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CRICKET.

THE ASSOCIATION,

The following report will be presented at the annual meeting on Saturday night : In presenting ft report of last season's play your' L-ommitteo congratulate themselves in the knowledge that never in the annals of cricket in Otago nas the enthusiasm been more intense, nor the number of competing clubs so numerous, whilst the weather experienced was all in favor of the * r Jl e sit , of the Australian Eleven was undoubtedly the chief feature of the season, and we greatest interest was manifested in their New Zealand.tour. Iheir coming to Dunedin was the topic of conversation amongst the cricketing iraternity for months before their arrival, and their actual arrival evoked the greatest enthusiasm, not only amongst the cricketers themsuves. but with the general public as well. The Bpienoid stand made by our representatives was qU j * a . revelati °i to local partisaas of the game, ana to be beaten by only 17 runs when opposed to such an array of talent was in itself sufficient to add fresh lustre to Otago's laurels in the cricket held. 'Che bowling feat* of both Jbisher and Downes are now a matter of

history, while it may safely be said that ooth in batting and fielding the team fairly excelled themselves. Coming so soon after the Australians, the Queeiislnnders did not evoke much attention, and but little interest was evinced in the game. The fact of their being opposed to a somewhat weak team had a detrimental effect on the gate, and a loss both as regards tinance and the match itself (which was won by the visitors by eight wickets) was recorded. Home and home matches were played against Canterbury, and in each instance Otago managed to come out victorious. The team's win in Christchurch was a most meritorious one, as on the completion of the nrst innings the odds were decidedly against

100 much praise cannot be allotted to the different batsmen (notably Baker and Johnston, who bore the brunt of the attack in the second innings) for their splendid uphill play, while inslier increased his fame as a bowler of the first vlfei and .f° wn <s and Hope also rendered valuable assistance. The various cup competitions were, as usual, keenly contested, although from the outset the final issue of the senior contest practically lay between the Carisbrook A team ana the Grange, the former eventually proving the winners. The Carisbrook's record is aS excellent one, they having played 9 matches, winning S and drawing 1. Sixteen teams entered for the junior cup, which was won by the Carisbrook D team after a hard tussle, thus cringing off the double event for their club The success attending the innovation of the third class championship was (in decided variance to the previous year) most gratifying. Twentyteams entered for this contest, and the result hung m the balance until the last two or three matches, the Oceana finally being returned the winners, with the Dunedin No. 1 team runners-up.

\our Committee retrret having to record the tie.uu towards the close of the season of Mr James Wilson, the late esteemed president of the Association. In every thins appertaining to the advancement of cricket lie was ever to the fore and through his early demise the members of the Association mourn the loss of a brother cricketer and a true friend. He leaves a gap that will be very hard to fill, and his memory will long live in the annals of cricket in Otago. Financially the season has not proved so successful as was anticipated in the early part of the year. The profits accruing from the first Canterbury and Australian matches were partly annulled by the loss sustained in the Queensland match, whilst the expenses incidental to sending the representative team to Christchurch were also a big dram on the treasury. At the start of the reason the Association had a surplus of £BS 13s Id. Ihe balance-sheet now presented shows a credit balance of £Si 10s 6d, an increase of 17s sd. *i£? Inst ., '? tliere are liabilities amounting to <K,, ~ ■ l ] cav n l -? s an aotual loss ou the season o £}- M ld - lhc asscts are estimated at £lsl os ud.

It was decided to donate a trophy of the value of £2 2s to be competed for by the various school teams in Dunedin and suburbs. The North-east Valley School have been returned the initial winners of the contest for the past year with a record of thirteen wins out of fourteen matches played. We are {assured on good authority that the outcome of the Association's action in tbi3 direction has been attended with most satisfactory results.

