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CRICKET NOTES

it . '■»* bv w* l **"**] &—Powtioa oE Fiist Grade Teams to : ' : "-' t - . i •§ 5" § "8 fi -3 '■*-<,:.,..'.. ■■':.. • S P= »S fi cu £Opoh> 7 5 1 1 11 ?:c*W 7 4 2 1 9 >: ft., Kild» 7 2 4 15 fcCufclwx* B 7 1 3 3 5 r|.OHßWoofe A ... ..: 7■ 1 4 2 4 tftman ■ :.. 7 0 4 3 3 !'' : ; With the conclusion, pf Jasb Saturday's '; *lay in senior matches the fast Tound was '<■ completed. Th© Colta, still unbeaten, : - hoao* the list, and look like staying there -;, t 0 fbe finish, for there is not the slightest !' doubt thai their all-round play has been vastlv superior to anything else in the • Competition. Opoho have stuck well to Second nlare, thanks largely to a strong . fowling* «d«\ or. rather, to th© posses•ion of two snch good bowlers as Eckhoff • *nd Casev. Of the rest, Grange have ' Khown the best form. Strangely enough, >rf)th Carisbrook teams ate low down on fhe list, in spite of the fact that many of fltaco* leading plnvets are to bo fottnd in their rnnka. Taken all together, the " standard of cricket shown so far has not teen high, the number of good average batsmen being small, and the number of good bowler? smaller. It is good news indeed that vrateon will after all be able to accompany the ! . Otago team on tour. At the time of writing, however. Tuckwell is doubtful about Betting away. Bnt aa Eckhold has been iaked, and ha© definitely accepts the Invitation, there will be no Vacancy to fill. Thirteen- men will be taken in the event of Tuckwell being able to obtain >ave. The team leaves to-morrow morning, and the good wishes of all cricketers go \vith them. Manager Dave Thomson will be a proud man if he is able to step on to r the Dunedin platform a fortnight hence : bearing the case containing the mnch- : sou«ht-after Plunket Shield. If we are to win the ehield, however, . .we wish to win it fairly and honestly, and not, as a writer in the Ghristchurch 'Sun' recently suggested, by "coming in at the back door and beating a aecond eleven of Canterbury while the flint eleven ' were away on their' North Island tour." This is the way the Christchurch writer interprets the request made by the Otago Association to Canterbury and Wellington for a change of dates. Such an interpretation plumbs the depths of pettiness, and indicates'/ surely, a curious mental twist on the part of the interpreter. Even if Otago had sunk so low in the matter of cricket ethics as to desire to sneak in by the back entrance for the purpose of anroxing the precious shield, does the 'Sun* imasrihe that. th« Canterbury Association or the New Zealand Council would sanction the playing v of two matches simultaneously for the shield? As a- matter of fact, the effort on the part of the Otago Association to rearrange date* was made entirely with a vi<»w to accommodating Auckland, who had lately given evidence of resentment toward* Otago and a keen desire for a visit from them—ever since, indeed, Mr Dan Beese took up their cudgels in a >.tfcer to the Otago Association. This it was. and not th* Auckland grievance brought before th© council by Mr D. Hay, that first troubled the placid waters. It is difficult to fathom the reasons for this vigorous championing of Auckland by men prominent in Canterbury cricket in a matter thai does not affect their province in th* slightest. Figures are not always reliable as a guide to the form of a cricketer, but they are interesting, andymust be considered. I have therefore run out tho averages (in flub cricket this season) of the Otago thirteen. They are as follow :—Bat tin": Wot con 60.6, Siedeberg 44.0, Shepherd ?9.7, AHco 31.3, Galland 30.6, Tuckwell • 26.5. Eckhold 23 2, Bruges 21.0. Craw, ffnl 20.1, C. Chadwick 19.5. Ramsden 17.2. Beli 16 6, Eckhoff 11.6. Bowling: Crawford 6.0 (34 wickets), Eckhoff 6.7 (44). Ramsden 14.4 (23), Eckhold 15.1 fl6), Siedeberg 15.4 (9), Alloo 19.0 (9), Shepherd 21.3 (12). Her© ar© some others who are not amongst Otago'a chosen, but who?© performances struck me as being worthy of note:—Batting: Duthie 30.6, Baker 28,4, Rev. W. Hay 26.8, It. Johnston (Dunedin) 26.6. Casey 18.3. Livingstone 14.8. Bowling: Casey 8.7 (29 wiek- • ets), Stiglich 11.4 (35), R. Johnston 12.3 (16). Livingstone 12.5 (32), Hay 14.1 (19), J. Graham 14.3J23). After a promising morning the weather on Saturday became cold and unpleasant. A chill wind blew, and while players iti the field were glad of their sweaters, the spectators prudently sought the sheltered spots on the various ground*. At Culling Park the wind was hortheast, and th© lookers-on, of whom there were a fair number, found the most comfortable part of th© ground to be \vndcr the lee of the tin fence on the east side. Th© St. Kilda, Band, for some reason or other, failed to put in an appearance, but th©'players and officials were regaled with afternoon tea. Th© park looked nice and green, the outfield having been greatly improved sine© last season, and the wicket, though > bearing