< L R y Wallaby.] —Position of First Grade Teams to Date.—
Grave doubt* -were •expressed on Friday night as to the possibility of Any cricket being played the next day. But with ono of these, sudden changes for which our climate is noted., the rain blew over and the grounds dried sufficiently to allow all matches to bo played. The wickets wore, of course, dead. Batsmen should therefore hare made better use of them than they did in most rases. Bowlers who can make _the ball turn at all got work on, but they should have been easily watched. Albion was at home to St. Kilda on Saturday in more senses than one, for they put up a'score of 242 for nine wickets* before closing. This, it may be mentioned, is the biggest total amassed.by a senior side so far thie season. And to, show that the old club are not to be regarded as a. weak side, 1 may add that their aggregata to date (623 runs) is second only to that of the colt* (701). riuiurday'.s score, however, proved too big, both' for the Albion themselves and for their opponents. Had Baker shown a little enterprise, and closed his innings, say, at 190, when the ninth wicket fell, he" would have secured a win for his aide. There would have been '-cry little danger oi the St. Kilda reaching that total. Howover, he did not do so, the consequence being that the seasiders, naturally enough, plaved for a draw. This made the cricket slow and unattractive. Duthie was disposed of quickly by Livingstone when the Albion innings opened, but Frank Williams and Stewart made 29 and 18 respectivelv. L'ntil the advent of Baker, however, the scoring was slow, an hour and a-half being occupied in getting the first 80 runs. Riker played ,a characteristic innings—and we know what that means: plenty of haTd driving, with frequent meetings between ball and fence. Twice during his innings of 65 the ball landed from his batin the roadway. The wicket suited Baker to a nicety. Livingstone's off breaks being pulled easily and regularly. He was mis.sed fairly early, and Ward eventually took him in "the long-field. Rinney's 37 was nicely got. The Craw-ford-Albion colt is batting very consistently this year, and has gained confidence from his coaching. When Stiglieh joined Cameron the score stood at 190 iov 9, and when Baker "declared" these two had put on 52 without being separated. Stiglieh went in for "a liana.'' and bang he did, to some purpose. Off ono over of C. Edwards's he hit three 6's, two of tli-vn off successive balls. Previous to this ho hail hit another into the road, so that his ir.nirgs may be described ;i6 distinctly aggressive. Cameron, who is a schoolboy, still attending Albany Stmt, batted very well indeed. Not having seen T. Livingstone perform previously thw season, I made a, point of carefully watching his bowliug on Saturday, and camo to the conclusion that he is .i'much improved trundkr. On the whole, he kept an excellent length, but the wicket diJ not favor him. being too ■-low. Hi gets i: nice bit of work on from tin-, off. and 1 can quite axialise that on his d;iv ho would be a difficult bowler to negotiate. Kerr kept wkkot; -very well, and though he missed a couple of chances they were not easv ones. The i'aet of being obliged to play for the draw no doubt affected the batting of the St. Ki'.da team, and it was not an inspiriting display. Waller Kferr, the voting colt who has appeared with Crawford's eleven, shaped very well in getting 30. and M'Carton also showed form. He was missed earlv bv Marks at square-leg, a mistake that "probably saved St. Kilda from defeat. T. Livingstone's 22 not out waa a purely defensive innings, even to the extent of playing many of the leg breaks with his knees.
