability to take part in the game, and he signalised his first appearance for the Players against the Gentlemen by making over 100 runs for once out, an achievement of which very few cricketers can boast. . . . Undoubtedly the feature ot the first innings of the Gentlemen was O’Brien’s brilliant hitting, who hasneversinee his great season in 1884 been in such form as he is at present. His 90, despite some faulty strokes at the start, was for the first hour it lasted a splendid display of hard hitting. He had been at the wickets an hour and thirty-seven minutes, scoring SO runs in the first sixty-seven minutes of his stay, and only 10 during the last thirty. His batting during the last half-hour thus presented a remarkable contrast to that which he showed at the start of his innings, He made his 90 while the score was being increased by 127 runs by eleven lours, six threes, eight twos, and twelve singles. . . . It may be further remarked that 1,145 runs were obtained during tho three days, and thirty-one wickets fell, giving tho big average of 37 runs a wicket. The Players made their 573 runs in eight hours and a quarter, while, curious to say, the Gentlemen were nine hours and ten minutes scoring 572. The match throughout was full of interest, and was witnessed by upwards of 20,000 persons. Pull score :

Oextlsmen, First Innings. Second Innintrs. Grace, o Shrewsbury, b c Shcrwin, b RichWright 49 nrdson .. ..67 Stoddait, c Gunn, b Peel S9 c Rarncs, b Lehmann ~ ..18 Dixon, run out .. ..So Lehmann, b Richardson .. .. 8 Read, o Abel, b Ulvott .. 43 o Peel, b Lohmanu 10 Newham, o and b Richardson 19 bUlyett .. ..11 O'B'ien, c Ulyiti, bo Lohmanu, b UlWright 90 yett .. ~18 Cranston, notout., .. 810 Shrewsbury, b Lobmann.. „ 16 Nepean, bLobmann .. 21 notout .. .. 80 Woods, ibw, b Ulyett 1 o Sherwln, b Lehmann .. 6 Phi lpson, c Lohminn, b Ulyett 4 b Peel ~ ~24 Bishop, o Sherwin, b Ulyett 0 runout ~ .. 1 Extras 8 Extras ~ ..2 Total - ..347 Total .. ~226 Platers. First Innings. Second Innings, Abel, b Woods .... 11 Wright, c Phlllpson, b Nepean .. ... ..27 Peel, b Dixon .. ..39 Gunn, b Woods .. ..01 not cut .. ~98 Barnes, run out .. ..CO notout .. ..15 Shrewsbury, c Grace, b Dixon 57 Ulyett, o Bishop, b Stoddart .. - ..88 Quaile, not out .. ..42 b Nepean .. ..69 Lobmann, c Grace, b Woods 16 Richardson,b Bishop .. 7 Sberwin, o and b Nepean 7 Extras 2 Extras „ „ 5 Total ... ~898 One wloket for 177 In tho return match at Lords a week later tho Players were again victorious, this time by tea wickets. At the end of the first day’s play—at which time the professionals had made a good score—rain fell heavily and spoilt whatever chance the amateurs possessed, seeing they had to make runs on a wicket which was all iu favor of the bowlers. The principal contributors to tho Players’ total of 280 were Barnes, who played a first-class innings of 130, not out, and Abel, 51. The Gentlemen’s totals were 148 and 137. In the first innings Woods made 24, Grace 22, and Steel 21, In the second Steel (46) was tho only batsman to give any trouble, In a cap match in Derbyshire at the beginning of July, Spofforth, in addition to scoring 14, took seven wickets for 23 runs.

W. J. Ford (late of Nelson), who has returned to England, played for the M.C.O. against Cambridge University on June 24. He rattled up 64 runs in forty minutes.

BATTIXO AVBRAOE8. s = i 8) Batsman, c T> 5*5 B ° 0 a 3 a £ Frilh 0 130 41 1 17+ Harris IB 229 57 1 10.5 Montgomery 9 90 29* 3 10 Amifcws .. 0 85 20 3 14.1 Spring 4 40 20 — 11.2 A. S. Malcolm 0 90 62 — 10.6 C. T. O. 0 01 10 3 10.1 11. 0. Niven 11) 181 31 1 10 1 J, P. Malcolm 17 HO 82 2 9 U Walla 4 37 24 — 9.1 West 8 04 38" 1 9.1 W. J. Moore 8 51 10 K 1 7 2 Skitch 0 30 11* 1 7.1 W. Morrison 9 63 25 — 7 11. IIislcclI .. 17 no 18 “ 68

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CRICKET NOTES., Issue 8002, 3 September 1889

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