through his leaving Dunedin at the latter end of the season Mr Arthur M'Donald was compelled to resign from the secretaryship of the Association, and the Committee appointed Mr W. Maclean to officiate for the remainder of the year. Durin" his term of office Mr M'Donald had worked hard in the interests of the Association, and his resignation was accepted with regret. ° At a meeting of the Committee last week it wa3 decided that 50 guineas, donated by the late Mr James Wilson (Messrs Bing, Harris, and Co.) x be expended in procuring trophies for competition as follows :—A senior challenge shield, value £3O; a junior challenge shield, value £lO ; and a schools' challenge shield, value £5, which is to be open for competition amongst the schools in Dunedin and suburbs : the balance remaining to bo expended in certificates to go along with the shields, which will be known as the Bing, Harris Shields, Nos. i, 2, and 5, and that they date from the ycir of the late Mr Wilson's presidency. It was decided that the various contests be known in future as the senior, junior, third class, and school championships respectively. It was al*o decided that the shield presented by Mr W. H. Skitch for the third class championship bo called the Mkitch Challenge ShieU. CARISBROOK CLUB. 'A special meeting of the Carisbrook Cricket Club, to consider the question of altering some of the rules of the club, was held at Wain's Hotel on Saturday night. Rule 11. was altered in the direction of providing for the election of a president and two vice-presidents instead of two presidents and a vice-president as formerly. Rule 111. was deleted and the following inserted in its place:—"That the Match Committee consist of the captain of the Firat Eloven and -iwo other members to ba elected at the annual general meeting; these gentlemen to invite the assistance of tho captains of the other teams in selecting each team." Two or three other alterations were made in the rules, and tho foli lowing new rule was ag«eed to:—" Life membora may be eleoted on the recommendation of tho Committeo by a general meeting without the payment of any subscription, and shall have all the rights of playing members;" The annual meeting of the club was then held, Mr 0. W. Rattray presiding. ' The adoption of the report (already published) was moved by the Chairman, who referred to the valuable services rendered to the club by the secretary during the -year, and expressed a hope that Mr Brlttain might be long spared to accept the same position. He also alluded to the loss the club had sustained by the departure of Messrs Clayton and Rains from Dunedic

Mr J. Smith seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. > The following office-bearers were elected for the ensuing year:—President, Dr Batchelor; vice-presidents—Messrs P. R. Sargood and A. Cargill; captain, Mr C. W. Rattray; deputvcaptain, Mr A. H. Fisher; secretary, Mr E. C. Leary; treasurer, Mr F. E. Brittain; General Committee—Messrs E. J. Austin, R. D. Spraggon, F. C. Liggins, T. A. Hunter, and J. Harraway ; delegates to the O.C.A.—Messrs A. H. Fisher, F. E: Brittain, and D. Cooke;, auditors—Messrs D. Cooke and G. R. Cheeseman ; Match Committee—Messrs R. D. Spraggon and A. H. Fisher. Mr Hugh Macneil was elected the first life member of the club ; and twelve new playing members were elected.

The Chairman Btated that unfortunately the Committee were not able to say when the opening day of the Beason would be, as, owin» to the lateness of the football season, the "rounds could not be got ready for cricket yet. ALBION CLUB. The annual meeting of the Albion Cricket Club was held in the Caledonia Hotel last evening, about forty members attending. The president (Mr James Allen) occupied the chair. The thirty-fourth annual report showed the club to be in a sound financial position, the balance-sheet showing a credit of £1 2t 6d, the total assets of the club being £lB 18s sd, with, liabilities nil, which must recommend itself to all the members as a very creditable position considering the amount spent annually in keeping the ground in playing order. The First Eleven were in no optter position as regards results of matches, although a marked improvement was noticeable in all departments of the game. "W. Hope secured Mr Cohen's trophy for batting with an average of H. 43. while the bowling honors were divided amon" "W. Hutchinson (11.88), C. Corbett (12.21), \V° Hope (12.6), and W. Gibson (12.77). The Second and Third Elevens had again had a successful season, more especially the former who in many cases defeated the "leading teams in their contests. For the Second Eleven S. Strachan wins Mr Cummings's prize for battingj with an average of 13.6. Some excellent form Wis displayed by the younger members of the Second and Third Elevens, which was very gratifying, as it was on this source that the future welfare of the club in a great measure depended. The club was represented by A. Turnbull in the match Queensland v. Otago, Regret was expressed at the death of Mr James "Wilson, president of the Otago Cricketers' Association, whose loss will be felt by the club and by all other cricketers here.

