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The cricket season, after having been postponed for two weeks, was opened on Saturday with two senior matches. The third senior contest—Garisbrook. A v. Garisbrook B—could not be played, however, owing to the sloppy condition of the leathern ground. The 6 Grange v, Dunedin met on the North Ground, which was fairly dry close to the pitch, the outfield being slippy in places. The grass was also very long, and on more than one occasion several good drives only produced one run, when two or tbr.-e, or. perhaps four, would have been recorded on a ground like, Garisbrook, It is true that in the past the cricketers at the north end of the City have had many difficulties to contend with, but surely this is an evil which could very easily be remedied. It was quite evident that the rain which had fallen during the last two or , three ‘ weeks had .interfered considerably with the men’s very few of the batsmen showed anything Tike - true form. 'Dunedin went in first, and were all disposed of for the miserable total of 51, J. Baker’s bowling proving very destructive. A. Downes also troubled the batsmen, and at times showed that he had lost none of his .cleverness. M'Farlane, who has been residing in Christchurch for some time past, was far and away the best bat on the Dunedin side. He played the bowling with great confidence, and took no liberties.' Fish hit out freely, and was fairly set when be was foolishly run 'out. Clarke was hatting very cautiously, when he played forward to one of Downes’s, with the result that his bails were shattered. Kinvig was never at home. Baker and Cramond (last year’s crack junior bat) were the pioneer batsmen for the Grange, Johnston being unable to play owing to an injury to his foot. The score mounted steadily, both men playing the bowling with the utmost ease. Cramond hit Latham to leg for three, and in attempting to treat Skitch in the same "way he failed to get under the ball, and was caught. He is a very careful bat, and should prove a decided acquisition to his club._ On Downes (who should have been out in the first over) partnering Baker, runs came freely, and all the Dunedin bowlers were given a trial. Downes, who was eventually run out, made a somewhat sensational leg hit by sending tho ball over the fence at All Saints’ Church, on the other side of Cumberland street. Baker’s score reached 31, when he gave M'Crorie an easy catch. J. Downes, who was thrown out, played perfect cricket for 11. None of the other batsmen, with the exception of Parker, gave much trouble. The eighth wicket fell for 102 runs, when the Town Hall clock rang out six o’clock, and stumps were drawn for the day. Scores

Opoho v. Albion. At Opoho a first-class wicket had been prepared. Ten runs had been made by the Albion when Robertson was dismissed without scoring. Black retired with the score unaltered, and Dawes, Alexander, Williams, and E. Gibson were quickly disposed of, Gunthorpe having captured all six wickets, and two others fell to him later on. Opoho commenced with White and Collar, and 31 runs were made before Gollar was ran out. The Albion total was pasted before stumps were drawn for the day. Spence’s bowling proved very deadly. Scores ;

JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. ' Mornington v. Carisbrook D was played at on a hard, .fast wicket, and resulted in the downfall of last season’s cup winners by 110 runs.. Mornington were not disposed of until they had scored 145 (R. Howison.2s, Gillies 24, Garside 21, J. Howison J4). Carisbrook started badly, as off the first ball Smith tried to run a short run, and the innings closed for 35 (M‘Lennan 12, Leary 11), Four Carisbrook men were run out: M'Lennan, Clatworthy, and Hardaway for Carisbrook and M'Fariane and Payne for Mornington were the most successful bowlers. Oceana and Dunedin No. 1 met on the Caledonian Ground, the match resulting in a win for the former by 55 runs. The Oceana put together 73, Richardson obtaining 14. Paris batted well for 14 (not out). The Dunedin were disposed of for 18. Hutchison' carried. his bat through the innings for 10. Butlin and Smyth bowled splendidly for the Oceana, the former securing five wickets for 7 runs, and the latter three for 6. Faulks and Maclean bowled well for Dunedin. . Waverley defeated Dunedin No. 2 on the North. Ground by 52 runs oh the first innings. . Scores: Waverley,' 95 (Nees 20, Anderson 17, Baird 16, Cratnond 11) j Dunedin, 43. For the Waverley Eokhoff (aix for 21) and Fearon. (three for 8), and for. the Dunedin Wilkie and M-'Farlana were the most successful bowlers. ' The match Privateers y. Hendley, played on the Asyluip. Ground, resulted in a decisive win lot the fortner: by an 'innings and 46 runs. Hendley only managed to inake 4'! runs in their .first innings and 16, in the second (Smith 10). Privateers

principally through the aid of Pellett (31 aud_T. Hessian (20). For the winners T. Hessian scoured the fine average of seven for 6; and R, Miller (two for 5), T.JWfaite four for 4), and J. Miller (three for 7) also shared the bowling honors. F. Rowlatt, Cornish, an 1 howled well for the Hendley. THIRD CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP. Privateers defeated Trinity on the latter’s ground by 30 runs iu the first innings. Scores : Privateers, 40 (Hussey 16) and 12; Trinity, 10 and 20 for four wickets. Smith (six for 6) and Duval (three for 3)' were the bowlers for the winning side ; and Rose, ■&cotfc, and-Martih were most successful for the losers. ' Hendley and Garisbrook E met on the Exhibition Ground, when Hendley were victorious by 2 runs. Scores; Hendley, 42 (J. Moore 14) and 51 (J. Moore 24, W. M'Lsod not out 12); Garisbrook E, 40 and 14 for no wickets. B. Thompson and J. Moore for the winners, and Orbell and Munro for the losers, were the, most successful bowlers.

