[By Wallaby.] Cricketers had not much to complain of on •Saturday, the weather conditions being quite, favorable, and the light, while not bright, was even and good. At Carisbrook the game went on until almost 7 o’clock, and at the North Ground the Colts and Grange played until 6.40. By the way, I am told that the umpires in the Opoho-Carisbrook match drew the stumpa at about one minute to 7, on the around that an over could not be completed before the hour. II this is so, the “jr.ttixea were, 1 think, wrong. If an over could have been commenced before the time for drawing stumps, it should have been commenced—and finished.
The North Ground is, of course, noted for fast scoring chiefly by reason of the ease with which boundary hits may be scored. But it is worthy of note that no less than 442 runs were scored on tho Grange wicket on Saturday in a little over four hours* actual play. On the Albion wicket 330 runs were put up in leas than four hours. On the other 'hand, St. Kilda and Dunedin, playing on the Dale., could only manage 211 runs between them iu three and a-half hours. Opoho and Carisbrook B accounted for 305 runs, but it took them almost four and a-half hours to get these. Quito a goodly number of people attended tho North Ground to watch one or other of tho two senior matches played there; some even attempted to watch both.- I must confess it is difficult for an enthusiast to concentrate hia attention on one match when another is in progress near by. He may be intently watching Crawford, say, sending in his stinging off-breaks, when tho unmistakable “thwack,” followed by cries of “Good hit.” is heard from the vicinity «>f the Albion wicket, and involuntarily the enthusiast turns hia head to see who has atade the hit, and how many lias been £Ot for it. And while his head Is turned, jx>rhaps Crawford knocks over someone’s wickets with “a beauty," and tho enthusiastic looker-on loses both ways, so to speak. I experienced the difficulty myself on (Saturday, and it reminded me Somewhat of the bewilderment icit by the spectator at a big circus, where performances are going on simultaneously in two, or even three, rings. Tho engagement that drew the larger amount of interest was, of course, that between the Colts and Grange. A good wicket had been prepared, and played very well, although towards the finish two or three of Crawford’s fast ones kept so low that they beat everything—batsman, wicket, and wicket-keeper —and went for several byes. Eventually a fieldsman had to be sent to long-stop. Small blame to M‘Mullen for hia inability to cope with this class of battery. _ Crawford, having injured his kneo at practice during tho week, had been advised by hia doctor not to play on Saturday ; and, in view of tho bigger issues at stake later in tho season, it would have been wise, perhaps, had he acted on this udvice. But J.N.C. is not built that way; his keenness is proverbial, and ho plackily decided to “ risk it,” especially as, without his help, it was difficult to see how the Colts were to get an opposing side out for anything like a reasonable scare.
For the third time in as many matches tho Colts were fortunate enough to get first strike, and the usual pair—Shepherd and Chadwick—opened. There is no doubt that the Albion colt is in good form; he puts wood into his strokes, and his timing is perfect. Anything overpitched by the Grange bowlers he drove beautifully along the grass, and unless right in the road of the ball, the fieldsman had little chance. Off tho first over of tho match lie scored three boundaries with three different strokes—all lovely ahots—it glance to fine leg, an off-drive, and a hoqk to square leg. One drive off Holdaway past the Albion -wicket yielded five runs, though one was called short. Finally, after a spirited 20 minutes’ batting. Shepherd played back (a laps© into that old ugly off “poke” of his) to Graham, and, missing, was out Ibw for 26—though the batsman declared he played the ball. Chadwick was very slow for a long while, and very few of his strokes were well turned. But" his is not an easy wicket to get, and scores of 35 are useful. Binney batted freely and well for 23, but he ■made the mistake of staying in his crease to Beeby i a slow bowler is always dangerous to a fast-footed batsman. There was no “staying at home ” to the slows when Crawford had strike. Tho coach went in late, and at once began to hit lustily, tho ball travelling up the ground like a shot. After stepping in and hitting Beeby several times, he tried to do the same with a horribly short one and missed. So short was it that it was just about striking the ground for the second time when it hit the wicket.
