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CRICKET NOTES

[By Wallabx.] Our representative team have disappointed us once moie. 1 think that perhaps wo were expecting too much from the inclusion of Crawford, and were inclined to forget the strength of Canterbury cricket. Though why we should forget so'quickly the. superiority nianiiceU'd by our Northern neighbors "in their matches with, us year after year ia ttrange. We must be a hopeful people. .Not that those who follow sport in Dunediu can, in the bulk, be termed patriotic, for tho tendency is to belittle rather than praise the. chosen representatives of the province. A beaten Otago side arc, in the opinion of most of the street-corner critics, always a disgraced s ; de, and coiitcimcntiy open to ridicule and often abuse, in no other centre that 1 know is the willingness to .accept and acquiesce in dierogatury statements 'regarding the capabilities of tho lending plajers so noticeable as in Duncdin. There is only one explanation of the defeats sustained by Otago for some years past, and that is- our cricketers are not good enough. It litis been explained that our batemen repeatedly "funk it" in big matches; that our bowlers do not do themselves justice, for the same, reason; that our fieldsmen lest their heads. If 6>, then our batsmen, bowlers, and fieldsr.ien ar.* not first-class players. And that is all there is to it. I'he hope that w«} may yet raise a team having tho nccescaiy qualifications is largely based on the effects "f ,1. X. Crawford nt> a coach; but it is manifestly unfair to expect results yet—in two or thiee seasons, perhaps. In the meantime, we must accept the obvious fact that our standard of play is a good deal below the best Plunket 'Shield form.

The report* of the match appearing iu the Cluistcluin-h papers ail emphasiso' the Otago weakness— poor, slow, unattractive batting. Crawford and Bruges were evidently the only batsmen who tackled tho howling, and showed Mine of the aggressiveness that should have been shown by the colts at least. It is significant that Shepherd is described as having a " good sound dcfeneV''; that Alloo "looked like a fourth-rater"; and that most of the others were "terribly lame." Quite a lot. of loose stuff, says nun writer, was sent down without any attempt being made to punch it. In short, our men repeated their time-honored miotake of making t<#> much of the bowling. Would anyone suggest, for instance, that llfckmott ifi a trui'.dler who should get six wickets for 12 inns in a. riunket Shield match? But tho.-e, were his figure?, and he got them with slow, tricky stulf that an enterprising batsman or two should no doubt havo sivcrely punished. As ;i further proof of the slowneris of Otaco's scoring, it may lie- mentioned that they took four hours to make 192 runs, Canterbury getting 218 in three hours exactly. Iu Otago's two innings there were 15 boundary hits; in Canterbury's single innings 23. Canterbury's runs were made from 51 overs 16 maidens) and Ota joe from 92 overs (28 maidens). Outfielding, too, suiters in comparison with that of the home team.

