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CRICKET NOTES

[By Wallaby.] —Positions of First Grade Teams to Date.— ~i . = si _5 | t y Colts 8 8 0 0 16 Opoho 8 6 1 I 13 Grange 8 A 3 1 0 Dunedin 8 3 4 1 7 Carisbrook B ... 8 2 3 3 7 Bt. Kilda T 2 d 1 o Carisbrook A ... 8 1 d 2 A Albion 8 0 5 3 3 Club cricket was resumed on .Saturday after a. thvee-wcekd spell, and. though there was a threatening in the. air of that Scotch mist which we have been getting lately, the afternoon proved quite a favorahh one. Two senior matches had hem arranged for Carisbrook, ami (lie one in which the greater interest was taken —that between the Colts and Carisbrook A—was played on what is known as the centre wicket. And a. very good wicket it proved. The usual pair led off for the ” AVliito Caps,” and Shepherd opened the account with a clip past point to the boundary oil the. first ball bowled. Both hat much settled down quickly, and though Chadwick suffered a. little in comparison with his partner in respect to the cleanness ot Ins strokes, each pXyeci good, attractive cricket. At M Shepherd hit one. to square leg which Bruges appeared to hold for a. moment, hut the fieldsman overbalanced in tin- effort, and the ball dropped from his hands, Chadwick might, have been caught at 20 off Allno, the hit, an uppish, one, going very close to Harraway. Later Shepherd sent a full toss hard and low ha-c.k to Alloo’s left hand, and this, too. was dropped. The two had put on 75. when Chadwick failed to got on to one of Bannerman’s, and hoisted it into the clouds. Miedebe-rg, running in, .took a nicclyjndged catch. A few runs later Shepherd liit Alloo to Adams at deep mid-off, and tins time it was held.

•Shepherd’s characteristic -dashing display made one, wonder at the alteration in ids play that must have taken place to lustily the Christchurch critic dubbing him a '‘sound, defensive batsman.” As a matter of fact, 1 am assured by one of the Otago team who is abundantly qnahlicd to judge, that shepherd did not ■‘poke about''; that he played with his customary freedom, but simply could not get- the bowling away. ’This same player also states that the Canterbury bowling, for some time after the beginning of the innings anyway, was as good as he hud ever played against. Reverting to .Saturday’s game. .Stephens, who followed Shepherd, did not get going, Adams taking huh low down off Alloa in almost the same position as he had caught Shepherd. Then ensued the partnership between Hell and Crawford, a- partnership that added 131 for the fourth wicket- Crawford took no risks for a while, batting steadily and solidly, but taking advantage of the loose ones. Thus he played Ilimseli in. and t-b.e vuns. begun to come, more quickly, Bell meantime ably seconding his skipper’s efforts. After making 40 by cricket which may be aptly described as ‘'sound as a- bell.” tho colt played round one from Siecicberg, and was dean bowled. Smith had made a gallant, attempt to catch him at point when 14. but the chance was a very difficult one. Meantime Crawford went steadily on, scoring all round the wicket, playing the good ones and thrashing tho loose stuff. Witli tho total at 236 Sicdeberg howled Galla.nd (11) with a good one that justlifted the bails, the batsman appearing to by doubtful for tho moment as to whether he was out. Crawford at this stage wanted 12 for his century, and Binney went in to stay while he got thorn. And liinney didn't have to stay Jong. Starting iu on Adams, tho Colts’ skipper promptly hit him for 6. 4, 2, 4, thus topping the 100. A 4 and a single, came ii'om his 'bat off Siedcberg, and then he started iu rm Alloo. The first ball went for 4, the next was a, beautiful shot over tho fence at Inug-ofT. right into tho corner of tho ground ; the next was another 6, almost in the same spot; the. fourth ball was miss-hit over tho slip’s head for 4; the fifth went like a hash past point to tho boundary; and the last streaked out into tho long field for 2—26 off tho over, and 45 off three consecutive, overs. No wonder the crowd first gasped and then broke into delighted applause. At this stage the innings wa-s declared closed. liiuuey, although at the wickets while 43 runs were made, remaining "0, nut out. 11 Jt was a delightfully refreshing burst of hard, dean hitting, that of Crawford’s; one guaranteed to arouse the enthusiasm of even ii Dunedin crowd. Indeed, his whole innings, which tasted about 90 minutes, and included four 6's and twenty 4's, was well worth seeing. it was dose on 5 o’clock when Caiiauook went in, and though Siedeberg was batting well, two wickets went f ( ,r 24. Adams shaped to cut one of Crawford's that landed just outside the off stick, but it cam« back quickly and bowled him. Binges had ft short stay, Shepherd upsetting Iris wickets with a yorker. Sieheberg looked well set, hi-; on-play ladng particularly gor'd, and wait, going along nicely, placing singles and twos, when an off-ball from Crawford get up sharply and went oil' tho bat to Gailaud at. point. •Smith and Alloo added 36, most of which came off the vigorous young left-hander's but. One stroke of his, oil Bell, lauded on the roof of the new stand, and three oiheis reached the feme. Smith was content to go along more sedately, but ho got iu a couple of wry sweet ofl'-shots. llio 31 (widen was top store) was a quod inning.-., but the stroke which brought about his downhill was weak, (.'rawiord bumped one of his last cues down well under halfway, and it rose high above the. head of the batsman, who should, of course, have let- it go. By one of those involuntary acts- that being so many of us to grief, however. Smith .reached up and patted the ball back to tho bowler, and was mu Jt was mure like, a tenuis than a cricket stroke, and im doubt dim uiil benefit by the experience.

