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« THE COMING SEASON. CHANGES IN THE CLUBS. There was splendid weather on Saturday, for the informal opening of the 1918-19 season of district cricket in Christchureh. The Hagley Park cricket ground, too, was in better order than was anticipated after the wet winter. Friendly games, with time limits on the innings, were played by the district clubs. At present the clubs are "counting j heads," and have not a definite idea of the probable composition of their firstgrade teams during the coining season of competitive cricket. There has been a fair number of changes in the personnel of the teams since last season. So far as can be seen at present there will be a dearth of good bowlers, and so some of the batting scores should be high. Linwood, which won the first grade premiership last season, will soon suffer the loss of that fine bowler, R. Bead, who will go into camp shortly. W. L. King, who has done line work for the club off the field, and lias also been a useful player, is already in camp. E. Weston is also preparing to enter camp. G. Tate is doubtful about playing this season. On the other hand, G. Russell, j who has returned from hospital ship I duty, and who was a very promising bowler a few seasons ago, is back in the club. ft. Lawrence (ome of St. Albans, and then of East Christchureh) and R. O. Burns (formerly of Boys' High j School) have joined the club. O'her recruits are Turner, from the Sydenham juniors, and two former City and Suburban players, llooper (Railway Club) and .). F. Patterson (Bible Class.) The Sydenham Club should have a good eleven. All of the members of last season's senior team, except J. Forrester (who is in camp), appear to be available. D. Mcßeth will play regularly. Sydenham has gained L. T. Donaldson (formerly of West Christchurch), who will keep wickets. Rieearton will be without R. .1. Nixon, jwho is in camp. L P. Davison, who played in the senior team's first match last season, has been killed in action. 11. L. Rhodes, who showed promise as a bowler in the juniors before he went to the front, is back with tlie club. P. P. Boulnois (formerly of Christ's College) has joined Rieearton. West Christchureh will be weak in bowling, on present appearances. I). Reese, who announced his retirement last season, certainly will not play before he goes int.) camp. W. O. Rolland is already in camp. Behind tUe wickets Donaldson will be replaced by Kelly, from Christ's College C. T. Moor has returned from the front, and has begun to show indications of getting into good, form with the bit. A recruit is 11. F. Baird, a former Nelson College player. Incidentally, it may be remarked that on Saturday last Dr. P. S. Foster showed promise of striking form with the bat I quickly. A notable absentee from the ranks of j St. Albans will be T W. Reese, who has ! retired after .'SO years of senior cricket. ' L. A. Gordon anV 11. Hatch will enter camp shortly. G- C. Austin is on his way home to join the Royal Air Force, and T. A. Morland will not play this season. However, L. R. Bnuiton is back from military service, and will 'take his old place behind the "sticks." ill. S- Nightingale will play again. J. 11. A. Martin, who played tor East Christchureh a few seasons ago, but has not played since, has joined the St. Alba 113 Club. Other recruits are Cochrane, a former Invcreargill player, and Airey, who was a second grade player in Auckland some years n^o. Fast Christchureh wit', have T. MeClelland back again, and probably Albert Ward also." An interesting feature of the now j season will be the Boys' Cricket League i competitions. This movement is progressing splendidly. Much valuable assistance could be given by old players willing to act as umpires for the boys' ' matches, so that the best traditions of 1 cricket mav be taught to the boys early.

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DISTRICT CRICKET., Sun, Volume V, Issue 1445, 30 September 1918

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DISTRICT CRICKET. Sun, Volume V, Issue 1445, 30 September 1918