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CRICKET

Cricketers were vouchsafed an ideal afternoon on Saturday, the first for many a week-end, and they revelled in the perfect conditions which existed. At Carisbrook it was a treat to be out in the field, or even to sit on a bench in the sunshine and watch the game. Yet 1 noticed quite a lot of peoplo betake themselves to tho shady grand stand. Tho reason must have been either a desire for more comfortable seats or fear for their complexions. The wicket prepared for the match Colts v. Carisbrook B was. to quote one of the players, "a dandy." Therefore, when Austin won the toss it was expected that his team would put up a respectable score. And they did. though it must bo admitted that thov were greatly helped towards the finish by the absence of Crawford from tho bowling crease, the reason for the coach "giving it best" being a strained side. Nevertheless, the B's total of 202 was a creditable one, the biggest sharo of praise being due to Watson for an uncompleted innings of 75, got in his very best form. Watson in form always means good, clean, orthodox batting, and so it was on Saturday. He got one 6 (a hit over the fenco at*long-on off Shepherd) and nine 4's. At 28 he should have been held in the slips by Bell off Alloo, a miss which might have bad serious consequences for the colts. Next in merit comes Austin's 25. Though experiencing a couple of narrow escapes from being bowled by Crawford, the Carisbrock skipper played a nice innings, some of his on shots being very sweet. He eventually played right round one of Crawford's slower ones. Con Cameron also got 25, playing a stubborn and useful innings, during which, however, be made some surprising shots—not more surprising to the bowler than to himself. I expect. Still, he kept Crawford out of his wicket, and retired lbw to Alloo. the ball appearing to swing in. Spedding's 31 was also a useful contribution, though it was almost immediately after he we-it in that Crawford went off. And it is recog.iised that the Colts themselves are particularly weak in bowling talent. But Spedding, like Watson, made the most of the opportunity, and these two put on 83 for the eighth wicket—a verv praiseworthy performance. fuckwell failed to get going. Playing well inside one from Crawford he had his stumps disarranged; as a matter of fact he over-estimated the break, and paid the penalty. Westbrook never looked like staving, and fell an easy prey to the coach, who also accounted for Ramsden for the dreaded "duck."' the ball coming back quickly and just touching his pad. Crawford started bowling much as usual, but slowed down considerably after about half a dozen overs. He plugged away for 15 overs before giving in, using his head and changing his pace to advantage, and was never loose. One of his short bumpy balls got up so high that the wicketkeeper, by jumping, just managed to touch it, but could not stop it from going to the boundary for 4 byes. Shepherd bowled nearly J4 overs tor 53 runs and three wickets, but it was not until the last ball of the 12th over that he met with his first reward. He then finished off the innings by getting the next two men in successive overs. The Colts' fielding was 'way down below standard. I'nclean stops, misses, and wild throwing were frequent: at one time, indeed, it looked as though the side were rattled. It was certainly their '' oft" day." M'Mullen, whoso hands were sore, handed the pads over to Binney about halfway through the innings. The substitute did fairly well. " Mr Sundries " is a pretty consistent double-figure contributor against the Colts, Crawford's fast ones being, no doubt, largely responsible. When Crawford's boys went in on Saturday it was a-quarter to 5 o'clock, and by half-past 6 tho required number of runs had been obtained. That is to say, 205 runs were scored in 95 minutes—surely a satisfactory rate. Yet it was not fast enough for ono looker-on, at least. This individual, whenever there was a lull in boundary-hitting, urged the batsman to " Hit 'em hard, Jack."' That the batsmen, one and all, did " hit 'em hard" may lie gathered from the fact that the runs were obtained f.om 34 overs, only four of which were maidens, and only 10 others failed to produce ono or more boundaries. One over of Austin's was particularly productive of runs, Galland getting 14 and Shepherd 3 off it. Shepherds' innings of 98 was a delightful ono. Twice in Ramsden's first over he made dangerous uppish strokes over point's and third man's heads, and was lucky in that neither went to hand. After that, with perhaps an occasional lift which flattered the bowler for a moment, he went along, driving, cutting, and leg-hitting in a style that was decidedly refreshing. The strength of his drives between cover and mid-otf gave the fieldsmen little chance to stop them. Sixteen times Shepherd sent the ball to the boundary, and it was nothing but sheer bad luck that deprived him of his century, for when he made his last 4 the crowd of onlookers, as though they had been waiting for it, broke into loud and long applause. Several of tho fieldsmen shook hands with the batsman and congratulated him. Next over Shepherd, who was tired after a heavy day's work with ball and bat, recklessly ran out to Austin and was bowled, the bail just being removed. Then, when the figures went up on the board, it was seen that he had missed tho coveted hundred by 2 runs. Apart from the misleading applause, Shepherd was unfortunate in losing several runs during his partnership with Crawford, who had to " go slow" between wickets owing to his injury, thereby losing runs himself as well, of course. Galland went for the bowling with his accustomed freedom, never waiting to play himself in. During the partnership between him and Shepherd the pace was indeed a cracker. Galland had become a little disheartened by his comparative failure this season, but his display on Saturday should restore his confidence. One 6 of his, off Austin, was from a wristy (also somewhat risky) stroke high over point's head. It landed over the rails in front of the new stand. Crawford looked anything but well when he camo out to bat. but he shaped all right, and got in some clinking off drives, which he timed perfectly. Early in his innings he got one ball from Nelson which " did something" remarkable, and quite beat him; otherwise the bowling presented no difficulties. Binney's wicket was sacrificed at tho finish, the game having already been won before he was out. Which is no consolation to the man who makes a " duck." It is interesting to note that the Colts team, as constituted on Saturday, included no fewer than four Grange member (Bell, Galland, Malcolm, and M'Mullen) and two ex-members of that club (Stephens and L. Chadwick). Good for the north end. Bruges and Hay put up a fine performance on tho Caledonian Ground. One wicket fSiedeberg's) had gone for no run 3 when these two got together, and the second century had been passed before they were separated. Bruges, who, a» I mentioned last week, had done nothing previously this year, got his 102 by good cricket. At first somewhat cautious, he eventually put on the pac, and towards the «nd of his innings was going v«ry strongly indeed. . One ij always pleased to record the success of a cricketer who is '.'a good sport," and I congratulate Bruges on his inuings. Congratulations also to the Rev. W. Hay, who, although not yet a century getter* in Dunedin, went close enough to it on Saturday. I am told he was a little uncertain in his strokes at the beginning.