Bannerman did not waste any time on sroing to the wickets, hut promptly hit Bell's first three halls past point to the fence—three lovely shots that gave the field no chance. Another four came, from the last ball of the over, while. r« tun her boundary teas the result .of a. miss-hit oil Crawford. 'The ball after this, however, Bnnnerman sent hit'll to Haig at deep-mid-on, and retired after a short biit merry life, during' which bo scored 20 in five hits.

The last five, wickets added but. 21 runs, and the Colts finished comfortable winners by 152. Crawford took eight for 50, the laid five costing him but 15 runs. It is a. noticeable fact that lie is particularly deadly to left-handers, who lardy stay long while he is at the bowline crease. Crawford (hits put, up a good “ double ” for the day; and it. is particularly gratifying as indicating that his return to batting form in Wellington eras not merely temporary. Would that tho turning point had come a few da vs earlier.

, Taken all round, theta was nothing very much By complain about in the fielding of either side. \oung Nelson's wicketkeeping for the Colts was distinctly gcod ; he stood up to Crawford's bowling in greatstylo 2nd allowed only 7 byes A The game between Cans brook B and Grange was placed on the side wicket at Carifibrook, where tho boundaries are short and hits to the fence- count but 2. The wicket was not quite, ?o good as tin? centre, one cither, hut it. was easyenough to make Grange's effort with tho hat anything but creditable. 'The north end team were all out in less than an hour for 41, and of this Popple made 27, and 4 were extra?— leaving 10 rune, for its many batsmen. Popple should have been held early in his innings by Watson ; indeed, tho ball appeared to stay in tho fieldsmans hands an appreciable time before dropping out, but there was no appeal, though I understand the umpire stated that he would have given the batsman out hud an appeal been made. Personally, I very much doubt if the ball was held sufficiently long to have justified that decision.