The Chairman, in moving the adoption of the report and balance-sheet, said that an unc .".atisfactory part of their business was the ground. ■An agitation was started years ago for a better ground. He thought that the City Corporation, if they had not the power, ought to have power given to them by the Legislature to utilise portions of the ground round Dunodin, which were now absolutely useless and of no particular attraction to the Bightseer or anybody pise. The Corporation, he thought, got out of the difficulty by saying they had no power to do anything. There was now a Local Government Kill before the country, and he did not know why some attempt should not be made to give the Corporation increased power, so that a local body might have power to deal with reserves i which were not required by the genwal public,'

but which could be admirably used for some of their sports. He thought it was a matter for regret that they had given up the professional. There could only be one opinion about his visit, and that was that he certainly improved the cricket in Dunedin, so much so that they were able to do more than hold their own with those clubs who had previously beaten them.—(Applause). If the question of engaging a professional should again be raised, he thought the club should give their Bupporfc to improve cricket in that way. In concluding his speech the chairman said he would present a first-class bat or some other article to the club, to be given in any direction the Committee might decide. Mr A. H. S helton seconded the motion, which, after a short discussion, was carried unanimously. The following officers were elected-.—Presi-dent, Mr James Allen (re-elected); vice-presi-dents—Messrs M. Cohen, A. H. Shelton, A. Wright, T. Kemplen, 11. Maitland, W. Beadle, and Dr Closs ; secretary and treasurer, Mr W, Gibson; deputy-captain, Mr B. Ringer; practice captains, Messrs F. Williams and A. Robertson; General Committee-Messrs Joel, Williams, White, Robertson, and Ringer 5 Match Committee, Messrs Alexander and Strachan; auditors, Messrs Duncan and Marryatt (re-elected); representatives to Association, Messrs Joel and Ed wards.

Nine new members were nominated. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the retiring officers. It was decided to open the season on the 25th September.

A hearty vote of thanks was passed to the chairman and to those who donated bats for competition. WAVERLEY CRICKET CLUB. The fourth annual meeting of tire above club was held last evening, a large number of members attending. Mr S. Myers (the president) occupied the chair.

The report congratulated the members upon their splendid performances duriDg the past season— their first under the Otago Cricket Association. The junior cup team played sixteen matches, of which they won eleven and lost five ; this result placing them fourth on the list. The president's cup team also did welt, winning eight and losing six matches. D. Cramond, for the junior cup team, had the splendid batting average of 34 runs per innings, which placed him in the position of premier junior batsman in Dunedin, and secured for him Mr Myers's] bat. B. Eckhoff secured the bat presented by Mr Hutchinson for bowling with an average of 6.35 per wicket. Mr Cumming's bat for batting in the president's cup team was won by B. Cramond with an average of 14.3; while Mr Maw's medal for bowling in the same team wa3 won by E. Fearon. The balance-sheet showed that after the accounts of the late concert were squared up there would remain a small balance to start the season with.

Mr Mykes. in moving the adoption of the report and balance-sheet, said that he was pleased to see the club occupying such a prominent position as regarded the junior cup contest. Being fourth on tbe list might not look a very big thing, but it must be remembered that there were seventeen teams in the field. He sincerely trusted that the members would continue to work as well together as they had a'ready done; if so, they might look for even greater success in the forthcoming season. He was also glad to see ihe club looking closely after the interests of the second and third teams, for many a clubnot only in connection with cricket, but other sports—owed their untimely demise to not leoking after their colts. The club's financial position, too, was thoroughly satisfactory. In conclusion. Mr Myers referred to the neat productions of the secretary in the shape of the report and balance-sheet.

The motion was seconded and carried unan; mously.

The Clfairman then presented Mr J. E. Hutchinson with a nedal subscribed for by members of the club, referring to the good work done by that gentleman in his position of secretary, which post he had held since the inception of the club.

Mr Hutchinson* thanked the members. The following officers were elected :—President, Mr Myers (re-elected); vice-presidents-Messrs Joel, Maw, Curaminzs, and Hutchinson ; secretary and treasurer, Mr J. B. Hutchinson (re-elected); assistant secretary, Mr W. Pickard ; General Committee—Messrs Baird, Nees, Eckhoff, the secretary, and the assistant secretary ; Match Committee—Captains of First and Second Elevens and Mr Eaird ; delegate to the Association, Mr J. E. Hutchinson.

The 25th September was fixed as the openin' day.

The President presented a bat and Mr Maw a bat and a medal, to be competed for during the season.

Hearty votes of thanks were passed to last year's officers and those who gave donations or otherwise assisted.

Twenty new members were elected,

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CRICKET., Evening Star, Issue 10419, 14 September 1897

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