the usual "patchy" appearance, played very well. At times th© ball kept jow—presumably when it struck a grassy patch—but on th© whole there was little or no cause for complaint. Those who attended eaperially to see the Colts had no reason to be disappointed, either, the batting, bowling, and fielding of the All Whites being right up to championship club form. Shepherd had oeen "loaned" to his club for the day, and his place as opening batsman was taken by Binney. who accompanied Chadwick to the wickets. The partnership was dissolved in rather .in unfortunate manner, for Binney was thrown out in attempting a run from ar, overthrow, by Nelson from quite a long way off. The batsmen had been running well between wickets, but Binney was not quite so smart as Shepherd in this—few players are. Chadwick again showed really good form in making 39. He got some very Mveet shots pact point—those attractive shots th-ifc a good left-hander makes with such apparent ease—and was quit© at home on either side of the wicket. Just before reachi lg th© thirties he was missed liy Walter Kerr, who mad© a gallant atfcmpt to hold a high one-handed chance. He brought it down, but dropped it after a bit of a pigple. It would have been a fine catch had he succeeded in bringing it off. AHou got 74, and quite deserved the _ distinction of being top scorer, for his inninss wag free and attractive. For a anile he was inclined to lift them rather too much, but the ball invariably fell .«afe. He had one rather lucky escape, ■■ when Edwards, Tunning forward, and Ward, gcing backwards, collided, and tho chance waa missed. In view of the • big matches at Christmas and New Year, '! Allao's form was distinctly satisfactory. _ Crawford, so far, ins not been at his bts; with the bat, and moat of us hoped he would ""strike form on Saturday. But it ww» not to be. He made- two or threo perfect off strokes in compiling 13, but fell to a straight, good-kngth ball from Livingstone, which he tried to forco to the ■- <■.» That the Christohnrca weather and' the Lancaster Park wickst will bring out the real J.N. we earnoatly hope. C Both Bell and Galland were, strangely f sulMruod in tho early part of their innings, ' ' and the Tate of scoring, which is usually accelerated on their appearance at the ; wickets- fell considerably. At 33 Galland steeped Livingstone into" .Harvey's hands at «h«.rt tar aid prepared to leave for tho jAVtHon To the surprise of everyone the ,- .«#\«Bt of sc't chances was dropped, and Ofclland returned thanks for the let-off by 5 out in the real. Galbiwhsh w»y I • 13d scoring * furthqr 26 in a few m\rl>,"ut*s. Meantime Bell had also livened up, f fj«t - after -hitting Livingstone over the >, lejrraße, lot jsv hj» niajsd that bowler on. f* the abort time he was at the Nephens showed some nice cricket- §' like strokes, but with the total at 239 for £' six (made in iwrt under two hours). Crawf"» Jqard; nsnlled him and Galland, and dosed l ]v:'t6* : iUßlJlSfcr <■ ■■Sjt-V- j '. i &■£■-■■•■ ■

"•"The fieldirijr' if Hh© St." Kttcta- side"was very, very weak. Few clean stops were tukae, and overthrows were.far too frequent. The fieldsmen appeared to mo to rely tod much 6n one-handed work, and. it is always safer and better to bring "both hand* into action whenever possible. Kerr, behind the stumps, was responsible ' for some good, solid work, and was about the only one of th© eleven who appeared to keer) his head. 1 Son© of th© St. Kilda bowlers showed to I any great advantage, though Livingstone '■ and George Edwards sen: down some occa- : sional good balls. It is a significant fact I that not a single maiden over was bowled during th© Colts', innings. It is a pity Livingston© does not cultivate a better run up to the wickets; at present he takes four steps, then stops, and stutters the rest of the distance. An easy, swinging stride and an unbroken run make a big difference in delivery, pace, and spin from th© pitch As witness J. N. Crawford. In the St. Kilda. total of 92 " Mr Extras" was top score with 21. M'Mullen.s it may be mentioned, was away, eo Binney 'short-stopped, and did as well as could be expected m the windy circumstances. Walter Kerr got 19 and batted very nicely. Ho is a Crawford colt, and has mote than once played a useful innings fo* his club. Nelson, th© other St. Kilda colt, mad© 6 before being well caught one-handed by Malcolm, who was fielding close in at Billy mid-off. Nelson had previously had a narrow ©scape from being run Out; 'indeed, it looked from the rails as though he had failed to get home by a foot or more. M'Farlah© stuck sturdily to his work and made 13. and Edwards also got doubles. Tho latter was in great trouble durii'g One over of Alloo's, four balls in succession -hittintr him on th© leg or foot, ami causing him to"walk around" after pach blow. His innings included a couple of "if" shots off Crawford. . With the exception of two ov©ts from Galland, Crawford and Alloo did all the bowling, the coach