Sti"lieh put up another good perforu - ance. with the ball by capturing ci-iu of the nine St. Kilda wickets lor 4i rims. This bowler's style does nut impress one very favorably, but his bowling is decidedly effective. In four innings this season Stiglich has taken 24 wfekets at a cost of less than 10 runs apiece. He bowls slow medium with a turn from leg. On Saturday he bowled 26 overs, and was obviously tired towards the end. The other Albion bowlers did not appear to be dangerous. Stiglich's catch off his own bowline, by which he disposed of Ward, is worthy of note. It was a pretty hot one. and lie took it oulv on the third attempt. In spite of the number of eager young batsmen in the field this year, it has been left to an old-timer to score the first century.. For Siedcbarg must be placed amongst the old-timers, though he lias the disconcerting habit of "coming back" just whenever the critics make up their minds to relegate him to the spectators' bench. " Siedo's " 122 against his own Hub's B team was got by a ! sound display of batting, and he is to be congratulated upon getting into form after a spell of something approaching ill-health. His dismissal, by the way, caused some little amusement, as it camo the. first ball after ho had partaken of a cup of tea brought out to him by his skipper. And it was an Ibw decision, too! At Carisbrook, where this century-mak-ing took place, the club's four teams held an at-home day, the A's and .TVs and tho C's and D's being matched in their respective grades. On performances the B's should havo beaten their opponents, but " performances" are not always to bo relied upon. There was no doubt as to the merit of A's win. for they closed at five wickets for 216, and dismissed Tuckwcll and Co. for 96. The play was slow, especially when the B's were trying to battle it out. Nugent, never a dasher, was this time the stickiest of stickers, and the rest were not u. great deal better. It is worth noting that Tuckwell, Banisden, Watson, and West-brook contributed only nine runs between them! A. P. Alloo and Siedeberg both came out with good bowling figures—five for 28. and four for 28 respectively. There was nobody worth mentioning on the other side, except, perhaps, Hardic (two for 22), who only bowled 9 overs. As in the case of the eloso game between Opoho and Carisbrook B on the previous Saturday, a point cropped up, I «m told, regarding the matter of drawl ing stumps. When the ninth wicket fell there were but two minutes to go to time, but the umpires ruled that the next batsman must come in. He did so, and made a run; but the other man was bowled, and the match lost. If it was 'really two minutes or,less to 7 o'clock when the ninth man was out. " time" should have been called. As a matter of fact, St. Kilda very nearly lost their match against Albion, after all through the umpires not quite* understanding the new rule. At 6.30 the batting side had five wickets down, and would have been quite justified in asking tho umpires to draw stumps. But tiro umpires, instead of notifying the captains of the time, went right on with the game, and a couple of minutes later St. Kilda lost another wicket—which altered the complexion of affairs altogether. Again at 7 o'clock, when St. Kilda were grimly battling to keep up their last wicket, the umpires were still going on " to finish it," but a protest from Captain Harvey explained the position. Strange that there should be no less than four instances of close finishes in the last two Saturdays, where the results have been more or less affected by wrong decisions. There was nothing very notable about the Grange-Dunedin match, unless it was the bowling of the Grange pair, W. Beeby and J. Graham, The slow bowler had the batsmen• puzzled by his length.
again,, .and bagged six wickets for 44. So long as batsmen rejoice in hitting sixes, just so long will "the slow bowlor reap his harvest. Graham bowled well, his high delivery and little- turn from leg having the Dunedin men on the defensive most of the time. By tho way, this is the first time Graham, has batted against his old club since ho left them some four seasons ago. Something _ has always cropped up to prevent his wielding tho willow in the Dunedin match. He did not make the most of his first opportunity, cither, being bowled by ."Johnston for 5.. Tho Colts easily accounted for Opoho, who found Crawford altogether too good for them. The coach bowled 17 overs, six of them maidens, for 21 runs and seven wickets, and Kenny was the only batsman who withstood him for any length of time. Indeed, the Opoho atonewafier defied him altogether, being out to Shepherd. Six of Crawford's victims wore clean bowled, some of them with that perfect "bailer" which is so sweet to watch.
