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Among tho spectators at tho Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday, 12ih inst., was a black-bearded gentleman, who entered the reserve unobtrusively, and sat down to watch the cricket match with his wife. Ho had been there for some time before Mr H- Trumble, the M.C.C. secretary, recognised in tho stranger Mr David Gregory, captain of the first Australian Eleven. Although 70 years of age, Mr Gregory looked almost fit to go in to bat. There was an impromptu reunion of old Australian Eleven men in Messrs T. Horan (who was a member of the first Australian Eleven), G, H. S. Trott (a subsequent Australian captain), C. E. M'Leod, and Hugh Trumble. Playing in the match were three other Australian Eleven men in J. V. Sanders, W. W. Armstrong, and V. S. Ranford. In the M.O.C. committee room there was a cordial welcome, and the old Australian Eleven toast, which Mr Gregory made famous in England in 1878, “ Australian Eleven, charge your glasses to the brim,” was repeated with enthusiasm.

Quito a large number of cricketers and supporters of the game assembled on tho railway station this morning to see the Otago team off to Christchurch. Cheers were exchanged as the train drew out, and the hope expressed that the team would return doubly victorious, and bearing with them tho Plunket Shield. Tuckwell at the last moment found it impossible to get away, so that 12 men proceed to Christchurch and 11 to Wellington, Ramsden being obliged to return home after the Canterbury game. Amongst those travelling with the team this morning were: Messrs Dave Thomson (manager), J. J. Clark (president 0.C.A.), A. Martin, F. Williams, A. M’Hutchon, A. F. Graham (all of the 0.0.A.), C. Brundol (president Grange C.C.), dnd J. Kenny (Opoho). Messrs A. P. Alloo, W. Tweedy, -and J. Smith (members of tho Otago University team) were also on the train en route for Wellington. In a match last Saturday between Wanganui and Aromoho, the former team scored 570 for three wickets—a New Zealand record. The third wicket partnership of Hussey (223) and Hadden (215 not out) produced 420 runs—also a record.

The match between teams representing tho Otago Cricket League and the Christchurch City and Suburban Association will begin on the Carisbrook Ground at 2 p.m. to-morrow.

The Heathcoto Williams Shield match between Christchurch High School and Palmerston North High Schools was played at Hagley Park, Christchurch, on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Christchurch made 199, and dismissed the visitors for 40 and 82, thus winning by an innings and 72 runs.

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CRICKET, Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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CRICKET Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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