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[By Wallabt.] " —Position of First Grade Teams to « ' Date.—

AA'ieketS were just, a little dead at the etart of Saturday's play, owing to the previous day's heavy lain but the wind and su>n had a quickly-drying effect. The cricket at Carisbrook was uot of a high order, though the match (Opoho v. Carisbrook A.) proved to, be interesting enough, especially in tho closing stage?, when Opoho were battling for their win. Skipper Ad mis went in first with Siedeberg. and justified bis confidence in bin'self by playing a very good innings of 30. which was caeily top score. Kenny should have held! him at- point off a hard, low, square- cut early in the game. but. apart fiom this, and from two or three uncertain defensive strokes to Eckhoff, Adams's contribution was a well-made and useful cn,eSicdeherg's 16 was got by solid plav. He watched the bill well, and looked like making a Jong slay, when he hit at a rising ball from .Casev. and it, went high into tho safe bands nf Eckhoff at fine elin, rather de-en. Bruce.'', the only other double figure scorer, got 11 mainly by his one effective stroke, the off-drive. Hay was very uncomfortable to Eckhoff. and wa.i bowled by that- bowler's fourth ball to him. Bannerman made one really good off-drive to the fence, but did not appear to be taking matters at all seriously, and was run out throuch bolting for an imnossihlo run :vid hem? unable to net back. A curious thine: about tho Carisbrook innings was that the last four men each made 4 Tuns, while the sth. 6th. and 7th on the batting list made 5, 6. and 7 respectively. Casev and Eckhoff bowled unchanged throuch the innings, the former sending them: down outside the off-stick—some of them well outside—and getting six for 50. fiv <-,f them caught. Eckhoff plugged awav at th? wicket and sent down some good but only two uot through the batsmen's defence. With only 103 to lace. Opoho felt confident, but the confidence oozed somewhat whru Kenny, Davidson. Casey. Ingram, and Prain were disposed of for 49 runs, and Eckhoff and Kilrour fur a further 25. Then it was that Timlin and Brown got to work, and settled the question before thev were parted. Timlin plaved good cricket, r.v] Brown ];: id the wood on to soin-e purpose, lifting the ball twice out of the playing area for 6. It was a good rcrovery on the part of Opoho. Siedeberg and Hay bowled unchanged until after the Carisbrook's s-mro had been, passed. Thev were both bowling well at th" start and for some time, but it would surely have been wise to have tried a change when Timlin and Brown bad got set. Bannerman and Alloo went, on eventually, but it was too late. The former's first'over resulted in 11 runs being added to the score. Init he got a wicket, a second ono falling to him the next over. The ball that Siedeberg bowled Kenny with was a beauty: the, stonewallev went back and covered lm wicket completely, but the ball broke sharplv from the off and got, past. Tho Colts took th 3 field against- Dutiediii without their captain and mentor, Crawford. Shepherd acting as leader. The coach was still (suffering'from a strained side, so considered it advisabb. in view of the forthcoming big engagements._ to rest the. injury. Ot.igo's changes against Canterbury and depend so much upon Crawford being in form that the precaution was a wise one. Weak bowling and ' all. it looked as though the Colts were going to get Punedin out, cheap!-.- when two wickets- were down for 1 and three for 18. ,; Bob " Johnston a:nd Howard stemmed the tide, and put on 63 for the next wicket. Johnston is an attractive! bat when going, and puts plenty of power into his strokes. Howard showed a glimpse of the form that his club-mates have been looking for. and was going along nicolv when he was out to .i catch a!, leg by Shepherd off a simple fulltoss, from Bell. T'errv fwho is one of Crawford's practice colts, but who had done nothing previously this year) got going, and made oO not out- in his wristy style. M'Kay. the o.vWollington cx-St.Kilda. player, got 35 before getting out with a weak off "poke'' that "often brings about his downfall. AUoo. v.ith four fur 55. was the best. b-.vler on the side, and the fielding was fairly clean, Shepherd standing out conspicuously for good work. John.