taking five for 36 and AlloO three for 23. Both swung considerably in the -wind, which affected .Alloo's slower deliveries more than his partner's, and tho batsmen were comfortable to neither. The Colts' fielding was keen and good Three rattling good catches were brought off by Bell (2) and Malcolm, and the domoan or of th© whole eleven was a treat to see. Grange and Cartsbrook A fousrht a keen and exciting finish, which resulted in a one-wicket victory for the north end team. In response to 'Carisbrook'e 172 Grange had lost nine for 15.1, and it looked all over, for there was only the second-grader Miller to come in. But Miller proved a veritable stonewall, and kept the bowlers out while Walter Beeby piled up the netessary runs, and, incidentally, made top score for the innings. Tho other principalscorers were Eckhold 26, Henderson 25, J. Graham 21, and "Mr Extras" 26. I think I am Correct in saying that Henderson's score totals as many as ho had previously raado this season. He had a long run of small scores. Popple, also, by the way, seennj to have struck a run of bad luck; his "duck" on Saturday was his third in succession. Walter Beeby, on the other hand, has not given much encouragement to bowlers. On five of the eight times he has batted he ha© been the not out man, so that his average pans out something liko 20 runs per innings. Siedeberg was a little lucky in getting bis score of 76. and did not bat well. HendeMon might have caught him first ball, and on two occasions subsequently. Finally ho was out to a plain lonß hop from Eckhold, which ho cut into W. Beeby's hands at point. Hay again, failed to get going, and Bruges got the dreaded ''blob." Bannerman made 29 before hitting all round on© from Holdaway. Grange's regular bowlers were not the destroying angeU on Saturday. Beeby was thb best of these with three for 50, but Eckhold and Graham had 91 runs knocked off their deliveries for a net return of two wickete between them. Henderson got two tail-enders for 5 runs. The bowling analysis, for those of a beaten team, looks rather curious only, threo trundlers being used. Hay got five for 62 and bowled very well but with the exception of a few overs by Alloo who got one for 9. he .and Bannerman (two for 81) were unchanged. Siedeberg did not send down a ball; h© was not feeling too well, and was " fagged " and stiff with tho cold, so considered, liei avouM not be likely to do himeeli or his team justice as a bowler. Albion managed to make a fairly even draw of their match with Carisbrbok B, who set the north enders < 202, at which point the closure was applied, eight wickets being down. Watson played another sound, chanceless innings for 47, thus keeping hi 3 excellent record. A pleasing return to form was shown by Rameden, who played really good cricket in getting 46. B>* hit seven 4's, and made his runs quicker than Watson. He was let off from a very hob chance at 38. Drumin made his 36 by forceful cricket. Had his placing, or hi 3 lurk, been a little better his score would have been considerably higher, for a great number of strokes went straight to a fieldsman. Carisbrook lost many runs through leisurely running between wickets. Albion went in at 5 o'clock with the intention of having a try for the runs. They found Ramsden aiid Nelson, however, too, accurate, and by the time Shepherd had gone tlw> score had not profressed sufficiently to hold out much hope, tut they still kept all the steam 'they could on, ami played tho sporting game. Just on' 7, however, the case was hopeleas, and slumps were draivn. Baker was once again in evidence, and got an even, 60 before being well caught by Spedding at cover. He should have been caught first ball, Hardic and Westbrook both going for tho catch and mulling it between them. Another hot chance was recorded against him at 13. Young •'Joe" Marks played a really good innings, getting 44 by Bound yet vigorous cricket.' This youth shows great promise, and should be • encouraged to study the game. Dunedin were short-handed in their match with Ppoho, Grigg and M'Kay notifying the selectors at the last minute that they could not play. Duncan was borrowed from the second grade team, and the seniors placed 10 men. There was nothing notablo in the match, unless it was Eckhoff's seven wickets for 33 (Eckhoff talcing wickets, however, is not an uncommon occurrence), and the extraordinary improvement in the Duncdin's fielding. " Bob " Johnston has batted and bowled consistently for Dunedin this season, as will be seen by the averages set out above. On Saturday he made top score (21) and took five wickets for 40. In form Johnston is an attractive bat, putting plenty of wood into hia strokes and keeping them along the carpet. The lefthander, Given, also bowled well. Mr P. Shaw advises mo that he has been unable to raise a team to go to Cromwell at the New Year, so the proposed trip has been abandoned. The Southlanders have abandoned their Northern tour for patriotic reasons, considering that the public's money should go towards equipping volunteers rather than to defraying the _ expenses of a cricket tour. They are willing to allow the Gore and Dunedin cricketers to be unpatriotic, however, and are looking forward to visits from teams from those places. In the Heathoote Williams Shield match Christchurch Boy's' High School v. Timaru High School, played recently in Christchurch, T. Minikin and D. Nixon for the home team put on 197 for the first wicket. Millikin made 102 and Nixon 117, and 200 runs went up l in 90 minutes! The Christchurch Boys' total was 498, and they won the match by an innings and 280 runs. —Junior Jottings.