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[By Wallaby.] The season will formally open on Satur,Uy next with first and second grade matches. It was considered advisable to postpone the commencing of the third and fourth grade competitions for a week, 'there were onlv two entrants tor the fourth grade, and an effort will be made in the meantime to secure more, failing which tho competition must lapse. Interest will lie -centred in the liist aprearancc of J. N. colts. Thev have been drawn against Carisbrook ,V, "and the match will take place at Carisbrook. The team, as chosen for the first match, was published in yesterdays issue. St. Kilda will also blossom tovth as a first grade dob. and their engagement with Opoho at Culling Park is sure to a-ronse a lot of local interest. Cricketers will extend a welcome to the new seniors, and wish them a pleasant and successful season. ft is impossible to forecast tho chances of the senior teams this year. s champions. Grange, have retained all their members, but two of their will be required for tho Colts' team. Ibis will make a lot of difference. Opoho have lost Higgins and M'Nish, and recovered Casey, "it is said, too, that Ingram will not bo plaving. so that their batting will suffer considerably, but the bowling will he ■dightlv better. Dunedin have lost Condbffe, and will have a couple of men m ;i,e Colts’ team, and their gains will scarcely compensate for these. Tweedy, however, will ho available, and Hanna will keen wickets. Albion will undoubtedly be. weak. With MT-'arlane. Donaldson, and Cummings, and, say. two colts out of the team, there will not be a great deal left. Dut’nio. a promising all-round man of three or four years ago. has returned fr,,m the country, and will be available. I mil, aliens point to C arisbrook being hj ast affected, therefore the chain es of one or oilier of their teams winning the .'shield are most favored. Albion’s fourth grade team was to have been composed of hoys from the schools '■{ the north end. and was intended as an experiment in the matter of encouraging schoolboys to keep to the game. Ihe idea is a good one. and might be followed by other clubs, in which ea,-e the fourth glade competition could go on.

Cricketers were favored with a. fine afternoon on Saturday. and clubs, with one exception, took advantage of it to pet their men nut to practice. The one exception uas C-arisbrook, whose ground was otherv. Iso engaged. Though thorn were, pood musters in most cases, there is still a, [treat deal of uncertainty as to dub membership, therefore the association's decision to postpone the commencement oi flirt third and fourth prade matches will come as a relief to the various selection • ommittees. It is extremely regrettable that the Kaikorui Club have been unable to continue their existence. A pood ground, with a turf wicket, and a big district from which to draw players, should enable a .lab to keep going on that part of the hill. The Kaikorai. however, have hut followed in the footsteps of the old Koslya Club, which, although generally performing well in the hold, had difficulty in keeping up a sufficient membership, and finally disbanded. \V. Booby, _ the slow bowler, who was such a thorn In the side of second prade batsmen last year, has gone to Grange, and his brother. C. Booby, a good junior hat, will probably bo found in their ranks also.

The Otago Association have reverted to the Selection Committee of three for representative matches, the chosen ones being Messrs A. Martin, F. Williams, and •T. X. Crawford. Mr Martin was given thoroughly to understand at last mpht's meeting of the O.C'.A. that the change was in no way u reflection on h:s work Inst year, hut rather that the circumstance of having Mr Crawford here made it desirable to make Use of the ex-South Australian’s knowledge and experience in the picking out of the very best eleven to do battle for the Dark Blue this season.

Southland have suggested January 22, 23, and 25 for their match with Wellington, and January 27. 28. 29 for the Canterbury fixture. They also wished to play Otago on January 12. 13, 14, but the local committee considered these dates unsuitable. It was unlikely that men who had just returned from an extensive tour north would be able to obtain leave to go south-almost immediately. It will lie noticed that the fixture this year is a three-days' one. Formerly it had been < onfined to two days, the result being in many case? an unsatisfactory drawn game.

A well-known figure in cricket circles lias been removed in the person of Mr George Prain, whose sad death took place on Monday last. Mr Praia’s connection with the game dated back to the old Warehousemen's days. Afterwards by played for Dunedin, with which club he was associated a- vice president up to the time of his death. Latterly, however, Mr Drain's activities were mainly directed to the advancement of the Otago L'mpires’ Association, of which ho was president last year, and always a very keen member. Mr Drain officiated in a i umber of mterprovincial and other representative matches during his career, and once accompanied the Otago team on their northern tour as official umpire. The familiar figure, generally accompanied by his faithful spaniel, will bo missed from our cricket grounds. The following coaching nights have been arranged for the colts under Mr j. S. . 'rawford ; —Mondays and Wednesdays Brown, Hayden, Whelan, Nelson, StiglAh, Cameron, Haig. Gatto. .Mondays a ncl Thursdays—Williams, Sntlcit hj waite. Tuesdays and Thursdays—Deli, Galland, Shepherd. Alloo, Binney. Derry, Chadwick, Malcolm. Tuesdays and Wednes-days—-Stephens, Nicholson. Dr Hordern, the Australian cnoglv expert, ha- announced hi- intention of not playing any in-at- cricket this season, the reason being an injury to his bowling hand. His loss to New South Wales will he a serious one, hut- it i? hoped that after a. year’s rest the doctor will ho jn the field again.

Clem Hill has hj. •on passed over in favor of B. V. Scrynigeonr as a representative of South. Australia on the Board of Control. The other two appointed were Harry Blinman and G. M. Kvans. Mrßlin man has been appointed chairman of the board for the year. C. V. Grirmaett. who was down here with the Wellington team last summer, is now resident in Sydney. Arriving too late for selection in a higher grade team., he played third grade in the, tir.-t match of the season, and -cored 61 and 57 and took sue wickets fur 50 and 7 for 54. firimxnett created a good impression both in Christchurch and Dunedin last- season with his slow leg breaks, and was declared by J. V. Ban riders to be one of the finest slows New Zealand has produced. By the way, Saunders is now playing with South Melbourne; but unless the fast wickets suit him better than those in vogue in New Zealand, it is difficult to fee how he will greatly trouble Melbourne senior cricketers. "Jack” has had his day—which was undoubtedly a good one. L. A, Cody, here with the Australian team last season, has been appointed secretary of the Fitzroy (Melbourne) Club. Bowling against East Melbourne last Saturday week ho took one wicket for 35 in a total of 192 for six. Cody is a batsman rather than a bowler, and is young enough to have a lot of big cricket before him. F. R. Spofforth, it would appear, still plays a bit of cricket, A gentleman visiting Melbourne has stated that "the demon” is looking fit enough to bowl a whole side out. “ Spoil ” is now 61 years of age, and holds the position of managing director of a large tea company, whose headquarters are in London.

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CRICKET NOTES, Issue 15636, 29 October 1914

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