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[By Wallaby.] Cricketers have had very little opportunity for practice so far; the last two Saturdays have been wet, and the evenings are scarcely long enough yet to enable the majority to get a knock during the week. The usual difficulty in respect to grounds has compelled the opening of the season to be delayed until October 31, whereas our northern friends have already got Into their stride. Last Saturday the Cale. was in the hands of the bands and the comic cricketers, and next Saturday a school sports meeting will occupy Carisbrook. Neither the Dunedin nor the Carisbrook members have had mueh chance to get into form, though both are practising this week. The entries so far received point to a few alterations in the various grades. There will be the colts’ team, of course, and St- tdil,lu hava applied to he admitted as a senior team to obviate a bye. Then the Anderson Bay Club have been resuscitated. and have entered a second grade learn, and High School, ambitions to rise, arc also entering in second grade. The school’s performances of late years amply justify this step. I think all arc agreed that the idea of a colts' team in the senior competition is a good one; but the probable increase of senior teams to eight is another matter. It •cannot be denied that the number of players in Dunedin worthy to be called first grade docs not reach 66, and should these be increased to 88 the standard must fall still lower. And the lowering of the standard affects not only the first grade, as it naturally follows that all other grades must suffer similarly. How to adjust matters is the difficulty. None of the present dubs, all old-established, could in fairness be asked to retire from the senior competition, though the Carisbrook. by combining their two elevens, could make one strong one and leave but few, if any. real seniors out. But the association are. not unnaturally, diffident about suggesting this, and there are probably club reasons for Carisbrook not doing it voluntarily. However, the matter of grading teams has yet to be dealt with by the association. t Since Condliffe’s departure, the Dunedin Club have been looking around for a “'keeper” for their first grade team,.and have succeeded in persuading Hanna, who Kept for Carisbrook a few years ago, to ; ome out from his retirement and take the game oti again. Just novi 1 there is a particularly good opportunity for young wicket-keepers to come to the front.' Anderson. of Morntngton, who showed very promising form, behind the sticks last year, has, I understand, been passed for the Expeditionary Force, and -wi}! be leaving shortly for tho front. The good wishes of all junior players will go with him. ■

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CRICKET NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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CRICKET NOTES Evening Star, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914