The Carisbrook left-hand bowler, Nelson, achieved a feat that ha.s seldom been p-erfoi mod here—or anywhere else, tor that mat tor. With the fifth hall of one of bis overs ho had Popple. caught by- Westbrook, anil Hie. sixtli ball bowled J. Graham off his pads. With the first ball of Ins next over ho bowled HoJdaway, while the second lifted Henderson's bails. Thus Nelson look four wickets with, four consecutive. halls. This is tho first, lime lit a fairly long cricketing career, during which ho ha.s put in a lot ot useful work with, the ball, that Nelson has done* the "hut trick,” and he is entitled to the warmest congratulations for going ” one better ” on this occasion. The teat was performed a. couple of years ago m a second guide match by Mat Thompson, of the Dunedin F- team, but I do not know whether it. has been done Ijefore in a Dunedin senior match.

In all Nelson took six Grange wickets fur 29—Popple getting on to him pretty SCVcrelv wild l ! ho was there--and Harilic three for 8. both of them bowling unchanged. It may he noted that Y • Bccbv was caught by Tlardie (a. rattling good' catch) off' the’seventh hall of an over.

Ca.risbrook had no difficulty in passing Grange's poor total, before their first, wicket foil, Westbrook and Tuckwcll putting on 75 runs before the latter tried pull Jim Graham and was howled for 50. Nugent, and Westbrook then go!, t-o work, and actually raised tho second century before Kugont put up Kea.st (the eighth howler tried), and was well caught by C. 1 teeny. Nugent played in his usual careful style for a while, but brightened up later, and made 56 out of 127 lor tho partnership. Westbrook completed his conturv in 101 minutes, and 15 minutes later was out for 106. Tho Tasmanian has a. peculiar and somewhat inelegant, jerky action in making some of Ids strokes, bur, his was a- creditable performance, caneotally as no actual chance can be urged against him. Tho second wicket- fell at 202, but the side were all out for 25A 0£ tho eight Grange bowlers tried Keast came, out with easily the, best figures (six for 59), though it ■ cannot he said that ho was the, best bowler. There, was plenty or variety in his deliveries, however. 1 have never seeu Orange to worse advantage; their all-round play was deplorably weak. There was an incident during the Carisbrook innings which newer should have happened. When Xagent got out, Westbrook also went into the pavilion to adjust a. nail in his boot that had been troubling him, and Drumm, ‘tho next batsman, waited and came out to the wickets with him. The two minutes’ limit was certainly exceeded, but, in all tho circumstances, there was no need for the umpiie to declare Drumm out, as he. did. Indeed, as there was,, I understand, no appeal, nor did the umpire call play, that official dearly exceeded his duties. The Grange captain, very rightly 1 think, refused to claim the wicket or to recognise tho umpire’s ruling in the matter. ■opolio had no difficulty in defeating St. Hilda- in a match that provided it* special features. The- respective totals were 157 and 82, and the top scorers for Opoho— Davidson 63 and Kilgour 25—each playen good cricket. It is pleasing to see. Kvlgour get a, few, as ho had previously had a very had run this season, T. Livingstone, -St. Hilda’s all-round man, top scored for them with 13, and thong wero four other doubles. Kerr, the big wicketkeeper, in getting 12, made one, mighty hit which landed the ball into the, bowling green.

George Edwards was the best howler for the sea.sidc.rs. For Opoho, Eckhoff struck 11i.9 usual club form, and took six -St. Kilda wickets for 55. By the way, I am told that the Opoho representative-, when howling against Canterbury, was scarcely recognisable as tho same bowler who gets such a lot of wickets in Saturday cricket, liven his action was different, and there -seemed no “ginger” in hb deliveries. It is difficult to attribute t! is to "nerves” in the- case of such a keen and seasoned player as Eckhoff, but what then? How to account for his many failures in big cricket? Tinned in gained a very creditable victory over Albion on the latter’s ground, despite the fact that two of their regular team (Joimston and Howard) were absent. Albion put up tho respectable total of 170, to which Brinsley contributed 74. His was not a chanceless innings; in fact, ho should have been out from any one of three distinct chances, but tho Dunedin fieldsmen were kind, until Bryden held one off Given, Seven fours were in Brinsley’s total. Bob Shepherd, c*<wn on holiday, put in an afternoon with ris old club, and made 25 nicclv. The lefthander, Given, who on his day in a most awkward bowler to play, was in form, and baegrd five for 37.

