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At the annual meeting of the New Zealand Cricket Council at Christchurch last night Mr A. E. Whitaker (of Auckland) was e eoted president, and Mr 0. R. Smith wrs re-elected secretary. The balance - sheet showed that the credit balance had increased from £56 to £l3l. A letter from Mr L. A. Cuff, now in Sydney, showed that no arrangement could be made to get A. E. Stoddart’s team to visit New Zealand tnis time, as all the dates had been arranged, and the team was almost certain to play West Australia on the way back. The •whole fact was that there was not enough money in it. £3,000 would be about the figure if they could come. The Council tick no further steps in the matter. The following programme of interprovincial m itches was approved:—Auckland plays Wellington, Canterbury, and Hawke’s Bay at Auckland; Taranaki plays Nelson at Nelson, and Hawke’s Bay at Napier; Hawke’s Bay plays Auckland at Auckland, Canterbury at Napier, and Taranaki at Napier; Wellington plays Auckland at Wellington, .Nelson at Wellington, Hawke’s Bay at Napier, and Ciuterbury at Wellington; Nelson plays Wellington at Wellington, Taranaki at Nelson, and Marlborough at Nelson ; Marlborough plays Nelson at Nelson; Canterbury plays Auckland at Auckland, Taranaki at Hawera, Hawke’s Bay at Napier, Wellington at Wellington, and Otago at Christchurch ; Otago plays Canterbury at Christchurch, and Southland at Dunedin; and Southland plays Otago at Dunedin. It was decided to play a North v. South Island match if Auckland could be got to cooperate, and also to invite the English parliamentary team to visit New Zealand.

The first “century” of the season was scored on Saturday in the Lancaster Park Club’s opening practice, in which A. E. Ridley, playing for Cooke’s Eleven, scored

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CRICKET., Issue 10431, 28 September 1897

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CRICKET. Issue 10431, 28 September 1897

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