-ion owed his downfall to Bell's smartness, that fieldsman just reaching and stopping ono in the slips which tho batsman thought was well c-Kir and so ran.. The usual pair. Shepherd and L. Chadwick, opened for the Colts, and tho play at once became, sparkling. Both batsmen laid on the wood in good style, and their hitting was clean, Chadwiek showing marked improvement in this respect. .Shepherd lifted them occasionally, and was lucky in being twice dropped, once fat 26) bv the usually reliable Bryden, and again (n.t- 78) by Johnston, both in the long field. There was also a possible chance of slumping early in his innings. It was not until 93 was up on the board that the first v,ick"t fell, Chadwiek getting one from Johnston that beat and bowled him. AVhen Alloo joined Shepherd the score mounted steadily, and the interest of til present was centred on whether Shepherd would get his century. But tho crackcolt v.-as again doomed to disappointment, for when 91 he put one of Graham's up in the slips and was held by Given. It is certainly hard luck to miss the hundred two Saturdays in succession by less than 10 runs each time. Tho Albion man has batted remarkably well this season, his scores being 23, 8. 26. 10, 98, 91 in shield matches, mid 56 against Otago last Thursday, an all-round average of 44.57. His runs have been got by bright, attractive cricket, too. Malcolm and Alloo knocked off the fewruns reqired to win (the second wicket had fallen at 181), and tho Colts emerged victorious by eight- wickets. Alloo showed good form in getting 41 not out, playing sound cricket, and, while taking no risks, scoring freely from punishable balls. The running between wickets of Alloo and Shepherd was a treat to see. The least said about the Bunedin outcricket the better. The catching was poor, the stopping often slovenly, and the .returning; badly judged. The bowling lacked sting, and the field was badly placed. No doubt fieldsmen are apt to got a hit demoralised when runs come as rapidly as they did on the Caledonian Ground on -Saturday (the first 100 came in 50 minutes and 130 in the hour), but the fact remains that the Dunediu fellows want shaking together a bit. There was joy in the St. Kilda camp on Saturday evening, for the new seniors had registered their second victory for tho season by beating Carinbrook B after a very close and exciting finish. The aeasiders have thus proved themselves too good for both Carisbrook teams. The match was played at Culling Park, where the wicket, though fairly good, was " patchy," thus causing tho ball to come along at different paces and heights—a disconcerting state of affairs for tho batsmen. The home team had first use of it, and put iip 140, of which T. Livingstone got 63. In his score were 12 fours, so that vigor was not lacking. Walter Kerr's 16 was nicely mide. This colt is a very promiring bit, and *hould b* watehad. The fit. Kilda. scor* did net look lik« beinj & big on* wh«n «ight wickets had fallen, but M'Farlane and Phil. Edwards added 30 for the ninth and mado it respectable. Eainsden bowled right through the innings, and took seven for 64 off 21 overs, Westbrook getting two for 15. In spite of two good innings by Watson (42) and Westbrook (40), Carisbrook found St. Kilda's total just too much for them, ,and regretted the absence of Tuckwell,

who had been unable to play. Livingstone again put in good work at. the bowling crease, and captured five for 58, so that he put up a commendable double performance ,• M'Carten got three for 16. It was a good win, and one upon which St. Kilda can be congratulated. I hoar that Codling Park will be en fete iiext 'Saturday afternoon, when the local team play the- Colts. The St. Kilda Band will be* present to discourse sweet music, and the committee intend to use every effort to make the occasion a memorable one. Let us hope that the weather conditions'will be favorable. The Grange wicket was the scene of the "test match," Grange-v. Albion, an engagement that always creates a good deal of interest in the 'north end, no matter how the teams arc standing in the premiership list. This time the Grange proved too goad for their rivals, winning comfortably by 191 to 129. For Grange "Charlie" Chadwiek top scored with 58, tho leg breaks (off breaks to a left-hander) of Stiglich being