Nine wickets were down for 159 when Satterthwaite (who it must be remembered, was a third grade player last year) joined M’Mullen, and the innings was reckoned to bo just about finished. Once more the prophets were out_ in their reckoning, for it was not until 240 appeared on the board that Beeby, going on a second time, beat the youngster. Meantime he and M’Mullen had finished the bowling in great style, being especially severe on two overs sent down by Henderson and scoring off every ba11—12214241 4214. I was much impressed with M’Mnllen’s free and confident batting and considering he has had no net practice, his form is something to marvel at. Stephens made some nice, crisp, square cuts and drives in getting 11. He was out to a slow which he tried to hook, but sent back high and soft, to the bowler. Galiand’s 16 consisted of 4 boundary hits. He was caught at slip off what was intended for a hit to deep leg. Malcolm and Alloo failed to get going. The Grange fielding was very fair. Bell caused surprise by dropping his dub mate Malcolm, but the fieldsman was in an awkward position, being right amongst the second graders on the top wicket.
W. Beeby deserves credit for his excellent bowling figures. Going on second change he accounted for the last 7 wickets of the innings for 45 runs. Beeby depends on his length and a little turn from the off, and even the hard hitting of Crawford, Galland, and co., did not disturb him much. It was a good performance and worthy of praise. The outstanding feature of the Grange innings was the Graham partnership, which, strangely enough, put on exactly the same number of runs as M’Mullen and Satterthwaite had added for the Colts, viz., 81. All Black “Jimmy” Graham got 44, and got them well. He U a batsman who, "when he gets going, reveals a variety of strokes that surprise some people who want to look upon him as a mere “slogger.” The trouble with "Jimmy” is that he is a nervous starter and endeavors to conceal the nervousness by smiting instead o! —as in the case of most bad beginners—poking about. “ Archie ” Graham, his partner on Saturday, though scoring more slowly, made some nice strokes. He was out to a regular “ hummer ” from Crawford—about the best ball sent down all day. Bell batted very soundly, and was set lor a good score when he waa foolishly run out, Eckhold had previously been run out also —two cases of poor judgment. Holdaway scored a useful 32, but his Innings could not be compared with Graham’s or Bell’s. Popple (13) was going along nicely when, in trying to make a leg stroke, he was hit in the thigh and had to retire Ibw. Charlie Chadwick had made 11 when young Satterthwaite caught him brilliantly at Joint off Crawford. The catch was taken fairly low and the fieldsman fell over, but held the ball well clear of the ground in doing so. It was a great effort and deserved the loud applause it provoked. The fielding of the Colts was, as usual, clean and smart, every one of the boys being “as keen as mustard,” and shirking nothing. In addition to Satterthwaite’s brilliant effort mentioned above, the catch by Chadwick that disposed of Holdaway was well judged ana nicely taken. With the injured leg “ dragging ’’ perceptibly, and only taking half his usual run to the wickets, Crawford began the bowling: but although he_ kept a good length* he came through with only something of his customary nip, and was scored off comparatively freely. Later, after a rest, and when the score was yumtinz, ha lengthened his ran and at-
tempted to get into his swinging stride, but the leg was still a bit “ wooden,” and one could not but admire the pluck and determination of the man in sticking to it as ha did, and thus undoubtedly winning the match for his side. Four for 64 may not be a great average—for Crawford—but in all the circumstances it can be looked upon as a fine performance. Shepherd proved useful with the ball again; ho kept an end going for quite a long time and bagged 3 wickets for 50. Albion and Carisbrook A had a most exciting finish on the Albion wicket. Batting first, the North End club put up 165, a score which at one time looked too big for Carisbrook. That time was when 6 wickets had fallen for 71, but Bannerman, Reid, and later, Adams helped matters along with useful contributions until 159 was up and still 2 wickets to go. But Baxter went, and the veteran Martin came in—the hope of his side. Five runs were slowly added, and only one needed for victory, when Stiglich spreadeagled Martin’s stumps, ana the game ended in a tie.
