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CRICKET NOTES

[By Wallabt.] Wickets on Saturday were all more or less affected by the overnight's rain, tho ball showing a tendency to hang. This apparently up&ot the calculations of a good many of the batsmen, for ths number of individual singio-ligure scores was large. A nasty S.W. wind blew across the Cale.. anil made things unpleasant for batsmen, bowlers, and fieldsmen alike. The cousolat'on the bowlsrs had was that it made the ball "flighty," which induced mistiming on the part- of the batsmen. But to the man with the willow, and to those (iacluding the umpires) in the field it was frankly irritating. With a- strong batting sido such as

Carisbrook B possess, it was reasonable to expect a fairly big score against an admittedly weak bowling team such as Dunedin. And 176 for the loss of Jive wickets was satisfactory, so far as the total of runs was c-oiicmnod. though in the manner of their making there was little to arouse admiration. Even that finished batsman

T'.ickwell chiped anything but perfectly iu getting iu\s 53. Indeed, ho was decidedly lucky, and should have been out before he had made 20. Not only that, but he gave three subsequent unaccepted chances. He was missed oil" two successive balls from Given —at deep mid-off by M'Kay, and at point by Wdkie—and next over by Given in the slips off Johnston. At that stage there appeared to be an epidemic amongst tho Duncdin fieldsmen. An occasional square-cut or off drive gave glimpses of the real Tuckwell, but taking it altogether his effort was not a good one. His career was closed by Perry holding a chance (the batsman's fifth) at cover. Nugent got 31, but his was a colorless innings, and his defence consisted mainly in "putting tho bat there." Still, 31 is a useful contribution, and we cannot all bo brilliant batsmen.

In making 28 Westbrook played perhaps tho best innings on the side. He was sound, and although several balls appeared to completely beat him they u«uallv went well clear of the wicket.

Con. Oamcixm also made 28, the runs being got in hJ6 usual lively style. There is never anv "waiting or delaying" when "Con." wat the batting crease. On Saturday ho sent the very first ball of the match humming to "squaTe-leg for Tims- For the second time this season he was out l.b.w. When Watson eimc in it. was drawing r-ear to the '-declaring" static, and he forced matter."*, and ineli'ded in his 19 not out were a couple of nice drives. Rnmsden onlv got 7, Wiikie knocking out. his off slump with a ball pitched well over the crease. Of the Duncdin bowler!'. Given was th? best. H*» is a left-hander, and swings iu very awkwardlv to a. ri'jht-handed hats man. But he*had very little luck, for besides chants being missed oft" him he beat the batsmen often enough to deserve more wickets than fell to his lot. Johnfton <*ot in some good balls, but was often shortT Mackorsv was erratic in his length, which means he- wis well punished, lor when tho Duncdin break bowler is off his ieuplh he is easy to hit. On Duncdin going in to hat wicket* fell fairly rapidly. Willue began in his free, almost cahn'ai, s-tyle, and was going well when Nuiront held him. Iloward succumbed to a el'v.v yorker before he got coin*, and with M'Kay, Brvden, and Gi-iirg also accounted for five wickets were, down for 38. , Mackevsv and Johnston made a -hit oi a stand, both hattinsr well and freely, but at 58 M.ackersv played one back rather feeblv to Itamsdon, and the end seemed in sight when Perry and Given retired aft»r"contributing 8 runs between thorn. Ai half-past 6 eight wickets were down, and Johnston and"Graham wero batting. There being every likelihood of the mninns bein/r completed within the next half hour, the new rule was brought into operation, and play went on. The result was a reallv interesting fighting finish. Till' minutes* crept on, and the two batsmen still held their wickets up. until, with some 10 minutes to go, Johnston I cut Tuckwell to point, and was hold. Ilanna was last man, and those who had staved to the end were treated to quite a, \\tt\e, thrill of excitement. Yoimi? Graham was batting well, and Dimedin's chief anxietv arose when llanna was the striker. Ho" kept a couple of overs out, but when another over would have sufficedHardie sent him a ball well up and straight, and the temptation was too much. A sweep, a miss, and over went the slicks, Carisbrook winning the match with three minutes to spare. _ ltanisden bowled steadily. The wind I helped his swerve, and he. occasionally /broke back in a disconcerting manner; towards tho. end, too, ho "got up" awkwardly now and again. His figures (seven for 46 off 25 overs) were excellent. Hardie. the wiry ex-Meibournian, bowls right hand, fast-medium, and sends down some, very good balls, most of them well on the wicket.