of his innings, but unproved very much as ho went along. It was hard luck to miss the hundred by 5 runs only, and with it the distinction of having taken part in a partnership where each uatsmnn had scored a century. The double-figure contributions of Reid, Austin, and Baxter palo before those of the "big guns," but they all went to make up a total of 256 for six wickets, at which stage Adams closed. Mackersy was the. only Dunedin bowler who took wickets, and ho got the whole six for 104 runs : a good record, considering the fielding, which is said to have been very, very poor. Graham, though not getting any wickets, bowled well, it struck me that this young player wotdd bo a very useful 'member of the Colts' team, especially as a bowler. Dunedin had" lost seven wickets for 155 when stumps were drawn at a few minutes to 7 o'clock. Crammond and Grigg put on 50 for the first wicket, the former batting in his best stylo for 30, which means ho was w,ell worth watching. Grigg gob 32, and Johnston, going in towards the end, hit hard, as he can well do, for 40 not out. Dunedin's regular wicket-keeper, Hanna. was absent. A junior, in Milbnrn, acted as his substitute, and, considering his scanty experience in tho unenviable position, he did verv well. Of the Carisbrook bowlers Hay was distinctly the best, capturing four of tho feven wickets for 38 runs. The reverend gentleman was evidently in good all-round form on Saturday, and I am pleased to notice that the selectors have at last recognised his ability by including him in the team to play tho "Colts to-morrow at Carisbrook. To* be twenty-first choice is not flattering, but I shall be surprised if Hay does not eventually work himself into the Otago touring team, which leaves for the North in about a fortnight's time. The Opoho-Albion engagement was productive of very little interesting cricket. Most of Opoho's 132 was yot during two partnerships, the four men participating in these accounting for 97. Casey got going again afteT a few low scores and made 37, and Kenny, the rock, got 20, Timlin 25, and Davidson 15. Stiglich added another good performance to his already long list by capturing eight wickets for 60 off 17 overs. He finished up the innings in quick order by bagging the last five Opoho men in 12 balls. One wonders how Albion would manage to get their opponents out if they were deprived of the services of Stiglich. The Albion's fielding is described as shockingly bad, it being an odds-on chance of tho "ball beating the fieldsman every time. The epidemic was not confined to the North Ground, however, for, as stated above, both Dunedin and the Colts suffered similarly. Duthie, who is in good form this season, batted very nicely for 39, getting his runs by sound strokes all round the wicket and at a pace that contrasted strongly with that of his partner, Brinsley, the hitter making 4 while Duthie was running up 59. Eckhoff and Casey were all-sufficient to dispose of Albion, each bowling 19 overs and securing six for 55 and four for 33 respectively. Eckhoff, in addition, made a brilliant catch in the slips, sending Johnston to the right-about. Culling Park looked in spbndid trim on Saturday, £reat- improvements having been made since last season in so far as the playing area is concerned. The turf was in good order, and the wicket locked and played well. The game, too. was played in a good sporting spirit, and though largely a bowlers' match, it did not lack interest. Grange were, a littlo unfortunate in notgaining a 3-point victory after getting so close, but their efforts to accomplish this kept things moving right to the finish. J. Graham was largely responsible for St. Kilda's double dismissal for 71 and 75, tho tall man taking in all eleven wickets—six for 30 and five for 38. On the home side, Phil. Edwards enmo out with the best bowling figures, his four wickets costing 38 runs. Living stone did not do so well as usual, 37 runs resulting from his 10 overs for a "bag" of two wickets. Eckhold, presenting the broad bat to those that looked dangerous—and to many that- were not—and getting runs in between, played a not-out innin-es for 47. Charlie Chadwick knocked up 40, and the closure was applied when eight wickets had fallen. St. Kilda's second innings finished at 23 minutes past 6, so that Grange could not bat again, though they wanted hut 15 runs to secure a straight-out win. Ten minutes moro time would have about done itOne pleasing feature about this match was the expression of satisfaction by both sides in regard to the umpires. It is not a common thing for each of the competing teams to hand out bouquets in this manner, so Messrs Barron and Croxford may feel gratified. Although those gentlemen who act as umpires, giving their services unselfishly in the interests of the game, are entitled to the heartiest thanks, it must not be forgotten that, they, having undertaken to do this, have certain duties to perform. One of three duties is to make themselves acquainted with anv alteration, not only in the rules of play, but in those governing the conduct of matches. Misunderstanding, and, in some cases, unplensnntness. has arisen during the present season in connection with the misinterpretation of the rule providing for the extension of time for plnV. And it might be added that, while umpires are entitled to. and -should receive, courteous treatment at the hands of the players, it is also expected of these officials that they act similarly towards thosi 1 taking part in the came. In the large—the very large—majority of cases there has never been any cause for complaint in this direction, but unfortunately instances occasionally crop up. I am glad to see that there is a probability of fhe junior representative matches between Otago and Canterbury being resumed, as I think they are distinctly encouraginsr to players in the* lower grades, and eonsccqnently a stimulus to the game. Members of the junior representative teams which havo been sent away either to Christchurc.li or lnvereargill from *'mto time have always been willing, when the association's funds havo been low (which has been often enough, alas.'), to pay their own expenses, and for this, aniongst other reasons, are entitled to a little encouragement. The match between an Otago team and the Colts, which will be played tomorrow at Carisbrook. should prove interesting. Eckhoff and 0. Chadwick have been included to help the Colts, as bowler and wicket-keeper respectively. The Otago eleven is, of necessity, an experimental one, and the day's play should be of great assistance to the selectors in choosing the Touring Twelve. Tho O.C.A. have decided not to send a team to Auckland this year. The Canterbury and Wellington Associations declined" to alter dates already arranged, and taking everything into consideration the decision not to go further north than Wellington this year was a wise one. Indeed, it will add to tho O.C.A.'s already heavy burden of debt to do so much. The sub-committee set up to investigate, at the request of the captain of the Carisbrook A team, the matter of the disputed boundary hit credited to Carisbrook in their match against Albion reported on Monday night that they were of the opinion that the four runs had been wrongly credited. The decision creates rather an anomalous position in regard to the match, for by it the Carisbrook score is reduced to 161, and so, strictly speaking, they lose. But as Albion did not appeal the question arises. Can the result duly , reported and recorded be upset? "As both Carisbrook and Albion appear to be satisfied to leave the game a tie, so, I have no doubt, it will remain, and the result of the inquiry merely " noted for future guidance." —Junior Jottings.— Tho batting of Marks (54) for Albion against Mornington is described as particularly good. For the hill team F. Haig, who is one of Crawford's Colts, got 52, and got them well. " Ted" Cummine*. the erstwhile Otago rep., played for Albion seconds in this match, but did not strike form in either department.