" J.N." also got to work with the bat, and rattled up a lovely 40 before being caught on tho boundary by Evans. Alloo also got going, and made 23, and Bell played another nice innings for 19. The consistent Eckhoff plugged away with the ball, and finished with 6even wickets for 45, an excellent average, especially as I understand he was suffering from a split finger. On totting up tho bowling figures of Eckhoff and Crawford for .the season. I'find that tho former has secured 29 wickets for 165 (average 5.68) and tho latter 24 wickets for 131 (average 5.45) in the four matches played. Good going, this.' The match Oiago University v. Canterbury College, played last week at Carisbrook, resulted in a win for our visitors by six wickets—a. victory well deserved. The 267 runs scored in their first innings pretty well settled the issue, as the Otago lads could never get near enough to it to look like putting up a fight. The rain which fell in the mid-afternoon of the first day made matters unpleasant, especially for the fieldsmen. Each side had a turn with the wet ball, but the visitors had tho bigger share. Moor, tho left-hander, who top-scored for Canterbury, is a slow starter, and his stiff, lazy stylo did not promise a long stay at the wickets. On getting warmed up," however, Moor showed 6omo good, clean, orthodox scoring strokes. Crawshaw 'batted very nicely, but was singularly unsuccessful with tlie ball, his two wickets (both obtained in the second innings) costing 133 runs. He is an excellent judge of a run, and set an example in smartness between the wickets winch some local players might do well to follow. Carl Beal, who, it will be remembered, played with Grange a few years ago, and subsequently went to Christchurch, where he developed into a useful rep. cricketer, came down with the college team. He did not do a great deal with the bat. butput in a lot of solid work at the bowling crease. In Otago's two innings Ileal bowled, over 53 overs for 102 tuiis and 10 wickets. On the first day especially he was swinging awkwardly ; ho also nipped off tho slow wicket very smartly at times. The popular "Sammy" Ltittrell, whom many llunediii cricketer visitor.-? to Christchurch have to thank for kindly attentions, proved a useful all-round man for the college. His slow leg breaks puzzled most of the Tjkiiversity batsmen, though it must be confessed that they showed a lack of enterprise when opposed to the Luttrelleuses. In batting the Hagley man shaped well, but had hard luck in receiving some nasty knocks on a sore leg; in the second innings he had to retire for a while until ho recovered. A. Ournsoy, a diminutive but neat cricketer, showed distinct promise, and so soon as he gains a littlo experience in higher-grade cricket than he has been used to he wilL do we!!, I am sure. Of the home batsmen. Tweedy, with 24 and 43. carried off tho honors. This player has not had much cricket since the season began, but, apart from a few uppish strokes, he played two good innings. A. W. Alloo. who was looked to for at leastone big score, failed badly each time. M'Mulien was crisp and enterprising in his second strike, but nono of the others whom I saw at the crease showed liitstclass form. The Alloo brothers gathered in nearly all the Canterbury wickets between them, but their bowling was of the mixed variety—some really good balls and some very poor ones.
j The Selection Committee have picked | 20 men to practise in view of the forthcoming representative matches. Twenty is a ' number to pick, and it ehould just ;i'::nit exhaust the li.st of possible, candidates. It came aa rather a f-urprise to me, then, to find that Hay had boom omitted, especially jn view of the fact that we have no other left-hand bowler—except A. 1\ Alloc. The ex-Aucklaiv.ier may not have struck form to any great extent yet. but neither have several others who are in the chosen wore. Some must have been included on "' previous performances," in which ea.=c Hay's Auckland record thouid have entitled him to a, plae?. Take Bruges, for inntanw. Bin scores this year are 7. 5. 0: he is not a bowler. and I don't think his best friends could call him a brilliant nVld. The same, applies to l!(innorm.*'n. who, although he has made, one fair woie (34) and got a tow wickets, is admittedly a weak link by reason of his slackness. Wenbrook's three efforts have resulted it\ 28. C, 8. 1 am only citing these caws in support of my contention that Hay should not have been omitted from the fir*t 20 players in Hunedin. He ik a very fair change bowler; hi.s four innings so far have yielded 50 (against Crawford and Co.), 0, 15, and 16. And, above a.li. he is absolutely keen. Tho O.C'.A, at a special meeting held on Monday, went back on their former resolution not to go to Auckland, and decided to make the trip if suitable dates could be arranged. This change of front was brought about by the receipt of an offer from the Auckland Association of £2o towards the expenses of the trip, in addition to the 30 per cent, of the gate to i which the visiting team arc entitled; tlio ■ same terms to apply when Auckland visit Dunedin. This is a fair enough offer on the face of it, though it is not likely that even the extra return will cover the added expense