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CRICKET.

SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. Dunedin v. Grange. • The above' match, which waa played on the North Ground, resulted in an easy victory for the north end team by eight wickets. Grange, with eight wickets down for 102, continued their first innings. Robinson failed to increase his score, being stumped by Croxford. Johnston partnered J King, and the score mounted to 115 ! when the latter waa caught by Skitch. Dunedin, with a deficiency of 64, started : their second venture, M'Farlane and Kinvig 1 being the pioneer batsmen. Kinvig hit out ; freely, severely punishing the leg balls, and the total soon reached 40, when Kinvig was i clean bowled by Downes. Clark and Croxford were quickly disposed of, bub on Fish partnering M'Farlane another good stand i was made. At 62 Baker found M'Far- ■ lane’s weak spot. The outgoing batsman [ played first - class cricket for his runs, and was loudly applauded on his i retirement. Fish continued to make things | very lively, but with the total at 93 he fell a victim to one of Baker’s. None of the 1 other batsmen gave' much trouble, and the - innings closed for 108 runs. Requiring 45 i to win, the Grange captain sent in Baker ; and Johnston. The former treated the ; bowlers with very little mercy, and only 19 i runs were wanted when Johnston, who had - been at the wickets for fully half an hour I for 3 runs, was caught behind the wickets. ’ Cramond was bowled for 7, and on Reatieaux filling the gap the required number of runs were obtained without further disaster. Scores:—

Oroiio v. Albion. This match, which was concluded at Opoho, resulted in a win for the home team by three wickets and one run. Scores :

Oarisbrook A v. Carisbrook B. This match was begun on the Carisbrook Ground on Saturday. The pitch was in fairly good order, though a trifle heavy. Austin captained the B team, and on winning the toss he sent in D. Cooke and Stronach to face the bowling of Hope and G. Austin. Hopes second ball brought down Cooke’s wickets, and P. Spraggon took his place. When 13 had been scored Stronach was neatly caught in the slips by Fisher off Hope, and Siedebsrg went iu. Spraggon had by this time settled down, and the two began to run up the score. Both batted carefully and steadily, especially Spraggon, who showed very good form ■ placing his balls with judgment; and hardly gave a chance till at a later stage of the game he skied one of Howden’s, which Morice promply accepted. Siedeberg was caught out when he had made 11, and Butler went in and soon knocked up 14 The remainder of the batsmen did not reach double figures, and the innings closed for 77. Fisher, as might have been expected, obtained the best bowling average, and Hope bowled well and consistently. Broad and Morice opened the innings of the A team. The latter was bowled by Harkness before he reached double figures, fisher _ took his place, but was run out with only 3to his credit. Spraggon was the. incomer, and after adding 1 to the score ho retired to the pavilion, having been caught by Harraway. Biggins and Broad carried the score to 40, when the former was dismissed by Butler. Austin went in, and the score went up to 8 before he lost his partner, who was bowled by P. Spraggon after he had contributed the fine score of 42. Austin was the. next to retire, and he had 30 to his credit, whioh had been compiled by good batting. Thompson and Hope played out time, the score standing at 114 for six wickets. The detailed scores were :

THIRD CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP. Carlton met the Roslyn No. 2 at Bishopscourt, and defeated them by 78 runs on the trst innings. Scores: Carlton 110 runs D. Marks (19), Gilroy (21), Eoeles (22), and