— The team to play against the Canterbury junior representatives on Friday and Saturday is the b©st that could be chosen from the names submitted. No nominations were received from the Carisbrook, St. Kilda, Dunedin, or Anderson Bay Clubs, and it was only' afterwards that Milburn was secured to keep wickets. There are four good bowlers in the team —Holderness, Harks, Cameron, and BurnShaw and Hutchison as changes. The batting, too, is solid, and I look to the side to bring victory to Otago, especially as our northern fnend3 .Jbuur* not tbaen abla tenet their stroiurast

team aWAV; x Th* ; fo' played on the Grange wicket,. Carisbrook not being available,' owing- to the preparations going forward for the New -Year tennis championships. The wicket at Opoho on Saturday is said to have been "murderous." Almost every batsman carried away with him a memento in the form of a damaged finger! or a bruise. In the circumstances Wat-1 son's 51 for Mornington was a good and plucky performance. The bowlers, of course, had all the smiles On their side, and came out with flattering figures. Hoidernesa bagging nine for 44 and Freeman six for 29, while the veteran Jack Sharpo got six Mornington men at a small cost. Holmes, the High School batsman, got very near to the coveted century against the Bay, in which match he made 93. The Albion-Dunedin C match was apparently a battle between Veterans. For the north end team Burnside and Thomson were top scorers, while Sanderson and M'Farlane made most runs for the Cs. The latest cricketer to volunteer for service at tho front is T. E. Eggleton, of tho Dunedin Club, who goes with the ambulance section of tho fourth reinforcements in January. **-The League.— The first round of League matches was completed on Saturday. With ono game not concluded, and- probably needing to be finished, and the Standard-Orokonui not played, the positions of th© teams, are as follows: —'Standard 12 points, Reid and Gray 10, Railways 10, Tramways 10, Hillside A 7, Y.M.C.A. 5, HiUside B 4, Orokonui 4, Haywads 4. Shacklooks have played in six games and won four. In the Y.M.C.A.-Hillsido B match, won by the latter, Jones put up a good allround performance. He made top score for his side, took six wiekets, and finally donned the wicket-keeping gloves. Evans (Hillside) Was another good all-rounder, and strikes one as being one of the most consistent in the League. The half gale blowing made his bowling faster than ever. A. Torrance's 91 for Shaddocks against Hillside A was got in good stylo; five 6's were included in his total. Burt and Hodge also got useful totals. Hillside's display was rather disappointing, though Haydon made 43, and was unfortunate in being run out. Torrance followed up his big score by taking fivo for 27— a good double. Reid a.nd Grays suffered their third successive defeat on Saturday. On tho other hand, Railways ar© carrying all before them, and should finish well up on tha list. It may bo mentioned here s that Turner, of the Railways Club, has been appointed captain of the representative eleven who play Christchurch City and Suburban Association. Turner is the only Railway I man in the team, which is largely owing to the fact that the department will bo working at high pressure during the holidays. It is a matter of regret that Swinnev- is not available, and there are some others who no doubt would have caught the selector's eye. There will be no competition matches on the next two Saturdays. On Friday and Saturday the League meet the Chrirlchurch eleven referred to above. Tho selected team look istrong enough, though the selectors have found it uitticult 10 please all parties—doubtless they did nOt try, which was wise. Quite a number ef the players chosen wero more or less well known' Association players a couple of years :igo, H. Hodge, Symonds, and A. Torrance being useful members of the Dunedin second eleven, while Turner played tor. St. Kilda. The team, which is as follows, should givo a good account of themselves:—W. Butler, F. Holleyman. A. Hodge, H. Hodge, G. Jones, F. I'arris, J. Richmond, Dr Ross, A. Symonds, A. Torrance, G. Turner (captain); emergency, W. I'aine.

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CRICKET NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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