particularly relished by him. With Holdaway (38) Chadwiek put on 80 for the fourth wicket. This stand and another of 53 for the ninth wicket by Robert* (35) and C. Beeby (21) were the outstanding features of the iiinimjs. tho other seven batsmen doing very "little towards building up the score. It is worthy of note that W. Johnston was responsible for tho dismissal of all 'four top-scorers. Ho bowled Chadwiek arid Holdaway, and caught Roberts and Beeby off Stewart, both catche6 being real good ones, taken at deep square-leg. Stigli»ii for once was punished rather severely, his two wickets costing him 70 runs. Young Marks C'Joe" of that ilk) was chief scorer in Albion's total, getting 41 very nicely, including four boundary hits. Brinsley played carefully as usual in making 27, ar.d Baker, who has been very consistent this season, accounted for 20. Eckhold, who bagged four wickets for 30, wa6 Grange's best bowler, neither Giahtim nor Beeby being as effective as usual. AVatson had a peculiar experier.oa while batting aginst St. Kilda on Saturday. When well set he made a big hit at a loose ball, and sent it sailing cleanly out- of the ground for 6. This was unusual enough, for Watson rarely hits sixes—his cricket is too correct for that ; but the peculiarity lay in the fact that the batsman himself was under the impression that he had scarcely touched the ball, and when, after watching the disappearance of the leather over the ience. he lucked at his bat. he found it had broken clean in halves just above tho driving part. In tho circumstances there must have been considerable force- behind tho stroke to land the ball whore it did. Watean could not get suited with another bat. though he tried three before the conclusion of his innings.

The wicket provided for the match Otagu Eleven v. Colts, at Carisbrook on Thursday last (election day), was not up to the usual standard, ar.d it was fortunate for some of the; aspirants to interprovineial honors that Crawford was unable to piay. Mcst of the brnvlers made the ball kick in a meet disconcerting manner at times, and it was evident that the coach would have given tho batsmen a mn.-t uncomfortable time. There, were fcome changes in each team from the names originally chosen. Crawford stood out to rest hie- injured side, and Stephens was unable to get away, so Ifayden and Satterthwaite took their places. On the- Otago side Stiglish, A. i\ Alloo, and Adams played vice Dutliie, Westbrook. and Lckhold. '['hero was nothing remarkable about tho batting of the Otago eleven, Siedeberg's innings being about the soundest. He made somo nice shots on either side of the wicket, and looked like being in for a big when he, slightly mistimed ono from Eckhoff. and was held at mid-off. Casev made two or three nico strokes in getting 27: but A. T. Alloo's and WilJiams's contributions were largely of the "hit 'cm hard and high" typo. Bruges, in getting 21. was twice missed, and Rams civ a was also treated k-nienUv by tlu field. Eckhoff, except for one over sent down when he was off the field getting a damaged ringer robandaged. bowled rightthrough the innings, but had very little luck, at least five chances being dropped off him. A. W. AUoo made a useful change, and got lour for 52. ('. Chadwiek was nob at his best behind the wickets, and allowed 13 byes. L. Chadwiek brought off a very fine catch at short square-leg, thus disposing of A. P. Allco. This, aiid the neat catch off Siedeborg's bat, made amends for two rather bail misses he had previously made. It was rather amusing to soj Crawford, who was standing umpire, altering, by quiet hand-signalling, the positions of some of tho colt.s in the field. It- is al«> rumored that ha even made the changes in tho bowling. Such '"partiality" on the part of an umpir.o may, in tho circumfitances, bo excused. No doubt "J.N." more, than once frit like having a l»wl at some of thobatsmen, who were sticking his boys up. AVhen the Otago eleven took the field, it was noticed that no fewer than nine of them wore recognised bowlers. 