of the trip. The O.C'.A. Committee's decision is contingent on the present arranged dates with Wellington and Canterbury being altered, and the committee who were appointed to deal with the matter have suggested the following programme : —Play Wellington at Christmas. Auckland at Xew Year, and Canterbury on January 8, 9, 11. This will mean an entiro rearrangement of the Wellington, Auckland., and Canterbury list of fixturefi. Wellington, however, have already replied that they cannot alter dates already arranged, so it remains to to seen what further action the O.C'.A. will take. A new club has been formed at Kaveusbonrnc, to bo called the West Harbor C.C., and they have entered the third grade competition under the auspices of the O.C.A. I understand that a good wicket has been prepared, and that a, number of enthusiasts, including the veteran Geo. Crosbie, are interested in the club, which all cricketers will warmly welcome into the arena. Here is a curiosity for thoso who like dabbling in averages and figures generally : Two bowlers bowl through both innings of a match and obtain the same number of .wickets. A's average in each innings is better than B's, yet B's record for the whole match heats As. Looks impossible, doesn't it? Figure it out: A in the first innings takes 3 for 17 (average 5.6), while B takes 5 for 30 (average 6.0). In the second innings A gets 4 for 56 (average 9.0), and B 2 for §0 (average 10.0). In all, A takes 7 for 53 (average- 7.58), and B 7 for 50 (average 7.14). The ex-Melbourne, ex-Southland, exOtago. present-Wellington player, C. G. WiJson, has reached the age" when he might very well be excused from making centuries. It is very evident, however, that he is on* of those veterans who does hot know when to stop. A week or two ago he and Sid Hiddlestone—also an exDunedin man — put on 90 runs for the second wicket for their club team (Xorth Wellington) when they were badly needed. Now the same pair go a good many better, and score respectively 165 and 115 out of a total of 436 for nino wickets. Other big Wellington icorers wero: Midlane 171,
Baker 121, Butter 181, Bryan Brown 93. There must have been, not a storm in a teacjip, but a hurricane in tho Basin on Saturday. 3 notice that Robinson, Wellington's fast bowler, who played hero last season, put up a fiuo performance last Saturday week by taking six East wickets for 22 runs, most of which, says the 'Free Lance;' came from accidental snicks. His paee is compared to Jones and Cotter at their fastest, so' ho must have been sending them down at a fair bat. The enthusiastic recorder states that "ono ball went so close to the leg pin that the wind it made in passing nearly blew the bail off." Which reminds me of a well-known figure in Dunedin cricket circles who gave a batsman not out on on appeal for "bowled," afterwards explaining to the wicket-keeper that it was "the concussion of the ball hitting the ground that knocked the bail-off." This was in a representative match, and Hughie Trumble was the bowler. Tho Colts' team against Carisbrook B on Saturday is as follows:—Crawford, Bell, Galland, Shepherd, Alloo, Binnev, Stephens, M'Mullon, Hayden, Chadwick, Malcolm. This match should bo an interesting one, and Crawford has strengthened i\p his team in anticipation of a good tight. Binnev and Malcolm are included in place of Satterthwaite and Nelson. —Junior Jottings.— There have been complaints in junior circles about the late starting of matches It is well after half-past 2 when .some of them get going. As; there are no official umpires appointed for tho juniors now. this is not an easy matter t.i adjust It is a regrettable fact that some players can never manage to turn up to time. As a contrast to this, tho case of one second grader may be, mentioned. Tie is perhaps the oldest cricketer playing in Dunedin, and lives the furthest away irom town, yet ho is invariably among the first to arrive at the ground ami the last to leave it. Youngsters, take note! James Haig, of Moraington, is in good form this season. His latest is 75 not out. an innings wihch is said to have been easily his best up to date. Hbg necessity for closing the innings robbed him of an excellont chance to make a century. The frequent application of the, closureaccounts for many additional not outs being credited to the earlier batsmen, with consequent, lifts to averages. CSaradus, for instance, got out nn Saturday for the first time this season. His scores so far read : 25, 38, 35, 67 (all not. out), and 20—an average of 185! White's. 57 not out for Grange Second | was got bv real good cricket. j M'Nanght, the High School batsman, is. I notice, a bowler also, as witness his five for 18 against Christian Brothers. A match that always creates a great deal of club interest is that between Dunedin'.s 15 and (.' teams (second grade). They met on Saturday, and the Cs were hailed victors by 13 runs. The winning team included such seasoned players as A. Johnson, Y). Wilkie, L. Sanderson. A. Hume, and each of them did good work. Carisbrook's 0 awT" I) tcamsi also met, with the result that the C"s finished 21 runs the better.
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CRICKET NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914