That was the result according to the score hook, hut it transpired that there was a matter of a doubtful boundary hit to be adjusted. The disputed point arose thus i During the Carisbrook innings Hay hit a ball, which struck a spectator. The batsman claimed u boundary, which was conceded by tho umpire and 4 runs recorded. The Albion skipper (Baker), however, drew attention to the fact that the boll when stopped had passed out of the boundary area and into that where all hits had to be run out, and notified the opposing captain (Adams) that the 4 runs were recorded under protest. The matter was brought under the notice of the O.C.A. at Monday night’s meeting by a letter from the Carisbrook captain, who put the position plainly and fairly, and was referred to a special committee to investigate. The question of boundaries on the North ground is a recurring one, and tho association decided to ask the Umpires’ Appointment Board to endeavor to bring about some satisfactory arrangement in connection therewith.
In getting their score of 165 Albion wore largely indebted to Gordon DutMe, who played a very fine innings of 75, got by forcing strokes all round the wicket. Duthio had before this played many good innings during his career, 'but I doubt if ho ever showed better form than on Saturday. Johnston and E. Williams each played lively cricket for 27, tho big “All Black” being especially vigorous. Bannerman and Reid each got 34 for Carisbrook, tho former’s including a 6 and two 4’s, and tho latter’s four 4’s. Adams came in at a stage when careful play was recessary, and none of tho strokes in his 16 reached tho fence.
In addition to putting himself in late, Adams, I noticed, refrained from bowling. Modesty is an admirable quality in a cricketer, except when, as in the cose of a captain, it prevents his side from getting tho full benefit of his talents as a player. Adams has proved himself a more than useful all-rounder on so many occasions that no one could doubt his capabilities. There were times during tho Albion innings on Saturday when his slows would have been the most likely kind of bowling to have quietly trapped tho hard-hitting batsmen.
The catch by which Nicholson sent Baker to tho pavilion was a beautiful one—well judged, and token one-handed at the last possible moment. Reid’s catch which disposed of Jas. Marks was also worthy of mention.
The Dunedin-St. Hilda match did not provide any fireworks. Tho new seniors gave their opponents a good run before going down by 47 runs. Indeed, Dunedin had lost eight wickets before the modesttotal of 82 set by the seasiders had been passed. Then Cramond and Given put the issue beyond doubt. I have always been of tho opinion that by Cvamond’s retire roent from active cricket a few years ago New Zealand lost a very fine batsman. Though playing mere or less casually, he even now shows glimpses of real first-class foim.
In T. Livingstone St. Hilda have a valuable asset. Again on Saturday he came out with figures that would flatter the best bowlers. M'Carten, too, proved his consistency with the bat by getting almost as many runs as tho other ten men. Young Graham, the Dunedin colt, is another promising all-round boy. Ho has .made useful scores on more than ono occasion this year, and on Saturday, in addition to making 16 runs, he took five wickets for 15 off 60 balls.
Another exciting finish was that ol the match at Carisbrook between the home club’s B team and Opoho. The Hijl men made 157, of which Casey got 59 in fine stylo. Carisbrook, batting on till nearly 7 o’clock, lost nine wickets for 148. Those last few overs were full of interest, for Nelson (a good bowler, os witness his five wickets for 48) is not what one would call a great bat, and was likely to go anv ball. However, ho stuck to his task gallantly, and kept his wicket intact; so the game was drawn, Carisbrook wanting 10 runs to win when stumps were drawn. The O.C.A. decided on Monday to inform the New Zealand Council that owing to the state of their finances it will be quite impossible for them to incur the expense of sending a team to Auckland this year. In view of the fact that the association’s bank overdraft stands at £B9, the decision was a vise one.
The latest cricketer volunteer is Donald Reid, of the Carisbrook A, who leaves Dunedin en route for Berlin next week. Good luck to him. The O.C.A. pasoed an appreciative resolution in connection with the players who have gone or are going to assist in winning iho test match for ’.he Allies.