The batting of ' Bruges and Crawford was the bright spot in Otago's tirst innings. Hoih made, some clinking shots, and showed that the bowling could be hit. Bruges getting four botnuh.ries and the coach three. In the eecond innings no one stayed, long enough to get 20. though Shepherd (19). Siedr-'berg (11), Bell (11), and Crawford 00) reached double figures. Totals of 103 and 84 on a batsman's wicket do but indicate poor batting. Iu the bowling department. Crawford Tiui.'t have performed in his best .style f.>r a while. At. one time, he had i ix: for 35. Then, apparently, he tired, and Beal and Sandman scored from him rather freely. His ultimate average of sis for 67 v.o.s nevertheless a very creditable one. U tirst. the wicket, wn.-, a bit heavy for him to get the best, effects from it. hit: later it ' dried, and his fast, shmt ones troubled mo-> of the batsmen. lie clean bowled, the three left-handers of the team, for 1 run-. If is worth noting that every one of the Canterbury team wc-ie practically bowled out, eight having their stumps disturbed, while two were dismissal lbw. On the Canterbury oido Carl Beal. who v.odd have beer run out right away but for a bad return (by whom the papers do not state), made top .-cor.- (58) by bright cricket. He hit rdne fours. Tfickmott. Tiishop, Patrick, and Sandman also got goiiif'. which menus that nw- were plentiful while tin v wne at the wickets. Sandman was, as us'.'.i!. merry, but apparently a little luekv in the matter of miss-hits. The northern bowlers had something of a harvest. In addition to Hiekmott's performance mentioned above. Reese jmd Betaiett came out with good figures—s for 36 and 4 for 50 respectively. Carlton got one wicket in each innings; but, as in both instances th"> victim was Crawford, he did valuable work. The gate takings for the two diys amnnnted to £l9O. Canterbury have won (he hc-t 1.0 matches against Otago. and the tally now stands: Canterbury,"32 wins; Otago, 23: one match has been drawn. To-day our representatives begin (he mutch against Wellington. We may. I think, look to them to put up a better fight than they did in Ohristrluirch. —Junior Jottings.— j This year's second grade- representative I match with Canterbury took place on th'Albion wicket, as neither Oarisbrook nor the. Cale. was available. The original arrangement was to play on the Orange wicket, but on the. morning of the. match it was discovered that some misguided person or persons bad during * lie night ■flooded one end of the pitch by turning on the water plug, and then proceeded to dig holes in the soft turf with their boot heels. Whether the damage was done in a vindictive spirit or in sheer wantonness it is difficult to say, but it is safe to assert that the perpetrators were possessed of a twisted moral sense that would be all the better for being'straightened out by some severe punishment—corporal for choice. The incident emphasised tbe great disadMintage of having to play an important match on a public reserve, access to which may be obtained nnv time of the day or night. _ Considering the necessarily hasty preparation, the Albion wicket did not play badly, though at the St. David street end fhe ball often kept low—many were veritable shooters —and more than one bntsman lost his wicket from this cause. | The Canterbury men denied tbe statement which had appeared in a Christ- ' church paper to the oi'loct that their tc;v.n I was not a representative one, and stated that, with perhaps two exceptions, no stronger eleven could have been chosen. J Be that as it may, there is no denying that tho team composed of eleven good cricketers, and, it may be added, eleven good sportsmen ; the kind of men who do credit to the game on and off tlie f.eld. The result of the game reflected very fairly the strength of the respective teams, and the Otago lads were quite satisfied that they had gone down before a superior batting combination. The locals, like their senior brethren in the Christchurc.h match, failed in batting only, for I consider that the bowle-s did remarkably well to dispose of the Canterbury team for totals of 158 and 156. The bulk of the-work in the attacking department fell to Burnside and Ilolderness, both of whom bowled steadily and Well, sending down very few loose ones and keeping most of the batsmen quiet. The veteran Burnside took in the match 9 wickets for 86: a performance of which he may justifiably be proud Ilolderness, though less effective (his figures were 5 for 71) did yeoman service. Of the other wicket takers young Cameron shaped best, especially in the first innings, but Hutchison was most erratic, his few good ones being mixed with i lot of horribly loose balls, three of which met with a well deserved fate by being hit out pi ihe jaouod.

