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BOWLERS’ GREAT FEATS. In a recent match between the Northamptonshire and Warwickshire cricket elevens, at Edgbaston, S. G. Smith, of the former team, took the wickets _ of Baker, A. W. Foster, Howell,' and Field with consecutive balls—the last three in one over and the first of the next —and it was a genuine curiosity that the three batsmen named first should all have been caught by George Thompson at short-slip. It was also strange that the feat of taking four wickets in four balls, a very rare occurrence in great matches, should have been performed twice within the space of four days, for on the previous Saturday Drake had met with a similarly effective success, save that in this case all four wickets were taken in one and the same over, and that no fieldsman brought off three catches in succession.

The list of bowlers who have obtained four wickets with consecutive deliveries in important cricket is now as follows: — J. Wells, Kent v. Sussex, at Brighton,

1868. Ulyett, England v. New South Wales, at Sydney, 1878-79. Nash, Lancashire v. Somerset, at Manches-

ter, 1882. Shelton, Warwickshire v. Leicestershire, at Edgbaston, 1888. Jesse Hide, Sussex v. M.C.C. and Ground,

at Lord’s, 1890. Lockwood, Surrey v. Warwickshire, at the Oval, 1891. Shacklock, Notts v. Somerset, at Notting-

ham, 1893. Martin, M.C.C. and Ground v. Derbyshire,

at Lord’s, 1895. Mold, Lancashire v. Notts, at Nottingham, 1895. W. Brearley, Lancashire v. Somerset, at Manchester, 1905 (not all in the same

innings). A. E. Trott, Middlesex v. Somerset, at Lord’s, 1907 (his benefit match). He also did the hat trick in the same innings. Tarrant, Middlesex v. Gloucestershire, at

Bristol, 1907. Drake, Yorkshire v. Derbyshire, at Chesterfield, 1914. S. G. Smith, Northants v. Warwickshire, at Edgbaston, 1914. Joseph Wells, whose name appears first in the list, was the father of H. G. Wells, the novelist. We believe we are correct (says the ‘ Athletic News ’) in suggest ing that on no previous occasion in first class cricket had Thompson’s feat in taking three catches off consecutive balls, and thereby crediting the bowler with the hat trick, been parelleled. We are, of course, not unmindful of the fact that W. H. Brain finished off the Gloucestershire v. Somerset match, at Cheltenham, in 1893, bv stumping A. E. Newton, Nicholls, and Tyler off successive deliveries from Charles Townsend. —Remarkable Records.— There have been outstanding- feats with the ball in manor cricket since the days When good St. Patrick did the hat trick, And Nicodemus saved the follow on, and we propose to refer to some of the most curious. The greatest number of wickets taken -with consecutive balls is eight—by James Walker, .for Ashcombe Park v. Tunstall, in Staffordshire, in 1882, and by James Stebbing for Frindsbury v. Rainbam, in Kent, in 1902. W. Clark, a youth of 15, who bowled lefthand fast, did the hat trick three time-s in the first innings and twice in the second for St. Augustine’s College, Ashford (Kent), against Ashford Church Choir, in June, 1912; and George Neale, a veteran, who had played for over 50 seasons, did the hat trick three times in three overs (taking four wickets with successive balls on the last occasion), bowling down every wicket for Menangle v. Picton, in New iSouth Wales, in 1893. On more than one occasion a wicketkeeper has stumped three, and even four, men off the reel, thus crediting the bowler with the hat trick, and for Matfield v. Horsenjonden Rangers, in Kent, four years ago, W. Larkin made four catches off consecutive balls; three of them were at mid-on off G. Castley, and the other at third-man. —Curious Triplets.— C. Broad obtained three leg-before-wicket decisions in three balls for Nelson College against the Wanderers, at Nelson, New Zealand, in 1894; early in 1906 a son of Tom Horan, the well-known Australian cricketer, bowled three no-balls in succession, and obtained a wicket with each; in August of the same year, in the match at Finchley, between Leyton and Finchley, three men on the former side were run out from consecutive balls; Mr Nourse, for Herbert Institute v. Depot Trumpeters, at Woolwich, in 1892, made three catches at long-on from successive balls ; and amongst the many other fieldsmen who have similarly credited a bowler with the hat trick may be mentioned J. C. Lowe (firstslip), for Oxford v. Old Wykehamists, at Oxted, in 1908; John H. Mason (shortslip), for Associated Cricket Clubs of Philadelphia v. Interstate Cricket League, at Philadelphia (U.S.A.), in 1909; and A. Johnson (second-slip), for Meltham Mills v. St. Andrew's, in a Kenyon-Lockwood cup tie, in 1911. For National Provincial Bank .second eleven against Northern Assurance, in 1910, J. H. Williams performed the hat trick, each of the victims in it playing-on. —S, M. J. Woods’s Experience.—• Chas. Absolom, who died in January, 1908, did the hat trick 59 times between 1871 and 1893, when he was 76 years of a,ge, and it is probable that during the 70 years he played he credited himself with the performance ou more than 100 occasions. Weaver, of the. Ilford C.C., of Essex, has done it about 80 times. How not to do the hat trick was exemplified on one occasion by S. M. J. Woods, for, according to tradition, at Brighton College, he once hit the wicket eight times in an over "without performing the feat. The first three deliveries were no-balls, and each hit the etumps; the fourth bowled a man; the fifth went for byes after touching the wicket; the sixth and seventh bowled men; and the eighth, which also hit the stumps without removing a hail, went for more byes.

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CRICKET CURIOSITIES, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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