Dimctlin's wicket keeper, Hauna, is gradually settling clown to it again., and will prove a usctul member of the loam. Carisbrook tried L>e Beer behind the sticks on Saturday, but it cannot. be said that he showed exceptionally pood form. Wiokr-tkeepers of any merit are scarce in Duneciin, however. St. Kilda. the new seniors, are to bo congratulated on their first win thus early in iho season. It w.ia no mean victory, either, gained as it was over Carisbrook A. The result, indeed, was a surprise to all cricketers. Tho match was played at Carisbrook, on the cross wikeu used last week, and tho scoring was small on both sides. Siedeberg was again an absentee, not vet being well enough to take his place fu tho eleven, but otherwise the team was well up to strength. Tho .St. Kilda bowlers, therefore, did good work in getting tho A's out for 119. Edwards's bowling figure* read particularly well— three for 32 off 16 overs. Livingstone did something worth while in getting rid of Hay firat ball and capturing two others, " whilo Harvey's welltimed apcarances at tho crease, accounted for the dismissal of the two top scorers— Rtiicl and A. V. Alloo—who each got 25 by vigorous batting, Alloo hitting three sixes. ° Baxter was on the slow side in compiling 23. The two " Maes," M'Carten and M'Faull. were the heroes in the ranks of the. St. Kilda batsmen. The former, though missed early, got 70, and was unbeaten. The freedom of his innings may be judged by the fact that he. hit seven fours and one six. Take, away this score and MTaull'a 35, and the total runs off the bat amounts to 18. An average, of just 2 per head for the remaining men ! But tho win will put the Saints in good heart for their forthcoming engagements.

fininye were ayain without- the services of Alec Downcfi. It appears that this hero of many .battles is suffering from "a knee," but hopes to be right in a week or two.

Tn the lowest scoring match of the day Opoho defeated last year's premiers by 31 runs, the totals being 84 and S3 respectively. Ingram (50 runs) and Eckhoff (six "wickets for 15) were mainly responsible for this result. Whatever their bat- | tinv may be, there is no doubt that in ' Eckhoff and Casey, Opoho have a pair of i bowlers who are likely to carry them : through a few matches befqre the season finishes. It is a bit early to speak of ! averages, but it may be mentioned that, I so Jar, Eckhoff has secured 18 wickets for ' 40 runs, and Casey 11 for 60—a good j start, surely! I It came as a surprise to the young St. ! Kilda player Kerr to know that he had been included in the Colts team as a bowler, for, it would appear, he had never been used in that capacity by his club. Kerr's performance on Saturday rather bore this out, for, although he secured two wickets, he did not convey the impression of being a trundler of any promise. It is evident, however, that Crawford is equal to getting a side out himself without much assistance from tho other end. On Saturday he bowled 18 overs (11 of them maidens) for 11 runs and seven wicket 3! And five times the ball hit the stumps. The great feature about Crawford's bowling is that he breaks just enough to beat the bat, and makes pace Jfeejrj, £ha jjifeclk JCbat 49. Ahe. f

impression—especially to tho batsman—that ho is tremendously fast. The ball which bowled Brinsley on Saturday was absolutely perfect, ana made many appreciative spectators gasp with delight. It just lifted tho bail without disturbing the stumps, aiid the batsman, 1 am sure, returned to the pavilion satisfied that he had fallen to something away above tho ordinary. On the Albion side Stiglish bowled very well indeed, keeping a good length, and getting a nice leg) spin on. His live for 44 included Crawford, clean bowled first ball. It is said J.N. caught the bat in. his pad in playing forward, but a batsman of his caliljro and experience would not put that forth as an excuse. The batting generally of the Colts was not so good as their display of the previous Saturday. Bell's 26 was made nicely and stylishly, but Alloo's 27 was a little patchy, some good strokes mingled •a ith a lot of cramped play. M'Mullen's score at the tailend of the innings proved a very useful contribution indeed, as, when lie went in the board showed 65 for eight wickets, and it was mainly his partnership with Bell that made tho total a winning one. A tail-ender on the Albion sido—E. Williams—also came to light, making top score (26).