The Canterbury "men all shaped like ' batsmen when at the wickets, and the top ; scorers got their runs by attractive cricket. Harry Lawrence, wdio, let me , whisper, was down here last year with the Canterbury veterans, proves himself to be still "going strong" by compiling scores of 35 and 10. He had the bad luck, too, to be thrown out- each innings, his first dismissal being brought about by a wonderful shot hy Holrierness which struck tho top of the wickets on the. full. Sinclair, in the first innings, batted very nicely indeed before skying one back to Burnside at 41. Off the previous ball he should have been stumped, but Milburn apparently didn't notice the batsman was out of his crease. After his recent performances in Christchurch, where he scored a century in each of the two Heathcote Williams Cun matches, much was expected of Millikin, but ho failed to get. going in either innings, though be contributed double, figures in one. (ttitney's career having been cut short at his first try, be determined to make things lively at his second. And the bowlers were obliged to confess that he carried out his determination to some purpose, for he. smote them nil lustily and got 32. Haughey, too, made amends for a modest 11 in the first innings by making 34 by good cricket, though he was at times rather uncomfortable to Ilolderness. A good double was that by George Russell, who played two attractive innings for 26 and 41. Burnside got him in the first, the batsman trying to pull a short one; while in the second Marks brilliantly caught him at short square leg. Russell should have been caught the ball before, but the chance was mulled by Burnside and Marks both going for it. The tirst innings of Otago was one. of up« and downs, with the downs mostly in evidence. Tho Haig brothers opened, but Jin; left early ; then Marks and Tied Haig took tho total to 45 by sound batting, a trifle dow perhaps, wjicn Edgar bowled Marks with tho first ball of his third over. Off the third ball Hutchison was caught and bowkd, and the fifth ball caused a disarrangement of Tlim-n'ts stumps—threo wickets in ono over for no runs! Xext over Haughey bowled Haig, and, with one run ndded Edgar beat and bowled Hurnsidc. Thus thi> second, third," fourth, and fifth wickets fell at 45, and the sixth at 46. The schoolboy Cameron ] stemmed the tide of disaster, and stayed j with Marks for quite a while, the latter | doing most of the scoring. Shaw (the j Otago skipper) also raised the hopes of his j side by hitting lustily for 16 I including one | miglttv smite into St. David street), and ! helping White to put on 28 for tho ninth j wicket". The innings eventually closed for | 125. At their second attempt the total j only reached 84. j due best displays with the bat-were those given by White "and Markb. The young j Orange player deserve.-; great praise tor a ' free and confident innings ot 38. _ Ho j made several line strokcb on either side of ■ the wicket. In the. second innings he was j sent in first, but Uussell got a lovely bailer ; on to him after he had scored a, tingle, j Marks kept up the good form that liolia I shown for some weeks past, and, especially ] in the second innings, matte his runs j quickly and by cricket-like strokes. His ; ofl'-plaiv was particularly good. I*'red j Haig, in getting 26, was a little uncertain j at first, but settled down to a good, sound I display. Hutchison, from whom 1 _ ex- j pe< toil .something, may be judged a little j unfortunate in falling to score iu his lirst innings ; the stroke from which he was caught by the Iwvwler was not at ail a bad one- -just a. trido mistimed. At his second j try Hutchison made 18 not out and batted ! very well. _ I 'lhe Christian Brotheis' repi rsental ive had tho unenviable distinction of making | "a pair." lie was dcan-boivled each time i in trvifig a big hit. In Haughey,' Kdgar. and Riu;.-eh', Canterbury had three really good bowlers. The j lirst-iiamed. a left-hander, did great exe- j j ctitbn in Otago's second innings, and was ! ably assisted by Busisell. These two had ; all the kitfsntcti more or less troubled. The tickling of both sides was good, when the uneven nature of tome pans of j the outtiekl is taken into consideration, i The Canterbury men were, aa usual, cleaner iu their work. After dining together on Saturday even- j ing the two teams, the umpires, and some \ O.C.A. -umcials met to.. a social hour or two, and many nice things were said. 'The j oru'iiioii was freely expressed that tho an- | una! second grade lixt.uro between the two I provinces should not b- allowed to lapse, j As indeed why should it? A discussion : aiso arose in icgard to the question <w pro- ; vidir.g a. tiophy to be. competed for by the j second grader.