Saturday was one. of those uncertain "«aft" morning* that might turn to anything later in 'the day, cither to bright sunshine or to a settled downpour. The Grade Committee debated the question of "prohibition" or "continuance" for a long while before coming to the decision to postpone. They considered that, even if the rain held up, the conditions would be decidedly unpleasant. As it happened, the rain did blow over about the usual time for starting play, but the wickets were wet, and the outfields greasy, and to have played would, in the circumstances, have done the wickets no good. The cold wind which hlew across the southern grounds especially made most of the players thankful that they had not to turn out. On the North Ground, however, a few were keen enough to indulge in practice- for a while. There appears to be no lack of keenness amongst the Albion members. I am informed "that on at least one evening la6t week over 30 turned out for net practice. This is as it sh/mld be; but, unfortunately, it- is not so in the case of some of 'the other clubs. Not many years ago it was a dillicult matter to get a hand if one wan a little late in petting to the ground, but now. even with fewer wickets in use, practice is often over well before dusk.
A complaint was voiced in the columnsof the Ohri.-tchureh Press recently regarding thefts from cricket pavilions., .Fortunately such incidents are rare in JJunedin. but the Mornington Club were victimised a few days ago. the thief entering through an open window and removing'a practice net. It is as well that other clubfi should take note, and see. that windows and doors are secure when plav or practice is over for tho day. Wednesday players have had no luck so far. The season "was to have been opened .■hi the 4th inst., but the ground was not quite ready for them, so the opening was postponed for a week. Alan: la<sb Wednesday wan too wet for any play to tike place, so the mid-week men have yet to make a beginning with their matches. There arc six teams in the coinpetition this year: Si. Kilda. Post and telegraph, Grocers. Railway, and Taieri and Peninsula A and B teams. It will be noted that the T. and P.. continuing in their bright and milky way, have again entered two tennis, greatly to the encouragement of Wednesday cricket. St.. Kilda are looked upon as likely to prove a strong combination, but no doubt the competition will lie as keenly fought as ever.
The matches for next -Saturday will be those arranged for la.-t Saturday, but postponed. It is as well to make this quite clear, as last year lhe course generally adopted was to count, these postponed matches. A.i drawn, and go on to the next round. With cne-day matches in vogue, however, it is possible to aiiow all fixtures to be carried out.
The question as to whether a team can play an unregistered player in the event of their being short-handed cropped up iu a recent second grade match. The grade rule dealing with this point states :
•• No member of any afliliated club shall be allowed to play iu any grade match unless he shall have been duly elected at least- three days previous to the match, and two days' notice thereof given in writing t-> l.he secretary ui the association. . . ." There is apparently no
provision made for substitutes, so teams playing them- do so at (heir own risk. It. may not- be generally known that there is also a rule to the effect that players taking part in first or second grade matches should appear iu proper cricketing costume, and that any player not »i> appearing shall not be allowed to take part in the match if the other side objects. Strangely enough, the rule concludes : "This rule shall not apply to :-übstit.uU's " ! The new rules of the association should be ready shortly : and secretaries would do well to secure conies and make themselves acquainted with the alterations. I am told that some umpires are not even yet quite clear as U> whel'ier or no a batsmen is. safe if h<- hn,s his bat or fo;>l on' the line in a case ot stumpil".: or run out. There should he no doubt at ail about, this. If the batsman's foot or bit is not insidk the line when the bails are removed he is out. just as clearly as though he were dancing five yards flown the wicket.