11, was found necessary to use only- four of these, however. Shepherd played another fine innings, getting 56 out of 88 before poking Stiglish up to Tuckwell at short-slip—an absolutely weak stroke. L. Chadwiek shaped much better than usual while making 11, his strokes being clean and crisp. A. AY". Allco was let off by AA'atson before he had scored, and was run out for 17. Bell batted nicely for 37 not out. and the iota] at call of time was 148 for six wickets so the game was drawn. Stigh<?h did not. bowl at. all well, his length being cijatio. and this, of course, is fatal to a leg-break bowler. Nono of the bowling, indeed, was vc-rv dcadlv. The tickling was not particulr-rl'v good" or either sido. 'The annual v-iateh between Clu-k-t'y College (C-hristchnrch) and the Otago Bovs' High School took place on Moh'dav and lue.-day ot this week. I went down to Carisbrook expecting to eee some of the lads show something like form, but was much disappointed with the display given by both eleveiu;. On Monday the conditions were ceitainlv miserable for crickot—would have bocii unonnifcrtablo even for football; but that could scarcely have accounted for the low standard of the play all round. Tho College made, 92 in their first innings and the School GO. At tho luncheon interval our local boys had lost eight- for 44, but before play was resumed heavy 'rain fell, ar.d the bowlers had no chance at all for quite a while. Taking advantage of this, Shepherd hit up 33 by th-> best cricket shown thus far. Holmes had previously made 27. but wasmisasd four times—twice off the first two balls he received. The catching of the visiters was atrocious, at least six chances being dropped in an innings of GO! Tho College's second strike was a distinct advance on the first. Lowry played a good, forceful innings of 57, and sc-v:n others f;ot do'.ible-figuio scores, though notall by good batting. The School were left with 191 to got to win yesterday, but foil wocfullv short, and wero beaten by 103 runs. Hutchison, in making a- dozen, showed by far tho be-t fotm, though he was inclined to drag his stroke to the "ti side—a- fault very prevalent among junior batsmen. I was disappo'nted with M'Naught. of whom I had heard good accounts. He shaped shockingly at the off ttuff, and never teemed at hoiiio. A word of praise is due to Lowry, the College wicket-keeper. He went about hip work quietly, and took the ball remarkably well, both from the bowler and the field. He captured three wickets in. the match, and should really have been credited with another catch, but the umpire failed to ?.eo or hear it. ' Mr Terry Shaw, the Momington skipper, is endeavoring to raise a team to play at Cromwell on January 1 and 2. The Central players are keen to meet a town team, and "the proposal is U> play Cromwell on N»t/ Year'e Day and ft. combined district t»»m th« following day. Any plaver* <l*»ii'ou» of making the trip, which u bound to be a most enjoyable one, arc rcqu«stcd to •'OinmunicaU with Mr Slww. —Junior Jottings.— If looks as though Momington will easily win the second grade shield again this yeav. I cannot eee anything that is likely to cause them much trouble in the finals. On Saturday the hill team accQ.un.tvd &?x Duuedin C by 118 nine.

C'aradus crowned his previous efforts by hitting up an even 100 before being disposed of. The fact of his losing his wicket (which, he did by being caught by one of his own side fielding substitute.) had tho distressing effect of lowering hie average from 210 to eomstliing like 105 ! For the Dunedin team Alex. Johnson, the veteran, made 37 in good style. Neither of tho Dunedin second grade teams is doing any good this eeason. Generally this club are strong in good juniors, "but for one reaeon and another thev have dropped out or gone off form. Carisbrook D's score of 233 for' eight wickets against Anderson Bay was got by consistent battinor- Only two men failed to reach double figures, while six got into the twenties and one into the thirties. .They won easily. Three-point wins are, not so common now that one-dav cricket is the rule. The High School "managed to secure ths maximum against St. Kilda on Saturday.

S •5 t** 2 In si •*v £ >: O.' p £ Colts ... 6 6 — 12 Opoho ... 6 4 1 1 9 Gvansre ... 6 3 2 i 7 Dinjcclir] ... 6 2 3 1 5 St. Kt'.da ... 6 2 3 1 5 Corisbrook A. ... ... 6 1 3 2 4 Crrisbrook B. ... ... 6 1 3 2 4 Albion ... 6 0 4 2 2

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CRICKET NOTES, Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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