-; of xhe two provinces. The j general opiuiot, was against a co.-tlv shield or cup, and instances were quoled of hi.— j toiic contents being waged for cups worth a few shillings, for •'.Mascots" worth a | few pence, and even for mythical ''ashes,"' ; Suddenly a mcinUn- of the O.C.A. drew i from his pocket a small wooden egg VU p. ' such as are found iu the factory -filled - Christmas storking. This was bailed as ; "the wry thing.'' ;;nd duly prtsentcd to Mr Ouiney. captain ...:' tlie Canterbury team. It. is proposed th;:t ibis "cup'" l shall be mounted on a pcde.-tal, upon which lie- name of ti;.- winning province i will be inscribed fioni time, to "time. This match provided the tiist" instance in two veal.-, of the defeat of a team cap- - taim-d l>y Percy Shaw. Which means that i the. Moiiiington iir.-a tleven ha\e n-.it beon ' beaten f r that period. —The League.— The match between the League i-rpre seitaiivos and a team from the Chii.-i----ehurcb (oily- and Suburban Asso.-ia'i. n was played on the Caledonian Oround oo Christmas and Boxing Hays, but did not provide, a very inspiriting exhibition of ■ Ticket. The play was painfully slow, only 139 runs being .-cored the whole of the first day. Of--the.se Chri?t"hurch made 63 and Otago 71, each side completing an innings. On the second day the pace was verv little quicker, though the totals were rather larger —139 and 111 respectively : which left the vi.-itors winnerc by 2o runs. Tho wicket played .-ill rL'ht. bin, the outfield was veiy 'dead. In the second 'imin.-.'s of Chi ist.-httr-ii TI. Grammer made 67 by steady piny bofore being out lbw to Symonds. With Sanims (28) he made a very u.-eful stand in fact, the only stand in either innim.-. His partner was also a slow scorer, but boil; got in an occasional scoriu-.: stroke, one or two of Crammer's off drives bring perfectly timed. I

The only scores worthy of note on the Otago side were Symonds's 33 and H. Hodge's 26. Tho former swept several to leg m his characteristic style, but Hodge failed to take advantage of many a hitable ball. Otago batsmen in all' classes, it would seem, are troubled with overcautiousness in matches of importance. The best batting display was that, of Dr Ross, who, although only scoring 15 and 14. made his runs by ireo and attractive cricket. Spectators were sorry to sco him go. In a, low-scoring match the bowlers naturally have the most say. and some good averages were ohtained. (,'rossan, for the winners, took in oil ten wickets for 51 runs, his figures being almost identical in each innings—five for 26 and five for 28. On the Otago side, Torrance got eight for 61, but he did not exhibit the same com mand over the ball as Butler. In the second innings especially he pitched quite a lot of halls doud oil the wicket ;md swinging away to leg. liutler used bis head more, unci kept a good leneth. The old Car/sbrook player look five for 12 altogether. .Svmoiuls'only accounted for two victims. This bowler's run to the wickets is more peculiar tluyi e V c.r. He starts on an angle, runs a few yards, stops and shutiles his feet for all tho world as though he was frightening fowls front a. garden, then steps to tho crease, stops dead, and pushes the ball up. The advantage of tin: run is altogether lost by the stoppages, and especially by the" dead step at tho finish. lie might just as well stand and deliver without the exertion of run ning at, all. The general dalness of tlie play appeared to affect some of tho local lic'ldsir.-ii <.: i Saturday, for 1 noticed two at least stretch themselves on the ground for a rest whenever a 4 was hit, or a. batsman was out, or during any other interval. And this after play had been in progress only an hour! —Otago's Only Win.— It. was kft to the University eleven to place to the credit of Otago the onlv win in nil four matches played at (,'hiisfm:is time. The Light Blues brat Victoria' College at Wellington by an inning:, and 'Zi runs, making 249 and disponing of their opponents for 68 and 154. ,1. Smith mid T. Adams, of Cari.-brook A, go! 80 not-out and 40 respeaivolv. Tweedy' heinn itmiohsible for 7,7. A. >. A lino'put up an excellent bnrling ]«M fotmanco in the lii.-t innings by taking seven wickets for 7,5. Tweedy also how-led well.

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CRICKET NOTES, Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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CRICKET NOTES Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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