I have known several cases of young players (and ono or two cases of older players) leaving a club, or refusing to play, because they had been put in last, or had not been put on to bowl, or had been otherwise ill-used by a captain who, of course, was criminally ignorant of latent talent possessed by these wonderful cricketers. As a rule, cricket is better without this class of player. There was an instance of this kind of thing, I understand, on Saturday Jaet, when a member of a senior team, on finding thjt he had been placed lost on the batting list, told his captain that “he had better get someone else,” put on his clothes, and departed. The most annoying part of it is that his team (who batted short) would probably have won their match had ho batted. The following will bo the colts’ team against Opoho on the Caledonian Ground next Saturday : —Crawford, Shepherd, Chadwick, Nelson, Bell, M'Mullen, Alloo, Galland, Stephens, Hayden, Satterthwaite,. The changes are : Nelson and Bell replace Binuey and Malcolm. The team are asked to attend practice tomorrow evening. —Junior Jottings. A feature of the play in second grade matches was the century scored by the High School batsman M’Naught. I am told this boy, who comes from Wanganui, played a splendid innings, his strokes all round the wicket being admirably executed. Watson, a Momington bowler, who was put on as eighth change agam.-t Dunedin B, performed the hat trick, and got three wickets for 3, Ono of the penalties attached to being a ** tail-ender ” of a .-irong batting side is the certainty of frequently having to go without “a hand.” Three of the Mors nington team have had but one innings each this seuso'i. When a team is “out to win.” it is often necessary to close the innings to enable the other side to be got out in time Albion Seconds gained an outright win against Grange after being 22 runs behind oh the first innings. There was plenty of “in and out ” play, for the totals were small on both sides. Chief among the Albion batsmen were three such veterans as T. T. Ritchie, W. Burnside, and D. H. Thomson. There would appear to be some very deadly bowlers, or else some extremely weak batsmen, amongst our schoolboys. Flaring for George Street against Anderson’ Bay on Saturday morning, a lad named Hitchcock took seven wickets for 1 run, and Knight three for 1, the Bay total being 21 I also heard of another boy—'Lawson, of the High School—-gather-ing in something like 12 wickets for 3 ruts. It would be interesting to know wnat these boy cricketers do when they leave school. Not many of them continue in ..thsjtama-J am afraid.
—Native Cricketers in Samoa.— A letter from H. M’Glrr, the Wellington fast bowler seen here last year, is published in the ‘Free Lance.’ M’Qirr is with the Expeditionary Force in Samoa, and describes a cricket match between teams (45 a side) of natives. “The bat,’’ he says, “is like a baseball bat, only longer The bowler bowls it down, if the batsman passes it, the bowler at the other end bowls it up. As long as the batsman hits the hall he has the bowling provided ho gets to the same end as he hits it from. They do not know any kind of defence, and playing with a straight bat is never indulged in. They just swipe at the ball, and if they bit it it goes for a tremendous distance. If a batsman hits a sixer they bring him out a drink of whisky. Every time he hits a sixer he gets a drink. They are very good, some of them and can hit a straight ball almost out of sight. Tile chief of each team stands out in the field with a horsewhip, and if a fieldsman misses a catch or misfields a ball, the thief hits him a crack with the whip, and puts two more men just at the spot where ho missed it. If the chief is over the other side of the field, and a fellow misses it, the chief runs after him to hit him, but the fieldsman runs away and fields somewhere else. The chief with the whip is one of the funniest things I have seen for a long time. If a fieldsman misses a very easy catch, the chief chases him till he catches him, but some of them climb up cocoanut trees. The chief waits underneath till the fellow comes down It sometimes happens, though, that while ho Is waiting a man in another part of the field makes a mull, and the chief goes after him, and then the fellow up the tree bustles down. When a batsman who has made a lot of runs comes out, about 20 to 30 girls meet him and dance, handing him whisky in plenty, with the result that a substitute has to take his place when they field, if he has not got over the effects of the whisky. The same generallv lasto a week or ten davs
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CRICKET NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914