Dunedin made. a. bad .start, Vulkie and Cranior.d being out an 10. but Grieg Mnckersy (?5), and Brydon (57 not, out) carried the score along solidly. Grigs just getting out before the required r ms wore got, and leaving it to Perry to make tho winning hit. Perry had a lather peculiar experience, Hr, was given out Ibw, but as it was obvious that ho played the ball. Prank Williams (with tho umpire's permission) brought the batsman back. Grigg batted well, and hit five- fours. The. Vigor of Bryden’s innings may be judged "from the fact that he Rent the ■ball"to the. boundary 10 times in his score of 57. There arc one or two members of the. Colts team who are beginning to doubt the advantage, of playing with that victorious eleven. And this point of view can be understood when it is seen that in none of the last five matches in which that team have been engaged have they completed an innings. L'cnsa-qucntly the “tail einlers.” week after week, are deprived of a “ hand. ’ Hay cl in, for instance, although be has played in the team regularly, has not been to the wickets since November the 28th. Others, such ns Haig, Nelson, and Satterthwaite, though not regularly chosen, arc in tho name position. A keen captain is a I wavs loth to turn his team " upside down '' and put the weak batsmen in first, but, Crawford might easily take, the risk, as there appears to he no, doubt as to the superiority of the “ White (laps ’ over all the other teams this season.

The injury which prevented A. W. Alloo from taking part in the match against. Wellington wan sustained at practice, a finger being dislocated in attempting to catch the, ball from a high hit by Crawford.

AFLachlan. the erstwhile Lime cl in cricketer, 'nest, known as a. member of the Change warn, though he played for t.'arisbrook for a few Saturdays in the season ho left us for Oamarn, is in rattling good form with the- bail this year. In 'Chris!• church club cricket he has done, remarkably well, and for Canterbury against Hawke's Bay he put up a fine performance hv taking seven wickets for 57. in the I’lunket Shield match just concluded M'Laughlan contribcted largely to the success of the shield holders'by taking, in the two innings, 10 wickets for 102 runs. I was rather amused at ouo of the explanations given in excuse tor the neglect of the visiting Otago cricketers and officials in Christchurch vis. ; “ Years ago tho two associations agreed that there was to be no entertaining." For some time past this treaty would appear to have been observed only "by the one side, the Honorable I’ercv accepting the homely Sandy’s “wee bite an’ sup’’ without protest, but forget tiim to produce his old port or choice claret, when his neighbor visited him. But it was not at the absence of formal entertainment that the Otago men complained, but tho lack of common courtesy, or, to put it mildly, sociability, manifested by the locals. No ono thought it worth while, for instance, to introduce the captain of the visiting team ia comparative

stranger) to flip members of the local eleven, nor to make those other players new to Christchurch known to their friends the enemv. Small things, perhaps, but it is the email things that tell, especially in cricket, which is, or should be. largely a. social game. Unfortunately I’lunket Shields ami ench like, baubles, with their accompanying financial advantages, tend to create rivalry which is not always of a healthy, friendly nature. In closing the matter I might say that the Otago captain (J. N. Crawford) "stated on his return from the recent tour that in all his cricketing experience he had never yet played under such unsociable conditions as those obtaining in Christchurch and Wellington,

Since writing (he above T notice Gnat (he Canterbury' Association at their meeting on Monday resolved to write to the Otago Association expressing regret atwhat had occurred, and explaining the position. - I have also been permitted to see a loiter written by the secretary of the Wellington Association (.Mr Bce.ehey) to Mr ,T. ,T. Clark, as president of tho Otago Association, in which an ample explanation is made, of the. apparent discourtesy in not arranging for anyone to meet the team on their arrival at Wellington. It would appear that the loiter scut, by the manager {Air Thomson) was delivered to Mr Beechoy's office, instead of being placed in his private box, and so bo did not get it until too late. Regret is expressed at the accident, also tbo hope that any suggestion of discourtesy towards the Otago team on the part of the Wellington Committee will be dismissed.