' High School Second defeated Albion Third on the North Ground by 13 funs. Scores : High School, 75 (Perry 20, Hunter 15); Albion, 62 (Pollock 23, Ireland 11). For the Albioii Dray bowled well, capturing five wickets for 13 rang; while for the School Stuart got four wickets foril runs. Oceana No. 1 secured an easy win over.the Dunedin No. 2 by an innings and 8 runs. The Oceana scored 64 (Graham 10, Hutohisoa 10) and the Dunedin 26 (Hume 11) and 20. Campbell (six for 9 and three for 1), Bnrke (five for 10), and Hutchison (two for 1) bowled well for the Oceana, aud Fergiisson (six for 15) did good execution for the Dunedin. *n

Oceana No. 2 defeated Grange by 29 runs. Scores : Oceana, 53 (Prebble 12); Grange, 24. Hardy (four for 8) and Norman (three for 10), for the Oceana, and Crosbie, for the Grange, bowled well,-'

As Opoho failed to put in an appearance on the^Caledonian Ground to meet the Dunedin No. 1 team the latter claim the match by default. Opoho allege, however, that the match was not played because the weather had prevented the preparation of the wicket.

All Saints’ Club met and defeated the Waverley Juniors on Saturday by seven wickets. For the winners .S. Dunkley (31) and L. Bray (27), and Tor the losers Mackenzie (29) and J. Roberts (10) were the highest scorers.

Musselburgh defeated Carlton Third at Morningtou on Saturday by one wicket.

Dunedin.—First Tuning Clarke, b A. Downes . 3 M'Farlane, c A. Downes, b Bakei . 15 Kinvig, h Baker 2 C. Beck, Ibw, b Baker ! o Croxford, b Baker ... 0 H. Fish, run out ... ! 10 Skitcli, Ibw, b A. Downes ..! ’ 2 Wilkie, b Baker ! o W, Fielden, b Baker . ! 3 M'Crorie, not out ... 0 Latham, st Haydon, b A. Downes * 0 Extras ... ... ... . . 4 'Total . . 51 bowling ANALYSIS. . _ Balls. Aldns. Runs. Wkts. A. Downes ..,14 2 20 3 Balter 13 1 27 6 Grange.—First Innings Baker, c M'Crorie, b M'Farliine 31 Cramond, c Latham, b Skitch . 9 Restieaux, b Fielden ... . 0 A.'Downes,run-out... , - ... 25 Haydon, c and b M'Crorie ... ‘ 2 Parker, b M'Crorie ... 9 Best, b M'Farlane, ... .* (j J. Downes, thrown out 11 Robson, not out . 1 1 King, not out ... Extras ... 7 Total for eight wickets . 102

Albion.—First Innings. Hope, b M'Gavin . 34 Robertson, b Gunthorpe ... 1 . 0 Illack, c M'Gavin, b Gunthorpe . 0 Dawes, b Gunthorpe 1 Alexander, b Gunthorpe ... - i . 1 Williams, b Gunthorpe ... ! . 4 E. Gibson, b Gunthorpe .. ’ Joel, c Nichol, b M'Lean . 10 W. Gibson, c Collett, b Gunthorpe '. . 14 -T. Spence, not out ... 14 Corbett, b Gunthorpe . 0 Extras ... . 10 Total . 93 BOWLING ANALYSIS. Balls. Mdns. Runs. Wkts. Webb 45 4 14 - Gunthorpe ... 80 2 35 8 M'Gavin ... 55 4 14 1 M'Lean ... ... 30 1 16 1 White ... ... 10 — 4 - Opoiio.—First Innings White, b W. Gibson . 23 Gollar, run out ... . 7 Nichol, b J. Spenoe . 4 Collett, b J. Spenoe ... . 13 Kilgour, b J. Spence . 2 Gooch, run out . 9 Gunthorpe, c and b J. Spence . 8 Webb, c Robertson, b J. Spence . 13 M'Gavin, not out ... 4 Extras ... . 12 Eight wickets for ... . 95 BOWLING ANALYSIS. Balk. Mdns. Huns. Wkts. *Corbelt ... 60 2 29 . - Hope ... ... 45 2 20 W. Gibson ... 15 1 14 1 J. Spence ... 58 5 15 5 Joel ... ... 10 — 7 ■ - * Corbett bowled one no ball.

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CRICKET., Issue 10459, 1 November 1897

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