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? A VETERAN CRICKETER. [*$\'\
., -.GRANDFATHER-. OF CHAKLIE . ;|
, : -MACARTNEY-. X.'X ?-'
',. "lt's 52 years ago since I-played' with, tile comliiticd Kew South Wale*/, tt'iid Viciorian 22 against ll. li. istephon-" son's English Eleven, the first Eailiih. team of cricketers, und wo beat} them, ";bväl2- wickets. ' I don't remember' the.1 ^ara¿9&£¿In. their first innings I.&ejtly .eu vÍQUjpT'wickpt»; for 22,- 'and bo'whjd pf|n6::maidehs out i)f S3 balls; In^ the; jSftpnfl"'innings i>;tith'uaged to got 'si*, fí^j¿Ots,;.,ajid t hey «ll went downi fof, ifôà'S'ô, you, see, iwifs not bad atCihe ,ga*ie." ... .. .- . .:..* :.'.%» *^!The ¡speaker was .tho' veteran George- s-Moore," Of West Maitland, who wits''04 years bf ago on April:.18: (sayKS«'.tlie' "Sun." Although the>:jreartt,.'are leaving . their record on "(he ritte Old atldçtip ?.frame,, he-is: mentally,;as'.sound-,>;às ho "hhs been for 20 years;, and he phiypd/ his lost match . in 189Ö. - He wnseb^riv. at Aruphill, Bedfordshire, Engln«3,\ón ..April 18; il820i served his npprepticjey íship to ? tho bakery.; and confectioner^ tradès,: b'ecamev'a-good all-round 'crick- eter,, and- married before' ho left ' for ;Austrqlia in 1852.,' Ile entered . Into "business ns a .confectioner- in fAVegt
Maitland, and devoted his leisure hóúra to cricket and horticulture, and^sue cèeded su well that within 10 years! Ile" became a representative cricketer, ia successful business man in the cbnfec>,
tionery line, and his gardens were ' known from Newcastle to the Queens-; land-border.\ ., ....' :" '
He played in represetitativo Austra lian<"teams.'againiit HT. H. StephepsonJs. team in 1861-82,-George Parr's 1863-4,
,and W. G. Grace's 1873-74, npdVof*
conrso was a member of the first-Aus- tralian' Twenty-two. > lu 1872 ho: was presented with a silver-mounted ball in
recognition of his bowling in int^rna-' tionnl cricket, and in tho folioing'
year n valunblo clock .was given ; him . for similar services. - In 1885. he r'etir.e.d from business to "Ampthill Villa," er- ected in his beautiful gardens aticthe.
Horseshoe Bend, and there he. resides with one of his. granddaughter*... -Hu still follows with keon interest the cricket reports in the press, and; , of course, is specially interested in.3 the success of his- grandson, Charlie Macartney, tho brilliant Gordon cricketer. . \.:
Tho veteran had four.children,'.Mr.' A. P. Mooro,, an ex-Mnyar of ,Xójv onsMc, Mr. George Moore, jun., of West Maitland, Mrs. Mark Winter ,the well known florist, and Mrs: J. B. Macart- ney, of Sydney. His brother, thoriate. Mr. James Moore, also played against the first English Eleven, and - two nephews, William nut! Leon Moore
have represented the! Stnte , in iiitçr-'
The old man enjoys a chat about.
old-time cricketers, anôt aoes not hold
with thosi« who consider that thor« has heeu much improvement in tho quality of cricket. The turf wicket» and;'.im- proved cricket material have to he cred- ited with any apparent improvement,' lie says. .He believes that ho will ljvo1 to score his century in years, and crick-
eters throughout Austrulia will join in. tho wish that the veteran's hope, moy- ho realised. >./. .
Speaking of his grandson, Charlie Macartney, the old man said :-"Char-
lie wants tho little cedar hat, hë'-uâcd as'a child when I taught him his cricket. I used to bowl him with greep apples. He could play tho round ones,-,hut whim I sent them down 'with aii',:off
bçpîi'k they bothered him. ' I'm. think- ing they would not bother Churlie. flow. Ho is a wonderful but, but 1 taught liim all his olf-slrokes. I was «¿Ver us good a bat as Charlie, but I-y. iva's a better bowler and a better field.-Too much reliance.is placed on the batsman now, and fiel ling is not sufficiently cul. ti vated. I always looked for good field- ers. You can tell them nil thnt-Jinin fit and well. I can't play cricket how, but I'll play crib or dominics with' the youugest of than. Tell, them.too, -that I'm going to get that century." ',