Tho stumping of Malcolm and Kerr l>3 r Frank Williams were bits of work worthy of the veteran's palmy days. Each of his victims was a new man in the Colts team,

and each made, the dreaded *' blob." Tho New Zealand Council have decided that " Otago should, if possible, visit Auckland this season." It wou'd he interesting to know what tho decision was based upon. At tho annual meeting of the council tho secretary (Mr Raphael) produced the minute book of the conference of delegates hold in 1912, wherein it was shown that Otago and Auckland were to meet every two years. There is no dispute about that arrangement, which, however, was to be inaugurated oy Auckland visiting Duncdin in 1915. But, the matter having been submitted to the council, and the Auckland case, supported bj r Mr Reese, deemed the stronger, it remains tor tho 0.0.A. to decide whether it is possible for them to send a. team to the far north this year. In view oli the urgent needs of tho coach fund, tho matter of spending money on a trip to. Auckland should receive very careful consideration. I have to acknowledge a communication (received too late to note last week) from

" Sport," and to say in reply that I fully agree with him in his remarks regarding the iino performance of the Colts team in their match against Carisbrook A and their keenness in all departments of the i game. No doubt the Colts will have a. good following throughout the season, and this will Jie a good thing for cricket. I also agree with '-Sport'" that tho action of ;i. player who questions the decision of 1 the umpire, and, further, holds a "post mortem" on the ca.se for the benefit of the public in and about the pavilion, is worthy of condemnation. We have not, I think, many players—they cannot bo termed cricketers—who indulge in these contemptible, exhibitions. Some may havo a growl to their fellows about " bad decisions," but quickly forget all about it. "1t.1.C.," writing from Sydney, describes a cricketing neat '.hat fell to his lot on a recent Saturday, when he witnessed E. P. Barbour (181) and Gregg (152) make merry at the. expense of Trumper, Macartney, and Co in the club match University v. Gordon. Tho runs do come otn those, Sydney mid Melbourne griuuuls! I notice Fred Vaughan (here with the Melbourne C.C. team n few years ,igo) totted up 248 not out against, Carlton. On a day when the thermometer showed 98 in the shade, too! Cordon's (Trumper and Macartney's teriin) scorer, in their first- three innings thi,; eoasnn were 269, 269. and 268. Rather a curiceitv. J. V. Sounders was not made much use of in his first gauio with South Melbourne —his record was no wickets for 14. He had made double figures er.rlier in the day, and this and tho excessive heat may account for his " going easy." —Junior Jottings.— Mornington have again ecored tho maxt- j mum points, this time at tho expense of ! Opohc, who were defeated by an innings, \ after their opponents had "declared'-' with . four wickets down. j Mornington, by the way, have lost five of last, year's premier team, bid- the recvuits -.vce. stuipnv* well, especially Brown. | F. Haig. and Caffo, promoted fvom last year's team, and all "Crawford's colts." I am sorry to learn that W. Morgan, (he slow bowler oi the hill team, has been under tho surgeon's knife—appendicitis the trouble, it is anticipated, however, that he will bo lit, to play after tho New Year. Albion seconds easily accounted for tho Ihmedin C team. SaUorthitaito, who was in the Colts' eleven the previous Saturday, played a good innings of 76. and the veteran Dave Thomson followed up his half K-ntury against Duncdin V> with a vigorous 32.

The trouble with m>~»l of our junior biii6 is thai nearly nil 01 Ihcin want, to hoist tho bail out of tho' ground. 'llic wickets ;iro often so close to the boundary that "over tho fence" is v«ry tempting, but it is not trend cricket, and the younger lads ospccially r.hould try to keep the ball along the grass. 'J'ln-y will find it to their advantage, when they ontt?r the higher grade. Carisbrook's veteran team (the o\s) appear to be weak this season. Christian Tirol hers beat them after a e!osi> iinish on tho opening day, and now St. Kilcht dispose of them for 28. and win <n\ tlui fir*f innings. High School have made an excellent start in second grade with Mibstantial wilit? over St» Kilda and Anderson _ Bay. _ If the vacation does not interfere with thc.it sti-ength they should bo well up when tho finals arc to he decided.

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CRICKET NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15647, 11 November 1914

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