Cook (14) being the highest scorers; Roslyn 32 runs, Davie (9) being top scorer. Roslyn, in their second innings, had eight wickets down for 30. Stewart bowled well for Carlton ; so did Jones for Roslyn. ■ ' OTHER MATCHES. Parkside defeated Carlton by an innings and 9 runs. Stanley and Kindly bowled well for the Parkside. The following will represent Shag Point in their match with the Star Club tomorrow : —Lattimer, Randle (captain), J. . B. M‘Donald, Everest, Burt, Gillander, ; Weston, J. Torrance, Norrie, Burgess (2), i M'lntosh. 8 i CRICKET. While recently in Adelaide Major Wari dill was interviewed by a representative of i the ‘ Observer,’ who asked.: “Is Fisher, the New' Zealand bowler, coming to play to be i tried for the test matches ? ” The major , replied: ‘‘He has accepted an invitation I i extended to him to practise with a view of i his possible selection, and will leave New I Zealand for Sydney on November 1. There i are, however, difficulties in the way of i giving him the trial we should like. > He is coming to Melbourne, but even : though he will be in the Melbourne i Club he will not be able to play in the penI nant matches owing to the existence of a I residential qualification. That qualification : applies in intercolonials, but it might be a fine thing for Australian cricket if South . Australia would waive it, as Victoria did in ■ 1893 in the case of Conningham, when he : was allowed to play for New South Wales, with a view of being tried for inclusion in the Australian Eleven ; and in 1890, when Ferris, 1 who bad only just come from England, was , allowed to play for South Australia. If the ' Victorian selectors consider Fisher good j enough he may be played against South 2 Australia here on November 13, and we ) should then be able to get a fair idea of his * real merit. We should not ask this for the j sake of Victorian cricket, but with the i object of giving the young New Zealander, I of whom high opinions have been expressed, i a thorough trial, as it would be a great risk . to play him in the test matches unless he 3 had been properly tested.” “Mid-on” tells Giffen plainly what he thinks of him in declining to play for Australia this season “ Unless the authorities take a firm stand we are threatened with another of those attacks of Giffcnism which have periodically afiected Australian 5 cricket. It is annoying to have to admit that a cricketer like George Giffen. who has i so distinguished himself in the field, has j brought odium on Australian cricket by his I idiosyncrasies and foolish fads. The subject 1 is certainly worth the space that has ; already been devoted to it, and it may thus ’ be briefly dismissed. If George Giffen be not satisfied with the terms under which he is invited to play for Australia against the Englishmen, let him retire, and theaooner the better. Everybody recognises him as a great all-round cricketer, but he has unfortunately insisted up.m being also marked as a dis--1 turbiog eh ment, and has on more than one 1 occasion done at least as much harm as good to his side. It has been far too long supposed that Australian cricket could not lire * without bowing subsequently to the overj bearing demands of such ‘players’ as the j South Australian champion, and the time J has arrived for giving the younger, more j genuinely enthusiastic, and less pampered . generation a chanoo to show whether they t cannot represent the country as well and at least as worthily as such as the professional amateur of South Australia.” As everybody knows, it was with the greatest difficulty that Rmjilsinhji was provailed upon to accompany Stoddart’s team, on account of his great dread of the water, and his fears were not unfounded, as, although tho voyage was generally admitted I to be a very fine one, he was only able to ; put in an appearance on deck four times r during the whole trip. ’ A curious incident occurred during the } Carlton-St. Kilda match on the 24th nit. A ’ single had been run for a ball hit to Korj men, who returned it along tho ground to 1 the bowler Robertson; Ritchie at mid-on ) stopped it, having at the time a cloth or j handkerchief in his band, which he used for wiping the ball, and Houston instantly claimed five runs for this as a breach of the rules, the umpire allowing it. On the instant, it certainly looked like a technical breach of the rule, and it took so much arguments settle the point afterwards that r the umpire cannot be blamed for his ) decision, as he had no time for reflection > and no opportunity of studying the rules, j which only one cricketer in a hundred can . correctly carry in his mind. Here is the ! rule dealing with the point“ The fielde- > man may stop the ball with any part of his | person, but if he wilfully stop it otherwise . the ball shall be dead, and five runs added > to the score ; whatever runs may have been made five only shall be added.” Of course the rule was never meant to apply to a case of this kind, but there seems to be fair room for difference of opinio i as to whether, the umpire was right or wrong. The ‘Argus’ deplores the decadence of fielding among the young Victorian players.

