OTAGO CRICKETERS’ ASSOCIATION.
The annual meeting of the above was held at the rooms of the Otago Rugby Football Union last evening, Mr Cohen presiding.
Mr W. J. Moore (hon. secretary) submitted the annual report, which was published by us yesterday. The Chairman, in moving the adoption of tho report and balance-sheet, congratulated the Association in starting the new season free from debt, which was an unusual experience of late years. It was a pleasurable incident in his and Mr Moore’s connection with the Association, because they had always to start with a deficiency before. There was little doubt that if they had the good luck to have a well-contested game with Canterbury, or if some of the contemplated fixtures came off this season, they would have a respectable balance at the end of the year. The team sent up to Christchurch in the early part of the year was about as strong a one as could possibly be got together at that period of the year, and better things were reasonably expected of them. Under average circumstances, that team would in five cases out of six—if not in the six—have rendered a good account of themselves —(applause); but unfortunately they had to contend against this fact: they had been used to playing on a dull, dead wicket here, and then were transferred to an exceedingly lively wicket, consequently they were not as much at home as they should have been. That that was only a fair opinion was shown by the good stand made in the second innings, when they _ had taken the measure of the wicket. Thanks to Mr Harper and his colleagues the team then made a respectable ahow.—(Applause.) Tho Association Committee had, he thought, acted wisely in deciding to mark in a substantial way their appreciation of Mr Harper’s innings, which was, he was told by an authority who witnessed the game, a true cricket-like one, save for one blemish which cost M r Harper bis wicket, Ho hoped that the Association would recognise in a similar way the representatives who made fifty runs or over in a rnatoh of the kind—(applause)—and which was only a just tribute to a good batting performance. Regarding the future prospects of the game here, he could not see how they wore going _to succeed until they got the Association on a ground of its own, or until they moved the authorities to put the existing grounds into a proper state. “Hope deferred maketh the heart grow sick,” and he was almost in the condition mentioned in the proverb; but he did not intend to give up yet, although there was little probability of tho Oval being brought up to the street level, unless considerable pressure was brought to bear on the City Council. However, he hoped that that work would yet be done, and that a portion of the North Dundedin reserve would ultimately be put in the hand of a trust to look after and improve. IJo observed with pleasure that the contemplated visit of the next Australian team was taking definite shape. The telegrams in the papers mentioned that it had been suggested that a New Zealand representative team should meet them either ac Auckland or Wellington. He was of opinion that that proposal could not be entertained. It would be a costly one, and besides, he did nob think that they could get a representative team of the colony to play at Auckland or Wellington, He would suggest, however, that the Otago Association should communicate with Canterbury, and endeavor to get a South Island team together to pky the Australians at Christchurch or here. By picking the players from the provinces of Nelson, Canterbury, Otago, and Southland a thoroughly representative and strong team could be secured, . Mr G. Stone seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. ELECTION OF OFFICE-HEARERS. Mr Cohen was re-elected president. Four nominations were received for the positions of vice-presidents, and upon a ballot Messrs F. Harper and J. F. Spring were declared elected. Mr Harper wished to retire in fever of a north end representative, but the gentleman in whose favor he was desirous of retiring denied that there was any feeling on the part cf the northern clubs, and desired Mr Harper to act. Mr G. Eeptieaun proposed, Mr Ringer seconded, and it was carried amidst applause —“ That Mr W. J. Moore be re elected hon, secretary and treasurer for the ensuing year,” The committee elected consisted of Messrs Knox, Stone, A. Y. Smith, Ringer, North, end Kemplen. A PRESENTATION. The CiIAigMAN then presented Mr F. Harper, the capttiu of the last Otago representative team, with a fcat bearing a plate upon which was inscribed: “Presented to P. Harper by O.C.A. for score 69 in second innings interprovincial match Canterbury v. Otago, January, 1889.” He hoped Mr Harper would receive the bat as a souvenir of his captaincy. He had already referred to the innings of Otago in the match against Canterbury, and regretted that victory had not rested with our own team. He trusted that the recipient would be long spared to wield the bat as well as ho did pn the occasion referred to.—(Applause.) Mr Harper, in responding, said he accepted the bat as a token of their goodwill towards him, and would always look upon it with pleasure. As this was Exhibition year, he hoped that cricketers would try and work up the game here, because once they got a foothold they would always retain it, and work ahead, ASSOCIATED clubs. The Excelsior and Edendale Clubs made application to be admitted to tho Association as junior clubs.—Granted. The Warehousemen’s Club wrote asking that they be transferred from the list of junior to that of senior clubs.—Agreed to. A WHOLESOME RULE. The Chairman drew attention to the fact that a practice had grown up in some quarters of a player who had left a club iu arrears joining club, and so getting a continuance of cricket at the expense of other clubs. This should be prevented, and he knew of no more effective way than by the _ Association taking action on tho matter being officially brought before them. He therefore moved — “That the Association refuse to allow to play in any match under their auspices any person who is returned by any pjgb associated as indebted to the latter in respect of any subscription.” They would not ol course force the rule for the first offence except at the call of an aggrieved club. _ Mr W. J. Moore seconded the motion, which w»s carried unanimously,
JUNIOR CRICKET. The Chairman referred to the advisability of arranging a series of matches for the encouragement of junior clubs, and requested the incoming Committee to consider the matter. THE SELECTION OF TEAMS, The Chairman moved—“ That in future one person shall be chosen by the Committee as the Association’s selector of teams.” Formerly they had had several gentlemen on the Selection Committee, but ho aoubted if that had given satisfaction. The plan of a single selector had been found to answer well elsewhere, and Sydney was going to try it this year. As it had been brought uuder his notice that intimation of his proposal had not been given as enjoined by the rules, he would withdraw it for the present. The proceedings then terminated.
It seems that the Press agent muddled up the conclusions come to by the Canterbury Association. On Mr Wilding’s motion the Committee were directed to communicate with the Otago Association “with the view of co-operating in an endeavor to arrange for a visit of a team of cricketers from Australia to play in Dunedin and Christchurch during the Exhibition time.” Auckland and Wellington are to be communicated with in reference to interprovincial matches being played there this season.
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OTAGO CRICKETERS’ ASSOCIATION., Evening Star, Issue 8026, 1 October 1889
OTAGO CRICKETERS’ ASSOCIATION. Evening Star, Issue 8026, 1 October 1889
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