Writing of the, death of A. 0. Jones. “Not Out,’’- of the, 'Sydney ‘Referee.’ snvs: “I believe it will be generally acknowledged that no more brilliant slip has been seen in Australia, than A. 0. Jones. There have been men as effective, among these George, Lohmann. L. C. Braund, and K. L. Hutchings, and particularly on the Sydney form, hut none better. It is somewhat, strange that, whereas Australia produces champions in other parts of the. field, men who lose nothing in comparison with the best England produces, we have to take, a back seat among tho slip fielders. We. have, of course, had some, brilliant, men in the position, such as .Albert Trntt, P. C. Charlton, C. A. .Richardson, and Hugh Tremble, representing different styles, besides many others. In this country successful fielding in the, slips means very much, as tho recent English teams have demonstrated to our cost, mid it is surprising that we. have not specialised to a greater degree. To the man who likes the position flip ran bo very attractive.” The mention of tho late George. Lnh-ma-nn and slip-fielding recalls to my mind what I have always considered the. finest catch 1 have ever seen. Perhaps “ distance lends enchantment” (the incident occurred years ago, of course), but it was certainly a very line effort. ’Twas on the .Melbourne ground. “Billy” Bruce, the dashing left-hand Victorian, was batting, and in trying to cut a bumpy one he edged it, tho ball going fast and at a. sharp upward angle towards Lohmann. In one action the big fellow straightened up, sprang oft' the ground, stretched his arm to tho fullest extent over his head, and held the ball. It was all done in a flash, and a. second or two elapsed before the astonished crowd realised what had happened. Then they made a noise. —Junior Jottings. —

Mornington began the second half of the season with a substantial win over Dunedin I>. Their score of 182 was got by consistent batting, no fewer than seven of the team getting into double figures Naturally, C'a.radus was well up; he and Watson top-scored with 58 each.

Morgan, having recovered from Ills operation, made his first appearance in the field this season, and began well- by scoring 23 and taking four wickets-for 28. Holdorncss's figures were five for 16 off lb overs — a good performance. Evidently two members of the Dunedin team in this match had neglected to bring back their cricket “tegs” on their return from their holidays, and so played m ordinary clothes. This does not look well in a grade match. A .sub. pin elder brother of the prolific scorer Caradus) fielded for Mornington for the last half-hour on [Saturday, and took two brilliant catches.

Dunedin C and Opoho played a very even game, tho latter getting homo by three, wickets. 0 polio's seventh wicket fell when 44 runs were still wanted, but Rutherford and Graham got them without further Joss. Alex. Johnson was again to the fore for tho Dunedin veterans, making 44 in good style. .Sanderson’s 51 and IB Wilkie’s 23 were “ merry and bright.” St. Hilda's wins have been few and far between this season, but they managed to score ono against Carisbrook 0 on Saturday by 22 runs. Muir got 44 for the winners, and Kovner, who lias been protty eonsistenl -jf late, 21 for Carisbrook. Tho veteran George Crnsbie, who took six wickets, was tiro chief destructive agent for Grange against Albion. Tom Binney. for the other side, did even better, getting no less than eight victims. A. good partnership in this match was that between White (53) and Patterson (VOj, who opened for Grange. ’The two put on 148 by real good batting before being separated. Grange won_ by 52 runs. Clu'istian Brothers made 198, and easily 1,,-a.t Anderson Bay 1 65). The two Fo--05 were responsible for 123 of the ers total between them. Tho conr is. tent Abercrombie made. 26 for tho Bay.

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