Dunedin - . First Innings i Second Innings. •I; MTarlano, b Baker Kinvig, 1) A. Downes Clarke, c and b A. Downes ... Croxford, b Baker ... Fish, b Baker Skitch, b Baker Fielden, b A. Downes M'Crorio, b A. Downes Latham, c Cramond, b A. Downes C. Beck, not out Wilkie, b A. Downes Extras ... 27 20 0 30 4 1 9 3 1 1 10 Total 108 BOWLING ANALYSIS. Overs. Mdns. A. Downes ... 19 4 Baker ... ... 15 2 J. Downes ... 2 — Best ... ... 1 — I' -3 -* 1 1 Grange. First Innings Second Innings. Baker, not out Johnston, c Croxford, b Kinvlg Cramond, b JFCrorie Restieaux, not out ... Extras ... 115 31 3 7 1 4 Total for two wickets 4G BOWLING ANALYSIS. ,,, . Overs. Mdns. Runs. Wkts. Kmvig 13 10 9 X Skitch ... .. 6 2 11 — Latham... ... 1 — 8 — M'Crorie ... 6 1 14 1

Albion'. First Innings . 93 Opoiio.—First Innings. Previous batsmen ... 79 M'Gavin, not oat ... ! '12 M'Lean, run out ; 22 Lear, b Joel... o Extras ... ! 14 Total . 127 BOWLING ANALYSIS. Palls. Mdns. Runs. Wkts. O.rbel* 75 3 36 Hope 15 2 20 W. Gibson ... 15 1 14 1 J. Spence ... 85 5 29 5 Joel 22 — 16 • 1 Corbett bowled one no ball. Albion.—Second Innings. Black, c Kilgour, b Gunthorpe . 04 Hope, c and b Gunthorpe . 2 Robertson, b Gunthorpe 8 Williams, b Gunthorpe [ 7 Spence, b Gunthorpe ! 17 E. Gibson, b White... 3 Alexander b Gunthorpe Dawes, b Gunthorpe 6 2 Joel, c and b Gunthorpe ! 2 W. Gibson, not out... 4 Extras ... ! 10 Innings closed (nine wickets) for . 125 BOWLINO ANALYSIS. Dalis. Mdns. Runs. Wkts. Webb 55 — 3R _ Gunthorpe ... 104 4 50 8 M'Gavin ... 25 13 White ... ... 25 — 16 I Opoiio.—Second Inning** Gunthorpe, b Spence y Webb, b Hope 1U M'Gavin, b Spence ... . lil 8 dollar, c Dawes, b Hope 5 Gooch, thrown out ... g White, b W. Gibson ’ 8 Kilgour, b W. Gibson 3 Collett, not out Nichol, not out ... ’ 15 Extras ... ... ] . 15 . 4 Seven wickets for . . 92 BOWLING ANAI VSIS. XT Balls. Mdns. Runs. Wkts, Hope 55 4 r a o J. Spence ... 45 I 20 W. Gibson ... 35 2 16 » Corbett... ... 25 I 13 Joel ... ... 4 4

CakisbrookB. .Stronach, c Fisher, b Hone D. Cooke, b Hone ... P. Spraggon, c Morice, b How'den Siedeberg, c and b Fisher Lawson, "b Howden ... Butler, c Austin, b Fisher . K J. Austin, b Fisher Turnbull, b Hope ... Harkness. not out .. G. Harraway, b Fisher Hartnett, b Hope ... Extras ... 4 Total 77 BOWLING ANALYSIS. tt Overs. Mdns. Runs. Wkts. Hope 14.2 1 5S d G. U. Austin ... 10 2 21 Fisher. 14 g Howden 4 _ 10 2 ■r. . c- Carisbrooic A. Broad, b Spraggon ... 42 Eisner, run out S» Butler arraWay * b Harkne^3 ‘ 1 Austin, b Harkness.. Thompson, not out 30 Hope, notout BUr Extras arraWay ’ and Ho '^ en did not bat." 12 Total for six wickets 114 BOWLING ANALYSIS. Harkness Mdns. Runs. Wkts. Butler ... ... 20 s G. Harraway ... 5 — 9 Spraggon ... 10 4’ 18 1

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