So far as can be as.ertained. the following is a <omplete list of association cricketers who have joined the eohus as members of the. New Zealand Kxpeditionaiv Force or leiuforceinents :—A. Potter. A. Rol-e::sou. \V. Bvinslev. T. MT'ailane (Albion.). L. 11. Jon.*. H. Plain. C. Fisher. T. Sandes ((.ari.-biook). W. Fh-m----ing. .1. W. Condi iff e. A. Buchan (Duuedin), .J. M'Nish. ]■;. \\- (!0< l. y. Pine. iOprhoi. 1.. Lawrence (St. Kilda). and W. Haig and V.. Jeffs (Moinir.gtoti). 'lbis team of Otago reps, should give a good account of themselves against the l lei mans. ('ln the subject o: slow catling "Felix" writes in the ' Aust rala.siau : "I note that a batsman iu one of the .-lib-district teams totted up 22 at the rate of 6J runs an hour. You e.-imiot. by any' stieteh of imagination call this an aiaiminglv lapid rate of scoring. I laughed heartily some reasons hack at a pietuie in the 'Australasian.' depicting two cb<;s players m> engrossed in pr<.lcig:fl and profound thought that a spider said to himself ' Here's a chance.' So he came along and weave.l his web upon the heads oi the ehe-.-s players. The spi !•>>•. had he been about, might have had a tty upon the. sub-district stone-'-aller. An.l yet the :;iib-di.-triet stonewaller was quite a '.-parkier' compared with the once famous Sydneyite, Alick Bannoiman. on on- or two occasions that I can rrcril. Wh-n L'ud Shttrield's team was out here little Alick made a single after an haul's non-negotiaticii of ..if. th-viry hosvliug. When that sin-le was made there was frantic applause, and a stentorian voice Tang out all over the arena •;Steady, Alick, steady :' That suggestion of lashi'.rss or reckles.-n-c.-s <m
..-Mirk'y part mightily tickled the *p:xt:i--t'H's. J remernb:>r another match in which .Mick was in two hour? for 4 runs, and ■ ■.•ice. at old Trafford. in Mancheftei . ho jrot 4 while- P.'i-cv M'Donix'il wa.« making 82." Tl.-e appointment.; of umpires made for last S:'.tur:ln\'.« ma'cho.s v,-ill hold good for t!r> sini!a Hxt :uos next l-'alurd >y. Tli.' tolls' team against Albion \rill ho a.- rhc*,'n \:wi week—i.e.. ( Yaw ford. Shepherd. IJiii::-?y, Chadwick, Stephens. Sattcrthwaite. "iT"Mv.!len. Alloo. ftalhuid. Mn!co'ni. and Harden. 'J ho loa'.'ue nuH'-he.* were j.-lny-o»l on iNitunhiy. the mat tine; wickets op the Oval not lfin_' afl'-'.-ted by iln? rain. By the \r r :y. :hp younij stovc-min;; body have not yer* divided ' ' become a'mlia-ied with the, association. V.nt whether they take this ron'w in- not, J am suit all supporters of —hicludin;; the members of the ti.C.A. K.wntive—recognifie the good work dono in creating a live interest in the in quarters that could only l>e '•cached by Mich an organisation as the league. I note t.h.it ii'iUuii meinlicrs of th- -1 Canterbury .Association took up a most peculiar attitude in respect to an applVation tiy the City -ind .Suburban Association la lival body" but with the same object in view—the advancement of cricket) for re-pr'JrOnt.-itivf makhes with ih-e C.C.A. A writer in the 'Sun 1 comments on the attitude of Mr K. B. Ward, who "threw, metaphorically .-peaking, a. hefty half brick at the ideals of cricket, and concludes: "Mr Ward's attitude, however, was not «> unsportsmanlike -as the chairman's. During the discussion Air Cant intimated that he considered it was infra di*. to plav matches with men who paid only 5s apiece in club snbscriptions for the season, and who played on rough paddock*! How's that, umpire? Fortunately., the majority of the members of the committee snowed" that th?y do not .leave their sporting spirit on the playing field. They decided to play the matches asked for, but with the" difference that a junior eleven i* to meet the City and Suburban Association's senior team, a third crade t«am the City and Suburban ittnior representatives, and a fourth grade team the City and Suburban third grade «lcven." Another ex-Victorian has shown the ChristclHirch folk that cricket is "bred in tha bona" of most Aiifikolians. F. Butler^.
playing for a team of colts (assisted by K. 11. Caygil!) against 11 Canterbury reps., scored 107 (retired) in the second innings. The colts put up 220 and 355 for six. against, a total of 163 made, by "the big eiuifi.'' The latter team included Hickmott," Boyshall, Patrick, Bennett, Iterd. Thomas. Woods, Bishop, and Whitta. w ti!•• in the colts' .1.4 were some second and third graders. The match was played on two holidays—Cup D.iy and Show Hay. On the follo'wing dav Bishop, plnyimr for St. Albans, made 175'. f?rd. Hiddleslohe, the c.v-Alhion player, now in Wellington/ made 73 last. Saturday for the North team -. Bray getting 104. Midku.e, the veteran Wellington rep., accounted for i). 7 (not out) of East's total of 19?.
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CRICKET NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914