Carisbrook D scored a creditable win over High School, wffo havo shown such good form this season. Congratulations to the Carisbrook player L. Lomas on his century, in the compilation of which he showed vigorous cricket. —The League. — Tho League, I am pleased to see, have affiliated with tho 0.C.A., and are entitled to a voice in big cricket matters. Their delegate, Mr "Andy" Melville, is an old Dunedin Club player, who has always been keen in the game, and he > should prove a useful man on the go-1 verning body. 1 This is the second season of the League's existence, and there is every prospect of its being a prosperous one, as matters are going along very smoothly. Wickets have been much improved, but the outfield on the Oval would benefit by i a little more attention from the council. ; Negotiations are in progress for a j rep. match between the League and the City and Suburban Association of Christchurch to be plavcd in Dunedin during the Christmas holidays. Reid and Gray suffered their first dafeat of the season last Saturday, Standard being the victors. These two teams are now level, with two more games to go to complete the first round. Payne (Tramways) has the distinction of being the first League century-maker this year. He scored 107 (retired) out of the 239 put up by his side against Hillside B. Y.M.C.A. took a sporting chance against Shaddocks, and declared their second innings closed at three for 85. But the lead was jriot quite enough, and Shacklocks got the runs' and a few to spare. A. Torrance, who bowled well tor the winners, is, it is said, leaving for the front, where, no doubt, he will quickly find tho range and account for any number of Germans. There was some good scoring in the Hillside A-Railways match, the former totalling 161 for five (closed), and the latter 109 for five. Haydon (59) passed the half-century for the Workshops team, and Parris was well on the way with 44 not out.

[By WAIXABY.] —Position of First Grade Teama to Bate.— i, d « c to a .5 &• JS C £ Colts 1 5 — 10 Opoho 5 3 1 1 7 Dunedin 5 2 2 1 5 Grange C'arisorook B 5 2 o 1 5 5 1 2 2 4 Carisbrook A 5 1 2 2 4 St. Kilda ... 5 1 3 1 3 Albion ... ... 5 0 3 2 2

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CRICKET, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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CRICKET Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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