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At the annual meeting of the above, which will be held this evening, the hon. secretory (Mr W. J. Moore) will submit the following report Your Committee report favorably of the financial condition of the Association, the sum of L 6 IGs lOd standing to its credit after the payment of all liabilities. At the close of the previous season a larger credit balance was brought forward, attributable to the fact of the interprovincial match between Canterbury and Otago being then played in Dunedin, while that of the past season was played in Christchurch, entailing extra expenses. Considerable difficulty was experienced in obtaining players to represent the province in the interproviccial match with Canterbury, which was played on the 27th and 28th January, and ended in the defeat of our players, Canterbury winning by an innings an.l 126 runs, though not represented by its strongest team. The form of our men, with a few exceptions, was certainly below what might be expected of representative players. The batting in the first innings went completely to pieces; though in the second attempt an improvement was shown, particularly by Harper, who played well for his 69.

A certain class of play exists in onr midst which, to say the most of it, is not of average qual ty; nor is there much hope or chance of improvement as things are. Were our leading players to baud together determined to support, say, three senior clubs on good grounds, the class of cricket must improve. Thus united there would be iittle difficulty in retaining the services of a professional coach. The approaching season bids fair to be a busy one. The interprovincial match with Canterbury, and probably a few more representative matches, will be played here. It might be wise foryour incomingcommittee to place itself in communication with Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, and onr own country centres with a view of arranging matches. Already our secretary has written to Victoria to ascertain if there is any probability of inducing a team of amateurs to visit us during the Exhibition season.

Considerable interest was taken in the contest for the senior challenge cup, which was eventually won by the Orange Club Our president is of opinion that a series of matches for juniors should be instituted with a view of encouraging young players. Tour Committee are of opinion that the revised rnles of cricket adopted lately by the Marylebone Cricket Club should be those observed by this Association. A copy of the rules will be in the hands of the secretary, who will have slips containing the altered clauses printed for distribution among our associated clubs.

In accordance with the decisions of the Marylebone Club, who constitute the oricketparliament of the world, the following new rules have now gone into operation ; That the over shall consist of five balls. That a bowler shall be allowed to change ends as often as he pleases, provided only that he does not bowl two overs consecutively in one innings. That on the last day of a match, or if a one-day match at any time, the in-side shall be empowered to declare the innings at an end.

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OTAGO CRICKETERS’ ASSOCIATION., Issue 8025, 30 September 1889

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OTAGO CRICKETERS’ ASSOCIATION. Issue 8025, 30 September 1889

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